RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 138,955
Posts: 5,391,083
Members: 24,722
Currently online: 573
Newest member: Jadakiss

TrekToday headlines

Forbes Cast In Powers
By: T'Bonz on Aug 22

Dorn To Voice Firefly Character
By: T'Bonz on Aug 22

No ALS Ice Bucket For Saldana
By: T'Bonz on Aug 22

Free Star Trek Trexels Game
By: T'Bonz on Aug 22

New Trek-themed Bobble Heads
By: T'Bonz on Aug 21

IDW Publishing November Trek Comic
By: T'Bonz on Aug 20

Pegg/Wright Trilogy In The Works
By: T'Bonz on Aug 20

Star Trek: The Compendium Rebate Details
By: T'Bonz on Aug 20

Gold Key Archives Volume 2
By: T'Bonz on Aug 19

Takei Documentary Wins Award
By: T'Bonz on Aug 19


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > TV & Media

TV & Media Non-Trek television, movies, books, music, etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 7 2013, 06:43 PM   #46
Gaith
Rear Admiral
 
Gaith's Avatar
 
Location: Washington, DC
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

WillsBabe wrote: View Post
I remember watching Blockbuster coming intotown and putting all the independents out of business - the corner shops, the guys who came around with videos to rent in the back of their cars.
For real?!
Gaith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 7 2013, 07:57 PM   #47
Random_Spock
Fleet Captain
 
Random_Spock's Avatar
 
Location: Random_Spock
View Random_Spock's Twitter Profile
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

I remember going up to my local Blockbuster (often called Blockhead by me and my friends -- due to their return policy) and renting movies and games over the years. Tried out Pokémon Snap back when they let people try games out there. Worth every cent. And I got started watching the X-Files due to renting Ice there on VHS.

Good bye Blockbuster, thanks for the memories.
__________________
RIP Robin, you'll be missed . Credit goes to Ticketmaster for this picture of Robin, no copyright infringement intended.
Random_Spock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 8 2013, 07:05 PM   #48
WillsBabe
Vice Admiral
 
WillsBabe's Avatar
 
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

Gaith wrote: View Post
the guys who came around with videos to rent in the back of their cars.
For real?![/QUOTE]

Yeah, back in the mid to late 80s. You'd rent it one evening and they'd come back a couple of nights later and pick 'em up. And you could chose Betamax or VHS. (I'm so old I can remember Phillips 2000!)
__________________



WillsBabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 8 2013, 07:52 PM   #49
RandyS
Vice Admiral
 
RandyS's Avatar
 
Location: Randyland
View RandyS's Twitter Profile
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

WillsBabe wrote: View Post
Gaith wrote: View Post
the guys who came around with videos to rent in the back of their cars.
For real?!
Yeah, back in the mid to late 80s. You'd rent it one evening and they'd come back a couple of nights later and pick 'em up. And you could chose Betamax or VHS. (I'm so old I can remember Phillips 2000!)[/QUOTE]

Was that something that was exclusive to your neighborhood? We certainly never had anybody doing that. The cops would have been on them before they knew what hit them.
RandyS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 8 2013, 09:17 PM   #50
Mr. Adventure
Admiral
 
Mr. Adventure's Avatar
 
Location: Mr. Adventure
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

WillsBabe wrote: View Post
the guys who came around with videos to rent in the back of their cars.
Gaith wrote: View Post
For real?!
Yeah, back in the mid to late 80s. You'd rent it one evening and they'd come back a couple of nights later and pick 'em up.
Or bust your kneecaps...
Mr. Adventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 02:09 AM   #51
Jptrekker
Captain
 
Jptrekker's Avatar
 
Location: the marketing dept. of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

J. Allen wrote: View Post
Gary Mitchell wrote: View Post
J. Allen wrote: View Post
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.
I used to manage a Blockbuster (about 17 years ago) and we'd try to charge the credit card number on file for late fees over two weeks old. Some late fees were sent to collections, but mostly fees for un-returned games, the game would come back when the parent got the bill and they searched the kid's room.

I always told folks to never give a debit card number because of the "extended viewing charges".

