The Blockbuster down the street from me is closing. The sign outside the store says, “This Location Only!” Funny; that’s the same thing the other three Blockbusters I’ve seen close in the area in the last six months or so have said. At what point do they just admit that their business model is toast? The video rental store made sense when it was VHS only and rental stores had exclusives for a long time. (Well, you as the consumer could buy the movie right away if you REALLY wanted to pay $80 or more for it.) But once that barrier disappeared — I think it did with DVDs, but don’t quote me on that — the rental store lost its major weapon. And with cheap DVDs available quickly and DVRs able to record high def movies off cable to view anytime and now those $1 rental Red Boxes and all the on-line options — well, Blockbuster doesn’t need to exist. It’s convenient sometimes, but not often. Why bother? It’s somewhat sad to see another Real World community site disappear. Welcome to the future, though.
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