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It's getting harder to rent from Redbox

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tastybasslines, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    My last 3 rentals from Redbox have been scams. Here is the one from today. The one before that was the sticky label from the inside ring of the disc stuck to a blank DVD R for another video game. The one before that was also a photocopy or a scam and that was a movie, the Avengers...

    I don't know if I'm gonna give up but its been very frustrating, and having to call to get credited, not to mention the massive waste of time...

  2. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Wow, that's really low. At least, I hope, they retained the previous renter's info...so they can recoup the cost of their disc while refunding your money...
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Might be time to start avoiding certain locations.
  4. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's just it...they can't. If someone rents a legitimate disc and returns it this way, it is registered as a return. There are no red flags yet. So lets say I come along and am the next one to rent...It could have been me who did it and they have no way to prove it is the previous renter. And to stop this, they would have to change their entire inventory system and probably the hardware inside the machine as well I'm guessing. Some anti fraud reader? Dunno, but seems very hard to stop.
  5. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The last 3 were 3 different locations.
  6. I recently disavowed Netflix after all the stupidity they put us through, and switched to Redbox.

    Recently, I've been considering giving them up too.
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have never had this happen, and I have rented tons of movies through Redbox. I have had a couple movies so scratched up that they were unreadable.
  8. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    The crap, man! That's just some incredibly juvenile d-baggery right there. It's a freakin dollar! Blockbuster it is, then...
  9. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The xbox games cost $60 new.
  10. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Ridiculous, but I haven't seen that yet!
  11. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Along comes the morons and idiots to ruin a good thing for everyone else. Bring back Hollywood Video!!! :D

  12. I am really digging Netflix still.

  13. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I mostly stream rentals online these days from Amazon, etc..

  14. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass What the .............. Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Northern Va.
    Me neither.. I guess the thing to do is check it at the store.
  15. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Of course they can; problem is they don't (going by what you posted). If that's the case, that is a ridiculous business model. When I sense ridiculousness, I go elsewhere.
  16. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    And we don't even have the selection of those Americans complaining :p !
  17. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Me as well.
  18. JacoLesFlea


    Jun 16, 2006
    Still happy with netflix.......but......Just recently I had bought a bluray disc player so swithced my account to recieve bluray discs..I totally see the difference in pic quality rented the huinger games on both reg dvd and bluray. One thing I have noticed though and it has happen a few times is when watching a br disc Hunger games for example when an exciting part is coming up it starts skipping and messing up it has happen with breaking bad and game of thorones and it only seems to happen when a keep your eyes glued to the screen scene is about to happen. It does not happen on every disc but just seems kinda bizzare that it happens on a cant miss part. I noticed the br discs seem to be alot thinner so mabey other customers are rewatching those certain scenes and wearing that part of the disc out. thoughts?
  19. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Its just a coincidence. And annoying.
  20. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    No, there's no contact with the disc as it plays. The only way any optical disc gets "worn out" is when the disc gets scratched.

    They're weird about scratches - a nasty one running radially (from the center of the disc out to an edge) may have no effect, but a mild looking one running along the circumference can cause real issues.