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CheesyFlix Ends MST3K Sales

CheesyFlix, a longtime online retailer of MST3K episodes, notably DVDs of the KTMA shows, has ceased and will immediately desist selling MST3K products. As longtime readers of this site know, the site was one of the few really reliable online sites where you could get those rarities not offered by the big retailers. You sent them your money and, unlike a lot of tape traders, you actually got what you ordered back.
CheesyFlix tiptoed a little too far over the letter of the law and they pretty much have no recourse but to knuckle under. But they will be missed.

27 Replies to “CheesyFlix Ends MST3K Sales”

  1. Professor Gunther
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    My wife discovered CheesyFlix back in 2007, and we very rapidly filled in our MST3K collection thanks to them. I mean, we acquired A LOT of MST3K episodes through CheesyFlix. I received an email about this earlier today, but this seems like the right place to lament their passing.

    We will watch our CheesyFlix copy of IT CONQUERED THE WORLD tonight in honor of them. — You will be missed!

       9 likes

  2. Kenneth Morgan
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    Does that mean all MST merchandise, or just episodes of the show? I know they also offered videos of fan events and alumni projects.

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  3. disqus_Tv9HzA2ODz
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    That’s what I get for putting off picking up the last couple non-commercially available episodes. Anyone have suggestions for another good vendor?

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  4. michaelkz
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    Once Shout Factory announced those episodes that aren’t getting released I ordered them from cheesyflix.

    I remember when they were called cheepnis.com, back when there were still just those three volumes from Rhino.

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  5. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    My dad managed to get practically the entire series from a DVD trader back in like 2003-ish
    Of course, these days I just watch MST on YouTube

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  6. InvaderPet
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    I’ve never heard of them tbh.
    Oh well, YouTube still has the KTMAs.

       3 likes

  7. InvaderPet
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    Speaking of which, their KTMA list seems out of date, as they still list episodes K01 and K02 as lost.

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  8. The Original EricJ
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    I remember tape trading too (ah, the days of early 90’s Japanese anime…), but then again, I remember the DAP Central of the early 00’s, too. Some of us never completed our episode collection without it.

    Once BitTorrent arrived, the “good” gray-market bootleg industry of missing video rarities and DVD-burnable files would never again be the same. :(

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  9. michaelkz
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    I guess the technically allowable selection of episodes was small compared to the entirety of the series. I hope there is at least another factor at play, an imminent announcement of new DVD sets of MST3K.

    The DVD tips I bought from these guys never stopped me from buying official releases of episodes.

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  10. Ray Dunakin
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    I never heard of them until now. If I had, I would bought the few unreleased episodes.

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  11. jjk50
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    I bought about 60 episodes from them over the years and and I always received everything I ordered at a reasonable price. The owner was fair and honest, it’s a shame that someone like that gets “crushed” by corporate greed.

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  12. Kenneth Morgan
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    Just ordered a couple of convention videos from them while I can. I’ve dealt with them before on many occasions. I got DVDs of both ConventioCons from them, as well as CDs of audio interviews. And I once traded them my copy of “People Traps” for a DVD.

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  13. michaelkz
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    Does anyone know what MST3K stuff they were still selling?

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  14. PJ
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    This happens at the same time Joel was dismayed at IMDB and the KTMA listings? Makes me wonder, he is acting wonky lately.

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  15. The Original EricJ:
    I remember tape trading too (ah, the days of early 90’s Japanese anime…), but then again, I remember the DAP Central of the early 00’s, too.Some of us never completed our episode collection without it.

    Once BitTorrent arrived, the “good” gray-market bootleg industry of missing video rarities and DVD-burnable files would never again be the same.:(

    OK, but I’ve mentioned a couple of times where I’ve gotten my Completer Set of eps, and an explicit reference to where one can find them in myt first post and a more general reference (akin to the one you just made)in the second post apparently got my posts taken down. Is this like an open secret that we’re not supposed to talk about, or that nice people don’t talk about, or is it still a mystery of science? Seriously.

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  16. TheKjbleu .
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    I always got what I ordered super fast when I dealt with Cheesyflix. Good thing I already bought the episodes that haven’t been released from them!

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  17. Chazzzbot
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    So glad Cheesyflix helped finish my collection before the site closed. They were a great service and will be missed.
    I also bought every official VHS and DVD release!

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  18. BarthGimble
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    Well, it seems as though if the episodes and extras are still listed on CheesyFlix, they are still allowed to be sold.

    Currently, that would be:
    – All of KTMA (including K01 and K02!)
    – The 12 episodes that Shout has said they will never be able to produce on DVD
    – The currently out of print episodes from Vols 14, 17, 21

    Whether or not they stay for a while or are removed without notice remains to be seen. I suspect that if these can still be sold now despite the sudden clampdown on fan copies, it’s a pretty good bet that they will stay for a while.

    It’s also good to note that CheesyFlix is still open and STILL has over 2000+ cheesy movies for us to riff on ourselves. ;)

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  19. michaelkz
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    BarthGimble:
    Well, it seems as though if the episodes and extras are still listed on CheesyFlix, they are still allowed to be sold.

    Currently, that would be:
    – All of KTMA (including K01 and K02!)
    – The 12 episodes that Shout has said they will never be able to produce on DVD
    – The currently out of print episodes from Vols 14, 17, 21

    Whether or not they stay for a while or are removed without notice remains to be seen. I suspect that if these can still be sold now despite the sudden clampdown on fan copies, it’s a pretty good bet that they will stay for a while.

    It’s also good to note that CheesyFlix is still open and STILL has over 2000+ cheesy movies for us to riff on ourselves. ;)

    Hmmm, so who’s toes were they stepping on to get a cease and desist order?

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  20. BarthGimble
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    About half of the “Extras” remain. Gone are the extras that were bundled in Shout sets. That’s too bad because it’s nice to be able to go to the complete set of ALL shorts, for example, and then just watch them all without dragging out 4 or 5 additional Shout boxsets just to watch them. I don’t know, maybe I’m just weird that way.

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  21. littleaimishboy
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    Cheesyflix is offering the domain name

    MST3K.org

    for sale.

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  22. michaelkz
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    littleaimishboy:
    Cheesyflix is offering the domain name

    MST3K.org

    for sale.

    Intriguing.

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  23. Kenneth Morgan
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    littleaimishboy:
    Cheesyflix is offering the domain name

    MST3K.org

    for sale.

    I doubt I have the money to buy the domain name. I settled for a couple of KTMA episodes I didn’t already have.

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  24. jjk50
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    Forget buying any remaining episodes from Cheesyflix. I was going to get episodes K01 and K02 today but they are no longer selling any MST3K. They were up there yesterday but as usual I was a day late and a dollar short.

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  25. Lawgiver
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    So this isn’t really that surprising, is it? Given how strict some of these copyright owners are about their properties.

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  26. Captain Howdy
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    Shaitan damn it!

    I’ve lost my window!

    Luckily, I hacked my own Ultraviolet Digital locker account back in 2018 and was able to insert all the unavailable MST3K episodes into my account by disguising them as Lionsgate DVDs.

    So I can just hop over to uvvu.com and watch them.

    Just sign into my account…

    (pause)

    …wait a second…

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  27. Captain Howdy
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    BTW, unrelated to topic… When I log in, it says “Howdy, Captain Howdy.”

    I always find that comforting when I visit.

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