Ghoulish Redbox Price Bump Coming This Halloween

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gymbeau2000

TPB

 

That is all.

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maxeeemum

This is what their e-mail said:

 

"Starting on Monday, October 31, the daily rental charge for DVDs will change to $1.20 a day.* The price change is due to rising operating expenses, including new increases in debit card fees. Daily rental charges for Blu-ray™ Discs and video games won't change.** Additional-day charges for DVDs rented before 10/31 won't be affected, either. "

 

Increased debit card fees! You can thank the "Frank-Dodd Credit Card Law" that was meant to save consumers money. The bill was full of loopholes! Our lawmakers are clueless.

Even though it's only 20 cents it is a 20% increase. But I only rent 2 to 3 DVDs a month so it's not bad. I'll still use it but lets hope they don't get greedy and make this a habit.

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Kinetic

I'll still use redbox; I never really keep a movie for more than one night, so it's still a better deal than renting from blockbuster or any local video joint.
However, I'm skeptical on the reasoning behind it.

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bloodgain

I understand that they would eventually have to raise rental prices, even just to account for inflation. I think they should tread lightly, though. If they do it again too soon, it might start to hurt business.

Speaking of which, these "disc exclusivity windows" are major BS. They're BS on the part of the studios, first of all, but they also wouldn't hold up in court. Movie studios tried to stop video rentals back when VHS came out. Because of the First Sale Doctrine, they lost that battle. This time they're threatening to cut off the distributors, and apparently everyone dealing with Hollywood lost their balls over the last 30 years.

Who really cares, though, right? There aren't that many "must see" movies put out by the major studios, anyway. I'll wait, or just do something else like play a video game or read a book.

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Holly Golightly

I love Red Box. It would be great if they could start streaming. Heck, I am willing to pay double for that service!

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Kinetic

And I'm sure they're willing to charge you double for streaming. :)

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Holly Golightly

Hey, I have no objections with that. I say, bring it on!

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sundropdrinker3

So, you are willing to pay $2.40 a night for streaming? A 30 day/night month and that equates to $72 a month. Yeah, you go right on ahead.

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Holly Golightly

Umm, I do not rent movies ever single night. If I did, I would be some boring person. I typically rent movies on the weekends. Either Saturday OR Sunday, but not both. So $9.60 which is not too bad compared to PayPerView.

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kixofmyg0t

"ZOMGBBQ Redbox is RAISING PRICES!?!? Nooooooeeees!!!!! BURN THEM DOWN!!! BOYCOTT Redbox!!!!! HOW DARE THEY GOUGE US LIKE THIS!! I'll *NEVER* pay for Redbox again!"

 

I saved everyone the trouble.

 

Just like people freaked out when Netflix "rasied" prices, people are gonna freak out about 20 cents.

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std error

Please explain why "raised" is in quotes. Netflix did not raise their price?

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std error

I am just going to stop watching movies altogether. Take that studios!

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Scatter

The studios have nothing to do with Redbox but whatever floats your boat. 

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std error

Did you read the article?

"A likely cause of the price hike is the increasing stresses caused by disc exclusivity windows imposed by the studios."

Even if that wasn't the case, a company that is in the business of renting another company's products has something to do with that other company.

 

 

 

 

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arch20002013

Im torn.  I used redbox until i found the power of ebay and great deals on blockbuster express codes.  bought 50 of them for only $4.00!!!  Granted, a few have not worked, but I have gotten more than my moneys worth.  Have not found the same deal with redbox yet.  Price increases might change my overal view of them but its still not as bad as blockbuster.  They have a new "Hotlist" idea but I can usually get the same movie for a lower price at redbox.  Even with the price increase its still cheaper...and the codes do not work on hotlist titles so I will stick with redbox for those for the time being

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