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  • There's now only one Blockbuster left on the planet

    It's lonely at the top.

    That's what the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, discovered when the only other store in the world -- located in Australia -- announced it was closing.
    Although Sandi Harding, the general manager of the Oregon Blockbuster, is excited that hers is the last Blockbuster on the planet, she expressed her condolences for friends at the Australia store.
    "We all have a kinship with the other Blockbusters," Harding told CNN.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/06/busin...rnd/index.html
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  • #2
    Saw this, thought of you.
    They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
    -Mr. Raceboy

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    • #3
      Not much of a loss; renting expensive edited movies is not something i miss from the 90's.
      "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

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      • #4
        Yet curiously I encounter Family Video all the time...

        Pete (knows what they've got that Blockbuster doesn't)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Plezercruz View Post
          Yet curiously I encounter Family Video all the time...

          Pete (knows what they've got that Blockbuster doesn't)
          Let me guess, porn?
          "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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          • #6
             
            They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
            -Mr. Raceboy

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post

              Let me guess, porn?
              Actually no. Or rather, that's only a partial answer.

              Virtually everyone in the USA has some level of internet access now, and as Avenue Q tells us, the internet is for porn. So porn alone won't keep Family Video alive.

              What Family Video has going for it is an "Amazon-like" distribution system, which is rather brilliant if you analyze it. Basically, Family Video realized some 20 years ago that it would have to compete with on-demand services and could not make people come to their stores. So they partnered up with a pizza delivery service, Marco's Pizza. Whenever you see a Family Video, there's almost always a Marco's Pizza nearby. Basically their business model is to serve up pizza and a movie, delivered together by the same driver, in 30 minutes or less. Return of the movie can either be by drop-off or by pick-up after your next order, and they'll give you up to two weeks to order again.

              That combination seems to be successful enough to prosper in the digital age. People wouldn't order a movie and pay a delivery charge, but they will pay to rent a movie as an add-on to their food delivery. And yes, it's probable that a large number of these deliveries are porn!

              Pete (read up on Family Video a little while back and found their successful strategy to be kinda brilliant)

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              • #8
                Iv'e never seen that combination, or heard of a Marcos pizza?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Beemer View Post
                  Iv'e never seen that combination, or heard of a Marcos pizza?
                  Neither had I until I read that article. But ever since then I've noticed that whenever I see a Family Video, there's always a Marco's Pizza nearby, either in the same building or somewhere in the immediate area.

                  Pete (learned something)

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                  • #10
                    I shall offer no eulogies for Blockbuster. Whenever I went, they were usually checked out of whatever I wanted to see. The candy was hella expensive. And it was a pain in the ass to have to return videos on time. I usually ended up paying more in late fines than rental charges. Now I can stream C rated movies in the comfort of my own home via overpriced Comcast!
                    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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                    • #11
                      Comcast is about as bad as far as a company is concerned.

                      I miss the video store model, not so much the specific Blockbuster company.
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                      • #12
                        Example.

                        Pete (sees them sometime in the same building and sometimes abutting the same parking lot)
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                        • #13
                          They had that idea at Blockbuster, but never followed thru.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Beemer View Post
                            They had that idea at Blockbuster, but never followed thru.
                            They might still be around today if they did.

                            Pete (supposes maybe not, because they didn't do porn)

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                            • #15
                              I doubt they would have. They where never about any investment in the future. There model was to draw people in with the new movies, and make mass profits off selling them used. That was it....
                              Video stores in general would have probably lasted longer, if Blockbuster had gone out of business sooner. They consumed the competition, and locked down there business model to never change.
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