I feel like I'm looking at a museum piece
It's more than 6 years old. I guess that qualifies a place on the internet museum.
For a minute I thought I was reading a parody tweet from The Last Blockbuster from Twitter.
There is a podcast called Business Wars that is presently chronicling the struggle of Blockbuster vs Netflix vs HBO...it's pretty interesting. At a point Blockbuster was really hurting Netflix with their Blockbuster Movie Pass and Blockbuster Online...they were bleeding money but they were taking Netflix customers too. If they had continued this for much longer, Netflix wouldn't have made it but a change in leadership at Blockbuster led to them going back to focusing on their stores. The podcast goes really in depth on the whole situation, it's a good listen.
You know I kinda miss blockbuster, there was just something about it
Just think. Blockbuster had the chance to buy Netflix in the late 90’s/early 2000’s but didn’t because they still believed in brick and mortar shops. Lmaoing at their life
I love when this account gets linked, they do some funny shit.
Candy, popcorn and ice cream with your movie... perhaps if you could have ordered a pizza when you came in the door and picked it up on your way out after you found a movie to watch they'd still be around.
They don't have any $3 Junior Mints for sale. #GoodbyeNetflix
Ahh, reminds me of the whole Dunder Mifflin v Michael Scott Paper Company ordeal
Before Netflix had streaming, back when it was only DVD rentals and sales, our blockbuster introduced a mixed game/movie pass. It was something like $40/month and you basically had free reign over everything in the store.
I was single and blockbuster was on the opposite corner of my apartment building.
I would watch so many goddamn movies on my days off. It was great.
There is still a blockbuster in my town and it’s located next to a take and bake pizza place. It’s amazing. Old rentals are 0.99 -$1.99 for week.
I recently saw a family video in Dayton, OH where they had a pizza place attached. They would also deliver a movie and pizza together. Brilliant
Just want to chime in here: that’s a common misconception. Blockbuster wasn’t stupid. They didn’t buy Netflix because Blockbuster was working on their own streaming service that they believed would be superior. Not to mention when Netflix was first up for grabs, they were still largely a mail-order business. Blockbuster’s real snafu was greatly underestimating the market uptake of Netflix; by the time their product was ready, Netflix had become ubiquitous and customers saw very little reason to switch!
because you could go in not knowing what you're looking for, and still find something. you could find something you didn't even know you wanted until you saw it
I feel like I honestly didn't realize Blockbuster was still around at the point Twitter became a thing.
It sounds like one of those fun facts, like "Mammoths were still around when the Egyptians built the first pyramids"
Also, Mammoth is a fitting analogy for Blockbuster
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I miss Blockbuster. :(
That sounds worth it for the games alone
You’d think “well I can just do that with Netflix. Open it up, find something in their library and watch it, maybe it will be surprisingly good.”
I hate to say it, but Netflix's selection of content is kinda shitty. A really clever user interface hides the fact that the variety is lacking and that titles frequently come and go.
At least in a movie store, the same DVDs would be there for years. You could dig through the classics and find something good, if nothing else.
That’s what’s so weird about Netflix. You’d think “well I can just do that with Netflix. Open it up, find something in their library and watch it, maybe it will be surprisingly good.” But the thing is, with a video store you have to physically pick up a movie and take it home. Now you have that movie for only a day or two, so you feel more obligated to watch it and pay more attention to it. With Netflix you can just turn it off and find something else whenever you want. Makes it harder to invest yourself in what you’re watching and take something from it.
I miss blockbuster and playing ps2 games that don't need to install 40gb just to play them
Ah well, games are getting really pretty these days
I’ll be sad if they shut down
0.99 minus 1.99? They pay you a dollar to rent movies? Sign me up!
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Blockbuster, hollywood video, and a lot of local Mom & Pop video stores all went belly up. I realize how long ago when I talk to my 10 year old nephew and he looks at his Aunts & Uncles weird when we talk of having to go to a store to get a movie...
I worked at Blockbuster at the time and honestly it was a good deal, but they had so many other flaws keeping it from being successful.
I was able to "sell" the rewards card for free, because it would save people money on their current transaction. So say we had someone renting 4 movies....2 old and 2 new releases. With the membership you get one free old for each new release, so if you had the card you'd get 2 free movies today. At our prices you'd actually save 21 cents by buying the $9.99 membership, and it's good for a year and comes with 12 free rentals. So I wouldn't even ask people if they wanted it, I'd just upgrade them and explain why. But....shouldn't that have been official policy? And why make people buy this at all, why not just upgrade them so they come back more often since you make more money on candy and popcorn sales anyway? It's not like the $10/year was really helping since it was negated the first time they used the membership.
Then the online system you could bring the rented DVDs into the store and we would mail them out for you, but you could swap them for physical copies while you waited for your next shipment. At a time when Netflix wasn't really big on streaming yet that was a huge plus to get people to come in. But in the 6 months or so we ran that I got maybe 30 people signed up and almost no one I knew heard about it. Where is your marketing department?
Man. I remember paying $3 for a couple of days.
Very true, but I think that’s when Netflix was just “DVD’s through the mail”
I do miss renting games from Blockbuster than paying full price. But then again, my library has the latest game and I pay the wonderful price of FREE and get them for a week. And I can extend them too. I almost never rented movies from Blockbuster since I had torrents for that. But I used to work there and the 10 free rentals per week were nice and where I got my passion to pursue film. So I gotta give them credit for that. I discovered a lot of directors through those perks every week when I was in high school.
Good riddance you fools. You should have bought Netflix and we would be seeing BlockFlix on our app icons instead of Netflix. Or you might have even retained your name. I dunno. I'm talking out of my ass. I'm tired.
