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VCR won't accept tapes

A tape got stuck in there recently and I had to take it apart to get the tape out. The unit will not accept or eject tapes. Can something like this be fixed or should I send the unit back. I cannot even find a retailer that sells these anymore. Have they been discontinued?

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VHS VCRs are not being produced in very large quantities any more. You may still be able to find a combo unit DVD/VCR.

The problem may be a belt or gear, or it may be that the tray is damaged. Only a tech can tell you, but there's little point in repairing these. I know Wal-Mart still sells them...

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Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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