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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    When I was in my pre-teens my family got its first VCR. This was back in the days when the remote was a single button on a loooong wire that plugged into the VCR. You could only pause using the remote.

    Back then we had a local chain called "Erol's" which is an interesting story in itself... I've never seen a company reinvent itself so many times. From TV seller to furniture rental to VHS/Beta rental to custom desktop PC builder to internet dial-up provider in the span of about 20 years. It was 25 cents for a one week rental. We had A few movies on nearly permanent rental.

    By the time Blockbuster came along Erols had gone and the primary competition was Hollywood Video and Blockbuster.

    Anyway, I do have fond memories of renting movies based purely on the cover art. Some movies I now love were rented only because we had no choices late on a Saturday night.

    We aren't losing brick and mortar stores. At least in my area there isn't a shortage of shops to fill the strip malls. There just aren't any blockbusters anymore.

    I agree though, I won't miss their late fees.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    this movie was rented from a video store in my hometown in 2008 :

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    they went out of business the week after i took this photo.

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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Well it's easier, but easier doesn't always mean better. I was talking to my husband about this last night, and we were talking about how so many things are becoming obsolete that were a part of growing up. Bookstores? Video stores? Record/CD stores? Lots of things are no longer needed, but that doesn't mean they aren't missed.


    Yeah. It was actually kind of FUN to go to the video store and browse through all the movies, and pick a couple out to watch later in the comfort of our own home.

    Netflix IS far more convenient, not to mention cheaper, but it lacks a certain something in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yeah. It was actually kind of FUN to go to the video store and browse through all the movies, and pick a couple out to watch later in the comfort of our own home.

    Netflix IS far more convenient, not to mention cheaper, but it lacks a certain something in comparison.
    Yup. I tell you something else - brick and mortar stores had the marketing that Redbox doesn't. Also, when I'd go on Friday nights, I'd let my kids go browse through the kids movies to pick what they wanted. They aren't going to "browse" the big poster at Redbox and find anything. If anything, Redbox has made me rent significantly less. It was nothing for me to drop a $20 bill to get some of the newer movies for the weekend. Redbox? They're lucky if they get a dollar a week from me. Honestly, it's more like I spend a dollar a month. I only watch what I really want to watch.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    this movie was rented from a video store in my hometown in 2008 :

    funnydvd.jpg

    they went out of business the week after i took this photo.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Correction: the combination of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other pay-for-view websites are a far better way, as the selection of each alone is kind of terrible.

    Anyway, it was never possible for video rental stores (even just that name alone is so anachronistic) could possibly compete with instant streaming (and torrents).

    I will, however, miss those independent rental stores that made a point of stocking everything.
    Accept for Hulu Plus. When I did have it I hated that I paid for the service and still had to watch Ads.

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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yeah. It was actually kind of FUN to go to the video store and browse through all the movies, and pick a couple out to watch later in the comfort of our own home.

    Netflix IS far more convenient, not to mention cheaper, but it lacks a certain something in comparison.
    Not to mention the stores had a variety of movie watching snacks that couldn't be found anywhere else at the time.

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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    I'd been hearing for years when I was with Movie Gallery that movies were going to be streamed by the cable companies. The business model was going to be like "all the movies will be available, and they will start at $1 and go up in price." Each cable company would have access to every title, or something like that. They are getting there, but they have a long way to go.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Not to mention the stores had a variety of movie watching snacks that couldn't be found anywhere else at the time.
    Yup. Plus video rental stores always offered the pre-played titles for a huge discount. I filled my DVD library with pre-played titles.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Accept for Hulu Plus. When I did have it I hated that I paid for the service and still had to watch Ads.
    Services like Netflix have spoiled you. Before instant streaming we were paying for service and watching ads anyway.

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