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(Daily Mail)   I don't know what a Blockbuster Store does, but it just closed 129 of its shops putting 800 people out of work   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2013-01-20 08:44:33 AM  
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2013-01-20 08:48:46 AM  

Warthog: [malvasiabianca.org image 330x186]


A shame for the 800, but this could not have been a surprise.
 
2013-01-20 08:52:17 AM  

Shae123: Warthog: [malvasiabianca.org image 330x186]

A shame for the 800, but this could not have been a surprise.


It's like lamenting the loss of 800 telegraphy, elevator operator, or coachman's jobs.
 
2013-01-20 09:10:36 AM  
Here in Canada, they closed all the blockbusters' a while ago (even though they always had people in them). However I believe it was only because the mother company wasn't making profits, cause right behind them, different stores opened up and are quite busy all the time.

I don't care, I still prefer blu-ray over digital. I get in my pirate ship more than most, but if there's a flick I love, or really really want to see, I'll wait for the bluray to come out. A 1080 rip is like 15gb, ain't nobody got time fo' dat.
 
2013-01-20 09:30:39 AM  
There were 129 stores still open?
 
2013-01-20 09:43:48 AM  
Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-01-20 09:45:11 AM  
southpark did it.
media2.firstshowing.net
 
2013-01-20 09:51:55 AM  
Welcome to 2012 Britain.

/I thought they were all already shut down
 
2013-01-20 09:54:47 AM  
Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.
 
2013-01-20 10:00:56 AM  

Mugato: Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.


I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye.
 
2013-01-20 10:07:47 AM  

Lost Thought 00: There were 129 stores still open?


A lot of the rural areas still have either them, or mom and pop local stores to rent from. There are still areas of the United States where dial-up is the only home internet access that they have. They have moved to targeting these markets exclusively, and closed almost everything in an area where you can get broadband.
 
2013-01-20 10:55:43 AM  
I guess I'll have to take my blocks elsewhere for busting.
 
2013-01-20 10:57:55 AM  

BronyMedic: Lost Thought 00: There were 129 stores still open?

A lot of the rural areas still have either them, or mom and pop local stores to rent from. There are still areas of the United States where dial-up is the only home internet access that they have. They have moved to targeting these markets exclusively, and closed almost everything in an area where you can get broadband.


They still have Redboxes and Sattelite out in the sticks. Those alone should destroy most of their business.
 
2013-01-20 11:13:06 AM  

Lost Thought 00: They still have Redboxes and Sattelite out in the sticks. Those alone should destroy most of their business.


Satellite internet sucks. It just does. You get better latency for certain things from dialup, and it's not weather dependant.

Also, you underestimate the loyalty small towns have to their little mom and pop video stores. The only thing that kills them is broadband internet becoming available.
 
2013-01-20 11:19:56 AM  
southpark had a historical documentary on these 'blockbuster' things, once, it might be good to watch it to educate ourselves.
 
2013-01-20 12:01:49 PM  
They paid John F. Antioco $52 million a year to run that place into the ground.

I need to find a gig like that.
 
2013-01-20 01:24:38 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: They paid John F. Antioco $52 million a year to run that place into the ground.


Hell, I could've run their business into the ground for FRACTION of that price.
 
2013-01-20 01:28:59 PM  
I learned today that my mother bought a gift card to Blockbuster as a birthday present for my cousin. I asked her how that was farking possible, and she said there are still Blockbusters in rural areas. Blew my goddamn mind.

Made me feel bad for my cousin.
 
2013-01-20 01:34:34 PM  

BronyMedic: Lost Thought 00: They still have Redboxes and Sattelite out in the sticks. Those alone should destroy most of their business.

Satellite internet sucks. It just does. You get better latency for certain things from dialup, and it's not weather dependant.

Also, you underestimate the loyalty small towns have to their little mom and pop video stores. The only thing that kills them is broadband internet becoming available.


Blockbuster is owned by Dish Network.
 
2013-01-20 02:29:01 PM  
We still have one open in my city. It's next to the place I get my coffee every Sunday.
 
2013-01-20 03:52:59 PM  
I am watching a movie on VUDU right now.

Haven't rented a DVD in years.
 
2013-01-20 04:03:06 PM  

sure haven't: Here in Canada, they closed all the blockbusters' a while ago (even though they always had people in them). However I believe it was only because the mother company wasn't making profits, cause right behind them, different stores opened up and are quite busy all the time.

I don't care, I still prefer blu-ray over digital. I get in my pirate ship more than most, but if there's a flick I love, or really really want to see, I'll wait for the bluray to come out. A 1080 rip is like 15gb, ain't nobody got time fo' dat.


Plus with those red boxes popping up all over the place its dead easy to rent a bunch of blurays and 'watch' them in just a few hours :)
 
2013-01-20 04:06:29 PM  
I live in San Diego, even though we have broadband all over we still have some Blockbusters. I think it is because of our large Navy population. People who don't stay long in a rental to go and order cable? Recruits with no credit? Don't know, but they also still have them in the neighborhoods with lots of rental apartments.

