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March 1st, 2003

The Magnificent x-Fer

So last night I go into a video store with the intention of renting one movie. Simple. But then I walk out with five. Want to hear how that happened? Too bad.

I had three free rental coupons left in my coupon book, so I went to rent Best in Show. As I was walking to the counter, I saw that the store was selling used DVDs for $10. Not bad. So I found one I liked and grabbed that as well. When I went to pay, the clerk informed me that if I bought one more used DVD, I’d get a third for free. So I snagged two more decent ones, happy with my $6/DVD purchase. I returned to the counter ready to pay for everything and head out with my rental and my three purchases when a different clerk lets me know that since I picked a 4-day rental, I could pick a second 4-day rental for free. I did. And that, kind folks, is the story of how I went in for one movie and came out with five.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 1, 2003 -- 1:55:00 am
My most-of-the-time video store gave me a free rental after I'd rented like 10 movies. That's the best I've ever done.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 1, 2003 -- 1:55:17 am
Oh, and don't ever got to Blockbuster. Fuck that place, K?

FROM: Game Show Man Joe Van Ginkel [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 1, 2003 -- 3:26:04 am
Well, EXCUUUUUSE me. I work for Blockbuster, thank you very much. (Mind you, if I had my way, I'd have smacked some sense into the top brass, but...)

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 1, 2003 -- 5:39:14 pm
They lost me when they started putting stickers on videos with "terrorist themes." Oh brother! Thanks for thinking for us!

FROM: hef
DATE: Saturday March 1, 2003 -- 7:25:25 pm
this would have been a good deal if one or more of the dvd was porn.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday March 1, 2003 -- 10:40:52 pm
I just got "Video on Demand" with Comcast Digital Cable. Very, very sweet. I might never rent another movie's cheaper (2.95 for most, 3.95 for new releases, and for those who feel the..ahem..need, 7.95 for porno), I dont leave the house...wait, I sound like a damn commerical...

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday March 2, 2003 -- 1:44:12 am
Robert- They really did that with the videos? That's just retarded.

FROM: Greg C
DATE: Monday March 3, 2003 -- 12:59:41 pm
Good luck recording that-there video on demand on your Tivo. Comcast hates Tivos. This Video-on-Demand crap is their version and they like it very much, since it never resides at your house.

Here's what I suggest to Dave Walls: Dump all cable and go Dish or DirecTV. Tell the cable company they can kiss your ass.

Then go down to Blockbuster and tell them you'll rent from them if they stop pressuring the DVD industry to release fullscreen, no-extra crap.

Finally, relax, knowing you're an informed consumer.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Thursday April 17, 2003 -- 9:16:04 pm
Blockbuster can suck my.......... No better not! They just suck! Well, forget it. I prefer the little video rental. They don't screw their customers.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Thursday April 17, 2003 -- 9:27:10 pm

I don't really like the On-Demand features, as far as the shows available on Comcast, but the movies starting anytime are a nice touch.

Tivo is better, but I need a month or two before I can commit to that.

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