Edit: no really. It's a fake account. It's been posted like a hundred times lol
don't look at me, look up! no not that high, a normal level
Holy shit that most recent tweet about snowmen with “people penises” has me rolling
It’ll just be converted into a museum
Ah, the era of no microtransactions and no installation times.
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I noticed that the Family Video on Dorothy Lane had food attached. I still can't believe those are still going!
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My final vivid memory of Blockbuster was being furious that I had to pay $5 for a late fee when THEY closed early the night my movie was due.
I tried talking to a manger and he said there wasn't anything he could do and I vowed I was done with them and thought to myself "Your business practices fucking suck. Good riddance. It's only a matter of time before someone comes and knocks you on your ass and your business folds because of it."
This was maybe two years before Netflix got super popular and wiped out the video rental business.
I truly, truly miss the experience of going to a video store and walking along the outer wall to see the new releases. I miss the sounds and the smells of the locations and the excitement I had at finding out what I was going to rent that night.
I miss that a lot. But I don't miss the business that was Blockbuster. They can suck my balls.
My local West Coast Video had video games for rent, 5 games, for 5 days for 5 dollars.
Pretty sweet deal.
Yeah, but most people didn't have internet in the late 90s/2000s, which would make it a very risky deal
Or a Pizza Hut.
Yeah except people want mammoths to come back
The big thing that made Netflix really nice was that there was no due back date. It was more laidback than going over to blockbuster, having three days to watch it, then rushing it back in the middle of the night after you forgot about it.
Actually, Netflix still sends out dvds. No reason to use past tense.
The smell and the feeling of friday
I miss Hollywood most. They had a lot more crazy B-grade sci fi and fantasy and other weirdies that never made it to theaters, and they had a 2/99cent Tuesday where we lived when I was a teen. Many happy hours were spent watching old bad movies with my Dad. I still watch movies with Dad, but Hollywood got us through a bad patch.
As of mid 2017, there were at least 10 Blockbuster Video stores, with 7 of them being in Alaska. Much-worse-than-average internet access makes video rental stores viable.
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No one from Alaska will click on this link now.
Same, it’s just crazy to think such a giant could fall. I remember my grandpa renting early UFC videos from there in the 90’s. Or when Dad would take me and my siblings there. Good times.
It’s funny you should say this. Me and my dad were just waxing nostalgic about blockbuster the other day and he was saying how great it was that he would find movies he grew up with that he’d totally forgotten about while walking down the isles and be able to share them with me and my brother. I will always cherish the cinematic education that my father was able to give me because of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video.
I heard it was mostly because family videos are built and owned decreasing their overhead significantly whereas most failed video places leased.
It's somewhat of a survivorship bias. For every business decision that seems stupid in hindsight there are perhaps 20 more that we don't know about that were the right call at the time.
I wish this was how all corporate social media accounts acted
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I forgot that blockbuster released their own streaming service in the mid 2000’s. They were working with Enron in the late 90’s-early 2000’s to develop said service, right?
Clearly you know your facts!
Did I just rob a Blockbuster Video?
A big congratulations to the little league team we sponsored this year on their 4th place finish. What a fucking joke.
Yeah, and people hated it, it sometimes took weeks to get to you, just going to the nearest blockbuster and getting your movie the same day was way easier
No, it's not a real blockbuster. It's entirely a parody account.
However, we here at Southern Living did a little more digging and the folks behind the @loneblockbuster admitted to us that this was, in fact, a parody account. It is all done in good fun, of course. Who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgic humor?
your library has games? thats dope as hell
Well, Blockbuster has started to become a thing in Scandinavia now. It has been in Denmark for a while and recently hit Norway too. Only digital though
We have a family video in my town next to a pizza place. There is a window in the shared wall so that you can grab your pizza while getting your movies. It's perfect for a lazy Friday night.
All it takes is one gamer in the stocking department (and an area that usually has a high property tax)
Your face is satire.
Damn that's amazing. I bet the manager is now the president, chairman and CEO.
He or she didn't need to climb the coorperate ladder. It fell on them.
It's pretty funny that the government will shut down whenever they disagree yet Colleen made us stay open during the tornado that killed all those people.
It's part of Dish now http://www.blockbuster.com
And there are still 9 physical locations.
And an effort on Netflix's behalf to not advertise that fact. ie they still don't have a "leaving Netflix soon" feature. You have to find third party websites to find that info.
Just dif shape. You like them slim and square. I like the chubby ones.
I think by then it was just too late. But I agree, having them ship you DVDs and then being able to swap them at a physical store an unlimited amount of times is 100% ideal.
Yeah people are always surprised that when a company declares bankruptcy they don't immediately cease to exist.
Even six years ago you couldn’t find a blockbuster anywhere.
Now I want a link to tweet
Thanks Southern Living for shitting on my dream of a real live Blockbuster store.
Oh god the memories are rushing back. They really had us push that rewards card, but didn’t give any incentive for doing so, besides a pat on the back.
I had Netflix from the beginning and it never took weeks to get things.
I know of a few Family Videos around my area in Illinois.
Thank you, it's nice to see my art finally getting the recognition it deserves.
It’s not. Technically. This is a streaming service that is just using the blockbuster branding.
After Eight is waaaay better though.
that is a win-win. most kids arent going to get the full worth out of 3 or 4 of those games in 5 days, and five games for a dollar each? slap my face for that deal.
Yeah, that wasn't that long ago at all.
My internet is very slow, so streaming is annoying. I miss having a place nearby with a large selection of movies. Nowadays if I really want to see something I have to buy a physical copy.