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Renting movies...who actually walks into stores to rent?! 
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So the other night me and some friends went bowling, had some drinks and wanted to watch Dumb and Dumber. The DD drove us to Hollywood video where I have a membership from way back that was still valid. I use netflix now but we wanted to watch the movie that night spur of the moment and no one owned it. So we stumble in grab the movie, I go up to the counter...5 dollars to rent it. I pay marginally more than that a month for Netflix to rent a crapload of movies a month...so we go to wal-mart instead and buy it for 6.97.

So my question is...other than once in a great while spur of the moment rentals for "right now" needs...who in their right mind pays per movie to rent from walk in rental places still?! Yes that's the point I was making with the long boring story lol.


Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:11 am
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Colin wrote:
So the other night me and some friends went bowling, had some drinks and wanted to watch Dumb and Dumber. The DD drove us to Hollywood video where I have a membership from way back that was still valid. I use netflix now but we wanted to watch the movie that night spur of the moment and no one owned it. So we stumble in grab the movie, I go up to the counter...5 dollars to rent it. I pay marginally more than that a month for Netflix to rent a crapload of movies a month...so we go to wal-mart instead and buy it for 6.97.

So my question is...other than once in a great while spur of the moment rentals for "right now" needs...who in their right mind pays per movie to rent from walk in rental places still?! Yes that's the point I was making with the long boring story lol.


I used to raid my college library cause they had a nice selection of movies...then I graduated.


Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:18 am
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No way. And then get a late fee if you forget to return it.

Five years ago we had three major vid stores in our town. the smallest died ages ago and then the no.2 seemed to switch to 90% porn. It died 18 months ago after changing ownership. Our local Blockbuster is slowly but surely dying.

Every supermarket now has a vending machine with DVD's for $1. That's the only way I'd actually rent.

When ever I see the post van there are hose ubiquitous red envelopes in his tray!

Rob


Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:51 am
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The two places that I used to rent from has closed down. Granted the only things I used to rent there were the "older" rentals that, if I remember correctly, were 3 bucks for 2 nights and the new releases that I really wanted to see.

After they closed down was when I decided to join Netflix. Plus I buy a lot more movies than I used to.


Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:53 am
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I still use Blockbuster for its combination of in-store and online movie releases...but they've just eliminated their exchange program (bring in online rental for free in-store film), which is probably going to end it for me....Netflix, I'm coming!

Erik


Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:32 pm
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I rent 100% of my videos from video stores, and refuse to ever use netflix. It may seem odd, since I'm a computer engineer, but I really hate the convenience of the internet and I think it is making society lazy and impersonal.


Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:38 pm
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ADayintheLife1979 wrote:
I still use Blockbuster for its combination of in-store and online movie releases...but they've just eliminated their exchange program (bring in online rental for free in-store film), which is probably going to end it for me....Netflix, I'm coming!

Erik



Erik


I tried Blockbuster as the exchange thing was great. However, I struggled with slow turnaround. it seemed like i was being intentioanlly slowed down in my movie watching. Then they upped the price and sent me back to Netflix. i had not heard they had dropped the exchange program as well.

Rob


Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:06 pm
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I'm fortunate enough to live about 15 minutes away from a really terrific video store. It's independently owned and has a wide selection of titles, including classics and foreign films. Older titles are $2.50 for one week, TV-on-DVD rentals are typically packaged two to three DVDs per rental, and they have great specials.

I've seen some of the greatest movies ever made, thanks to this store.


Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:17 pm
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I go to the "Family Video" that is about a mile away, sometimes I even walk the dog down there and tie him up while I go in to find a video. New releases are 3ish dollars, but everything else is between a $0.50 to $1. Things do hang out in the new releases for longer than other video stores, and they just sort everything in alphabetical order, TV shows mixed into the movies, but it is a deal all things considered.


Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:38 pm
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I'm actually employed at a video store, part of a small midwestern chain called Premiere Video. There's little competition, but customers compliment us on being the best store in the area. New releases will run you $3.50 (same prices for years upon years), old stuff is $2.50 (though if you get five, it's $5 for the whole she-bang), and you get up to two free kids titles with your rental; otherwise, kid stuff is $1 to rent.

An old friend and fellow cinephile recently started working there with me, so with two movie geeks behind the counter, little work gets done. Now if we could only find a way to shut up everyone whining about Twilight...


Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:25 pm
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As a former employee of Hollywood Video I think anyone that goes to a videostore is bonkers. Netflix is the way to go. I had customers that would rent upwards of 10 movies per week. All the money the could have saved!


Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:32 pm
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My erratic schedule makes it impossible to use a video store without incurring the wrath of their collection agency. Netflix is great if you watch more than 10 movies a month but I've been known to keep a disc for two months at a time and still fail to watch it.

But, as for walking into a score... never again. Between the limited selection, potential shitty condition of the discs, and trying to remember what I'd always wanted to see but never have, the trip always ends up with The Ring, Dark Water, or something else I could have lived the rest of my life having never seen.


Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:29 am
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