Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Blockbuster

Continuing on the theme of incomplete reviews, I just wanted to share the fact that I dumped Netflix. Netflix is one of those brands, like TiVo that just ooozes good karma. I espouse the wonders of Netflix to friends and family; but they pissed me off recently. I turn movies around very quickly, and Netflix with their new "short wait" "very long wait" thing was just getting to me. Rather suddenly I was getting less movies each month for the same twenty clams. I've tested the waters with Netflix before and I've always been lured back by a lower price. This time Netflix gave me no such offer and I continued with my cancellation.

Anyway, so Blockbuster seems to be kicking ass. I got the 40 Year-Old Virgin, March of the Penguins, and Cinderella Man right away - those all had a very long wait from Netflix. The web page isn't quite as slick, but when you get right down to it the differences are subtle (no RSS feed from Blockbuster). I think the two in-store movie rentals a month and the couple-a-dollar savings is making me feel less like a Netflix traitor.