The words, “Movie Night,” bring a sparkle to the eye of everyone in my household as they all jump up and down with delight over whose turn it is to pick the movie and what movie snacks will we all indulge in. Blockbuster.com has turned movie night into something even more special with the ability to easily and quickly indulge my family with a movie night more often and without the hassle of having to load up a family of five into the mini van, fight Houston, Texas traffic and stand in line at the video store.
Blockbuster, Inc. now one of the foremost providers globally of in-home entertainment was founded in 1985 and is traded on the NYSE. Its popularity is evidenced by its reported revenue of more than 5.5 billion dollars in 2006 and its approximately 8,000 stores located in the America’s, Europe, Asia and Australia. Blockbuster is headquartered in the Dallas, Texas. Stores are open 365 days a year, providing entertainment options for families and singles to the amount of tens of millions of customers each year. Available at local Blockbuster stores are games, movies, (for sale or for purchase) entertainment industry magazines, snacks, drinks, popcorn and the variety and assortment available in the stores is tailored to meet the desires and needs of the local neighborhood.
But Blockbuster, Inc. did not stop at its success with stores and the entertainment they provide but has kept up with technology and the needs of the public by introducing Blockbuster.com. Advertising for this service is seen online with free trials available, on television and in stores. The web version of the neighborhood store allows customers a wide range of opportunities for entertainment. The Blockbuster.com store is probably best known for its online rental program entitled “Total Access.” The term “Total Access” is just that. Customers can go online, register for an account and provide contact and charging information in order to order movies online for home delivery. This service allows individuals and families to make a wish list of movies that they would like to see up to approximately thirty movies. Total Access works in several different ways depending on the type of service you purchase. When you register for your service at Blockbuster.com you may choose one of the following options: 1) for $17.99/month you can receive up to three movies at a time from your list and trade them into the store for up to five free in store rentals a month; 2) for 14.00/month you can receive up to two movies at a time with three in-store exchanges a month; and 3) for 9.99/month you can receive one movie per shipment with two exchanges in store per month. All shipping charges are free. You receive your choices within approximately 1-2 business days. If you decide you don’t want to go to the store to exchange the movies received in the mail you can choose to not do the in store exchange, and subtract one dollar per month from the charges stated. If you are not returning the movies to the store return shipping is still free. You simply close the envelope and drop it in your mailbox to be returned. The monthly access charges do not include tax. A new option recently added to the Blockbuster.com service is that ability to trade your movie received in the mail for a movie at the store. Instead of mailing your movie back, simply take it to the store and get another one – for free. The number of trades available each month depends on the monthly service plan you choose.
The savings and convenience of using Blockbuster.com does not end there. You can also exchange your movie in store for a game. The price of the game rental will be discounted, saving you even more money. You can also purchase DVD’s online and receive a special savings on your purchases with your membership. Blockbuster.com membership also provides you with special in-store monthly offers and a free movie coupon for rental in-store printable from online just in case you absolutely can not wait for that delivery. My personal favorite offer was a special deal on the purchase of four previously viewed DVD’s or four new release DVD’s. I was able to make some purchases for the whole family and each of the children loved being able to go to the store and make their choices.
Blockbuster.com is great for the environment. This sounds strange; but think about all the gas and time you save without having to run to the movie store. It also provides a cost effective family movie night, without the added expense of candy and expensive cinema prices. It saves green while going green.
There is more to Blockbuster.com than just the savings. You can make recommendations and comments on movies that you have liked or disliked. You can get recommendations for other movies you may enjoy – this service is very similar to the Amazon.com recommendations list. You can change the list of movies to be shipped based on your preferences and add new movies to the list as they become available. Blockbuster.com users are also given notices via email when new releases or releases on old titles become available.
Blockbuster.com also has an “outlet” shopping experience. You can search for movies by type, price, gift for his/hers and ratings. The movies you search for may be available for purchase or rental. The categories section of the webpage divides the movie categories such as new releases, top sellers, and collections. Also available are TV series collections.
Each webpage is easy to use. This service is fun, it’s easy, and it saves you money. You can keep the movie as long as you want with no late fees or extended viewing fees. There are over 75,000 movie titles to choose from. Blockbuster.com truly is unique in the service it provides with its only real competition being NetFlix.com, another online rental service, which although maybe a little easier to use does not provide all the services and entertainment choices that Blockbuster.com does.
You don’t have to have cash. You don’t have to leave the house. You don’t have to wait in line. You do have to have a credit card or debit card registered for automatic billing. You do have to be a member of Blockbuster.com and Blockbuster stores. But, you don’t have to do anything more than make your choices online, put them in the order you want them received, then sit back and wait for the fun to begin.
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