I gave up on renting from them when they started raising prices and the high late fees. Once you could buy used DVDs on eBay and DVD resellers, it got cheaper to buy a used DVD than pay about 6-7 dlls for one DVD rental and a late fee.
 
2013-01-20 05:03:16 PM  

poe_zlaw: Mugato: Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.

I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye.


permit me to share your joy. once very long ago I visited a BB. strike one: no adult back room for adults to select adult movies from. strike two: pimply faced teen bean staff as useless as water to a drowning woman. strike three: finding out BB censored the movies at will, as if it's perfectly fine to piss on the creative works of others. -- i'm amazed they lasted as long as they did, may they rot in hell.
 
2013-01-20 05:18:25 PM  

KrispyKritter: poe_zlaw: Mugato: Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.

I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye.

permit me to share your joy. once very long ago I visited a BB. strike one: no adult back room for adults to select adult movies from. strike two: pimply faced teen bean staff as useless as water to a drowning woman. strike three: finding out BB censored the movies at will, as if it's perfectly fine to piss on the creative works of others. -- i'm amazed they lasted as long as they did, may they rot in hell.


Question 1: Why did you specify a drowning "woman?"
Question 2: What do you expect Blockbuster staff to do other than put the movies on the shelves, tell you where they are and loan them to you in exchange for money?
 
2013-01-20 05:27:13 PM  

KrispyKritter: poe_zlaw: Mugato: Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.

I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye.

permit me to share your joy. once very long ago I visited a BB. strike one: no adult back room for adults to select adult movies from. strike two: pimply faced teen bean staff as useless as water to a drowning woman. strike three: finding out BB censored the movies at will, as if it's perfectly fine to piss on the creative works of others. -- i'm amazed they lasted as long as they did, may they rot in hell.


Well I never turned in any videos late so I don't know what their late policy is.

I also never failed to rewind my BluRays.

I never went to Blockbuster for porno.

I never required the assistance of a pimply faced Randal.

Censoring movies, I didn't know about. That is indeed bullshiat. I can't defend that.

Still, I like walking around video stores.
 
2013-01-20 06:17:48 PM  

Mugato: Censoring movies, I didn't know about. That is indeed bullshiat. I can't defend that.


They had an edited version of Requiem for a Dream, which *kinda* defeats the purpose of a movie with such grim and disturbing subject matter as REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.
 
2013-01-20 07:06:16 PM  

Mugato: Well I never turned in any videos late so I don't know what their late policy is.


I only did it once.

It was circa 1999 and I was living with my parents at the time. I left a DVD on the kitchen table so I wouldn't forget it, but it got buried under newspapers and I forgot it. Discovered the movie three days past its due date. They charged me an additional $21 to rent a movie that would've cost me $18 to buy. Tried getting the store manager to drop the rental fee to something more reasonable but he first insisted that it was store policy and then matter-of-factly stated that the police would be called for theft if I didn't pay the full amount according to the agreed upon rules.

So I paid them the damned money and never went back to Blockbuster after that. I was ecstatic to discover Netflix four years later; what a brilliant idea.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I am, in fact, so butthurt from the experience that I'm kind of happy to see Blockbuster die.
 
2013-01-20 07:11:44 PM  
Between Netflix and Amazon Streaming I don't need to go to Blockbuster. They can't match the content of those two combined.
 
2013-01-20 08:31:26 PM  
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2013-01-20 09:01:45 PM  
Between Netflix, Amazon on Demand, Crackle, Hulu and Redbox, why does anyone need Blockbuster?

I rented The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray from Redbox for $1. With Ballbuster, it'd probably cost 4-5x as much.
 
2013-01-20 09:14:36 PM  

poe_zlaw: I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye


I couldn't tell you how much money they got out of me in late fee's thanks to their confusing as fark and constantly changing return policies.

A three night rental is due back by 6pm the second night? How the fark does that work?

Ok I'm already late, so I may as well keep them an extra three nights right? Nope, late fees are billed at 3.99 a day after their initial due date!

I'm with you, fark Blockbuster!
 
2013-01-20 09:40:15 PM  

Lost Thought 00: They still have Redboxes and Sattelite out in the sticks. Those alone should destroy most of their business.


I live in the sticks, and I had satellite for two years before Verizon finally got 3g (and now 4g) out to our area.  Satellite is $100 a month with a 5GB cap for the entire month.  You can't use it to watch movies.

Want 25GB a month?  That's only $229!
 
2013-01-20 09:44:59 PM  

ReapTheChaos:
A three night rental is due back by 6pm the second night? How the fark does that work?

Ok I'm already late, so I may as well keep them an extra three nights right? Nope, late fees are billed at 3.99 a day after their initial due date!

I'm with you, fark Blockbuster!


Blockbuster got me with that three days is actually two thing back in the early to mid 90's. Add on a couple of days worth of $3.99 late fees and the charges became outrageous. I just stopped going there, because I wasn't going to give them $20 or so for a movie they would have made $5 on by renting it to somebody else for 3 days.

