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Comments on news posted 2013-01-23 12:39:39: Dish has announced that the company will be shuttering another 300 Blockbuster stores, resulting in the potential for 3,000 lost jobs. ..

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tcope
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Yup....

I have some crap laying around my house. Perhaps I can sell it to Dish for a 1000x what it's worth as well.

I feel sorry for those BB employees but it's not they have not seen the writing on the wall for at least a year now. If they wanted to I'm betting that they could have found other jobs already. It's not like Dish needs more then one person for each BB store... they'd still outnumber the customers by.... 1.


Duramax08
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San Antonio, TX

Ah, the good ol days

Driving into town to rent titanic or so on vhs. I remember they had to put titanic on 2 cassettes! oh and that vhs rewinder we had on our magnavox wooden case tv, I miss you....
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silbaco
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Blockbuster

Dang. I wonder if my nearest Blockbuster will finally get the axe.

mattmac

join:2011-03-27
West Palm Beach, FL
reply to Duramax08

Re: Ah, the good ol days

R.I.P
Blockbuster

Kearnstd
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reply to Duramax08
dont forget when the weather man called for a big snow storm rushing to the BB in the morning to get some movies to watch while snowed in.
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Network Guy
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reply to silbaco

Re: Blockbuster

There were two within close driving distance from me. One shut down a long time ago, the remaining one just put up signs that it's closing.

Sadly but I saw this coming for them. Oh well.


IowaCowboy
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Xfinity OnDemand is my video store

It's technology like Video On Demand that killed video rental stores. Why wait at a bus stop in the cold and take two buses in each direction to go rent a DVD or Blu-ray with generous late fees for being a couple of minutes late when I can use my Comcast remote to watch a movie using the On Demand feature. They are also competing with public libraries that have a large collection of movies, books and other media that is paid for by local property taxes.

Kearnstd
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This was the first thing that killed rentals for us. Though no bus was needed, but still why drive to the store when one can hit the on demand button.

market wise, VOD and then Netflix DVD built the coffins and drove the nails. the dirt was shoveled back into the hole by Redbox.
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
reply to Kearnstd

Re: Ah, the good ol days

I remember those days... I both miss them and are glad they are gone at the same time. Now I watch dish VOD or youtube on snowy days, or play games or code.

silbaco
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Re: Xfinity OnDemand is my video store

I would say ebay also contributed. Prior to ebay and similar sale websites, getting a movie that was out for several years and not available anymore at your big box stores required going to your overpriced local movie specialty store or movie rental store. Then ebay came out and made buying used movies almost as cheap as renting.


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reply to Duramax08

Re: Ah, the good ol days

said by Duramax08:

Driving into town to rent titanic or so on vhs. I remember they had to put titanic on 2 cassettes! oh and that vhs rewinder we had on our magnavox wooden case tv, I miss you....

Or when I would go to the library with my mother after school and would check out movies at the library and they had a 3-day loan period on videotapes with $1 per day overdue fines. And you would get pissed off if the tape was not rewound by the previous user. I still have a ton of videotapes under the TV in the living room and I have a combo DVD/VHS player under my TV as well. The library where I live still has videotapes and the librarians say they still circulate and even audio cassettes still circulate as well.


cableties
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Or when you were 5 days late and they charged you like, $40.
Could have bought the tape!

Die Blockbuster. Die already. And Gamestop, your days are numbered...
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decifal

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said by cableties:

Or when you were 5 days late and they charged you like, $40.
Could have bought the tape!

Die Blockbuster. Die already. And Gamestop, your days are numbered...

Is it just me, or do most of the gamestops have some seriously smug/ill people working there? I have been to one that had this very lovely woman that treated everyone nicely.. Was a nice change.. I actually bought one from that store

me1212

join:2008-11-20
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reply to cableties
I never had to pay late fees, I was 7 at the time, granted it was on my dads way to work so he dropped them off in the morning.

Game stop is fine, people need to stop whining about used games.


sleuth
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West Des Moines, IA

Bye Bye

Ah, when people used to go to a crowded Blockbuster on the weekends. Where friends would run into other friends. How quickly this place has turned into a ghost town.

