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DVD Vending Machines: Good Idea or Pointless?

Variety is reporting today that Blockbuster has plans to roll out its own version of the Redbox DVD vending machines that can currently be found in some supermarkets and McDonalds restaurants.

Blockbuster chairman-chief exec Jim Keyes has said that the kiosks represent "one more step in the fulfillment of our mission to transform Blockbuster into a multichannel provider of media entertainment." The kiosks will begin rolling out this Fall.

Do you think the vending machines make things much more convenient? Or in this day and age, when there's Netflix (and Netflix's "watch instantly" feature) and iTunes and On-Demand, do these vending machines serve a purpose?


CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
Love, love, love Redbox. You can't beat $1 for a movie. And you can reserve the movie online and pick it up wherever you want. And you can sign up and they will text you a code for a free night. So free redbox is even better. My only complaint is that there is always some slow poke in line in front of me. Alphabetical order seems to confuse some people.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
who in this modern age even rents dvds? i never do.
foxie foxie 9 years
Awesome. They have these on military bases, and they're really convenient for soldiers living in the barracks who don't want to go off-post to rent.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I use netflix and when i look at the selection of red box I dont usually see movies I want to rent, plus Im a lazy bones and I wouldnt go back to return the movie the next day so it wouldnt be cost effective for me. However, I do think its a great option for people who just want to see a movie every once in a while and arent netflix or blockbuster people. I dont actually know anyone who uses the blockbuster service so I dont know if there is a demand for them to do this specifically but if netflix did this i might go to a box every once in a while.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I love the convenience. I get groceries AND a movie at the same time! Turning them in the next day is a hassle but that's what husbands are for. :)
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 9 years
I tried the Redbox thing once, but because it took me a few days to return it, I ended up having to pay like $5+ for the one movie! So, now I prefer Netflix with their no late fees & instant watch movies! And, of course, there's always On Demand! :)
SomethingWicked SomethingWicked 9 years
Love it...just found out about them a while ago and have never turned back...1$ a movie...just have to go at off times so ya don't get stuck in line :)
outofhere outofhere 9 years
I've never used the red box but whenever I see them locally, there's always someone using it or a line of people waiting. It must work!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i've actually seen these at a grocery store in FL and well...i think that it has it's benefits, but i'm not sure that it's something that's overly useful. i feel like there are so many other easy ways to get DVDs but i guess if some one's invented it, there has to be a demand somewhere right?
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
Redbox is great! I still have a 3 at a time Netflix plan, and I'm using it currently for a movies which aren't new, or are a little unusual (I'm on a pre-20th century period pieces kick right now!) but when I want a newish film, I go to the redbox. The only thing I don't live is that there's ALWAYS a line, there's only one redbox in this town. Lawrah, how do you get a free rental every Monday?
chasingjamie chasingjamie 9 years
I love Redbox... I always thought it was dumb to rent a movie for 5 days when it only takes two hours to watch it. So now I get a movie for a buck, watch it, and take it back the next day. It's awesome.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 9 years
When I first saw one of these I thought it was one of the oddest ideas. I didn't think people actually used them until a week ago when I went to Walgreens and there was a huge line of people at this red box. I would never use one mostly because I think that Netflix would fulfill my needs better.
sweet-feet sweet-feet 9 years
i've seen this at my local albertson's! it seems like a good deal... $1 for a movie! I'll have to try it one day.
Rasputin45 Rasputin45 9 years
We don't have red boxes here, but I probably wouldn't use it if they had. I usually rent the DVDs out of my library for free, here in British Columbia they have an extremely wide selection and you can reserve what you want online and just go in to pick it up. The best part -- it's totally free! [except late fees]
taylorbath taylorbath 9 years
Red Box was a genius idea. I use it all the time. It's quick, easy, convenient and judging by the lines at the kiosk, it's popular too.
mratin mratin 9 years
Red Box is very cheep and convenient. Now onwards i am very much like to using this. ====================================================== Ricky fashion designing
mehollowell mehollowell 9 years
This is my new love. I use it all the time.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 9 years
I've been using Redbox for over a year. It's cheap and convenient.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I've never seen one of these, but love the price. We use Netflix and love it. We had Blockbuster on-line for a while and it was great to be able to trade them in at the stores, but they took forever in the mail, were more expensive and we waited like 6 months to get some of the things on our list... But I agree w/ the commenter that said downloads/on-demand are the way things are going.
esmerb esmerb 9 years
I am addicted to RedBox. It is convenient and so inexpensive. I do wish they had TV on DVD but I can get over that.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
By "library," I meant the local public library system.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
I think they're great! If you're not going to do Netflix due to the expense, this is a great pay-as-you go option.
kaykayelle kaykayelle 9 years
I've used redbox and DVDXpress, and I think they are great. The only problem with them is the selection- only new movies. But you can't beat the price of $1 a rental!
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