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(The New York Times)   Gamefly: we'd like to mail these games out, please. Postal Service: They could get caught in the sorting machines, so pay extra. Gamefly: You don't charge Netflix extra. Postal Service: um, do you need any stamps with Bart Simpson on them?   (nytimes.com) divider line 11
    More: Obvious, Netflix, first-class mail, cash sorter machine, Do Better, PRC, post offices  
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2013-01-11 02:02:26 PM  
9 votes:
I still get my video games the old fashioned way.

By begging my mom for enough money to buy a used game cartridge from that guy at the swap meet.
2013-01-11 01:49:47 PM  
9 votes:
Gamefly is owned by Gamestop and they destroyed Direct2Drive, they are dead to me. Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.
2013-01-11 02:52:59 PM  
3 votes:
The reason Gamefly sucks is because any time a new game comes out, it's unavailable for weeks. So you keep putting games you only sort of want to play in your queue because you don't want to not have a game coming in... so you're playing the Toy Story game until some 12 year old kid works on his 5th prestige on Black Ops.
2013-01-11 02:57:53 PM  
2 votes:
I thought the Postal Service was a subsidiary of NetFlix.
2013-01-12 12:07:53 AM  
1 votes:

BumpInTheNight: The Bestest: BumpInTheNight: Gamefly is owned by Gamestop

A Shambling Mound: Gamefly is owned by Gamestop.

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Thank you for the late reply gamestop boy. Whatever would we do without you gamestop boy?

To Cross-thread poorly

2013-01-11 03:23:33 PM  
1 votes:

A Shambling Mound: Lsherm: vodka: Their pricing is surely affected by volume (or lack of in the case of Gamefly). Businesses do this all the time. While it might cost me $1 per widget in single quantities from a company, I might be able to buy a million at only $0.10 per widget.

That's the problem - the USPS isn't using volume as an excuse.  They're charging Gamefly for a service they provide to Netflix for free.

Volume discounts don't go down to "free."  Netflix isn't paying anything.

Have you done any research as to how exactly Netflix arrived at their current agreement with the postal service? Just wondering.


Clearly, LSherm has a GED in Logistics.
2013-01-11 03:13:04 PM  
1 votes:

A Shambling Mound: On one hand I'm somewhat disappointed that the video game industry is actively seeking to end the resale of used games, on the other hand that move would put Gamestop out of business and seems well worth the effort.


Where else am I going to get paid $9 for a $60 game and then watch as they resell it for $55? Rick Harrison's place is in town but he doesn't buy video games except Battletoads.
2013-01-11 03:05:37 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA: "Gamefly, which sends rental video games DVDS"...

Maybe I'm just being nit-picky... But it just seems wrong to call game discs "DVDs". Technically XBox 360 games are DVDs... But PS3 games are BDs and Wii games are Optical Discs. It's probably just me, but it really bothers me.
2013-01-11 03:00:03 PM  
1 votes:
I never had this problem with my Atari cartridges.
2013-01-11 02:51:48 PM  
1 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.


I like how UPS was using a song by The Postal Service in their TV ads.
2013-01-11 02:49:54 PM  
1 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Gamefly is owned by Gamestop and they destroyed Direct2Drive, they are dead to me. Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.


Yes, they have, but they call themselves "Owl City" these days.
 
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