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(Gizmodo)   Attention, hoarders: Blockbuster liquidators putting everything (yes, everything) on Craigslist   (gizmodo.com) divider line 113
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2013-11-19 08:04:50 PM  
Wow I really need a spiral gumball machine. Here's a nickel.
 
2013-11-19 08:14:36 PM  
Oh shiat, I may go by the one near my house that's somehow still open. Just to see what they have.

Who knows maybe the video games are insanely marked down too.
 
2013-11-19 08:15:22 PM  
ANKENY, Iowa. It's right there in the f*cking image you linked to, retardblogger.
 
2013-11-19 08:31:44 PM  
img.gawkerassets.com

Take out the shelves and it's a great place to lock up your kidnapping victims.
 
2013-11-19 08:48:03 PM  
I didn't see any industrial-strength VHS rewinders.
 
2013-11-19 09:07:02 PM  

RedPhoenix122: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x432]

Take out the shelves and it's a great place to lock up your kidnapping victims.


you don't have to remove the shelves if victims are small enough or very flexible.
 
2013-11-19 09:09:42 PM  

Earguy: I didn't see any industrial-strength VHS rewinders.


Or the DVD rewinders, for that matter.
 
2013-11-19 09:10:19 PM  
Hmmmm.  Might be tempting to see if there's one nearby.  If the shelving prices are reasonable.
 
2013-11-19 09:12:14 PM  
I deal in games. Thats not a good price for the gumball machine. If you look, you can get one for less than 100.00
 
2013-11-19 09:12:27 PM  
end of an era
epoch?
 
2013-11-19 09:12:58 PM  

Waldo Pepper: RedPhoenix122: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x432]

Take out the shelves and it's a great place to lock up your kidnapping victims.

you don't have to remove the shelves if victims are small enough or very flexible.


Yeah, there's all kinds of kinksters into confinement scenes that would LOVE those.

/fun fact, the iPad autocorrects kinksters to ministers first time you type it in
 
2013-11-19 09:13:36 PM  

RedPhoenix122: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x432]

Take out the shelves and it's a great place to lock up your kidnapping victims.


That would actually be great for locking up your tools and stuff in the garage.
 
2013-11-19 09:13:51 PM  

Earguy: I didn't see any industrial-strength VHS rewinders.


Dude, enter the 21st century f'rchrissakes and get yourself one of these:

www.justlaff.com
 
2013-11-19 09:14:12 PM  
Can I buy their database of every customer's social security number?
 
2013-11-19 09:14:55 PM  

RedPhoenix122: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x432]

Take out the shelves and it's a great place to lock up your kidnapping victims.


I was thinking a cage for a go-go dancer, but your idea is good, too.
 
2013-11-19 09:14:56 PM  
I wonder if they still have those huge yellow popcorn bowls?
 
2013-11-19 09:16:33 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Can I buy their database of every customer's social security number?


Buy? Just check the recycling bin out back.
 
2013-11-19 09:17:24 PM  
All games Xbox, PS3, NDs, 10% off. Wow!
 
2013-11-19 09:17:34 PM  
Yea, You were too good to hire me, Blockbuster. So bubye!

Hoolywood Express in Cabridge, MA is better anyways.
 
2013-11-19 09:18:15 PM  
When the one by me went out of business I bought one of the wall hangings...big ol' star with Mel Gibsons head from Braveheart.
 
2013-11-19 09:18:28 PM  
Do you get he gum balls with the machine?
 
2013-11-19 09:18:40 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: All games Xbox, PS3, NDs, 10% off. Wow!


Oh that's it? Yea fark that. I can get cheaper prices on Amazon.
 
2013-11-19 09:19:24 PM  
Lost Thought 00


Can I buy their database of every customer's social security number?


It's already being posted online
 
2013-11-19 09:20:51 PM  
From the comments:  You can't steal 1s and 0s

So identity theft is just borrowing some 1s and os. Good to know.
 
2013-11-19 09:21:31 PM  
There's this gal who used to work at my local Blockbuster....
 
2013-11-19 09:22:45 PM  
Asking $350 for a $500 gumball machine?
 
