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Blockbuster sued over late fees
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lindy03



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop it! Yu all r making me laff too hard!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, no one really stuck up for ME way back when I was being pummeled in debates on these boards.

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Sorry Scott, but in case you forgot, we're dealing with a Blockbuster employee here... and as we all know from experience, the only way to get anything out of them is to yell and be as insulting as possible.


I can't think of ONE Blockbuster employee who changed their mind after being yelled at and insulted.

Oh, wait.
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chansta



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I'm quite reasonable. For instance:
Extended viewing fees still exist, only now in the form of much less money over a much greater period of time. Instead of 4.48 every week they're late it's just 1.33 for a month and a half roughly. I still think that is a microscopic charge for such an outrageous amount of time, but the fact remains that yes, they are still a form of late fees.

My store isnt all that busy and you're right...it wouldn't take much effort to get to know the taste of my patrons.

I've checked my facts on several things, and most of the vhs titles in our store do in fact, cost around a h undred bucks. Says it right there on the screen when I search for the title every time.

Blockbuster has the wal-mart mentality, I know this much. So we're more likely to display pointless crap like white chicks and the like if we think people are attracted to it. I still maintain that demographics play a vital role in these marketing decisions, which is why our drama section is gigantic and our horror section is tiny. But this rings true for one single store. . . .mine.

And yes, some of my retorts were callous and entirely unnecessary. Fair enough. See, even though this is just a random forum I found on google, I still manage to learn from people.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're searching for new, pre sell-through titles in VHS, then yes, they'll cost $100 plus.

But if you're searching for Casablanca on VHS, or DVD for that matter, it doesn't take a degree in the science of rocketry from an Ivy League institution to figure out you can get it for $8 on Amazon.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus, almost every single new release is now offered to rentailers at DVD price, or (usually) ten bucks or so higher. Check out any trade mag (Video Business, Home Media Retailing), and you'll find ad after ad showing you these lower prices. It happened back when DVD started getting big, and studios realized many stores weren't buying VHS anymore due to the massive price difference; to fix, they dropped tape prices.

And to think my brain is filled with this instead of, you know, useful knowledge.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

weird, maybe it's only certain titles, then. It seems like at my store even the oldest corniest horror movies are over 90 bucks. Maybe we buy from someplace weird. And to think all the customers I explained the prices to. Oh well.
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