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post #3901 of 4010
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

I just had 3 titles shipped out to me. I don't think BB is done w/ @ home service just yet.

Also, I travel a lot, and every store I've been to and talked to the employees, they say they're doing just fine and are usually pretty busy.

BB is still the better deal for me. I can get over 24 BD's a month for $20.

RB would cost me more even @ $.50 off w/ coupons.

I much rather browse in an air conditioned store and have something I'm physically able to pick up and read rather then standing @ a kiosk reading a computer screen (which I do enough of @ work) and possibly it being outside in the elements.

I don't mind waiting a little bit for newer releases. I see in the movies what I really want to enjoy and I'll catch what I may enjoy when it is released on BD or DVD. I think our society is too much of "I need it now!" vs having some patience.

"I don't mind waiting a little bit for new releases"???? Define "little bit", because BB had me waiting for months via mail. I was a loyal BB customer for years and tried to give them the benefit of the doubt, but having to wait 6-12 months (or never) to get most new releases via mail was unacceptable. Also, storefronts in my area haven't been an option for me for several years, because they have all been CLOSED!
Edited by mrjgkelly - 9/18/13 at 3:35pm
post #3902 of 4010
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

I just had 3 titles shipped out to me. I don't think BB is done w/ @ home service just yet.

Also, I travel a lot, and every store I've been to and talked to the employees, they say they're doing just fine and are usually pretty busy.

BB is still the better deal for me. I can get over 24 BD's a month for $20.

RB would cost me more even @ $.50 off w/ coupons.

I much rather browse in an air conditioned store and have something I'm physically able to pick up and read rather then standing @ a kiosk reading a computer screen (which I do enough of @ work) and possibly it being outside in the elements.

I don't mind waiting a little bit for newer releases. I see in the movies what I really want to enjoy and I'll catch what I may enjoy when it is released on BD or DVD. I think our society is too much of "I need it now!" vs having some patience.
Only if BB had enough stores where we can all browse the movie selection.
I live in Seattle and they virtually closed down most of the BB stores.
The closest one for me is about 15 miles and I live 5 miles from downtown.

The in store exchange is what kept me going when their online inventory started to get bad.
post #3903 of 4010
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

I just had 3 titles shipped out to me. I don't think BB is done w/ @ home service just yet.
Orly?

http://www.blockbusterathome.com/

They were nice to ship off my final 2, but I can't tell that they're going to continue to operate in any capacity beyond the 19th.

EDIT: OK, the separate service is still available apparently at Blockbuster proper...one wonders how long.
Edited by vinnie97 - 9/19/13 at 12:33am
post #3904 of 4010
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

Orly?

http://www.blockbusterathome.com/

They were nice to ship off my final 2, but I can't tell that they're going to continue to operate in any capacity beyond the 19th.

EDIT: OK, the separate service is still available apparently at Blockbuster proper...one wonders how long.
Looks like they are doing a last time cash grab and taking what they can get before closing the doors.
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Activate a new BLOCKBUSTER® By Mail membership and receive the first two months (the "Promotional Period") at 50% off the regular price

https://www.blockbuster.com/signup/m/plan
post #3905 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

Looks like they are doing a last time cash grab and taking what they can get before closing the doors.
https://www.blockbuster.com/signup/m/plan

I would think that at this point, the writing is on the wall ..
post #3906 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

Looks like they are doing a last time cash grab and taking what they can get before closing the doors.
https://www.blockbuster.com/signup/m/plan

Imin my second month of this 50% off deal.
post #3907 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

Only if BB had enough stores where we can all browse the movie selection.
I live in Seattle and they virtually closed down most of the BB stores.
The closest one for me is about 15 miles and I live 5 miles from downtown.

The in store exchange is what kept me going when their online inventory started to get bad.

So in-store exchange is still available, yes? This change is only for mail?
post #3908 of 4010
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Originally Posted by hd_newbie View Post

So in-store exchange is still available, yes? This change is only for mail?

