Jun 07 2008

I <3 Redbox

I’m pretty sure every blogger has already written about Redbox. I’m going to join them and sing its praises.

Redbox is a video rental service that allows you to check out videos in kiosks throughout town. Many can be found at McDonnald’s restaurants or in groceries.

Recently, a Redbox machine has found its way to my local grocery! I’m a bit surprised, since the grocery has its own in-house video rental section.

Take your debit or credit card, and you can check out many new releases from the machine.

The best part? It’s $1 per day to rent it, but you can get free rental codes!

Go directly to the Redbox web site and click the link that says “Get a free rental.” You’ll get a code e-mailed to you.

Or, check sites such as InsideRedBox to find free rental codes.

It’s a great deal as long as you return it to a Redbox machine by 9 p.m. the following night, otherwise you’ll be charged $1 per day until you do (or until you reach 25 or so days–whichever happens first).

I’ve only used Redbox once tonight, but I’m pretty sure I’ll stick with it for awhile.

Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

10 Responses to “I <3 Redbox”

  1. Love it!
    I was getting a code sent to me via text every Monday and Wednesday, but discontinued it recently. It’s convenient but I don’t always get that way to return it and didn’t want to make a special trip.

  2. I have used them, and they are very cool indeed!

    In fact, the second ‘writing gig’ I ever really did was an article called ‘The Redbox DVD Kiosk’ in 2600 magazine. I got a t-shirt for the article…and the problem I discussed was immediately fixed.

    It’s a good feeling…heh.

  3. We love it an in the dozen or more times we’ve used them, we’ve only paid $1-2 for getting it back late. Otherwise free entertainment!

  4. sadly we don’t have one near me :(. i really wish we did.. soon enough probably :)

    amanda’s last blog post..Ask The Readers: Savings Accounts and Credit Cards

  5. I use Netflix, and I love it because I don’t have to go anywhere to return it. Also, no late fees, just a flat monthly fee. The other nice thing, that I have used, is their “hold” feature, where you can put your account on hold for a certain or indefinite amount of time without having to pay. I did that when I got out of watching movies for a while. Over a year later, I started it back up and my queue was saved just as I’d left it. They also have unlimited downloadable movies, although I don’t use a PC at home, so I haven’t been able to take advantage of it.

    Bethany B-A’s last blog post..Upgrade

  6. I use Lovefilm in the UK. I get sent DVD’s by post, and send them back at my convenience. It’s not free, but there is a free trial – my last free trial was for 3 months!

    Solomon’s last blog post..Things I’m Grateful For on Saturday 7 June

  7. I used the RedBox at one of the local grocery stores for the first time last week. I think it’s great! I liked it so much I went back last night to get a couple new movies… too bad I completely forgot about my code. Even with that, though, $2.14 for two movies? Can’t beat that!

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Dump Cake

  8. amazingly enough last night after I commented I went to walmart.. and what did we have?! a REDBOX! whoo hoo! free movies :)

    amanda’s last blog post..Walmart Savings and Off To The Beach :)

  9. Redbox is awesome, the ONLY bad thing is the potential risk. Check the card swiper before you use it. They have had multiple issues with thieves putting scan devices over their credit card swipers. It doesn’t interfere with your purchase, it just copies your card # and such and the thieves pick it up again later. To be fair, this is also something that happens using pay at the pump for gas. So it’s not isolated to redbox machines. Basically, just look at it carefully before you swipe and it should be fine. I got taken for over $700 before I finally realized what happened and had to have my bank card replaced.

  10. Netflix.

    Gotta have that queue. We watch old or odd movies – “you didn’t see *what*!?!?” gets it added to the queue. I never watched a lot of movies, so we’re getting classics I’ve never seen lol. Also, for watching TV series before we buy them.

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