Yeah, not surprisingly, this has raised some eyebrows. Not just because this product is seemingly the apex of lazy commodification of pop culture, but also because they didn't even bother to refurbish the tapes as overpriced bookends, or some kind of janky clock. Not to mention how one could wander into any random thrift store and "curate" their own VHS tape set for like a buck apiece.
As galling as this might seem to film fans everywhere, this is pretty much how Urban Outfitters does business. They launch a "controversial" product, and then mine social media outrage for free publicity. And it totally works! But this time, instead of making light of a historical tragedy or promoting eating disorders, the company is trolling movie nerds. So don't let them. Let's all pretend that 40 bucks is a reasonable price to pay for a tattered copy of Caddyshack II, and maybe they'll just go away like the Goblin King in Labyrinth (which, incidentally, is available on Blu-ray).
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