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When I was on eBay and I noticed that when the NetFlix banner ad was present on an auction I was looking at and refreshing, the price kept changing between 3.99, 4.99, and 5.99 a month everytime I would refresh. Below is the link for service at $3.99 a month. Although it is limited to two rentals per month, $2 per dvd with 15 day rental periods and no late fees (always a dvd on hand), seems like a steal.

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Not bad for those who only watch a couple DVD's a month. However, if you live near a Blockbuster B&M, it's tough to beat their total access program. You can easily get DVD's for an average of $1 or less, regardless of which program you choose. Even the $9.99/month for one out at a time can get you 9 DVD's a month including their in-store rentals.

or redbox, $1 a rental as long as you return it the next day. No montly fee and plenty of free codes in the free stuff forum

also Blockbuster has an online 2-week free trial thing right now, and if u return the movie to the b&m, u get another free dvd. This offer allows 3 out at a time, so in the 2 weeks i had it i got nearly 30 dvds for free, during winter break so i had time to watch.

No redbox here, and I typically only watch 2-3 movies a month anyways. Besides, it's nice always having one on hand =).

For high volume movie watchers or those with a redbox nearby, this may not be as good of a deal.

I love NetFlix!! I had Blockbuster and cancelled because I kept getting the wrong movie or damaged movies. One was completely cracked. Since switching to NetFlix, I have not had any problems. Also, Ebates has a special $18 rebate for NetFlix.

The Blockbuster B&M deal is good, but keep in mind the selection in the store is not nearly as good as the online catalog. I don't know if the in store rentals can be new releases. In the past, there were restrictions.

Happy New Year!

thanks OP for posting the link

I started a thread on this last week --- and a bunch of punks flamed me for not be able to find the link --- so I deleted my posting

iamanooj said: [Q]also Blockbuster has an online 2-week free trial thing right now, and if u return the movie to the b&m, u get another free dvd. This offer allows 3 out at a time, so in the 2 weeks i had it i got nearly 30 dvds for free, during winter break so i had time to watch.
there's actually a 1 month trial right now using the code "friends", and you can get 3 at a time as well. you also get a coupon a week for a dvd or a GAME at the B&M.

Barbiedawl said: [Q]or redbox, $1 a rental as long as you return it the next day. No montly fee and plenty of free codes in the free stuff forum

My local Grocery store has a similar machine. Its not Red Box though. Seems like the best way to rent if you have the ability to rip the dvd and watch it later so you're not restricted to the 24 hour time period.

damino123 said: [Q]I love NetFlix!! I had Blockbuster and cancelled because I kept getting the wrong movie or damaged movies. One was completely cracked. Since switching to NetFlix, I have not had any problems. Also, Ebates has a special $18 rebate for NetFlix.

The Blockbuster B&M deal is good, but keep in mind the selection in the store is not nearly as good as the online catalog. I don't know if the in store rentals can be new releases. In the past, there were restrictions.

Happy New Year!

I had the same experience a year ago..but just tried Blockbuster again and they've cleaned up their act significantly. Use the 1 month free trial to try it for yourself and you'll see why NetFlix' days are numbered unless they team up with a Hollywood Video or something for a similar service (or cut their prices in half)

(no restrictions on what you rent when you return your rental to a B&M, btw) - I'm able to watch twice as many movies on the 2 out-at-a-time plan with their new total access than I can with the equivalent plan on NetFlix.

zenob said: [Q]damino123 said: [Q]I love NetFlix!! I had Blockbuster and cancelled because I kept getting the wrong movie or damaged movies. One was completely cracked. Since switching to NetFlix, I have not had any problems. Also, Ebates has a special $18 rebate for NetFlix.

The Blockbuster B&M deal is good, but keep in mind the selection in the store is not nearly as good as the online catalog. I don't know if the in store rentals can be new releases. In the past, there were restrictions.

Happy New Year!

I had the same experience a year ago..but just tried Blockbuster again and they've cleaned up their act significantly. Use the 1 month free trial to try it for yourself and you'll see why NetFlix' days are numbered unless they team up with a Hollywood Video or something for a similar service (or cut their prices in half)

(no restrictions on what you rent when you return your rental to a B&M, btw) - I'm able to watch twice as many movies on the 2 out-at-a-time plan with their new total access than I can with the equivalent plan on NetFlix.

Thanks for the suggestion. The NetFlix shipping warehouse is in the next suburb over so I get movies next day so that is a real bonus. Very rapid shipping! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> I may give Blockbuster another shot.

