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Netflix vs Blockbuster

I am doing a little comparison of blockbuster vs. netflix. I have been with netflix for a while now, and I generally like it. The thing that I don’t is that they throttle the shipping for heavy users. The distribution center is in Santa Ana which is only 40 to 50 miles away. I used to get movies the next day and when I sent them back they would get them the next day. Now I sent 2 movies back Friday and I still haven’t gotten any back. I sent one in on Monday and another one won’t ship until tomorrow. This is unacceptable I am lucky to get 3 movies a week when I used to get at least 6.

So I signed up for a free month of Blockbuster. I will rate the two services on the number of movies I receive and availability of movies. From what I have seen so far netflix has way more movies in stock than blockbuster. From 10 movies I added to the queue 4 are short waits and 2 are long waits. In netflix I only have a handful of short and long waits out of 183 movies. Blockbuster does though seem to have a choice between wide and fullscreen version and also you can rent the bonus disc as well. This is very rare in netflix case but they usually carry only the wide screen version which is what I want anyways. The other advantage of blockbuster is the two free instore rental coupons each month. We will see though, I will give an update at the end of the month trial.

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  1. JCJones
    March 16, 2005 at 3:06 pm

    The slowdown is same with Blockbuster. They were pretty speedy during the trial period and first month or so. After that, if I sent out the movie on Monday, and they would say they didn’t get it until Friday ruining my whole weekend.

    I might give greencine a shot.

  2. March 21, 2005 at 9:28 am

    The delay is about the same I have recieved 1 more movie from block buster than netflix. The avalablility at block buster really sucks, almost all the movies in my queue have at least a short wait. I am most likely just going to stick with netflix or get a in store memeber ship at blockbuster.

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