Tough Times For Movie Rental Houses

Movie Gallery is having trouble paying its bills, online services like Amazon continue to expand their downloadable offerings.  Blockbuster, which is competing head to head against mail-delivery service Netflix and recently announced plans to close hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores, has benefitted, at least temporarily, from gaining a new CEO.  With people able to buy physical media for cheap in warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club or order it on-demand through their cable/telecom provider, or download it through an increasing number of services, the future looks challenging for brick-and-mortar rental houses.

Where do you get your Disney films?

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Whit Honea is the author of The Parents' Phrase Book. He lives in the L.A. area with his wife and two boys. You can find his writings and other works all over the Internets. Now available on Twitter.
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2 Responses to Tough Times For Movie Rental Houses

  1. JayMonster says:

    In particular we like to own our Disney films (at least most of them). The “must have” new releases, I will usually purchase from either Amazon or Disney directly.

    Backfilling older films, or ones that are less popular in our household, I will again use either Amazon or Half.com in order to look for a bargain or even a slightly used copy.

    While we have a Blockbuster movie rental plan, and we do still at times take advantage of the brick and mortar for quick returns and another rental on a rainy day, I can’t honestly think of the last time I purchased a movie there.

  2. Steven Taylor says:

    Are we suppose to feel sorry for the giant blockbuster that came into town and put all the ma and pa stores out of business, I think not!

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