VHS tapes are history

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - At the end of the year, it's out with the old and in with the new. This year, it's out with VHS tapes.

Tapes have kept us entertained for years, but they won't for much longer.  Years ago, DVD sales overwhelmed VHS, and the last shipment went out from the last factory just a few days ago.

Monte Coughlin owns Carolina Video Edit Centers.  His business transfers footgate from VHS to DVD format.

"We see people who are digging through the closet of loved ones and coming across slides or old film reels. That have been around since the 1970s and bring them in to be converted," said Coughlin.

Coughlin said people are hitting the eject button on VHS tapes because they only last about ten years, compared to DVD's which last about 30.

"A DVD is only a laser light that is reading the material from the disk," said Coughlin.  "It's not being put through rollers and you don't have to worry about the tape destroying every time it's played.

Most stores stopped carrying VHS's more than a year ago, and places that still carry them are slowing fading them out.

They're also fading at local libraries.  New Hanover County isn't buying any more, and the circulation numbers for the remaining tapes are way down.

The Goodwill on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington sells VHS tapes for 99 cents, but even with the low prices, a spokeswoman said many customers aren't buying the tapes.

With the technology enhancing, DVD's are the way to go.  Coughlin said that if you have footage converted to DVD, make sure to use a DVD-R.