questionsdid you know blockbuster still has stores?

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Yes. There are several still open in my city. I drove past one yesterday advertising one-day blu-ray and DVD rentals for $4.99. I thought that sounded awfully steep, since the theater is only $6.50 before 6pm, but then I thought, "not everyone lives alone". If you have a family, $5 for movie night is not such a bad deal.

I haven't rented a movie in at least a decade, and I quit buying Blockbuster's used discs because they deface them with their stickers.

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@moondrake: did you then drive to redbox and pay 1.29 for a 1 day dvd rental? :P

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The last one around me closed over 2 years ago. Bloomberg did a special a while back on Netflix and Blockbuster. According to Blockbuster's former CEO, they had a chance to merge companies years ago but never sealed the deal do to antitrust regulations. It is quite an amazing story about how Netflix blew them out of the water, and so quickly. Blockbuster had plenty of chances to save their business, but thought Netflix was just going to be a fad, and that nobody would wait 2 days to get a movie by mail.

At least in my day we had to ride our bikes to Blockbuster to sit on our butts for 3 hours watching a movie or playing a video game.

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I have several stores within walking distance. I haven't been in one of them since April 29, 2008.

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@drsilentg: Nah. I see anything remotely of interest in the theater. If I feel like seeing it again after that I buy the DVD or Blu-Ray. I watch foreign or older stuff on Netflix. I don't rent movies at all anymore. It seems silly when I have several thousand in my collection and Netflix at my fingertips.

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Got one at 3 miles away. There are several in town.

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@moondrake: The last used DVD I can recall buying I purchased from a Hollywood Video before they went belly-up in this area, which was a few years before we lost all our Blockbuster locations. It may have been an illusion but it really seemed to me that Hollywood had a better selection of used videos for the same price (or better, in some cases).

As for renting, the last time I had a membership to Blockbuster was some time pre-y2k...

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@lparsons42: No illusion. Blockbuster always had more copies of the popular titles, but Hollywood had a lot more depth in their library. Hollywood also didn't deface their used discs, so a pretty good chunk of my movie collection came from them. We'd go in when they had the just past new release movies for 3/$20 and buy a half dozen or a dozen each month. For about $50 a month we were able to stock our libraries with pretty much every wide release film only a couple of months after it came out. I'd hunt down indie, foreign or older titles online and in boutique shops. I've slowed down on my collecting because we are on a long run of enjoying Asian films on Netflix, although there are a few I have liked well enough I need to track down a copy for permanent ownership.

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They've closed about 70-80% of their stores over the past 2-3 years, but yes, they still have at least two stores left in my metro area that I know of. That's down from about a dozen stores a couple years ago. No word yet if either, or both, of the two remaining stores will be a casualty this time. I do expect that they will eventually all close down.

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My closest one was 50 miles away. For obvious reasons I don't know if they are still in business or not.