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Old December 14th, 2004, 02:38 PM   #1
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Block Buster Drops Late Fees

http://money.cnn.com/2004/12/14/news...ex.htm?cnn=yes

Looks like Netflix is doing some damage.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 03:11 PM   #2
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Sweet! I'm gonna be all up in the rentin' of games for my Xbizzle, and keepin' 'em for, like, 8 weeks yo!
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Old December 14th, 2004, 03:15 PM   #3
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Two things will keep me from ever going back to Blockbuster;
a $46 late fee and Netflix. I hate Blockbuster.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 03:56 PM   #4
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I kind of like Netflix too....but there is something about getting movies through the mail that makes me nervous (as in if their stolen.) I actually like the monthly rental pass from Block Buster...but the selection of a local Block Buster store can't compete with Netflix.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 05:24 PM   #5
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glenn, if it's lost you can report it as lost. no problem. they'll resend you another. i have the $50 service with 8 DVDs out at a time. i've had a few DVDs lost either coming to me or going back to them. imho, there's simply no competition right now from BB or walmart or ANYONE. the selection is too vast. between netflix and greencine i have access to a HUGE library of good stuff. i've also read that netflix is teaming up with someone (was it tivo?) to deliver movie-on-demand sorta like what movielink has done. with the title that netflix has that would be awesome.
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Old December 14th, 2004, 08:00 PM   #6
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>Two things will keep me from ever going back to Blockbuster;
>a $46 late fee and Netflix.

I've had a couple of these huge late fees during my lifetime.
I have always talked my way out of all of the big ones and even the small ones. I've even talked down long distance calls made by others on my phone line. All you have to do is talk to the person in charge of the store (head manager, not a clerk), keep your cool and ask more than what you're willing to settle for.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 12:16 PM   #7
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Well Blockbuster has now started their own on-line DVD delivery service claiming 10,000 more titles (on-line) and their price for 3 DVDs at a time is 3.00 less a month (probably a teaser rate) than Netflix.

I was concerned about lost or damaged DVDs too. Both sites indicate that there is a form to fill out for damaged or lost DVDs beyond the customer's control. However, if it becomes too common with a particular customer they will cancel the account.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 01:16 PM   #8
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james,

you don't have to worry about the lost/damanged discs. all "forms" on netflix are online. it's actually just a few radio dials saying, "yeah, your DVD never got to me, resend it". very simple. in fact i don't think they even give you their tel# @all cause all tasks relating to DVD rental online are online. plus i'm doubtful of blockbuster's library.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 01:25 PM   #9
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I had a disc from Netflix disappear on me. It was amazingly easy to report, they were very cool about it. I think if you report beyond a certain number as missing, then things get sticky.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 01:26 PM   #10
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I bet they've got every softcore porno and sh*tty miniDV gangsta and horor flick ever made! Great selection!
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 02:19 PM   #11
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Indeed - Netflix IS fantastic. I watch awards shows and reserve the winners into my cue sometimes a year before they are released. I would surely have forgotten them entirely. There is the downside of the occasional scratched disk - which sucks because you never know if those 4 minutes you skip are worth having the movie re-sent or not...
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 06:45 PM   #12
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What does Netflix cost and what do you get?

Maybe I should just go check them out.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 11:31 PM   #13
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Old December 24th, 2004, 01:35 AM   #14
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Old January 8th, 2005, 08:52 PM   #15
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Hi. Thought I'd give you guys an update.

So, Blockbuster's done away with late fees; keep your movie an extra day or two. . .but what about an extra seven? Well after that, you buy the movie! Yes, they will charge your credit card for the price of the movie. Then, if you happen to return the movie, and tell them, in person, to give you your damn money back, they will refund it to the credit card. If you don't tell them in person, it becomes credit on your account. They also take out a restocking fee for this "service."

If this is in link at the beginning, then whoopsy me.
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