Redbox

By: kmom14

Apr 30 2015

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While I was a Walmart I decided to snap the current offerings at Redbox and the kiosk as I wonder what changes there will be over the next few years with the advent of online subscription services popping up.

Most kiosks elsewhere are red and I have only seen the blue ones in Walmart.

Originally they rented DVDs for $1 per night.   In December they raised their prices on rentals: DVDs for $1.50 and Blu-Ray DVDs for $2.00 per night.  They also rent video games for $3 per night.

This is probably good news for Family Video and any other remaining video stores as this puts their prices closer to the same ballpark.   The last time I rented at DVD (not BluRay, which is a little more expensive) at Family Video it was $2.76 for a new release for one night or for slightly older releases for 5 nights.  They also had $1 releases for the somewhat newer releases, some movies 2 for $1 and older kids movies and educational videos for free.

There would still be the advantage of Redbox being 24/7 while Family Video is 10am-12pm and they still are cheaper on the new releases.   Another advantage for Redbox is you can either browse the closest kiosk to see what is there or search by title and reserve online for the day you want to pick it up, but you cannot reserve it in advance and if you don’t pick it up, you are still charged you have to set up a credit card online to reserve.

Redbox also now has where if you sign up you can earn points for each movie rented and when you reach 100 points, you can get a free rental (has to used within 60 days).

One more advantage is that you can return the movie to any kiosk anywhere they have one, which is nice if you are shopping across town and pick one up, you can run it back to the closest one near your house.

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