questionsis blockbusters going out of business?

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Just googled it, and there appears to be mass store closings in several major cities today.

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There are many other options available. No Blockbuster within 50 miles from here, so no big loss on my part. BTW, why did you answer your own question?

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There are only 2 left in our area, down from around 10. The remaining ones are constantly having sales on dvds and blurays just to get people into the stores. But I think blockbuster will live on through the mail service and express kiosks...at least for a while.

I have mixed feelings on it. They drove all our local video stores out of business, and now redbox and netflix have done the same to them.

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Just thought that there would be deals to be had when they sell their stock off.

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@jsimsace: Because you posted "why should I care?" and then edited your post. I was replying to your original response.

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Doomed. As was Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, and countless others where you live. The day of kiosks and streaming is upon us.

Can you remember the day, not long ago, when there was a Mom & Pop VHS rental store on every corner? Doesn't seem that long ago for some of us.

Beta users maybe longer.

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OK. So Blockbuster declared bankruptcy around 1 year ago and they have been closing there locations in order to liquidate assets and gain as much capital in order to keep afloat. They are closing most brick and mortar and attempting to compete with Netflix. Unfortunately, they continue to fail due to poor service and will most likely only serve as a remnant of a bygone era.

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Blockbuster for me is more of an FYE store.. I love going in to see what clearance/sale items they have that are NOT dvd's/blu-ray/video-games. Will be sad when they are gone

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what cost more...a vending machine that dispenses movies or a 5000 sq ft store you pay rent, buy insurance, hire employees and have to advertise for? Or better yet, sit home and d/l them online.

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@mkentosh: Redbox is pretty bad though.. people don't know how to take care of discs.. and the selection/availability is not there (especially for video games). I know people who just wanted to play the MW3 campaign without having to pay $50+ for the game, only to find that whoever rented the few copies at the Redbox kept them for weeks..

Netflix is "alright", but new movies is where it's lacking. Blockbuster has "Movie Pass" which has the newer movies but they screwed up by making it an extension of DSL.. (blah)

If NetFlix could offer streaming of NEWER movies for an additional cost, I would only use it. period. otherwise, BlockBusters I feel is still essential

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Blockbuster, as others have stated, went Bankrupt over a year ago. Since then it was purchased by Dish Network.

Dish Network is trying to turn Blockbuster into a viable alternative to Netflix and make it an "exclusive" add-on to Dish Network packages. Aside from movies/games by mail and online Blockbuster hopes to be a viable contender against Redbox (the DVD kiosk company owned by Coinstar).

My guess is that Dish Network will be closing off a lot of unsuccessful brick-n-mortar locations in the coming years, and instead going the more economically efficient route of Kiosks, as they currently already have deals with several grocery chains.

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I haven't seen an actual Blockbuster store in around 10 years. I didn't know they still existed.

I also haven't seen any record/CD stores around.

No payphones either.

However, I saw a dodo bird and a Tyrannosaurus Rex in my back yard yesterday.

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I meant to say Dish (not DSL) lol

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My local store closed today and they begin liquidating tomorrow. Other stores locally closed a month ago but several will remain open in the Seattle area. Part of this move is cost. An employee told me that my store was paying $13K monthly in rent. They also said corporate is looking to find less expensive space in the area early next year. For now I'll have to drive a few extra miles to use the next closest store.

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The kiosks only have the Blockbuster brand--they are not owned by Bb/Dish. I think NCR is the company that runs the kiosks.

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@atd15: Peace. I am having a not-so-great week and said the wrong thing, then realized that it could be worse for me so I edited. Hey, I could be the owner of a Blockbuster, right? Life is always better than the alternative.

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@cengland0: Thanks for the laugh, I needed that ;-)

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Info for those keeping track:
There are still 3 blockbusters open in my hometown. But they do not do the kind of business they used to. so here are some tidbits.

Blockbuster recently had some bankruptcy problems, ended up being bought by Dish Network. If you do find a blockbuster somewhere, expect to see more tie-ins with dish network as time goes on. Dish will likely take blockbuster streaming and roll it into the Video-on-Demand at some point. (some kind of deal where you get access to blockbuster content and dish network service bundled together).

