Latest Diablo 3 News
DiabloWiki Updates
Support the site! Become a Diablo: IncGamers PAL - Remove ads and more!

Blockbuster Video and other of Life's Ironies

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by LunarSolaris, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. LunarSolaris

    LunarSolaris IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Messages:
    3,427
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Blockbuster Video and other of Life's Ironies

    So I'm in Blockbuster earlier tonight and looking to possibly rent a movie for the evening. I pick out the movie that I want, and go up front to rent it.

    Now, I don't have a membership there, and haven't had one for quite some time, so I was prepared to open an account with them. I had the major necessary items: A phone bill statement (to verify address), my driver's license, & last but not least (and perhaps almost most important) my Visa debit card. I figured that these items would be enough (along with possibly a blood sample) to open up an account. Oh how very wrong I was. Before I was even allowed to dirty up an application with my lowly fingerprints, I was asked if I had a major credit card. I do not have a major credit card - I have not had one nor wanted one for over 6 years now. As is the apparent policy for this benevolent company, it would appear that this is the hallmark document needed in order to walk away from the store with one of their precious DVD's or tapes. As I said... I do not have one. I walked away from the store feeling a bit slighted and just a little pissed off.

    I mean c'mon... I have all the documentation needed to track me down and take my first born child if I don't return your damn video Blockbuster!! Why in the hell do you need a credit card eh?!?!?! Am I not good enough for you?!?!? Am I not credit-worthy?!?!?!? I mean, I have a visa debit card... which is in essence my bank card, but it backed up by the Visa logo... which is virtually a surrogate credit card. That's not good enough is it huh?!?!?

    Anyhow, I left the store and wandered over to QFC (a grocery store chain here in Washington State) and rented the stupid movie I was looking for. But... as I was heading over there, I got to thinking. Did you know that I can rent a car from any of the rental car agencies with just my Visa debit card??? It's true!! I can! I can rent a $25,000 vehicle for as long a I want to using my card... but I can't rent a damn $2.99 video from Blockbuster!

    Irony is not without it's sense of humor.
     
  2. Xynrx

    Xynrx IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    363
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    122
    Yeah, I understand how upset you are. I went through the same thing. Probably one of the main reasons I got around to getting a credit card was to open various accounts - including Blockbuster. However, I am never going back there... I accidently let a new release DVD go overdue for 2 weeks. Do you have any idea how much they are gonna nail me for if I try and go back there?!?!
     
  3. Choogy

    Choogy IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2003
    Messages:
    1,393
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    165
    They have a thingie by mail that you can have DVD's mailed to you, no late fees...its like $20 a month and you can have like 5 at a time...netflix i think it's called...

    That is, if you watch tons of movies...If not, then forget blockbuster i say and try other movie stores...i go to a local one that gives decent deals
     
  4. bigD72

    bigD72 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2003
    Messages:
    2,777
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    466
    The reason they want a Credit Card...so if you never come back, they charge you anyways. You never return their rental, your screwed. If you don't want to pay it cancel your card before the time of their policy.

    And this reminds me of a decent little prank, say your friend lives with their parents still (still in high school) call their house when you know they aren't there leave a message as the video store...
    "{Friend's Name} has rented {list 3 could be porn movies or 3 real ones} from {your local video store} and are now two weeks late (or {there is an unidentifable white milky substance on the tapes}) we would appreciate it if they were returned, Thank You.

    Hope that makes since.
     
  5. Raft Boy

    Raft Boy IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Messages:
    1,530
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    466
    So what was the movie, and was it worth the hassle? :D

    -Rafty
     
  6. CookiesnCream

    CookiesnCream IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2004
    Messages:
    905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    165
    You're screwed lol. I'm not sure of the exact cost, but I'm sure that blockbuster would have a pretty high overdue fee.
     
  7. tydon

    tydon IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2003
    Messages:
    1,534
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    165
    The thing is, that other movie stores and grocery stores do not require a credit card.

