Do you rent videos anymore? Redbox? BlockBuster? Netflix?

United States
September 21, 2009 10:16am CST
We had not rented them for a long time as it seemed a waste of money. Plus, the Library was free, til you loose one of course then you could of bought the same one 2-3x for the price you paid the library @ Wal-Mart. So to me it's just cheaper to buy them when they have them on sale like day after black friday sales.... you can find some awsome deals on movies! I think I found a bunch last year for $2-$5 of recent releases (made in the last couple of years) the day after black friday still marked down Eitherway my hubby had been hearing alot from his buddies about Redbox. So we gave it a try last night or shall I say he did cause he didn't bring us along! Seems ok I guess, & cheap enough too. Though... we did rent one movie and it was pretty well scrached up once you got to the middle of the movie. So I think hubby will e-mail or call them to complain about it. I was hoping to have a good experience doing this... but we'll see. As we do watch alot of movies in the colder months. So do you rent vidos? belong to a service like Netflix? tried RedBox? Or do you buy them?
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16 responses
@RebeccaLynn (2256)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I use Redbox all the time. It's only a 1.10 a night. That's cheaper than any other form of entertainment. I am considering netflix but I haven't made up my mind yet.
• United States
21 Sep 09
It's also gobs cheaper than going to the theater that's for sure! I haven't thought about netflix simply because we don't watch alot of movies in warmer months & I can't see paying a subscription price for something we do only half the year.
• United States
21 Sep 09
I'm not sure about Netflix, but I know with Blockbuster.com, you can place your account on hold for 1 or 3 months if you won't be using it during the summer. I just did that with my account last month because money was tight because of back to school. I put it on hold for 1 month and it will re-activate by itself next week. If I'd wanted to I could have reactivated it sooner, but I didn't have the money to.
• Canada
21 Sep 09
I haven't rented or bought a movie for as long as I can remember. I usually either stream movies online or just download them and keep them on my hard drive. I know it's not necessarily the legal way to get movies.. but they are out there on the internet just waiting to be downloaded, so why not!
• United States
21 Sep 09
We used to download stuff off Napster back when it was free and never had a problem... we must have had thousands of things on the computer we downloaded for free. We still download music and movies for free using LimeWire. My only complaint is that it isn't always great quality.
@gicolet (1704)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I moved from Blockbuster to Netflix. Netflix definitely have more available dvd's than Blockbuster. I think Blockbuster is still popular and that's the reason why a lot of their dvd's are still out and not available. It's like first come first serve. With Netflix I chose their 2 dvd rentals at a time for $13.99/mo. I thought I'd save money that way but you're right it's a waste of money. I hardly get a chance to watch the dvd i rent so I'm thinking of unsubscribing. I rather watch streaming movies online or youtube.
• United States
21 Sep 09
That's kinda why I wouldn't want one of those services like that eventually wed get bored of doing it or just plain not have trhe time to watch them all.
@katsmeow1213 (28820)
• United States
21 Sep 09
We've done the library things many times, but inevitably I end up losing or damaging something and then owe them money I can't afford. Eventually I'll pay it off and do it again.. vicious cycle. I don't buy movies much anymore. We used to do that. We'd buy them out of the $5 bin at Walmart, and order them off movie clubs and things like that. At one point we were up to well over 100 DVD's in great shape, some not even opened. Then my twins hit walking age and bye-bye mom and dad's DVD collection!! They totally destroyed every movie we owned!! We'll still buy movies now and then, but we do better to keep them picked up where the kids won't touch them, or else the kids will still destroy them! I do belong to Blockbuster.com, we love that. I get up to 3 movies at a time, and can exchange them in store up to 5 times a month. I've been on this plan for over a year and it's great for us. We watch movies as a family at least once or twice a week. Hubby and I will watch movies just for us around 3-4 times a week, so this works out great. I always end up going over my 5 exchanges each month, because I let the kids pick out their own movies too that they can watch by themselves. I let each of them get 1 older movie each week, each movie costs 99 cents to rent. I don't pay for cable though, so movies is pretty much all we have.
• United States
21 Sep 09
We don't have cable either. I can't see paying those prices we had it 7yrs ago in our apt & it was almost $70 / mo for the standard tier. Our DVD's got absolutely trashed here too! I had a few seasons of the Simpsons & all the holiday Charlie Brown set destroyed . Dying for the age/day they learn to respect and take care of things.