Yes, at least for now.
post #3909 of 4010
Has anyone ever had a bluray catalog title that wasn't available when you put it in your blockbuster queue become available at some point later on? Or had a title with any status besides available actually shipped to you?

I'm trying to understand what's supposed to be the difference between Medium Demand, High Demand, Very High Demand and Not Available when my experience so far is that there is none of these titles ever become available or are ever going to ship to me no matter how long they sit on top of my queue. Is that a fair assessment or have I just been unlucky so far?
post #3910 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Has anyone ever had a bluray catalog title that wasn't available when you put it in your blockbuster queue become available at some point later on? Or had a title with any status besides available actually shipped to you?

I'm trying to understand what's supposed to be the difference between Medium Demand, High Demand, Very High Demand and Not Available when my experience so far is that there is none of these titles ever become available or are ever going to ship to me no matter how long they sit on top of my queue. Is that a fair assessment or have I just been unlucky so far?

pretty much
post #3911 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post


I'm trying to understand what's supposed to be the difference between Medium Demand, High Demand, Very High Demand and Not Available when my experience so far is that there is none of these titles ever become available or are ever going to ship to me no matter how long they sit on top of my queue.


You the hit nail right on the head.




Ian wink.gif
post #3912 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Has anyone ever had a bluray catalog title that wasn't available when you put it in your blockbuster queue become available at some point later on? Or had a title with any status besides available actually shipped to you?

I'm trying to understand what's supposed to be the difference between Medium Demand, High Demand, Very High Demand and Not Available when my experience so far is that there is none of these titles ever become available or are ever going to ship to me no matter how long they sit on top of my queue. Is that a fair assessment or have I just been unlucky so far?

Before I finally got fed up with BB and switched to NF, here's what my experience was:

Medium Demand = At least a month or two before it became available
High Demand = At least 6-12 months before it became available
Very High Demand = At least a year or more before it became available... if ever
Not Available = Never... ever
post #3913 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mrjgkelly View Post

Before I finally got fed up with BB and switched to NF, here's what my experience was:

Medium Demand = At least a month or two before it became available
High Demand = At least 6-12 months before it became available
Very High Demand = At least a year or more before it became available... if ever
Not Available = Never... ever

Good info, thanks. And thanks to the other posters who replied as well. I think based on this I'll go ahead and leave the Medium Demand titles that I really want at the top of my queue and see if I get lucky on those but if the status is anything else (besides available) I'm just going to put those at the bottom and assume that I was never going to get them anyway. (Since 6 months is longer than I expect to remain a BB customer at this rate anyway).
post #3914 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Good info, thanks. And thanks to the other posters who replied as well. I think based on this I'll go ahead and leave the Medium Demand titles that I really want at the top of my queue and see if I get lucky on those but if the status is anything else (besides available) I'm just going to put those at the bottom and assume that I was never going to get them anyway. (Since 6 months is longer than I expect to remain a BB customer at this rate anyway).

Hate to say it, because I'd like there to be some competition, but BB's new release inventory is abysmal, and I think they are very close to getting out of the disc rental business. I switched to NF, and even though they delay some new release titles for about a month, I still receive them much sooner than I did with BB. Sad, but true.
post #3915 of 4010
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Medium Demand = At least a month or two before it became available
High Demand = At least 6-12 months before it became available
Very High Demand = At least a year or more before it became available... if ever
Not Available = Never... ever

I agree with the last line, but as for "demand" I have never found any rhyme or reason to these categorizations. Sometimes they ship a VHD immediately and other times not--you can't depend on these at all. As for "abysmal inventory" that seems Very True. I dunno why they would have (seemingly) ditched a lot of their discs. Even as they closed stores, they could have kept 1-to-XX copies of "This Title" or "That Title" but it does seem they just got rid of them, as if their Blu-ray customers might be some tiny portion of their overall customer base...

