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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2005, 10:56:41 AM »

Good one.

I really hate when they try to push deals at me at the last minute. I've just spent at least ten or fifteen minutes searching the store for three movies I feel like watching (and my wife will approve of), stood in line for another five or ten minutes, and the guy says to me "you know, if you get one more movie, you can get them for such and such a price."

I usually just say no, but I feel like saying "After half an hour in your store, when I'm ready to pay and LEAVE, you expect me to go back and look around for one more goddamn movie I didn't want in the first place, and then come back here and wait again? Give your head a shake."

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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2005, 11:01:01 AM »

My own 'late fee story:'

Once at the local Mom n Pop shop I mentioned above, we tried to rent a few movies.  The clerk told us we could not rent movies because we had overdue late fees, in the amount over $6000.  I did some quick math in my head and informed him that to have accrued that much at their daily rate, I'd have rented my movies before that store even existed.

He was very cool, said it was a computer error, and fixed it on the spot.

As for employees, this shop always had college age kids WHO DUG MOVIES.  Their employee picks section had some really cool stuff in it, and their little (hand written) notes about 'why I like this movie' were cool, too.

We tried the Mom n Pop shop here, but it's not that great; we end up in BB most of the time.  There's a Hollywood up the road, about the same distance as BB, but I've never been in there.

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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2005, 11:16:37 AM »

I found Hollywood Video to have a much larger selection of Sci-Fi, Horror, etc...than BB.  Considering the BB is around the corner so to speaj and the HV is several miles away, I still thought it worth the trip.

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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2005, 07:10:34 PM »

Wasn't blockbuster at one point trying to buy out hollywood video? God, if they get enough money they'll probably try and take out neflix and all competition

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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2005, 11:18:49 PM »

We have Video Station in Boulder county.
50,000 titles, perfectly arranged and catalogued.
I have no complaints at all.
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« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2005, 08:23:41 AM »

Susan wrote:

> Wasn't blockbuster at one point trying to buy out hollywood
> video? God, if they get enough money they'll probably try and
> take out neflix and all competition
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...And eventually...THE WORLD!

Ha-ha...that brings up a crazy thought...could you imagine a world run by Ballbuster?

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« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2005, 10:03:35 AM »

We've got a pretty good independent store where I live, Generation X Video. I live in a city with two universities, a big arts community and a thriving high-tech sector, so the market is here for it. I mean, it's only a hop, skip and a jump from the local repertory cinema.

I've mentioned this video store before - movies divided by genre (horror, sci-fi, drama, western, musical, war, action and on it goes) and also by director. Foreign films by country. A section for Canadian directors. Separate sections for cult films, animation, B&W classics and literary adaptations. Kaiju, blaxploitation, exploitation and other such genres get their own sections. Movies that go together (Hammer horror, James Bond, etc.) are together. There is a whole basement full of anime, with a hentai section. And when DVDs became common, they went HEAVILY into them. No gradual acquisition. They've been buying them like crazy - all genres, all years.

Needless to say, I love that store. The only reason I use BB at all is for new releases and more common stuff, because it's right around the corner.

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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2005, 02:56:06 PM »

 I noticed through alot of these posts that the reason alot of us go to BB is that it near us. I think that the only thing they got going that their everywhere. I used to have a BB up the block but it got run out town by the mom and pop business.

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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2005, 05:42:10 PM »

Yeah blockbuster is everywhere alright. Within a 1 mile radius of me i can count 5 easily. The problem is there is no other real competition. Some company like Hollywood needs to really pull a "Target" on them. Remember how target stores started to suck? Then you thought for sure walmart would take over the world. Although they have, target stores made a huge comeback by completely revamping the whole store from selling more trendy items to competing with a grocery store. I like them better, less chaos and they never use overhead speakers. But that's another topic.

I miss the old video stores iwth their turnstiles going in and the dim lighting. They had a small candy rack but i always remember putting a quarter in the bubble gum machine on the counter because they had a thing where if you got a blue ball you got a free rental. I thought that was cool when i one once. ;-)  They always had stuff like that going on in there, they had movie posters all over the inside of the store in marquee lights. sigh

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« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2005, 10:34:26 PM »

I have no idea if this is true, but I once 'heard' that Walmart's goal was to have stores no farther than 25 mi from each other; you'd always be with 12.5 miles of a Walmart.

Perhaps BB has something like this up their sleeve.

There's no doubt, though, that this thread clearly shows that at least among the movie buffs on this board who rent, the Mom n Pop's are by far the favorites. I believe it is not just the movie buffs.  Too bad BB could not do some market research and realize they'd PROBABLY make a bunch more money if they at least TRIED to imitate the good features of the smaller, locally owned video rental store.

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« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2005, 10:42:43 PM »

I always find it interesting that BB tried  came to my local community and could not compete with the local store which has been here for years. BB left.

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« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2005, 10:55:33 PM »

Ha HA HA HA!!!! Your town rules ,Menard!

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« Reply #27 on: August 20, 2005, 11:26:03 PM »

Nah. Mostly just outsider phobic. Although Wally World has been successful in town, probably due to putting money in the right pockets, this town has never been too particularly friendly to outsiders. Most of what probably kept BB from succeeding is that the local video store is not run by fools, but by people who know what they are doing and have had a presence in this town for over 20 years.

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« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2005, 01:43:59 PM »

Yeah, video stores used to be so cool. I can remember a couple of huge ones in this area in the late 80s - nearly the size of a small department store, and always jumping. Racks full of anything you could name, and stuff I'd never heard of before.

Bandito Video was like that. It was a local outfit that had a big original store and was starting to branch out into two or three other locations. Then it just disappeared. Used to drive 20 minutes into the city to rent from them.

Jumbo Video were, I believe, the largest chain in Canada before BB took hold. They are all but wiped out at this point. Last time I went into a Jumbo, I couldn't believe how much it sucked. No selection, crappy prices, nothing worth going back for. But in the late 80s, the local Jumbo was enormous. Racks everywhere, self-serve complimentary popcorn, and a separate room for horror that was dark and modelled to look like a castle. You walked through an arch to enter it. Jumbo was the coolest store. Then, little by little, the stock disappeared. The horror room vanished, to be replaced by one little rack on the wall. Then they started to focus on stocking large numbers of new releases - guaranteed availability of the hottest new stuff became their thing. Then the big store closed, to be replaced by little stores tucked away in strip malls. Depressing.

For a while there, it was a golden age for video stores. Pity it didn't last.



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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2005, 05:25:51 PM »

I'm one of those old enough to remember when there were no video rental stores...period. Then they seemed to spring up overnight, propagating like mad in the early/mid 80s. Those were the "good old days" of movie rentals, before the cold corporations took over and squeezed out the little guy. Now I don't even know where the closest "mom and pop" store is to my house, though BB is about half a mile away. Sad, really. Like the extinction of the drive-in theaters, it heralds the end of an age.

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