Do you still rent from video stores?

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
July 8, 2008 10:31am CST
It seems in my town that video stores are disappearing daily. Last time I went to rent a movie, the video store I usually went to had gone out of business. It seems they used to be on every second corner. Now they seem to be going the way of the dodos. Do you still rent your movies from video stores?
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@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
31 Aug 08
You know, I have never really paid much attention to see if there still are a lot of video stores where I live. I used to rent video's all of the time when I used to live in my motor home, back around 5 years ago. I had a TV and VCR but no cable TV so I only got one channel and it wasn't very good, so I would go rent the movies. The store I was renting them from had a deal that you rented 7 movies for 7 mights for 7 dollars. So I rented them every week and it worked out to cost me about $28 a month. We, my husband and I, would watch two movies one night and the next night we would play cards, that way the 7 movies lasted us the whole week. We alternated nights. We lived in our motorhome for 18 months so we rented a lot of movies. But now, I have not rented a movie from a video store for about 2 or maybe 3 years. Now with so many people having internet connections, they get to watch movies on the computer for free.
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• United States
12 Aug 08
Husband and I still rent movies we try to rent movies every weekend. That is weird that the movie rental places are disappearing from where you are located.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
9 Jul 08
Oh once in a while I will stop by a video store and rent a few movies. But I must admit I haven't for months and months now. I guess with Dish TV/cable and payperview I don't see the point. Plus you can rent movies for free at the library.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
The only problem with the videos at our library is they are 10 years old and not on dvd! How the times change so fast.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I have rented less then 10 movies ever. One movie was the same one a second time. I pretty much don't mind what's on TV since I almost always watch documenteries
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I think that I stopped renting movies because TV has some great shows on now. The documentaries they show on some networks are pretty good indeed. Did you catch that one called carrier on PBS I think it was. I really enjoyed that one.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
9 Jul 08
Missed that one. I like the History, Science, forensic or medical ones. I even watch the Animal Police that none of my friends can watch. Heck, I once sat thru a discussion of E.R. experiences of my friend studing to be a nurse and my roommate who had been one. WHILE eating spagetti!
• Philippines
8 Jul 08
Not anymore, because there are lots of things to do now. After my day of work, I watch the news while having my dinner. Rest for a while and then take a shower. then it's my time to go mylot until 1 am.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
I know what you mean. So much to do and so little time to do it.
• Philippines
9 Jul 08
You're absolutely right!
@karmendra (1123)
• India
8 Jul 08
yes i do. i usually do that. even today i rent a movie (The Last Castle). i don't know how is that, because i haven't seen it yet. i like Hollywood movie.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
I have never heard of that movie, I think maybe I am out of touch these days.
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@karmendra (1123)
• India
8 Jul 08
now i complete this movie. its based on American Army. this is good movie, now i like it.
@amitavroy (4826)
• India
9 Jul 08
actually after the two big websites launching in Mumbai I do not rent DVDs from the shops. I have a membership with these upsets and the delivering high-quality original DVDs at home which is a free home delivery cup and drop it so there is not much has in them and make it the origin and once with the making of the movies which is a great thing.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
It sounds as if the video stores have seen their day in your country too.
• United States
9 Jul 08
Funny thing! Earlier today I had the chance to choose a Blockbuster membership with free rentals as my gift on one of my survey sites. And, I turned it down. They only let us rent old movies and not new ones with our one free monthly rental. And since the Blockbuster shut down in our tiny town, we don't have a store here anymore. So, for now, we rent from Netflix. And watch free movies online. It's way cheaper. Actually the movies online are free. And since we are online anyway, why not!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I have to admit that I have watched a few new releases that haven't yet been released on my computer!
@risris24 (712)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I usually rent straight from cable but if spur of the moment we decide to watch a movie we run to Blockbuster because they always have the biggest selection, compared to the other local rental chains.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I haven't tried that cable thing yet but it just may be the way to go.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
9 Jul 08
Hello whywiki, I don't anymore. In my country, it is easier to find illegal DVDs/CDs. It will cost you less than $3. Sometimes, when I don't have time to go to the cinema, I will just get my pirated DVD *laughs* I think it has been years since the last time I went to the video store.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I think a lot of movies that come out these days aren't worth more than $3 even in the theaters!