Anyway, if there's a movie I have to have, and BB doesn't seem to be "on it"--I just buy it. Still cheaper than one trip to the movieplex.
post #3916 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Laserfan View Post

I agree with the last line, but as for "demand" I have never found any rhyme or reason to these categorizations. Sometimes they ship a VHD immediately and other times not--you can't depend on these at all. As for "abysmal inventory" that seems Very True. I dunno why they would have (seemingly) ditched a lot of their discs. Even as they closed stores, they could have kept 1-to-XX copies of "This Title" or "That Title" but it does seem they just got rid of them, as if their Blu-ray customers might be some tiny portion of their overall customer base...

Anyway, if there's a movie I have to have, and BB doesn't seem to be "on it"--I just buy it. Still cheaper than one trip to the movieplex.

My point was basically that BB did not deliver new titles in, what I consider, a reasonable timeframe... therefore, I switched to NF. Even though NF delays certain titles, I still receive them much sooner than I did with BB. Sad, but true
post #3917 of 4010
Wow, i'm reading all these post and I'm sad to hear what's pretty much what I've been feeling, the end is near. I'm supposed to get 3 disc, usually they would come all at once or two and then one a few day later, and now they trickling like tapioca pudding off an elderly rock star. On top of the slow flow, 9 out of 10 disc which are usually blu ray come scratch, severely! There's nothing that I hate more is a blu ray that doesn't play correctly and not have another disc to toss in my player. I hate to cancel my account but with this kind services looks like I gotta pull the cord..Sad, sad, sad....
post #3918 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

I hate to cancel my account but with this kind services looks like I gotta pull the cord...





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post #3919 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post




Ian wink.gif


You're pretty much right, but before hand. Aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwgrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaahhhhhhh, Waaaaaaaaaaa, waaaaaaaaaa! frown.gif


All I can say is they did it to them selves... I just need a good ole cry. rolleyes.gif


Djoel
post #3920 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

You're pretty much right, but before hand. Aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwgrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaahhhhhhh, Waaaaaaaaaaa, waaaaaaaaaa! frown.gif


All I can say is they did it to them selves... I just need a good ole cry. rolleyes.gif


Djoel

They did do it to themselves .. lack of foresight, bad management .. even after the studios tried to help prop them up .. the Worlds Largest Video Chain from then to now .. if there is a book, it could be a lesson on how not to run a company ..
post #3921 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Laserfan View Post

I agree with the last line, but as for "demand" I have never found any rhyme or reason to these categorizations. Sometimes they ship a VHD immediately and other times not--you can't depend on these at all. As for "abysmal inventory" that seems Very True. I dunno why they would have (seemingly) ditched a lot of their discs. Even as they closed stores, they could have kept 1-to-XX copies of "This Title" or "That Title" but it does seem they just got rid of them, as if their Blu-ray customers might be some tiny portion of their overall customer base...

Anyway, if there's a movie I have to have, and BB doesn't seem to be "on it"--I just buy it. Still cheaper than one trip to the movieplex.


Interesting that you've had Very High Demand titles shipped to you immediately. I've been keeping those at the bottom of the queue and waiting for the status to change to Available or at least Medium Demand (which it never does) before I move them up. Maybe now I'll try putting a few of them at the top and see if I get lucky.

The annoying thing to me is that I'm not even talking about new releases since those I usually get from Redbox. For the most part I'm talking about old, old catalog titles. (I've been on a serious kick lately of wanting to see as many classics on bluray as I can get my hands on). So I know they can't have a ton of customers chasing these movies and yet for weeks and months on end I can't get titles like The Searchers, Paths of Glory, or Meet Me in St. Louis to budge from Very High Demand. I mean come on already Blockbuster! Either you have these movies on bluray or you don't. At least with all the ones that drop immediately into Not Available I know where I stand. But don't try to tell me there are 300 grannies in line in front of me to get their hands on your 10 copies of freaking Meet Me in St. Louis to watch one more time before they die like a bunch of teenagers desparately waiting for the new Hunger Games. It's bull. If you don't have it move it to Not Available (or better yet don't even give people the option to select the bluray in the first place if you don't have it in stock anymore). If you do have it, there can't possibly enough customers who have it high in their queue to keep in Very High Demand forever. The movie is nearly 70 years old for chrissake!