I have nothing but good things to say about BB total access. I tried BB unlimted rentals a few years back, they were very very slow shipping, but they did a 180 since then. I live in the LA area, my movies arrive either the next day or the day after I return my movie to the store. Between the coupons, fast turnaround and in store drop off/free rentals, BB has NetFlix beat hands down. I was getting tired of NetFlix throttling before I switched. It really pissed me off to see return labels going to DC and FLA when the CA sorting facility is 20 miles from my place.

I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

We joined NetFlix a couple months ago for $9.99 month plan,and the fatwallet $18 CashBack.I wonder if the $3.99 new member plan can be combined with the $18 FatWallet CashBack???If so, this is a no brainer.NetFlix is great!

bengalfreak said: [Q]I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

When returning movies to the BM store, they will give you additional movies as trade immediately.......

I use the NetFlix 3 out at a time, and I havent had a problem with anything. Fast shipping, no damaged disks, its been pretty good other than the price, I would say its a little high. I tried the Blockbuster Total Access and its pretty sweet. 3 out at a time, and for each movie you return in-store you get a free in-store movie only rental, then the movies in you Q get shipped faster, no wasted time waiting for them to receive them back. Once my next month at NetFlix is up, I'm switching to Blockbuster.

bengalfreak said: [Q]I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

B&M availability is more convenient than only receiving them thru the mail. Think about it before posting, k?

Anyone know where there's a current list of the Blockbuster distribution centers? We tried them in the past but it took awhile to get the DVD's in the mail.

triplerr said: [Q]I have nothing but good things to say about BB total access. I tried BB unlimted rentals a few years back, they were very very slow shipping, but they did a 180 since then. I live in the LA area, my movies arrive either the next day or the day after I return my movie to the store. Between the coupons, fast turnaround and in store drop off/free rentals, BB has NetFlix beat hands down. I was getting tired of NetFlix throttling before I switched. It really pissed me off to see return labels going to DC and FLA when the CA sorting facility is 20 miles from my place.

BB has definitely gotten their act together. Bye, bye NetFlix.

With the Total Access program I'm averaging 6 rentals a week (3 mail/3 in-store)...and I'm not rushing my turnaround time. I return 3 rental in-store on the weekend and get three more in-store. By Wednesday I have the next 3 in my on-line queue show up in my mailbox. If I felt like going to the store during the week I could probaby get upwards of 12 rentals a week (6 mail/6 in-store).

I gave up on NetFlix over a year ago after being throttled to death. There was no attempt (zero/zilch/nada) by them to 'win' me back...further evidence they did not want me as a customer. NetFlix is now reaping what they've sown...erosion of subscriber base and inevitable bankruptcy. AMF NetFlix

chaalie said: [Q]triplerr said: [Q]I have nothing but good things to say about BB total access. I tried BB unlimted rentals a few years back, they were very very slow shipping, but they did a 180 since then. I live in the LA area, my movies arrive either the next day or the day after I return my movie to the store. Between the coupons, fast turnaround and in store drop off/free rentals, BB has NetFlix beat hands down. I was getting tired of NetFlix throttling before I switched. It really pissed me off to see return labels going to DC and FLA when the CA sorting facility is 20 miles from my place.

BB has definitely gotten their act together. Bye, bye NetFlix.

With the Total Access program I'm averaging 6 rentals a week (3 mail/3 in-store)...and I'm not rushing my turnaround time. I return 3 rental in-store on the weekend and get three more in-store. By Wednesday I have the next 3 in my on-line queue show up in my mailbox. If I felt like going to the store during the week I could probaby get upwards of 12 rentals a week (6 mail/6 in-store).

I gave up on NetFlix over a year ago after being throttled to death. There was no attempt (zero/zilch/nada) by them to 'win' me back...further evidence they did not want me as a customer. NetFlix is now reaping what they've sown...erosion of subscriber base and inevitable bankruptcy. AMF NetFlixYou better hope not. Cause the day after that happens, all BB prices will be up by 50% if not more. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Brudha said: [Q]bengalfreak said: [Q]I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

When returning movies to the BM store, they will give you additional movies as trade immediately.......
AND they ship you the next movies in queue anyway.. basically they are giving you free extra movies for visiting the store. Cant beat BB if you watch a lot of movies. Their turnaround time has become very good.

Not all Blockbuster stores participate in the in-store return/exchange program. The Blockbuster website allows you to check which stores in your area can be used. Out of 10 Blockbuster stores in the Nashville/Murfreesboro TN area, not a single one participates.

chaalie said: [Q]NetFlix is now reaping what they've sown...erosion of subscriber base and inevitable bankruptcy.Bankruptcy by getting rid of all the freeloaders? Hardly. BB can't substant this business model, no matter how much we want them to.

