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Dish to close 300 Blockbuster stores


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#1 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

Dish Network Corp. will shutter about 300 Blockbuster stores in the coming weeks, resulting in a loss of about 3,000 employees, Dish spokesman John Hall said Monday.

The closures, which cover underperforming outlets or those that are nearing the end of their leases, will leave 500 Blockbuster stores in the U.S. The company has 26 locations in Colorado.

Dish "continues to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we continue to analyze the store-level profitability as we have in the past," Hall said.


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

And to think of all the movie rental businesses that the first generation of Blockbuster put out of business! May seem odd to most but I enjoyed going to a rental store and looking over the new and old movies. Damn you Blockbuster.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:03 AM

I'm surprised any video rental store can make it financially. Too much competition from kiosks, local businesses that rent as a sideline, online streaming. However, when the video store here in town closed after 20 years another took over the space within 6 months. The new one is a Family Video franchise. I don't shop there so I don't know their format, but I've noticed them coming into other towns and apparently making it work.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:07 AM

Problem with most of the vending machines is they only have the most current stuff.

When I was still renting videotapes, I went into the dusty box sections and found the out of print stuff that couldn't be found elsewhere. That stuff probably got tossed in the dumpsters or ended up on somebody's garage sale .50 table.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

Problem with most of the vending machines is they only have the most current stuff.

When I was still renting videotapes, I went into the dusty box sections and found the out of print stuff that couldn't be found elsewhere. That stuff probably got tossed in the dumpsters or ended up on somebody's garage sale .50 table.


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That's what I like the Blockbuster mail program for. (Except they should improve the turn-around time, search interface and selection). I love the old stuff and don't care for the new. All the splashy movies seem to come out on FX after a few months anyway.

Dish should be looking at a subscribers rental history & satellite packages and try to target promotions and such. A home that subscribes to HBO and other movie channels probably wants different rentals than a sports-centric home or someone with a basic package. There should be some upsell opportunities there.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:06 PM

I still say Dish should be using the Blockbuster locations more as regional/local "hubs" for Dish network business. Base their installers out of local Blockbuster locations and use them for drop-points... also as a showroom to showcase Dish equipment AND provide a retail location where customers can come in and speak to a real person to sign up for Dish Network.

The DVD/Blu-ray/video-game rental business can just be a side-bar "we also do that" kind of thing that helps pay some of the bills but doesn't have to be inherently profitable in and of itself.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:07 AM

The problem with that, of course, is that Blockbuster locations are mostly in rented strip mall slots. Why would one pay for such space to house installers or to try to sell a product like that, when installers could be based from far less expensive light industrial space and more sales could be gained by advertizing, or demoing the product in malls or Sam's Clubs.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

Are we going to get a list of stores being closed and when?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

Does it really matter at this point?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

Does it really matter at this point?


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

Are we going to get a list of stores being closed and when?


They closed five stores in my area.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:33 AM

I have one located about five minutes from my house and has real good traffic. I think people still like to still go in pick up DVDs and look and browse hope its not one that will be closing

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

I think people still like to still go in pick up DVDs and look and browse


They do here also. But they happen to it at the local Family Video. The BBV stores here are slow on Friday and Saturday nights and dead most of the other time. While just a couple miles away, the Family Video is doing booming business.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

They already closed here in Illinois several years ago that I don't even remember when, I thought that it was a defunct video stores years ago, apparently not in some states.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

Problem with most of the vending machines is they only have the most current stuff.

When I was still renting videotapes, I went into the dusty box sections and found the out of print stuff that couldn't be found elsewhere. That stuff probably got tossed in the dumpsters or ended up on somebody's garage sale .50 table.


And another problem is waiting if someone is using the kiosk just to return a movie. Or having to go to another one if it's out of order. But stores, kiosks, and streaming all have their pros and cons.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

The problem with that, of course, is that Blockbuster locations are mostly in rented strip mall slots. Why would one pay for such space to house installers or to try to sell a product like that, when installers could be based from far less expensive light industrial space and more sales could be gained by advertizing, or demoing the product in malls or Sam's Clubs.


Think ours will be on the list? I went there maybe twice this past year.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:13 PM

Think ours will be on the list? I went there maybe twice this past year.


That is twice more than I have.

The liquor store next door probably wants the space.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

That is twice more than I have.

The liquor store next door probably wants the space.


In some areas, yes, but in others, malls are hurting.

And your going once is one more than I have gone in five years!
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

They already closed here in Illinois several years ago that I don't even remember when, I thought that it was a defunct video stores years ago, apparently not in some states.


I have a Blockbuster about 7 miles from me in North Aurora, IL. So not are all closed in Illinois yet.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

My crystal ball says that Dish will be closing all the remaining Blockbuster stores within 2 years.

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