@sam2424 (110)
• United States
29 Sep 09
Redbox is the way to go. Well for us anyway. I used to buy movies from bestbuy if I wanted to see them. Not anymore, low on money nowaday's. Redbox is cheap, new releases like every week or so, and there are 4 really close to were I live. 2 of them are right up the street super convenient. The downside is that there has been numerous times I've gotten pre scrached dvd's they skiped through the whole damn movie. Just the luck of the draw I guess. Other then that good deal.
@AmbiePam (45702)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I like that Walmart has a big bin full of five dollar movies. It's handy. But I use Netflix. I'm on the one at a time plan, and if I see two or more movies a month (which I do), it's already cheaper than Blockbuster or Hollywood Video, and I didn't even have to leave my house. It has such a big selection. I frequently rent TV shows. I missed episodes of last season's Supernatural, so I rented those. I wanted to see how Harper's Island turned out last season, so I rented it. Plus, I can watch so much on the computer for free at Netflix.com.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I always thought it was a waste to buy movies--once I've seen one, I've seen it and I really don't want to see it again! I don't rent them either, I wait till they make it to the non-premium channels then I record the ones I want to see and fast forward through the commercials!
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
I don't rent videos anymore, I just download them - fast, convenient, and free!
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
22 Sep 09
I had found out about a site called Graboid and so I mostly watch movies online. I started going to my friends house and they don't have a high speed connection (it's necessary to quickly download movies) so I have been renting them from a place like Redbox but it's called MovieCube. If I can't find the movie I want then I will go in Blockbuster it just seems so ancient to me to go in Blockbuster. I use to go quite a bit back in 99. So wow a lot has changed in the last years my technology is simply amazing. I have never had any trouble with scratched movies I am sorry to hear that you did.
@KrauseHome (33245)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Well, for the most part my husband and I do buy a lot of movies. We will usually either buy the ones that are cheaper once they are previously viewed or the cheaper ones on the $5 areas in stores. But as for Renting, we really do enjoy RedBox and have rented a lot of movies thru them. I feel the $1 rental is a great idea. We have never had a problem with a movie yet, but I am sure people besides you have had this problem before.
• United States
21 Sep 09
Well since the digital revolution the need for actually getting up out of your comfy chair and driving miles to the video store has become obsolete. I now have a subscription for netflix and it is cheaper and more efficient than BlockBuster. Just to show you how much things have changed the Blockbuster nearest me just went out of Bussiness and now a pizza parlor will take its place. I dont know what that says about the Americans sedentary lifestyle but all I know is that it is alot more easier
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I don't buy videos at all & rarely ever have. I at times rent the DVD's and it is a huge problem with them being scratched and hard to watch. I rent them locally at Video Headquarters and they are very cool about reimbursing me or giving me another DVD to watch in it's place. DVD's remind me of those old vinyl records. One scratch or too many finger prints and they just don't play right.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
21 Sep 09
We used to rent videos a lot years ago. Around here though a lot of the video stores have closed. I know that our library has some videos there that you can rent for free. They aren't that up to date though. I think most people these days are renting videos from right off the television for the convenience. They don't have to leave the couch. I don't bother renting any videos though. We have cable so I'll usually scan through the list of movies that will be playing and then I'll record them so that we can watch them at a later time.
@dorannmwin (36636)
• United States
21 Sep 09
We typically buy the movies. Like you, we try to pick up the movies on Black Friday or during the Christmas season when we can find them for cheap. Heck, the prices that we can find during that time of the year are as good as renting them at one of the regular rental places that are around here. We've never tried out RedBox, but a couple of times I've been tempted to give it a try. However, if there is a chance that the movie that we are going to be renting is pretty well scratched up, it would make me very angry.
• United States
21 Sep 09
I have been using netflix for a few months now and it has been working out pretty good. I can stream TV shows and watch online or I can have 2 movies out at a time so I always have something to watch. I wish they had more up to date TV episodes but at $8.99 per month it is way cheaper than cable!
@jugsjugs (13046)
21 Sep 09
I used to rent alot of videos about a year or two again and never got around to watching them,then we got sky so we watch alot of movies on there then they started to keep repeating them.Now all i do is watch a few programs on television and then come on the pc as there is not much on the television now adays.