Thanks OP, I had the $9.99 plan but only averaged 2 per month, so I cancelled.
Signed up under wifes name for the $3.99 plan. Too bad $18 FatCash only works with $9.99 plans and higher.

I think NetFlix will be the one to survive.
WalMart couldn't compete, and Amazon has yet to show any presence.

Dunno if bb are still doing it, but you could take your NetFlix covers to b&m bb stores for free rentals, so this could be 4 a month for 3.99

cvcc said: [Q]chaalie said: [Q]NetFlix is now reaping what they've sown...erosion of subscriber base and inevitable bankruptcy.Bankruptcy by getting rid of all the freeloaders? Hardly. BB can't substant this business model, no matter how much we want them to.

"Freeloaders?" --I was a paying customer...nothing was 'free'. NetFlix, as a service, exists to provide movies by mail yet if you use their service they essentially cut you off. What NetFlix really wants is a subscriber base that pays them a monthly fee yet doesn't rent anything. NetFlix profits on those who sign up for their automatically billed 'service' then forget they have it. The sort of business model that treats frequent customers like a bad disease yet embraces the casual customer is doomed. If I were to treat my regular customers like toe jam I'd be out of business....as will NetFlix be soon.

chocoruacal said: [Q]bengalfreak said: [Q]I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

B&M availability is more convenient than only receiving them thru the mail. Think about it before posting, k?

Sorry, chocoruacal, you're the one who should think first. Driving all the way into town, waiting at traffic lights, parking, etc. takes way more time than I'm willing to give. That's why I got NetFlix, the movies just come in the mail. I'm in 100% agreement with bengalfreak, I would never go to the Blockbuster B&M.

tenben said: [Q]chocoruacal said: [Q]bengalfreak said: [Q]I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

B&M availability is more convenient than only receiving them thru the mail. Think about it before posting, k?

Sorry, chocoruacal, you're the one who should think first. Driving all the way into town, waiting at traffic lights, parking, etc. takes way more time than I'm willing to give. That's why I got NetFlix, the movies just come in the mail. I'm in 100% agreement with bengalfreak, I would never go to the Blockbuster B&M.

1) you can still return BB movies via mail. returning them to a B&M store is only an option, not required.
2) YMMV, but personally the closest BB is 5 min away from me, then next one is 7 min away, then 10 min. going to a BB B&M is not a problem for everyone

chaalie said: [Q]cvcc said: [Q]chaalie said: [Q]NetFlix is now reaping what they've sown...erosion of subscriber base and inevitable bankruptcy.Bankruptcy by getting rid of all the freeloaders? Hardly. BB can't substant this business model, no matter how much we want them to.

"Freeloaders?" --I was a paying customer...nothing was 'free'. NetFlix, as a service, exists to provide movies by mail yet if you use their service they essentially cut you off. What NetFlix really wants is a subscriber base that pays them a monthly fee yet doesn't rent anything. NetFlix profits on those who sign up for their automatically billed 'service' then forget they have it. The sort of business model that treats frequent customers like a bad disease yet embraces the casual customer is doomed. If I were to treat my regular customers like toe jam I'd be out of business....as will NetFlix be soon.I was using "freeloaders" loosely and not personally at you. Like it or not, NetFlix is a for profit business, and they have to get rid of customers that cost them money. I don't think NetFlix want people to signup then forget about their subscriptions, but rather they want people that only rent one cycle a week.

If you are a business owner, I doubt you would want or could afford to keep high maintenance customers that are a drain on your business.

I've noticed that since Blockbuster started Total Access, the b&m stores are twice as busy (if not more). Many people are drawing the conclusion that this will hurt Blockbuster long term and the Total Access program won't last. I disagree - a lot of the people I've seen in line get suckered into buying popcorn, drinks, candy, etc. The markup on that stuff is unbelievable, but people buy it time and time again. I'm also guilty of making the occassional impulse buy of the $3.99 & $4.99 previously viewed titles they strategically place by the checkout line. I think Blockbuster will continue to sign up frequent renters while NetFlix will get all the low volume renters, each of which can be profitable.

Thnx, OP. Nice little deal, especially for me since I live in a rural area and need to drive waaaaay toooo far to rent from anyone. Green for you!

[Q]Sorry, chocoruacal, you're the one who should think first. Driving all the way into town, waiting at traffic lights, parking, etc. takes way more time than I'm willing to give. That's why I got NetFlix, the movies just come in the mail. I'm in 100% agreement with bengalfreak, I would never go to the Blockbuster B&M.

