I've had Netflix since 11/99 (yes, 20 years this month!!) They used to come in yellow mailers that were thick stiff paper. Then, for a few months, they started experimenting. I received some that were in bubble wrap with a plastic over wrap, a Styrofoam sandwich, and a few others. They eventually figured out DVD's were pretty tough and went to the red thin paper they still use today. Also, some DVD's designed for rental are heavier duty and sometimes have scratch coatings (or at least did back in the day). Over the years, I have received very, very few cracked or obviously scratched DVD's or BD's.
Tried to check my history, but it only goes to 8/15/2000. I know it was '99 as I had bought a DVD player a few months earlier (Sony BDP-S530), and it had a coupon that was about to expire. Blockbuster's DVD selection at the time was meager.
Last edited by andyross63; 11-02-2019 at 07:59 AM.