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Title: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: FatFreddysCat on November 12, 2013, 10:39:53 AM
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So the former video-rental giant Blockbuster announced last week that their 300 remaining video stores in the U.S. will all be closed by the end of the year.  

Reaction from movie fans was immediate: "Wait... Blockbuster was still a thing? Really?"  :teddyr:

Honestly, I don't think I'll miss Blockbuster very much (they came into my home town about twelve years ago and killed the only really GOOD independent video store we had!!), but its passing certainly does mark the end of an era. Blockbuster once boasted 9000 (!) stores around the world, it shows how quickly people's movie-watching habits have changed, from renting a video or DVD at a brick-and-mortar store, to services like Netflix and On Demand streaming.

In a fit of nostalgia, I wrote a quick blog entry about the end of Blockbuster...

http://fatfreddyscat.hubpages.com/hub/Farewell-to-Blockbuster-Video


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Gst0395 on November 12, 2013, 12:15:26 PM
Well Netflix, I hope you're happy.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Jack on November 12, 2013, 12:40:58 PM
The two stores in our town closed ages ago.  Oddly enough the same ol' "mom and pop" places that were around before Blockbuster are still around now.  And a couple of new ones have opened up since.  I used to like Blockbuster at least for browsing through the back isle where all the direct-to-video stuff was.  It just got to be too inconvenient to be returning videos the next day once Netflix came around, and buying used DVD's on Amazon or Ebay didn't really cost much more than Blockbuster charged to rent them.  Especially when you add up all the late charges because we forgot about returning the movies and then didn't feel like making an extra trip in the evening etc. 

I think they did what almost all businesses do:  once they got really big they decided they could quit listening to their customers and just tell them what they want.  They focused entirely on the majority of people who only want the latest releases, but found out that utterly ignoring the minority of their customers who wanted a good selection left them with not enough revenue to keep them in business.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: FatFreddysCat on November 12, 2013, 12:50:19 PM
Well Netflix, I hope you're happy.

Blockbuster could've owned Netflix in the early '00s when it was just getting off the ground. But BB looked at it, saw that it was losing money, and said "We're not interested." I bet whoever made that decision probably jumped out of a window...


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Gst0395 on November 12, 2013, 03:32:23 PM
Well Netflix, I hope you're happy.

Blockbuster could've owned Netflix in the early '00s when it was just getting off the ground. But BB looked at it, saw that it was losing money, and said "We're not interested." I bet whoever made that decision probably jumped out of a window...
Ha, yeah that was probably a bit of an ignorant statement. You do make a great point to be perfectly honest.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on November 12, 2013, 04:40:21 PM
I'm not sorry. Maybe my interest in BB's failure is more personal, as I used to work for them back in 1994 and to be honest, got treated like garbage doing so, but the people in the store that resided in my area were real a*sholes who got away with murder because the store manager used to dismiss ever complaint, be it from customer or employee. So for my money I won't be losing much slepp over BB's demise.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Bushma on November 12, 2013, 09:11:39 PM
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Reaction from movie fans was immediate: "Wait... Blockbuster was still a thing? Really?"

Yup, that's what I thought.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Trevor on November 13, 2013, 02:53:58 AM
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So the former video-rental giant Blockbuster announced last week that their 300 remaining video stores in the U.S. will all be closed by the end of the year.  

Reaction from movie fans was immediate: "Wait... Blockbuster was still a thing? Really?"  :teddyr:

Honestly, I don't think I'll miss Blockbuster very much (they came into my home town about twelve years ago and killed the only really GOOD independent video store we had!!), but its passing certainly does mark the end of an era. Blockbuster once boasted 9000 (!) stores around the world, it shows how quickly people's movie-watching habits have changed, from renting a video or DVD at a brick-and-mortar store, to services like Netflix and On Demand streaming.

In a fit of nostalgia, I wrote a quick blog entry about the end of Blockbuster...

[url]http://fatfreddyscat.hubpages.com/hub/Farewell-to-Blockbuster-Video[/url]


Oddly enough, Blockbuster has a chain of stores in South Africa but most of them are closed now.

*Hits self on head* Sorry, that's BLOCKBUSTERS  :lookingup: www.blockbusters.co.za (http://www.blockbusters.co.za)


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: tracy on November 13, 2013, 02:28:33 PM
Really not too upset. I knew a good number of folks who were scammed out of unnecessary late fees due to Blockbuster errors. Also,when my sister and I tried to join they refused us unless we gave them our Social Security numbers. We asked why they needed them and they simply said,"We just do". We walked out,pretty annoyed. It's just movie rental and they have no business with our SS numbers.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: bob on November 14, 2013, 12:59:17 AM
I can't say I'm sad to see them go. Back when I last used them in the early 2000's their prices were utterly insane and they also took customers away from local video rental stores.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: zelmo73 on November 14, 2013, 03:38:15 PM
The ones here in Anchorage, Alaska are supposedly staying open because they are a different franchise based out of Texas instead of wherever else they are based out of. Not that I care though, since I was always more of a Netflix guy myself. Blockbuster didn't do the home delivery thing until Netflix came along. I never liked Blockbuster stores because there was no porn section like the mom & pop video stores always have.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Mofo Rising on November 14, 2013, 04:58:10 PM
Good riddance, they were an awful bully of a company. Screw them.

Oddly enough, though, once the video store business tanked, it actually became a pretty good deal to rent there. Not that I did, because why?


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: tracy on November 16, 2013, 01:15:27 PM
I can't say I'm sad to see them go. Back when I last used them in the early 2000's their prices were utterly insane and they also took customers away from local video rental stores.

