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Old Nov 21st 2005, 12:12 pm
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I've had Netflix for a couple of years, and found the service great and the selection fantastic. I'm a bit tempted to switch to Blockbuster but only for the free in store rentals. My concerns with switching are:

1. The length of time it may take to get a new film (Netflix has a place very near me so I get my new films back within 2 days of sending back the old one).

2. The selection available - I found that they do not have one, admittedly obscure, film that is currently in my Netflix queue.

Can anyone give an informed comparison?

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Old Nov 21st 2005, 12:16 pm
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Originally Posted by neil
I've had Netflix for a couple of years, and found the service great and the selection fantastic. I'm a bit tempted to switch to Blockbuster but only for the free in store rentals. My concerns with switching are:

1. The length of time it may take to get a new film (Netflix has a place very near me so I get my new films back within 2 days of sending back the old one).

2. The selection available - I found that they do not have one, admittedly obscure, film that is currently in my Netflix queue.

Can anyone give an informed comparison?

Thanks
I had Netflix when I first came here and their service sucked. They were forever changing their prices so I cancelled and went to Blockbuster.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The delivery is quick but it all depends on where you are in relation to a distribution center. Our DVDs arrive in 2 days which is pretty good.

Like you say, you also get two free in store DVD or game rentals per month plus other coupons to use (free ex-rental DVD, in store discounts, etc.).

Now that I've used both, I definitely prefer Blockbuster and would never go back to Netflix.
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Old Nov 21st 2005, 12:52 pm
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I had Netflix when I first came here and their service sucked. They were forever changing their prices so I cancelled and went to Blockbuster.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The delivery is quick but it all depends on where you are in relation to a distribution center. Our DVDs arrive in 2 days which is pretty good.

Like you say, you also get two free in store DVD or game rentals per month plus other coupons to use (free ex-rental DVD, in store discounts, etc.).

Now that I've used both, I definitely prefer Blockbuster and would never go back to Netflix.
Thanks. I haven't had service problems with Netflix at all, and delivery is quick which is why I'm a bit unsure about changing. I think they're the same price so it will be the extras that swing it. I think I'll give it a try.
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Default Re: Netflix or Blockbuster?

Netflix all the way - those a**holes at Blockbuster gave me a pirated video for a rental once, so it's personal
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Netflix all the way for us, I love their service & have never had any problems with them. Most of my friends use Netflix, one uses Blockbuster & told me it takes him 1 week for DVD turnaround, it only takes us 2 days, but that would depend on your location.
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I switched to Netflix to avoid dealing with in-store queues, so the Blockbuster "extra in store" deal makes no difference to me.

Netflix has been great for me and I believe in customer loyalty so I wouldn't switch to Blockbuster personally. Besides, Blockbuster made the change not because they love their customers but because of the bad PR they were getting in comparison to Netflix.
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I used to use Netflix, which is a good service; however the delivery times increased about 2 months into my subscription from 1 day to 3 days, so I dumped them after a few months (another contributing factor was my DVR).

They've just settled a lawsuit in CA: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/02...suit_sett.html

Maybe some people here are eligible for a one month upgrade.
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Originally Posted by anotherlimey
I used to use Netflix, which is a good service; however the delivery times increased about 2 months into my subscription from 1 day to 3 days, so I dumped them after a few months (another contributing factor was my DVR).

They've just settled a lawsuit in CA: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/02...suit_sett.html

Maybe some people here are eligible for a one month upgrade.
That would be me!!!
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Originally Posted by anotherlimey
I used to use Netflix, which is a good service; however the delivery times increased about 2 months into my subscription from 1 day to 3 days, so I dumped them after a few months (another contributing factor was my DVR).

They've just settled a lawsuit in CA: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/02...suit_sett.html

Maybe some people here are eligible for a one month upgrade.
They sent out an email about that, as I said we've never had problems with Netflix, send one back Monday, get new one on Wednesday, but the distribution centre is local. Is there any way to find out where Blockbuster has it's distribution centre before signing up?
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I have Blockbuster membership and have considered Netflix. I haven't got the Netflix membership because to make it worth my while, I'd have to rent two films a month but we wouldn't get round to seeing two films a month.

Consequently, when I do rent films, I've been going to the local independent film rental place, called VisArt. They have an infinitely better choice than Blockbuster.

Where else could you rent the original version of Willlard (the film about killer rats) on VHS?




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Default Re: Netflix or Blockbuster?

I used to use blockbuster.......they were ok.....a few mistakes with the dvds, fairly slow delivery........

i switched to netflix, much quicker, although they have a sorting office very close by.

one thing for blockbuster; i mistakenly sent a blockbuster dvd to netflix, and offered to pay, but they said it didnt matter, and let me off.
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Where else could you rent the original version of Willlard (the film about killer rats) on VHS?




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Originally Posted by rincewind
They still make those
What, Killer Rats? Yeah, they're not obsolete yet. I have a few.

As for VHS...

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Tried both

Netflix - No problems. Sent a DVD on the Monday, got a new one on Wednesday etc. I hammered the service for all it was worth and they never slowed down sending the discs.

Blockbuster - Total crap. Took three days to get a DVD to me. Even took them a day just to process the ones I sent back.
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I have a service where I get the latest release delivered to my house, I watch the movie when I want and then it gets taken back. Doesn't cost me a
penny in fee's.

It's called "a wife".
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