For now they still exist, but it is true that I would not be terribly suprised if they were to close up before next Christmas.

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Since that was mostly a repeat of what was said before, let me also add that I am also aware of the kiosks, and they are run by a different company that bought rights to the name. Blockbuster did at one point make a bid to buy back the kiosk business, but last I heard it was not happening.

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I remember when we would rent Video's from the local grocery store... Also could rent a VCR, a Sega Genesis, a Nintendo Entertainment System...

They really shot themselves in the face a few years back when they turned they changed their Blockbuster online service from something that directly competed with NetFlix, and allowed you to swap your movies out in person at any store, to an overpriced "only 4 movies per month can be swapped in a store" to a "screw it, no more blockbuster online."

The one positive for the BlockBuster Epic Fail Sales is that I can fill in the gaps on my DVD/blu-ray collection. I think there's still 1 or 2 stores in my area left, but yeah, circling the drain.

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Woahhhhh I'm surprised some are still open. Mine closed like 6 to 8 months ago. So did all the ones in my area. Within about 50 mins any direction. If I'm not mistaken they filed for bankruptcy or something along those lines earlier this year.

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It's a doomed business model. Kind of sad to see an industry come and go in my lifetime.

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this happened in socal manyyyy months ago. all of them closed down.

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For those that would like to know....One thing that Blockbuster has over Netflix is that GAMES are included in your subscription. This makes Blockbuster more affordable than Gamefly and you still have the option to get a movie now and then.

Also, until all the stores close down (we still have one) you can turn in your games and movies you received in the mail at any blockbuster and get a movie at the store as well. Very good deal.

Con: They don't have streaming like netflix or hulu.

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Studios are fighting streaming tooth and nail, hence poor selection. I wish they would see the writing on the wall and welcome their new Internet overlords.

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aw man... so no more blockbuster express?

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@j5: indeed we need more big names doing like what Louie ck did when he released his own standup on his own time and dime, and charged a simple $5 for it.

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@devexityspace: you know you can make online reservations for movies/games at redbox, right? If a game is there, you select that redbox to hold it for you, and then go pick it up. No worry about if it's available or not when you get to the redbox.

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@cornellbigred: blockbuster express should become MORE widely available as they close stores.

FWIW, they company probably will not be vanishing altogether anytime soon, they were just recently bought out of bankruptcy by dishnetwork, and the blockbuster service they include with dishnetwork subscriptions is a big bonus that can convince people to subscribe.

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The video store is dead and it's spirit has been trapped in a kiosk that will become attached to every gas station, pharmacy, and large retail outlet.

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@connorbush: I've got one about 2 miles away from me, still chugging along. I'm in OC. So, I wouldn't say they're all gone in Socal...just mostly. Their website says there's about half a dozen left in about 20 miles of me.

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In south jersey there are 1 that i know about, but 3 in philadelphia. there used to be a ton but they all are shutting down. the blockbester kiosk's are some places but not as many as the redbox kiosk's.

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I'm surprised it's still in business.

Hell, I'm surprised people still go there.

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@tsfisch: Not only is it sad to see this business model come and go, it is also sad to see the days of the Typewriter and Typewriter repair come and go. Not to mention the TV repair shops, Computer repair shops, and certain fast food chains.

Still hanging in there are Vacuum Cleaner repair shops, but I don't expect that business to hang on much longer, since it just sucks.

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Did it make anyone else sad when they realized children will most likely have no idea what "be kind, rewing" even means?!

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@devexityspace: I disagree with the notion that netflix streaming is lacking in new movies, though we may disagree on what we consider to be "new movies". To me anything less than 4 years old is a "new movie", and that category seems to be >90% of the netflix streaming selection.

I find netflix to be more lacking in streaming classic titles. If I'm looking for a specific title it seems rare to find it available to stream. If I just want something from a specific genre I generally do OK.

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Ours has been gone for about 6 months now. The building is still vacant.