2013-11-19 09:25:41 PM  
When ours went out of business, I bought their snow shovel.
 
2013-11-19 09:26:59 PM  
www.geekenstein.com
 
2013-11-19 09:27:30 PM  
So, it's not only being sold on Craigslist, but you have to go to Ankeny, Iowa???

They must have to beat people back witha stick!
 
2013-11-19 09:29:25 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-19 09:32:20 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: All games Xbox, PS3, NDs, 10% off. Wow!


When I went to the Tower records going out of business sale their 20% marked down CDs were still more than I could get them on Amazon.
 
2013-11-19 09:35:44 PM  
If I ever had a going-out-of-business sale, I would increment the % of the sale price over time until everything was gone. Sale starts-everything is full price. Sale is half finished, everything is half price. Sale is 95% over, you pay 5% of the receipt. You better snatch it up before someone else does. Can someone put on their liquidator hat and tell me why no one does it this way?
 
2013-11-19 09:36:28 PM  
If it were any other video store, I'd be hoarding all their soft-core porn from the '90s that never made it online, or even to DVD in some cases. But since this is Blockbuster, it wouldn't even be the unrated versions. Screw that! Not even for 50 cents per DVD.
 
2013-11-19 09:37:26 PM  

Earguy: I didn't see any industrial-strength VHS rewinders.


I went into my local Blockbuster and saw a few of those around.  Didn't check the price, though.

/got a couple of Blu Rays.  Need to pick up a few regular size cases.
 
2013-11-19 09:39:03 PM  

skinink: Yea, You were too good to hire me, Blockbuster. So bubye!

Hoolywood Express in Cabridge, MA is better anyways.


If you were to look at the situation from a neutral, third-party perspective, who would you say is the loser in this situation?
 
2013-11-19 09:39:21 PM  

scottydoesntknow: DrewCurtisJr: All games Xbox, PS3, NDs, 10% off. Wow!

Oh that's it? Yea fark that. I can get cheaper prices on Amazon.


You were expecting blockbuster to have good business sense?
 
2013-11-19 09:39:59 PM  

vudukungfu: end of an era
epoch?


It can't go soon enough for me. Blockbuster represented everything that was wrong about video stores.
 
2013-11-19 09:43:42 PM  

Dear Jerk: If I ever had a going-out-of-business sale, I would increment the % of the sale price over time until everything was gone. Sale starts-everything is full price. Sale is half finished, everything is half price. Sale is 95% over, you pay 5% of the receipt. You better snatch it up before someone else does. Can someone put on their liquidator hat and tell me why no one does it this way?


Wait long enough and everything is free. It's how I got my free liquidator hat.
 
2013-11-19 09:45:56 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Waldo Pepper: RedPhoenix122: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x432]

Take out the shelves and it's a great place to lock up your kidnapping victims.

you don't have to remove the shelves if victims are small enough or very flexible.

Yeah, there's all kinds of kinksters into confinement scenes that would LOVE those.

/fun fact, the iPad autocorrects kinksters to ministers first time you type it in


I know I would love that.
 
2013-11-19 09:47:01 PM  

Dear Jerk: If I ever had a going-out-of-business sale, I would increment the % of the sale price over time until everything was gone. Sale starts-everything is full price. Sale is half finished, everything is half price. Sale is 95% over, you pay 5% of the receipt. You better snatch it up before someone else does. Can someone put on their liquidator hat and tell me why no one does it this way?


The last few times I've seen a liquidator sale, they do something like that, but start at a supposed 40-50% off or so. Thing is, they jacked the "original" prices up to unrealistic levels first (full MSRP), so 50% off an insanely high price ended up being not much cheaper than it had been before the liquidation sale. Over time the discount increases but by then all the decent stuff is long gone to folks who bought a ton of crap they didn't need at 5% off the real retail price thinking they were getting an awesome deal.
 
2013-11-19 09:48:58 PM  
I worked for a retailer that went bust. Sort of a Best Buy type operation. We were told to sell everything, so I bought about £6k worth of stuff for about £600, lots of it still boxed up. I even bought some of the store equipment, like a couple of PCs, four LCD monitors and three heavy duty Oki laser printers.