Mind you, this was before all of their computer systems were linked up with the mothership. I'd get calls from that store here and there wanting their money, but basically ignored them. Then, on one glorious night, the store caught fire and burned to the ground.

Whoever started that fire in western Iowa, I thank you. You saved me some late fees, because the store's computer was part of the melted VHS/cinder block amalgam that was created that night.
 
2013-01-20 09:48:31 PM  

dustman81: Between Netflix, Amazon on Demand, Crackle, Hulu and Redbox, why does anyone need Blockbuster?

I rented The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray from Redbox for $1. With Ballbuster, it'd probably cost 4-5x as much.


For that movie, you still paid too much.
 
2013-01-21 09:44:32 AM  

KrispyKritter: poe_zlaw: Mugato: Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.

I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye.

permit me to share your joy. once very long ago I visited a BB. strike one: no adult back room for adults to select adult movies from. strike two: pimply faced teen bean staff as useless as water to a drowning woman. strike three: finding out BB censored the movies at will, as if it's perfectly fine to piss on the creative works of others. -- i'm amazed they lasted as long as they did, may they rot in hell.


If they were censoring movies they'd probably get sued like another company did. The other company was trying to be "family friendly" and cutting out the good parts for religious-minded folks.

There's lots of rumors about BB censorship on the net, but there seems to be no proof.

As for no adult back room, don't they have an "adult book store" where you live? It doesn't really matter now though since hi-speed internet and internet porn are all over the place.

And the late fees go away if you get their all-you-can-rent for (IIRC) about $15 a month. Last year they seemed desperate enough to start offering a free month of that service and got me to pay for another 2 months. You can keep the same movie out forever or you can pick up as many movies as you can watch a day (but only one at a time).

I used it to watch Dexter - the only thing that sucked is both of the BB stores in my town were missing one of the discs and the closest one that had it was ~60 miles away.

I never found the staff to be completely useless. I'd occasionally ask for recommendations
 
2013-01-21 10:23:39 AM  

Lost Thought 00: There were 129 stores still open?


This. How was this not all of them and then some?
 
2013-01-21 11:17:10 PM  
So 129 stores only equals 800 employees?

Each store had about 7 staff?

No, wait. I guess that sounds about right.
 
2013-01-22 07:25:56 AM  
FTA: "the store closure plan is an inevitable consequence of having to restructure the company to a profitable core which is capable of being sold."

Who would buy that steaming pile of doomed company?!?
 
2013-01-22 10:20:24 AM  

bikerific: So 129 stores only equals 800 employees?

Each store had about 7 staff?

No, wait. I guess that sounds about right.


That sounds low but the managers may have been relocated. Where I don't know.

/always wanted to work in a video store
//well not always, in the teen years
 
2013-01-22 12:13:10 PM  

Happy Hours: KrispyKritter: poe_zlaw: Mugato: Actually, that sucks. I have Netflix and iTunes and all that gay stuff but I miss walking around a real video store. Redbox and Bluebox are virtually useless. I preferred Hollywood Video but they're long gone. Too bad about Blockbuster, really.

I couldnt be happier. Blockbuster is so stupid they cant even survive after the ridiculous late fees they charged / ripped off from everyone along with screwing up their customers' credit. BuckFlockbuster. Bye.

permit me to share your joy. once very long ago I visited a BB. strike one: no adult back room for adults to select adult movies from. strike two: pimply faced teen bean staff as useless as water to a drowning woman. strike three: finding out BB censored the movies at will, as if it's perfectly fine to piss on the creative works of others. -- i'm amazed they lasted as long as they did, may they rot in hell.

If they were censoring movies they'd probably get sued like another company did. The other company was trying to be "family friendly" and cutting out the good parts for religious-minded folks.

There's lots of rumors about BB censorship on the net, but there seems to be no proof.

As for no adult back room, don't they have an "adult book store" where you live? It doesn't really matter now though since hi-speed internet and internet porn are all over the place.

And the late fees go away if you get their all-you-can-rent for (IIRC) about $15 a month. Last year they seemed desperate enough to start offering a free month of that service and got me to pay for another 2 months. You can keep the same movie out forever or you can pick up as many movies as you can watch a day (but only one at a time).

I used it to watch Dexter - the only thing that sucked is both of the BB stores in my town were missing one of the discs and the closest one that had it was ~60 miles away.

I never found the staff to be completely useless. I'd occasionally ask for recommendations


Back when they were big, studios would make R rated cuts just for Blockbuster for movies that were otherwised released with no rating or a NC-17, because otherwise Blockbuster wouldn't carry the title at all. Of course, few major movies were ever released with a NC-17 or no rating at all, so this only applied to a handful of movies.

Now, the related policy of not having an adult section really did cut into their profits, and is the major reason why mom and pop video stores (which did have them) survived and are still fairly common to this day.
 
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