@sacmom (14336)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I don't anymore, but my husband does every once in a while when he wants to see a movie that just came out on video. Personally I would rather just buy it. Even if it costs a few dollars more than renting the movie at least I don't have to bother with having to return it, or worse yet, forgetting to return it and getting charged a late fee which could end up costing more than I could have bought it for.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
Oh the money I have paid in late charges over the years! I agree at least if you buy it you don't have to worry about it being late or lost!
• United States
8 Jul 08
Occasionally WhyWiki my son will rent a game. But with Netflix and the internet, No I no longer rent from stores.. Why when if you get busy and forget a movie is due back you have such big late charges, and it is so much easier to pop them in the mailbox.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I haven't tried this netflix everyone is talking about but it has sparked my interest.
@dschiavi (32)
• United States
8 Jul 08
they are disappearing here also. everyone is heading to netflix or blockbuster. expect blockbuster to be the only store around soon.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
I hope not, I don't like blockbuster. I hate the way they censor which movies they will rent.
• United States
8 Jul 08
No. The library has a lot of movies and I get to keep it for a week before I have to pay a late fee. My cable company has movies on demand so sometimes I use that service. It costs $4 or less and I don't have to worry about late fees.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
Our library has movies too but I find they are really old and boring. Strictly g rating. I haven't tried our video on demand yet but it seems like a viable option.
@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I used to be a regular at Hollywood Video...but alas, they have gone by the wayside just as many of my favorite stores are. I tried Blockbuster but didn't like it. They never had enough new releases available and would close early so they could hit you with a fee...but how could they if they weren't around by 11:00 P.M.? Five days is five days which means they should stay until 11:59. They are in financial trouble too and will probably close the one store left in this area soon. I refuse to get movies by mail because even I have received a Netflix dvd in my box by accident, so I would have to pay for one that I may have never received. I returned the one I got to the correct address, but sadly, most people wouldn't do that.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
It is sad but true most people wouldn't return it to the correct box. We had a hollywood video here at one time too but alas it has fallen victim to the times.
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I rent mine from Netflix I had trouble with the video stores claiming movies were late when they werent because they wanted to collect a late fee. With Netflix there are no late fees and I dont' have to leave my house to rent the movie it comes right to my house.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
Late fees...I always had late fees. I would watch the movie then put it by the door so I wouldn't forget to return it and then of course I would forget.
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
8 Jul 08
No! Those days are gone and Video Library owners are grinding their teeth in anger here because nobody goes there anymore, people get all that need online, they burn Cds and they are just enjoying the emerging tech.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
I admit I am guilty of burning one or more dvds and cds.
• Colombia
8 Jul 08
NEVER! What's the point? The Internet killed video stores and will eventually kill music stores. Plus, I'm from Colombia and here you can buy DVD copies for 1 or 2 dollars. Yes, it's amazing and nobody cares! Of course we have laws to prevent that but that's my country. So, if I can download or buy a copy for a dollar and keep it for life, why would I rent one for a couple of days for 4 or 5 dollars?
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
I would buy them for the $1 too, that way you can watch it whenever and be in no hurry. I agree the internet is killing the video stores, Especially when you can watch movies on the net before they are even released to the theaters!
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
8 Jul 08
No, I used to a long time ago. And most of these old movie videos are boring and dumb. But when I get my DVD player, I will start to rent from Blockbuster or so.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
My dvd player seems to collect dust and even our blockbusters are starting to shut down!
• Canada
8 Mar 09
If there was a video store closer to here I would rant videos, but the closest one is on the other end of town, and across a very busy street. It's not really practical to rent a video, with the bus stop and store located where they are located. Besides, if I want to see a movie badly enough, it's got to be good, and I'd rather just buy it.