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Old November 6 2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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R.I.P Blockbuster

Blockbuster exiting US retail market, closing its last 300 stores
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Old November 6 2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

There's just no demand for it anymore. On the ever rarer occasion people rent physical media, they can go to a RedBox, or find a local Mom & Pop video store.
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Old November 6 2013, 09:50 PM   #3
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Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

There was one summer I moved back home from college and worked overnight at Walmart. There was a Blockbuster right in front of the store and for $20 I got unlimited two at a time rentals. That was in 2004. I was introduced to Netflix in 2005 and never used the service again.
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Old November 6 2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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[There's just no demand for it anymore. On the ever rarer occasion people rent physical media, they can go to a RedBox, or find a local Mom & Pop video store.
I thought local video stores had gone extinct long ago because of chains like Blockbuster.

The thing about Netflix is, it doesn't always have the exact same selection that Blockbuster did, and you have to wait to get DVDs. Blockbuster was good to have around as a supplement, an alternative source that could occasionally provide titles Netflix lacked or at least make them available immediately instead of days later.
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Old November 6 2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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There's just no demand for it anymore. On the ever rarer occasion people rent physical media, they can go to a RedBox, or find a local Mom & Pop video store.
Oh I know, it's been a long time coming and it's not as if they didn't bring it on themselves it's just sad to a see the end of an era kind of a thing, I was a kid when they opened their first stores and they were a great place to go at one point.

It's also sad to see that many more people added to the unemployment pool.
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Old November 6 2013, 09:54 PM   #6
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Old November 6 2013, 10:06 PM   #7
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Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

Where I live there are still 2 Family Videos that are open. I never go there, but each has a Little Caesar's connected to it, which I do go to every now and then. The stores seem to be doing at least decent business as far as I can see.

The 2 Blockbusters we had were closed years ago, so it's kind of nice to see Family Video hanging in there.
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Old November 6 2013, 10:18 PM   #8
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It's been over 12 years since I've rented a video.
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Old November 6 2013, 10:20 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear that people will be losing their jobs, but Blockbuster was a horrible company with terrible customer service and awful business practices. I haven't been a customer since about 2001. Good riddence.
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Old November 6 2013, 10:46 PM   #10
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I thought they already were.

I haven't seen one in close to 10 years.
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Old November 6 2013, 10:57 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear that people will be losing their jobs, but Blockbuster was a horrible company with terrible customer service and awful business practices. I haven't been a customer since about 2001. Good riddence.
This. They were a horribly run company with awful service, and had a reputation for screwing over its customers. Good riddance, indeed.

I honestly thought that they had already gone extinct.
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Old November 6 2013, 11:25 PM   #12
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Up until about a year ago I still had three within a 10 minute drive from my house. One was turned into a Dental Practice about a year ago, one is now a tanning salon, and the third is still Blockbuster. At least for now.
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There's just no demand for it anymore. On the ever rarer occasion people rent physical media, they can go to a RedBox, or find a local Mom & Pop video store.
Oh I know, it's been a long time coming and it's not as if they didn't bring it on themselves it's just sad to a see the end of an era kind of a thing, I was a kid when they opened their first stores and they were a great place to go at one point.

It's also sad to see that many more people added to the unemployment pool.
I agree, it is the end of an era. I worked for Hollywood Video back in the day, right as DVDs were becoming a thing. Still, 95% of our inventory were VHS tapes, and I remember running our half dozen rewinders (thanks people!), opening and splicing broken videotapes, and asking people if they wanted to pay on their late fees (the biggest late fee I ever saw was a $95 late fee for one VHS tape).

It was a neat experience.
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Old November 6 2013, 11:53 PM   #14
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I agree, it is the end of an era. I worked for Hollywood Video back in the day, right as DVDs were becoming a thing. Still, 95% of our inventory were VHS tapes, and I remember running our half dozen rewinders (thanks people!), opening and splicing broken videotapes, and asking people if they wanted to pay on their late fees (the biggest late fee I ever saw was a $95 late fee for one VHS tape).

It was a neat experience.
That brings back memories. I used to work at Movie Gallery. At our store you paid the 'extended viewing fee' or you didn't rent anything else. I got so good at splicing videotapes that I had customers bringing in their personal tapes for me to fix.
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I agree, it is the end of an era. I worked for Hollywood Video back in the day, right as DVDs were becoming a thing. Still, 95% of our inventory were VHS tapes, and I remember running our half dozen rewinders (thanks people!), opening and splicing broken videotapes, and asking people if they wanted to pay on their late fees (the biggest late fee I ever saw was a $95 late fee for one VHS tape).

It was a neat experience.
That brings back memories. I used to work at Movie Gallery. At our store you paid the 'extended viewing fee' or you didn't rent anything else. I got so good at splicing videotapes that I had customers bringing in their personal tapes for me to fix.
Nice.

Yeah, we had people who were flagged as not being able to rent, but then they'd bring in their friends, who would pay for the video, and then hand it right to them. Our manager didn't care.
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