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Florescent lights shine on shelves packed with hundreds of DVDs and video games, illuminating a sanctuary for any renter looking to spice up their night. With over 8,000 locations across the country, there is easy access to find the perfect flick for a date night, lineup for a movie marathon and every occasion in between. The infamous blue and yellow ticket stub logo decorates the walls, while TV's suspended from the ceiling roll the week's favorite film, offering entertainment (and sometimes unnecessary distraction) for the indecisive perusing the aisles. Rows and rows of titles offer every genre, from tissue-worthy romances to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, and the company's "new-release guarantee" assures that every recent movie will be available. While waiting in line, you can choose from a wide variety of popcorn and sweet treats to nosh on while enjoying the flick.
I don't know why it's still in business. With all the recent news about Blockbuster, I grew curious whether anything has changed with the way it does business. I cancelled my membership years ago because it was too expensive, there were those nasty time limits on new releases (2 day, 3-day rentals), the store experience was a nightmare, and the selection was lousy and poorly managed. Sad to say, nothing has changed. I paid $4.95 for my copy of the Pirates of the Caribbean and I better watch it in 2 days. The store was a disaster. DVDs were out of place, screaming kids everywhere, tired parents arguing over what to watch, half the titles I wanted weren't there, and the prices were still ludicrous. What's worse is that every person that came up to the counter ahead of me had questions about this and that charge they didn't understand. Yep, Blockbuster is still at it, extracting $$ from people who are too tired/busy to check what they are paying for. I will watch the DVD tonight and cancel my membership tomorrow first thing. Nice experiment, but Blockbuster is still a place to avoid.
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