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Blockbuster may file for bankruptcy


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#26 ONLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 03:36 PM

Ironically, the Blockbuster store located about 1.5 miles from my house continues to do near-record business. I have gotten to know the Manager over the years, and he indicated his 2010 1Q numbers are ahead of last year, and that was only slightly below his 2008 numbers (which he said were fantastic).

But obviously, the brick and mortar model has limited appeal and higher operating costs...so this does NOT come as any kind of shock.
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#27 OFFLINE   bidger

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:01 PM

Well, said manager should start updating their resume with all those stats highlighted because someone doing that will be very much in demand.

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#28 OFFLINE   matt

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 01:46 PM

The one here in Stillwater has changed their sign today to read that they are closing and everything must go!

I am glad to see them leave but hate that people are losing their jobs.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:36 AM

There is a blockbuster .8 miles from my house. I went in there about 18 months ago. The funny thing was, there was no one in the store except the 4 people waiting on line. Even in an empty store they still had a line.


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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:30 AM

Blockbuster has so far refused to adopt the Netflix style On Demand pricing, which cannot be helping matters and was the reason I switched from Blockbuster to Netflix.


I think this has caused them the most issues. From what I have read they are very quick to deliver movies but their On Demand is still per rental rather than unlimited.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:08 AM

I've only been to Blockbuster once in the past 2 years, not because of the service, or the prices, but because there's NOTHING coming out of Hollywood that captures my attention anymore. Even the 3 or so movies I've rented, like Sherlock Holmes, have me dreading about 15 minutes in that I have to invest the next two hours of my life to staying awake.

btw, if Blockbuster wants to save itself, they can start by charging a rewind fee on DVD's. We all know how stupid so much of the public is. They're bound to bring in at least a grand or two per store each month.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 09:19 AM

My #1 son, with whom I now live, was a Blockbuster store manager during the nineties. He had the reputation of fixing up troubled stores, so moved around stores in Charlotte. They wanted him to become a district manager, but he didn't want to relocate and eventually quit.
Redbox and Netflix now really dominate the rental market in these parts. Hollywood Video has closed up shop and I wouldn't be too surprised to see some of the nearby Blockbuster stores close as well. I currently do all my renting on Netflix and like the ability to stream many titles to my TiVo DVR's.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 03:28 PM

I work at Walgreens and today we were told to pull the Blockbuster Gift cards by our corporate office that they were unsellable. I'm curious to see if an announcement is getting ready to come out from Blockbuster.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 03:30 PM

Hmmmm.... very interesting.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:03 AM

It sucks, the one near me closed

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 01:15 PM

I've only been to Blockbuster once in the past 2 years, not because of the service, or the prices, but because there's NOTHING coming out of Hollywood that captures my attention anymore. Even the 3 or so movies I've rented, like Sherlock Holmes, have me dreading about 15 minutes in that I have to invest the next two hours of my life to staying awake.

btw, if Blockbuster wants to save itself, they can start by charging a rewind fee on DVD's. We all know how stupid so much of the public is. They're bound to bring in at least a grand or two per store each month.


Yep, it is stupid. DVDs can't be rewound.

My local movie theater, Carmike, has now raised it's movie prices to $14 a person.

My Walmart and Kroger have a Red Box.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:45 PM

Seen a Blockbuster kyak in the local .99 cent store. This is a big chain out west. Like the dollar tree stores all over. I guess the are going the Redbox route for now.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:01 PM

Seen a Blockbuster kyak in the local .99 cent store. This is a big chain out west. Like the dollar tree stores all over. I guess the are going the Redbox route for now.


Now I have visions of a kayak with Blockbuster branding at a .99 cent store, because Blockbuster lost their paddle.

The problem with the Blockbuster kiosks is they really don't get revenue from it, just a licensing fee.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:43 AM

Classic economics. Blockbuster is the 2010 version of the proverbial "buggy whip maker".

Rather than be sad that some strip mall landlord has to find an openning and a few kids have to look for a new minimum wage job, be happy that you (still) live in a dynamic economy where techonological advances still find their way to you, the customer.

BTW, writ large, same comment, relative to the dying newspaper business.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:32 AM

Another long-time brand about to bite the dust....the franchise stores are not affected supposedly....but there is also little reason for them to hold on much longer either as the supply chain would be re-engineered....deterioration inevitable. All sad in a way.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:16 AM

btw, if Blockbuster wants to save itself, they can start by charging a rewind fee on DVD's. We all know how stupid so much of the public is. They're bound to bring in at least a grand or two per store each month.


I don't recall what they called it but Hollywood Video offered something like insurance in case the disc didn't play. It was a rather small charge per disc but the concept was absolutely ridiculous.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:24 AM

I learned recently that Blockbuster stores (not just on-line) have an all you can rent plan. Plans and pricing is set by the individual store but near me it's 2 out at a for $30. All in all not THAT bad considering there is no shipping time and blu-ray is included.

I have no idea why they don't promote these plans.
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:29 PM

I learned recently that Blockbuster stores (not just on-line) have an all you can rent plan. Plans and pricing is set by the individual store but near me it's 2 out at a for $30. All in all not THAT bad considering there is no shipping time and blu-ray is included.

I have no idea why they don't promote these plans.


movie gallery had an all u can rent plan in my local before it went belly up




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