Death of video stores

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  1. Gaastra

    Gaastra Well-Known Member

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  2. Eric

    Eric Per sempre marciamo.

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    *Sigh* Man, I really loved going to Blockbuster. I remember when they had rental N64 games and rental tapes back in the 90's. Just being inside filled me with wonder. Now the Blockbuster near me in the old Olde Sawmill Plaza is gone. :( 
     
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    And good riddance, the same with Music stores, welcome to the internet bitches!
     
  4. unicron's blues

    unicron's blues I need to get rich!

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    I liked going to the local video stores because blockbuster and movie gallery only stock new releases, not the old treasures that I enjoy as opposed to the new brad pitt movies.
     
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    I remember as a kid always getting VHS at my grocery store or a place called, Family Video. My family hardly ever went to Blockbuster except on 99 cent kid rental nights. Today, the hubby and I barely step into a Blockbuster unless we're returning a movie we got on-line and plan on getting another one.

    Oh, and in the article they talk about mom and pop places. We actually have one here, RIGHT in the middle of two Blockbusters that is thriving. It actually moved into a larger building a few years ago. I'm thinking the reason why, it charges $1.99 for "new" rentals for three days. But what it considers new is definitely not what just came out. However, I think in my area, where it's the poorest, many people go here, since you don't need a credit card, just one form of ID to start renting.
     
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    I see no reason this isn't good news. Video stores won't disappear overnight, but the industry is overdue for some shrinkage. Teh interweb wins again.
     
  7. Night Flame

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    Yep. Back in my day I got my sex education by renting crappy horror movies that looked promising on the naughty-bits (more scantily clad babes on the back of the box = more nudity potential). Convincing your parents you liked crappy horror flicks was a lot easier than just asking for softcore and hoping for the best. Nowadays, kids just look up "boobs" on images.google for a cheap thrill.

    It was so much harder back in the old days.
     
  8. TestDrive

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    good kill em all, stupid stores try to charge you $120 just cause you forgot to bring a game back for 4 months, good riddance ya old dinosaur stores
     
  9. Team Jetfire

    Team Jetfire Pop-POP!

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    QFT!

    Why all the sap? The video stores have serve their purpose; the purpose is now filled by digital cable and the internet.

    I hate paying 5.99 for a new release at any rate.
     
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    Yeah I miss the days of the 80's video stores. Im glad I was there to experience it. Blockbuster will be around for a while.
     
  11. Predakwon

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  12. Blunticon

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    Does anyone remember when you they first started renting games, like Nintendo games. Those were the days of Video store peak!
     
  13. Deathx360

    Deathx360 Farewell Dear Friend

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    The nearest Blockbuster to me is 45 miles so the small stores still survive here. I don't rent much so paying a monthly fee for an Internet store is more expensive than just going out and renting a game of movie for $4-$6 for 5 days.
     
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    Yeah, I can't get too broken up over the downfall of video stores. Just can't see the point of it anymore. Not only are there precious few good movies coming out to be worth seeing in the first place, but it makes more sense to just buy the DVD for a movie if you really like it and plan to watch it more than once in your life.
     
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    I'm even further away from a Blockbuster.
    We still have the mom&pop video rental stores. They're good with their prices, $4.50 for a new release and they have deals every day.
    I don't see them going anywhere unless we see a sudden population increase and a couple big box stores.

    That said I do watch most new movies on satellite
     
  16. ckhtiger

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    I got fired from a blockbuster by the district manager for refusing to cut my dreadlocks. good riddance!
     
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    Omegatron Mandatory Fun. Buy it now TFW2005 Supporter

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    I remember the hole-in-the-wall palce we used to get videos from when I was a kid. I think I saw nearly every video in the pace at some point or another- their selection wasn't that great. The thing I remember most is trying to get a peek at what was behind that curtain labled, 'Adults only.' Never did get back there, though.

    As far as the death of the mom-and-pop video store...I don't mind. The refrigerator/ freezer was the death of the iceman; parachute pants manufacturers are out of business (I hope), and in 10-15 years, there will only be 'vintage' video and music stores. In 5 years, when I can instantly beam nearly any movie in HD to my entire wall TV, why will I want to spend $6 a gallon on gas to drive to the video store?
     
  18. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    oh noes where will i rent clash of the titans?! :( 

    sigh, renting b movies for some titty action, good times good times.
     
  19. Predaking

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    Just like Night Flame the B-Movies I used to get were like porn flicks for me. I remember a movie called "Last House On the Left". A lot of naughty bits in there to gawk at but nothing really graphic. Me and my brother used to rent Faces of Death I-IV from this one video house who didn't care that we were couple of 13 year olds. We were scared to death of all the graphic death stuff but liked a few exposed tits in there as well.
     
  20. Jux

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    Yeah, we are more and more a society of instant gratification and unlimited options.

    I don't want to choose from the few hundred at my video store. I want the thousands available through Netflix, or through my digital cable. I want it now, or endlessly mailed to me as I go through them.

    It's okay. Someday, when our children are downloading media directly into their brain stem, we'll reminisce about the days we used to order DVD's through digital cable and then had to "watch" it.
     

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