Plainly, you don't understand how the Blockbuster program works. You are offered a choice. The first choice is you mail your movies back, BBuster mails you your next movies. Just like NFlix.

The second choice is the Total Access program: if you really want to get another movie right away -- without waiting for the mail -- you simply visit your local BBuster and hand in the movies you would have mailed back. When you hand in your movies, you are entitled to immediate, free rentals on the spot from the store (which need to be returned in a couple days). Even better -- when you return the movie to the store, BBuster will also begin processing the next movie in your online queue for shipment. Thus returning one of your mailed movies to the store gets you (1) an immediate free rental, and (2) it counts as an online return, and the next movie from your queue will be shipped.

But Bbuster also offers one more reward: customers also recieve an online coupon for one free rental a month. You simply print the coupon and take it to a Bbuster store. So you can trade in movies (unlimited) or you can bring in a coupon (one a month) for "free" rentals -- all of this is included in the basic subscription, no extra fees, no surcharges, etc.

This is a great program. It blows away anything Nflix, or any other company, is offering right now. Bbuster has the premier online service at the moment, due to the great integration with its local stores. It provides great flexibility and ease with which one can get movies, at any time. Anyone who argues to the contrary -- you're dead wrong.

(And who cares if you would "never" go to a bricks-and-mortar video store. That is irrelevant. When comparing services, you evaluate the choices available with each service, at a given price. One service offers you the choice to return movies in-store, and get free rentals and an immediate return, all in one visit (plus a free monthly rental coupon). The other services offer none of these benefits. Having the choice makes the Bbuster program better, period.)

I wish this $3.99 rate was available to current customers. It is a great deal for people just wanting to give the service a test run, or people who don't have a lot of time to watch movies each month. I am on the same plan but paying $5.99 for it right now.

The Blockbuster Total Access program sounds like a great deal for those who can make good use of the in store returns. I won't rent from Blockbuster at all because of their policies against NC-17 rated films.

As far as I can tell, Blockbuster Online doesn't offer HD-DVDs.

Might not matter to some but it's all I rent so it's a total dealbreaker for me.

bengalfreak said: [Q]I fail to see how Blockbuster's program is much better at all. Isn't going to the video store to drop off movies totally negating the convenience advantage by having a mail order video outlet in the first place?

I bet you fail to see a lot of things.

I am not a member of any of those but I think BB is a better deal, you can choose to use BB as NetFlix way or you can use it both way.
I am not sure why having more option is harmful. It is like you are getting free soda with burger in a deal and you are saying it is a bad deal as some else is only giving you burger and that is better.
Are you a fatwallet member or what?

Now again I am not a member of any of them so, if you feel netfix gives you better service then use them.

jpjeux said: [Q]As far as I can tell, Blockbuster Online doesn't offer HD-DVDs.

Might not matter to some but it's all I rent so it's a total dealbreaker for me.

Yes, BB does rent HD DVDS. It is under collections, then HD DVD! They have around 200 titles available.

My daughter told me that she wants me to sign up for NetFlix because she wants to be able to rent games for Playstation 2, but when I went through the NetFlix site for myself I saw no games. She swears that yes, one can rent video games. Can anyone please comment on whether video game rentals are/are not possible with the NetFlix, PS2, and/or RedBox programs? Thanks....

parsimoniouspat said: [Q]My daughter told me that she wants me to sign up for NetFlix because she wants to be able to rent games for Playstation 2, but when I went through the NetFlix site for myself I saw no games. She swears that yes, one can rent video games. Can anyone please comment on whether video game rentals are/are not possible with the NetFlix, PS2, and/or RedBox programs? Thanks....
Your daughter is mistaken. FWIW, all of the Blockbuster online memberships (starting at $5.99) include one e-coupon per month that can be used for a game rental. Also, your local Blockbuster probably offers "Game Pass." I'm not sure about the details, but I think Game Pass gives you unlimited rentals (probably 1 at a time) for about $22/month. If you want to rent games online, you might want to look at gameznflix.com and GameFly.com. Those places seem to get bad reviews, though.

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Agreed. Thanks for clearly spelling out what clearly needed to be spelled out. You lose NOTHING (except the streaming downloads) by going with BB vs. NetFlix. Same amount of mail movies. BUT you get the bonus (as in 'extra') of being able to use the BM store to obtain MORE movies. I had been with NF for 6 years before moving to BB and, for me, it's a no brainer. More movies, same money.



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