jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 18:06: Forget 4K TVs: Most Americans still own a VCR.
I own one. Doesn't mean it's plugged in.
Also, interesting tidbit. I have a friend who's a librarian. She says that a VHS tape lasts about 600 rentals before it degrades to the point where they have to replace it. For discs, it's only 100 rentals.
I can't speak for your friends experience, but (I would think) it's a lot easier to damage a dvd than it is to damage a vhs cassette, based on the way the tape is largely protected by the external case.