mavrach wrote:A lot of places are going out of business around here. FYE closed a few stores, and frankly I can't beleive they've lasted as long as they have with their prices.
We had a local place called CD World that had the most incredible selection of movies & music, gone. That was a shock to me.
If Blockbuster can't stay in business, I don't think any rental store will be able to. Blockbuster booted out the mom & pop rental stores because it had the ability to carry a larger stock and more variety than them at lower costs. If Blockbuster itself is being defeated by Netflix, I don't see how a smaller business would be able to work out. They wouldn't be able to compete with Netflix in costs or in catalogue.
There don't seem to be a lot of places left to actually BUY DVD's at a decent price anymore. We've got Best Buy & Walmart still standing. I could go to FYE if I wanted to pay $26.99 for a new movie. We've been buying off Amazon lately.
What about used DVD's? This has been a major way that we've amassed the collection that we've had. Most of these places have some sort of a "Buy 2 get 1 free" deal or something. Blockbuster always had 3 or $25, so I'd sweep through once a month. If Blockbuster goes down, I wil be forced to solely buy new DVD's and as a result will become much pickier in my selections, and the purchases will only be rarer.
Does anybody know how the market itself is doing? Are people buying a lot less, or is Blockbuster simply paying for its issues at this point?
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