<quote><p>No one I know has ever paid money for pirated media. That's kind of the entire point. What is this drivel about business models?</p></quote>
I don't know how big a thing it is anymore, but selling pirated DVDs was a pretty big thing in lower class communities. Usually they'd have a binder with discs and inkjet printed sleeves you could choose from. I've seen it at quite a few swap meets too where there will be a stand selling pirated media, some of these much more elaborate, in cases with counterfeit inserts, sometimes even a sticker on the disc or Lightscribe. I guarantee it's still probably a pretty common hustle among parolees, as it's viewed as more "legit", your average big city parole officer is not going to give a flying fuck about pirated DVDs.
I can't speak to how common it is in 2016 as I'm about a decade removed from that scene, maybe iTunes stamps on Obama phones have eliminated this practice, but I highly doubt it. The person you would want to ask would be your neighborhood drug dealer, his brothers layin low on them papers, stayin outta the game for a bit, but he's got that latest Coo Coo Cal mixtape for you.