There's actually a few Family video locations around me. I think Hollywood Video has left, but I have to reckon these 2 are in dire straights.

squirrel21

join:2007-03-12
New Port Richey, FL

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Must have missed the notice that Dish bought Blockbuster

How did the justice department allow this purchase? I know the repubs were on a merger-mania blitz before Obama came into office, but then again, AG Eric Holder has been AWOL on the job (so has Obama) going after small players in the white collar crime area, while letting the big guys off the hook -- how many Wall Street bankers have gone to jail? Where is the bail out for home owners and main street?

Merger-mania allowed the dissolution of Alltel into Verizon Wireless and the corresponding loss of duplicated jobs. Alltel cell and customer service were great and was another hit to our economy due to its loss.

This Dish operation smells just like the early 20th century case (»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Mo ··· nspiracy) where the American light rail system was decimated by GM/Firestone/Big_Oil -- eliminate part of your competition by buying them out! WAKE UP AMERICA! You are repeating history by not knowing the past and not standing up for your fellow man. WHEN YOUR JOB DISAPPEARS, YOU WILL BE MOSTLY TO BLAME BECAUSE YOU FAILED TO STAND UP! Find an alternative to DishNet and make them feel the pain!

This is why cable and wireless costs costs more in America, and why we're slowly choking to death from air pollution.


cableties
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Re: Ah, the good ol days

said by decifal:

Is it just me, or do most of the gamestops have some seriously smug/ill people working there? I have been to one that had this very lovely woman that treated everyone nicely.. Was a nice change.. I actually bought one from that store

Where was that??? The only one I went into and out just as fast has two cocky 22 yr olds, arguing over the some Nintendo fighting game ignoring the teen trading in 10 xbox titles for 1 reserved game, and someone wanting to buy a used 360...
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jcondon

join:2000-05-27
Fishkill, NY

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reply to Duramax08
They put out all (virtually) the small mom and pop stores. It is there turn now. I would occasionally (like 3 a year) rent a video game there. I haven't been inside a BB in probably 3 years now. Don't miss them at all. The one closest to my apartment I had NEVER been in. The closed 6 months ago. I think the one near my job is still open but has been 3 years since I went inside.

Time marches on.

funny0

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they can offer 1 gigabit anytime

just give you a 10GB CAP
BUT ITS UBER FAST!!!!


Snakeoil
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reply to cableties

Re: Ah, the good ol days

quote:
And Gamestop, your days are numbered...

Not for awhile, and gamestop is trying to evolve.

kxrm

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Fort Worth, TX

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Re: Must have missed the notice that Dish bought Blockbuster

Your first mistake is believing that there is a material difference between republicans and democrats on matters like the economy.

Kearnstd
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Re: Ah, the good ol days

Gamestop is in an interesting position where its the industry trying to kill them not the customers. Customer love used games, the industry not so much.

Games just happen to be in a position that music and movies are not, They can lock their content down by making people register a CD key to access online content.
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qworster

join:2001-11-25
Bryn Mawr, PA

Blockbuster had kiosks like Red Box at Seven 11 a while back

Last year, Blockbuster installed a kiosk at the 7/11 down the street from me. It was VERY convenient and had lines on the weekend. Then one day it simply disappeared.

Why did they kill this successful venture?

kxrm

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Fort Worth, TX
Redbox beat them to the punch and while you saw that one location with lines Redbox had 3 and were far more popular.


Snakeoil
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Re: Ah, the good ol days

said by Kearnstd:

Gamestop is in an interesting position where its the industry trying to kill them not the customers. Customer love used games, the industry not so much.

Games just happen to be in a position that music and movies are not, They can lock their content down by making people register a CD key to access online content.

Agreed, hence why gamestop is trying to evolve. Currently they sell a selection of tablet devices as well.
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said by Snakeoil:

said by Kearnstd:

Gamestop is in an interesting position where its the industry trying to kill them not the customers. Customer love used games, the industry not so much.

Games just happen to be in a position that music and movies are not, They can lock their content down by making people register a CD key to access online content.

Agreed, hence why gamestop is trying to evolve. Currently they sell a selection of tablet devices as well.