I can understand shortages and long waits when it comes to the new releases. Not this though. To me this is just false advertising, plain and simple. BB makes a big point about how they don't charge extra for blurays like Netflix does and it's become apparent to me that they like to show that they have all these titles on bluray when in fact they don't. The ones like I'm mentioning here in the High Demand / Very High Demand purgatory are just the tip of the iceberg. There are a whole lot more that go directly to Not Available and then there are also the ones they show with bluray cover art when they actually only stock the DVD. Look at Stalag 17 for an example of that. The bluray only came out within the last month so I wouldn't expect BB to have it but then why would they update the cover thumbnail on their website to the bluray version unless it's part of a deliberate attempt to mislead their customers by giving them the impression that their bluray catalog is larger than it really is? I'm hardly going to buy that they have an order in to stock the bluray and their website developers just jumped the gun a little, and if not that then what other explanation could there be but simple dishonesty?

At this point there are only a handful of classics left on my wishlist that BB *claims* to have on bluray that Netflix does not and I will give them probably to the end of the year to send those to me (whichever ones I can get) and then I'll be done with Blockbuster for good. Slow service and limited inventory are bad enough but I feel like I have to draw the line at a company that just plain lies to get my money.
post #3922 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Slow service and limited inventory are bad enough but I feel like I have to draw the line at a company that just plain lies to get my money.
Don't disagree with the former, but can't confirm the latter. I think it's mostly about laziness (using wrong thumbnails, maybe just the easiest ones to stick-into their database for example) and incompetence (I envision the low-paid employees in the warehouse "we gotta ship him something, I'll send this disc from the bottom of his queue").

Blockbuster sucks but at least in my particular situation it is the most acceptable alternative I have available to me.
post #3923 of 4010
It's official via Bloomberg: Blockbuster shuttering its last 300 stores and ending the online DVD blu ray rental service in January 2014
post #3924 of 4010
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Originally Posted by daniels1994 View Post

It's official via Bloomberg: Blockbuster shuttering its last 300 stores and ending the online DVD blu ray rental service in January 2014

No surprise there .. we've been predicting it on the thread for some time ..
post #3925 of 4010
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Originally Posted by daniels1994 View Post

It's official via Bloomberg: Blockbuster shuttering its last 300 stores and ending the online DVD blu ray rental service in January 2014







Ian
post #3926 of 4010
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Originally Posted by daniels1994 View Post

It's official via Bloomberg: Blockbuster shuttering its last 300 stores and ending the online DVD blu ray rental service in January 2014

yup...Blockbuster By Mail service will cease in mid-December 2013, and will continue serving existing customers until that time...the company will close its remaining domestic retail stores- some 300 locations altogether- as well as its distribution centers by early next year...

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2013/11/06/blockbuster-stores-closing/
post #3927 of 4010
What's odd is they want me to give them an explanation as of why I want to cancel before actually closing my account...And without it I can't cancel! WTF eek.gif

Edit: I just cancel, I made the mistake of giving too much of an elaborate explanation..


DJoel
post #3928 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

What's odd is they want me to give them an explanation as of why I want to cancel before actually closing my account...And without it I can't cancel! WTF eek.gif


DJoel


Just tell them the truth. wink.gif



Ian biggrin.gif
post #3929 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Just tell them the truth. wink.gif



Ian biggrin.gif

They have a dozen reasons as to why, the only one that has work for me in the pass but wasn't up on their list was "It's not you it's me really"


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Djoel
post #3930 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

What's odd is they want me to give them an explanation as of why I want to cancel before actually closing my account...And without it I can't cancel! WTF eek.gif

Edit: I just cancel, I made the mistake of giving too much of an elaborate explanation..


DJoel

As per usual, I guess they have not updated that software yet .. tongue.gif
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