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Old 07-15-05, 12:47 AM
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Blockbuster online rentals - $9.99 in-store vs. $14.99 online?

Blockbuster is offering 1 month of online rentals for $9.99 + tax in-store using a card with a special scratch-off code for when you sign-up online. I was told you don't get the 2 week free trial, but you do get your 2 in-store rental coupons 2 weeks earlier.

So, subscribing online really gives you 6 weeks for $14.99 + tax for the first month. That means this in-store $9.99 pass for only 4 weeks loses half of its value making it worth about $7.50. Considering you get the 2 in-store rentals 2 weeks sooner and pay tax on $9.99 instead of $14.99 for the first month, it seems to me it's about a wash (at best) either way you do it. I can't think of any real good reason to bother with this $9.99 in-store offer. Maybe that's why nobody else has discussed it on DVD Talk... it's a big ho-hum.

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in store, its when you when as often as you want, you dont have to worry about shipping things getting lost in the mail. you can get a lot more movies in store then you can in the mail
Old 07-17-05, 03:36 PM
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Me007gold, my understanding is the $9.99 in-store pass I was talking about is for online rentals only. I don't know of any $9.99 in-store pass any more (Blockbuster stopped the $10 first-month in-store rental discount a while ago).

This $9.99 online pass appears to be nothing more than a $5 discount coupon for giving up your 2 week trial. The more I thought about it, the more I convinced myself it was not worth doing.

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Anyone else get this email from BB Online??? I may have reported about 5 missing dvds in the last 7 months or so.

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