I think GameStop's problem is they are over saturated in terms of locations. A few years ago, there was two GameStops at the Enfield Square Mall in Enfield, CT and the closed one of them. They also have one right across the street from Eastfield Mall (which also has a GameStop inside the mall) in Springfield, MA. They're basically like CVS where there is one on every block. In my opinion, I think GameStop will see the need to downsize considering that Walmart, Target, and Best Buy also sell the major consoles and associated games. I personally prefer to buy my games at Best Buy (I got my first Nintendo there in 1993 and I just bought a Wii U there at Best Buy as well). When I get paid, I am going to Best Buy to pick up Super Mario Bros U. I have so many games for my Nintendo systems that they are scattered throughout the living room as there is limited space on the entertainment center.


RARPSL

join:1999-12-08
Suffern, NY
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Re: Blockbuster

said by Network Guy:

There were two within close driving distance from me. One shut down a long time ago, the remaining one just put up signs that it's closing.

I know the feeling. I have lost 5 that I used to use (starting with the one that was in my town 5 minutes away from my house). The nearest one (which I currently use once a week to drop off my mailers along with a second trip once a month the next day to return my 2 coupon covered 1-day rentals off their shelf) is 20 minutes each way. There is only one other within 30 minutes. If they shut down that will be the end of the line for me since it will mean needing to mail my mailers back reducing how many I can rent. There is also the issue of their cutting back on how many titles they have. They have also reduced their rental periods to one day (down from 1 week and later 3 days) after the Dish got their hands on them.

I also periodically visit a friend on Florida and both of the Store Fronts I used to use when there are gone.


Snakeoil
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Re: Ah, the good ol days

said by IowaCowboy:

said by Snakeoil:

said by Kearnstd:

Gamestop is in an interesting position where its the industry trying to kill them not the customers. Customer love used games, the industry not so much.

Games just happen to be in a position that music and movies are not, They can lock their content down by making people register a CD key to access online content.

Agreed, hence why gamestop is trying to evolve. Currently they sell a selection of tablet devices as well.

I think GameStop's problem is they are over saturated in terms of locations. A few years ago, there was two GameStops at the Enfield Square Mall in Enfield, CT and the closed one of them. They also have one right across the street from Eastfield Mall (which also has a GameStop inside the mall) in Springfield, MA. They're basically like CVS where there is one on every block. In my opinion, I think GameStop will see the need to downsize considering that Walmart, Target, and Best Buy also sell the major consoles and associated games. I personally prefer to buy my games at Best Buy (I got my first Nintendo there in 1993 and I just bought a Wii U there at Best Buy as well). When I get paid, I am going to Best Buy to pick up Super Mario Bros U. I have so many games for my Nintendo systems that they are scattered throughout the living room as there is limited space on the entertainment center.

I tend to avoid purchasing new games. I either rent them from Dish/blockbuster [though if they kill that, then I'll hop on over to gamefly].
Or I buy them used. I've been burned a tad to often when buying a 60 dollar game. Either the game play is only 8 hours [I am not a fan of something like COD black ops 2 multiplayer], or they only showed you the "wow' parts of the game when advertising it. So renting/buying used is for me, plus I'm on a tight budget.
Gamestop is the only game in town for used games, next to a pawn shop or a second hand bookstore [which will also be hurting in a while].
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squirrel21

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reply to kxrm

I agree but

I have more faith in being listened to by a Democrat. The whole Republican party, by marching in step against a black president, is taking us ALL BACK very close to the Great Depression. FDR did more for this country with his programs even though it was WWII that really pulled us out. I would have voted for the Green Party, but that would have been a wasted vote. We need to open the field up so that more party choices are viable starting with local races.

LIVE IN NJ, NY, PA AREA? How did you like all those Republicans voting against Hurricane Sandy relief? How many Democrats voted against Katrina, Joplin MO tornado, and the Virginia earthquake relief? Even Eric Cantor (R) wanted to withhold aid pending an equal cut in the budget to aid his own district -- the man is out for himself by doing such things, including holding the Debt Limit hostage while betting against the US govt by shorting US securities.

The first real problem is getting people to participate in the voting process period. The US has too low a voter turnout including the lack of will to email or phone their congressman on an issue.

I WOULD RATHER FOCUS ON PARTICIPATION AND EDUCATION RATHER THAN DISCUSSING OUR LIMITED TWO-PARTY SYSTEM!

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reply to decifal

Re: Ah, the good ol days

The Gamestop near me isn't where you'd expect to find helpful, courteous staff, but they were pretty cool. Slightly dishonest in their attempts at up-selling, but certainly knowledgeable and professional. No problem returning a used game I'd picked up there.