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Old 12-20-02, 03:02 PM
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Netflix changed rental rules?!

I was considering reinstating my membership w/ Netflix at $13.95 plan, but it seems that the company implemented certain limitations to it.

"$13.95 Netflix Economy
Up to 4 rentals a month - up to 2 movies out at a time for a flat monthly fee of $13.95"

What about others. is anyone else on this plan who was changed from unlimited to 4 in a month?
Old 12-20-02, 05:50 PM
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Netflix offered me the $13.95/2 out plan about a month and a half ago when I was going to cancel my account. I chose that plan instead of cancelling. I just rechecked the terms and it says "There's no limit to the number of movies you can rent each month." It must be a new limitation to keep people from wanting that plan or something like that.
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You tend to get grandfathered into older plans a lot. I'm still at the 4 rentals for $19.95.
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I had been on the unlimited rental Economy plan until recently, and I assume I was grandfathered since my terms did not change, although I did notice the new restrictions last month.

I noticed this when considering whether to upgrade, in case I wanted (or needed) to downgrade again in the future. I won't be downgrading again with the new disc limit in place.

I think the new Economy plan is a bad deal, especially since I had been able to rent 5-6 DVDs a month under it, meaning I was paying about 2.50 per movie.

With a limit of 4--if you actually rent all 4--you pay about a buck more per movie. Under the standard plan you could rent 6 in a month for about the same average cost per disc.
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Wait, what's this 4/19.95? I'm paying $19.95 and only getting 3 out at a time. Is it 4 a month for $20, or 4 out at a time for $20?
I guess it doesn't matter, I'm getting like 15 rentals a month for as it is, but still I wouldn't mind getting 4 out at a time.
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Lurker1999 said that he was grandfathered, meaning he signed up when Netflix was still offering 4 out for $20 and kept the deal even when they changed the terms to 3 for $20.
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Originally posted by Lurker1999
You tend to get grandfathered into older plans a lot. I'm still at the 4 rentals for $19.95.
I'm still in that plan, too.
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When I wanted to cancel on the 21st they offered me two plans.
1) 3 month with the 3 out at a time plan for $15.99
2) 6 month with the 3 out at a time plan for $14.99

I think it's pretty decent.
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Originally posted by Vision Society
When I wanted to cancel on the 21st they offered me two plans.
1) 3 month with the 3 out at a time plan for $15.99
2) 6 month with the 3 out at a time plan for $14.99

I think it's pretty decent.
Say that again? Are you saying in a last ditch attempt to keep your business they offered you unlimited rentals per month, 3 out at a time for $15.99/month if you agreed to another 3 months of service or for $14.99/month if you agreed to another 6 months of service?
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That new 'economy' plan sucks, imho...The average is about 3.85/ a movie, and if you happen to take a while to watch/return a movie, you've lost it. Not to mention it goes against their whole marketing scheme of 'unlimited rentals for one monthly fee.' I'm on the 2-plan, but it's unlimited/2 at a time. Every now and then I want to go back to the 3, but at this time I really don't need to. If they changed my plan to the 4/month plan, however, I would probably start looking around for another source. But apparently they're pretty good about grandfathering their plans. Which is good; I do want to support them, since they were the first to really make it marketable.
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Originally posted by Lurker1999
Say that again? Are you saying in a last ditch attempt to keep your business they offered you unlimited rentals per month, 3 out at a time for $15.99/month if you agreed to another 3 months of service or for $14.99/month if you agreed to another 6 months of service?

That's correct, but in order to make sure you keep your end of the bargain you may have to pay in advance the whole 3 or 6 months
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No, I just joined the six month plan and was billed Thursday. They only billed for one month.
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I'm still in the 4 out at a time for 19.95 also, but then again I've been a member since October of '99.

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