    Probably is the reason most people hate blockbuster. They will call you and tell you have 10 videos checked out 2 weeks overdue, happend 3 times to us, and we never even rented 1 video. We have since cancelled our account and drive the extra 5 minutes to hollywood.
     
  8. Broncobiv2

    Broncobiv2 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Messages:
    667
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Blockbuster just charges you for a new rental period. So if you return a new release 1 day late, you might as well just keep it for another 1 day, because they just rent it out to you again automatically. So if it was 2 weeks late, you'll basically have rented it 8 times (the first time, and then 7 more 2-day rentals). If it was an older movie, the rental period is 5 days I think, so you'll be charged for 3 extra rentals.
     
  9. guspasho

    guspasho IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    122
    I had just the same problem a year ago that you had, Lunar. You know the stupidest thing is that Blockbuster will come out with promotional offers to get people to sign up, and during these offers their requirements will be less stringent. That was how I signed up last autumn with only a debit card. Do what I would (and should) do, shop at Hollywood Video, they're based out of Wilsonville.
     
  10. Canadia142

    Canadia142 Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2003
    Messages:
    5,973
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Once we got charged a 100 dollar bill because my mom brought the videos to the wrong blockbuster(we have two) and since they "don't talk to each other", the one we originially rented it from kept charging us.
     
  11. LunarSolaris

    LunarSolaris IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Messages:
    3,427
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    467
    It was the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", which actually wasn't too terribly bad until the ending to be honest. The ending part was a tad cheesy.

    I'm actually not too terribly mad, though I am tempted to write Blockbuster a letter to point that out to them that I can rent a $25,000 car, but yet they somehow feel that I might not be trustworthy enough to rent out their $19.99 priced mass-produced video. I suppose I'm shifty that way. :D

    EDIT: Yeah Gus... Hollywood video as well as Albertsons, Safeway, and several other places will suffice for my rental. It's funny though that Blockbuster has that policy... which excludes people like myself that prefer to not have a credit card. I've been living for the last 6 years just fine without one. I don't feel the need to get a credit card again.
     
  12. Corneo

    Corneo IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    1,531
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    346
    Go Netflix!!!
     
  13. guspasho

    guspasho IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    122
    I've heard of and have been wondering about that. I no longer live near the Blockbuster that I signed up at. Can I walk into any other Blockbuster and rent movies?
     
  14. guspasho

    guspasho IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    122

    Just wait until they have another promotion, or go local (always a good policy anyway).
     
  15. Broncobiv2

    Broncobiv2 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2003
    Messages:
    667
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Yes, you can go to any Blockbuster. You just have to return your movies to the same one you rented them from.
     
  16. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    A question here...can they charge you late fees in excess of the cost of the DVD?
     
  17. Matt

    Matt IncGamers Site Pal

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,163
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    467
    I would think so, I mean, they own it now, they can charge what they want, the catch is getting people to buy the things. If they wanted, they could try renting videos for 45 dollars, of course nobody would actually rent any, but i would image it is perfectly legal, just as I'm sure they can charge whatever late fee they decide they want to.

    -Matt
     
  18. Disque

    Disque IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2003
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    33
    I don't think in this world nowadays that it's too much to ask for you to get a major credit card. I think your just being lazy.

    I work for Blockbuster, and I've never had anyone come to me and say that they hate the store bcause of that, thats ridonculous.
     
  19. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Some people don't want to live beyond their means. I think asking for a credit card to rent a 19.99 dvd is silly.

    I never go to Blockbuster anyway. Hollywood has better deals.
     
  20. tydon

    tydon IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2003
    Messages:
    1,534
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Hollywood is cheaper, has better selection, and you get to keep them longer, and furthermore, they are dicks and they dont charge you for things you never rented. I have found not one person who goes to blockbuster who has not been charged for things they didnt rent, or returned on time.
     

Share This Page