The best deal was the store display Sky+ box. It still had the Sky retailer card and, as I predicted, it took Sky over a year to switch the card off. I had the full subscription package free for a year, movies, sports, the lot. That alone was worth £600 on top of the box, and I paid £10 for both.
I was a sad panda the day I switched it on and it said "Insert a valid viewing card".

/CSB.
//Short version, lost my job, bought lots of stuff.
 
2013-11-19 09:51:11 PM  
I confess.  I only had good customer service experiences with Blockbuster, and I'm very slightly sad to see them go.

The closest store to me closed down earlier this year.  I'd only been there a handful of times since moving to this part of town, but the staff was pleasant and helpful enough to give me a heads up if I was renting something really good or something truly awful.

The liquidation sale was a joke.  They moved out all the "good" stuff like most of the new releases and the majority of the games before the sale even started.  At first the prices for a lot of things were in the $10 - $15 dollar range, basically you could walk across the parking lot to Walmart and buy the same titles brand new, without all the unskippable ads for the same price or less.  But apparently people were buying the crap out of it, because near the end, when the movies were $8 a piece, there was almost nothing left.  Having purchased previously viewed movies from BB before, I wouldn't pay more than $5 each for them primarily because they tend to be stripped down versions compared to what you get through retail channels, they have more ads before the movie starts, and those ads are often unskippable.
 
2013-11-19 09:52:31 PM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: From the comments:  You can't steal 1s and 0s

So identity theft is just borrowing some 1s and os. Good to know.


I think I saw a 2....
 
2013-11-19 10:00:05 PM  

Lost Thought 00: Can I buy their database of every customer's social security number?


When did they start collecting SS numbers? When I worked there all that was required was a drivers license.
 
2013-11-19 10:04:11 PM  
 The only time I ever went in a Blockbuster, the clerk  told me they needed my SS number to rent movies  using the gift card I had received as a gift. After I was done laughing, the manager also found out that you have to refund a gift cards face value in cash immediately without the receipt.
At least in California.
Whipping out a cell phone and asking this putz if he wanted to call corporate and make himself look stupid or If he preferred that I do it for him did the trick.
He mumbled the whole time about the big exception he was making, he wasn't supposed to do this mail me a check  blah blah.
This was back when cells still had cute little antennas.
Saw the guy a few years later working as a checker at Sav Ons.
Piss on BB
 
2013-11-19 10:10:28 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Earguy: I didn't see any industrial-strength VHS rewinders.

Dude, enter the 21st century f'rchrissakes and get yourself one of these:


That picture drives me nuts every time I see it. I know I had the thing the photoshop was made from but I can't remember what the hell it was. I think it was either part of a kit to put full cover stickers on CDr or some kind of scratch remover. Anyone know what it was ?
 
2013-11-19 10:12:59 PM  
I still remember when I was a kid and Blockbuster forced my awesome locally owned video rental store out business. Karma's a biatch, assholes.
 
Slu
2013-11-19 10:13:31 PM  

Rivetman1.0: The only time I ever went in a Blockbuster, the clerk  told me they needed my SS number to rent movies  using the gift card I had received as a gift. After I was done laughing, the manager also found out that you have to refund a gift cards face value in cash immediately without the receipt.
At least in California.
Whipping out a cell phone and asking this putz if he wanted to call corporate and make himself look stupid or If he preferred that I do it for him did the trick.
He mumbled the whole time about the big exception he was making, he wasn't supposed to do this mail me a check  blah blah.
This was back when cells still had cute little antennas.
Saw the guy a few years later working as a checker at Sav Ons.
Piss on BB


Cool Story Bro.
 
2013-11-19 10:14:05 PM  

Sim Tree: When ours went out of business, I bought their snow shovel.


Did you have to rewind it first?
 
2013-11-19 10:16:05 PM  

vudukungfu: end of an era
epoch?


Yeah, it is in terms of venues that gave humans the potential for human contact. Rental shops rental or media-specific (music or video) buy-it-outright stores gave us the chance to possibly interact -- live and in person -- with people who shared our tastes. And that might result in a new friend or more.

Eh, who am I kidding. Digital media is convenient and we don't have to interact with others to acquire it.
 
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