That happened around here. They'd push out the local competition then bully folks,like Mofo Rising said.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: FatFreddysCat on November 17, 2013, 09:40:50 AM
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I never liked Blockbuster stores because there was no porn section like the mom & pop video stores always have.


...and whether they wanted to admit it or not, the "back room" was where the money was for most of those mom & pop stores.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Archivist on November 18, 2013, 02:20:18 AM
Man, I haven't been to a video rental store in years.  Perhaps the last time was in 2007 or 2008, when a friend used to frequent his local independent video store.  Prior to that, I once had membership at a laserdisc rental store in Chinatown in the early to mid 90's, and before that, membership at local independent video store.  I don't think I've ever been a member of Blockbuster, or any other major chain/franchise.

Blockbuster in Australia continues, but had to close dozens of outlets in recent years.  You can still go to stores and rent or buy, and you can get DVD's and blu-rays from automated kiosks.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Trevor on November 18, 2013, 05:14:44 AM
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I never liked Blockbuster stores because there was no porn section like the mom & pop video stores always have.


...and whether they wanted to admit it or not, the "back room" was where the money was for most of those mom & pop stores.  :teddyr:

During the dying days of repressive censorship here (1992 -1993) the so-called adult films were kept behind a locked door in most video stores and you had to produce ID and be over 21 to rent them.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: tracy on November 18, 2013, 05:15:45 PM
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I never liked Blockbuster stores because there was no porn section like the mom & pop video stores always have.


...and whether they wanted to admit it or not, the "back room" was where the money was for most of those mom & pop stores.  :teddyr:

During the dying days of repressive censorship here (1992 -1993) the so-called adult films were kept behind a locked door in most video stores and you had to produce ID and be over 21 to rent them.  :teddyr:

Wish I could say that leaves me out. :tongueout:


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: SynapticBoomstick on November 21, 2013, 07:28:50 PM
This is 100% nostalgia talking but I will keep my memories of going out on family movie nights to find something fun to watch. I will also cherish every weird or obscure thing I ever found on those shelves. Related: There was a movie rental place in my area during the early 90's called Video Vault. Had it not been for Video Vault, I wouldn't have learned about Robot Jox until a few years ago when I finally dove into the B-pool of the internet.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: zelmo73 on November 22, 2013, 01:43:16 AM
Ahhh, Robot Jox (1990)! An indelible classic of epic B-movie proportions! Many wonderful memories were made spent watching late-night cable TV in 1991, wondering "how did they do that" on such a limited budget. The cheesy acting only made the experience that much more enjoyable. You can tell that everybody involved had a marvelous time creating this cinematic gem!  :bouncegiggle:

(http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/4997/263690-crashandburn.jpg)


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: SynapticBoomstick on November 23, 2013, 11:13:56 AM
Ahhh, Robot Jox (1990)! An indelible classic of epic B-movie proportions! Many wonderful memories were made spent watching late-night cable TV in 1991, wondering "how did they do that" on such a limited budget. The cheesy acting only made the experience that much more enjoyable. You can tell that everybody involved had a marvelous time creating this cinematic gem!  :bouncegiggle:

([url]http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/4997/263690-crashandburn.jpg[/url])


That fist bump belongs on a ThinkGeek t-shirt. :thumbup:


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Chainsaw midget on November 28, 2013, 10:51:49 AM
I kinda miss the place. 

At least I did back when they carried a wider selection instead of just carrying 87 copies of each new release.  It was always fun just going down the ilses trying to see what jumped out at you and what looked interesting.  of course even that got harder as DVD took precedence and all the box arts started to be photoshopped heads. 


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: zelmo73 on November 29, 2013, 08:34:47 PM
Back in my stealing days...I mean, burning games on to discs days, Blockbuster was a great place to rent video games and burn copies of them. This was before I discovered pawn (charity) shops and the bargain bin at Gamestop.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: RCMerchant on December 06, 2013, 08:34:09 PM
f**k em all.
I buy old vhs tapes at flea markets and yard sales.
My girlfreind has Netflix.


I miss the old Mom and Pop video stores.
(heavy sigh.)
I usta rent-(or buy!) s**t like CUTHROATS 9,CHATTERBOX,BOXCAR BERTHA,FACES OF DEATH,TRUTH OR DARE-A CRITICAL MADNESS,DR.GORE....sigh...just dont ..i dunno-the ambiance is gone... :bluesad:
Kinda like the passing of uhf TV...sure-we get more channels-but the hunt to find these old films was a big part of the thrill for me. NetFlix makes it too easy.I usta love old uhf late night horror shows...Imma a gettin a f**kin a old...and Im only 51!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXi4NFgG_Vs


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Gst0395 on December 12, 2013, 04:17:12 PM
The Blockbuster in the town where I live near is having a closing down sale, a shame to see it go like this. With services like Netflix and LOVEFiLM though, less people venture out to stores to rent flicks nowadays when it's so much easier to just do it online.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: A_Dubya on January 02, 2014, 04:39:37 AM
I can't say I'm sad to see them go. Back when I last used them in the early 2000's their prices were utterly insane and they also took customers away from local video rental stores.

You are absolutely on the money. Over the last few years, I noticed the ridiculously high prices, attempting to compensate for their competitors' better options I always surmised. They screwed me over once when I was a kid, and said I didn't turn in a movie which I did. That has irked me until this day. Well, looks like I have the last laugh. Now I just need that lousy Video Exclusive store to perish, and I will be sated.


Title: Re: Blockbuster to close its last 300 stores in the U.S.
Post by: Gst0395 on January 02, 2014, 08:28:47 AM
I think one thing is for sure, Randy Marsh certainly isn't happy about this.

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