…and another one bites the dust! On my way to work the other day, I saw this:
The Blockbuster in my town is officially closing. Surprising, right? Yeah, not exactly. Where I live, there’s not one but two Blockbuster’s in the immediate vicinity. What is mildly surprising is that both of these are still open at all. I can’t even think of a Blockbuster in/near my hometown that is still open, but I can think of several locations that used to be home to a Blockbuster location.
Let’s face it: Blockbuster is a hot mess. With Netflix and Redbox thriving (maybe Blockbuster should change its name to Blocxbuster?), Blockbuster is on the way out. I’ve seen one of its Redbox-esque kiosks in a 7-11. One. Talk about being a day late and a dollar short.
With stores closing left and right and the recent delisting of Blockbuster on the NYSE, it’s really only a matter of time until Blockbuster declares bankruptcy and all 6,000+ stores close for good. Personally, I don’t think I’ll miss it. Though I can remember hitting a store for a new release on a Friday night back in the day, the idea of having to pay upwards of $5 for a movie when I could a) get it for a dollar from Redbox, b) get it from Netflix, through instant streaming (which has changed my life, but that’s for a different post) or in 3 days from my $9 a month unlimited plan or c) order in on demand via Comcast for the same price, without leaving my house to get and return it, is frankly ridiculous.
Sorry Blockbuster; you had a good run as the Wal-mart of video stores, but I think the end is near.
Anyone still frequent Blockbuster? Or do you only know where one used to be, since they’ve all practically closed? What’s your preferred way of getting movies?