About once a month I'd drive down to the Hollywood Video store for a hostage exchange, returning the hollywood movies people returned Blockbuster and getting the BBV movies people returned to Hollywood.

ah memories. Haven't been in a blockbuster in over a decade.
Jptrekker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 02:59 AM   #52
J. Allen
Dancing on Rainbows
 
J. Allen's Avatar
 
Location: United States
Send a message via ICQ to J. Allen Send a message via AIM to J. Allen Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to J. Allen Send a message via Yahoo to J. Allen
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

Oh man, I remember the time we received a whole bunch of Blockbuster videos in our deposit box. Fun times indeed.
__________________
Visit us at Brony Kingdom!
You will never find a more precious hive of love and humility.
---------
"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain
J. Allen is online now   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 03:09 AM   #53
Christopher
Writer
 
Christopher's Avatar
 
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

"Hostage exchange."
__________________
Christopher L. Bennett Homepage -- Site update 4/8/14 including annotations for Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel

Written Worlds -- My blog
Christopher is online now   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 03:22 AM   #54
bigdaddy
Vice Admiral
 
Location: Space Massachusetts
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

My only Blockbuster memory is that they once argued with me over something stupid, accused me of stealing, or trying to steal and wanted two forms of photo ID (I was a teenager in high school and didn't drive) over a coupon or something really insane.

I never step foot in one again.
__________________
The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
bigdaddy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 12:17 PM   #55
TemporalFlux
Commodore
 
TemporalFlux's Avatar
 
Location: The End of Time
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

My Blockbuster memory is standing in line beside a family looking at a magazine while making very personal, insulting comments about Michael Jackson (almost like they were talking about a guy that lived down the street from them). I finally couldn't help myself and turned to the girl talking.

"Aren't you being kind of harsh?" I said; "You act like you know the guy."

She responded, "I'm Brandy"

I responded, "Well, I'm Daniel; but I still wouldn't talk about the guy like that."

After she stormed out in a huff, someone tried to explain to me that she was Moesha; never heard of the show before that.
TemporalFlux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 06:28 PM   #56
publiusr
Commodore
 
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

Now I miss Suncoast and blockbuster. I like walking around and looking at products, buying some of the tie in items as they catch my eye.

Damn this downloadable world.

Well, I can still hear well on my land line.
publiusr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 06:42 PM   #57
Peach Wookiee
Cuddly Mod of Doom
 
Peach Wookiee's Avatar
 
Location: Peach Wookiee
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

I just rented from my local grocery store. $2.99 for two videos for seven days. And I get stuff from my local library too. I prefer physical media anyway.
Peach Wookiee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 06:59 PM   #58
WillsBabe
Vice Admiral
 
WillsBabe's Avatar
 
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

RandyS wrote: View Post
WillsBabe wrote: View Post
Gaith wrote: View Post
the guys who came around with videos to rent in the back of their cars.
For real?!
Yeah, back in the mid to late 80s. You'd rent it one evening and they'd come back a couple of nights later and pick 'em up. And you could chose Betamax or VHS. (I'm so old I can remember Phillips 2000!)
Was that something that was exclusive to your neighborhood? We certainly never had anybody doing that. The cops would have been on them before they knew what hit them.[/QUOTE]

I'm not sure. We were living in the North East of England at the time. I remember that the videos were stacked on their ends (spines up) in the boot of the car. The seats were down and because I'm short, I could never bend over the far enough to read the spines.
__________________



WillsBabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 07:01 PM   #59
Agent Richard07
Admiral
 
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

I only recently learned that "boot" means "trunk".
Agent Richard07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 9 2013, 07:47 PM   #60
RandyS
Vice Admiral
 
RandyS's Avatar
 
Location: Randyland
View RandyS's Twitter Profile
Re: R.I.P Blockbuster

WillsBabe wrote: View Post

I'm not sure. We were living in the North East of England at the time. I remember that the videos were stacked on their ends (spines up) in the boot of the car. The seats were down and because I'm short, I could never bend over the far enough to read the spines.
Ah. You lived in England. That explains it. Different rules and stuff....
RandyS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.