Seeing Blockbuster on the list was not a surprise...it's probably not a surprise to you.
I remember life Pre-Blockbuster when my family would go get videos from the local store in the grocery store strip center.
Of course, Blockbuster, despite having higher prices then the the grocery store rental area or the local video rental store suddenly made it so these stores closed and were boarded up, and turned into nail salons, Subways, and Curves.
But one of the great things about Blockbuster was despite the higher prices they had selection of both older titles and deep stacks of the brand new stuff as well. And because they were conveniently sprinkled everywhere it's were people went...often with no movie in mind, just to browse and "make it a blockbuster night"TM.
But of course, a lot has changed since the first blockbuster opened in Brooklyn, in an era where people took their broken VCR's to VCR repair shops. Now Blockbuster is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with thousands of stores in the US, as well as internationally.
Honestly, I'm not surprised that Blockbuster might be mentioned as a store to disappear. Honestly, it's hard to imagine a world with out Blockbuster, and there are simply not enough Chinese buffet style restaurants to fill out the empty store's we'd see.
But, I don't meet many Blockbuster Inc. enthusiast. People complain about their prices, they always have...but especially with other options like DVR technology, Cable services, $1 Red Box Rentals, Online viewing, Netflix, libraries, and illegal downloads and bootlegs...there are simply more affordable options.
But it's not only price. I think Blockbuster's past ten years have been spotted with confusing and changing rental policies, late fees, and special rental programs that come and go.
My wife has long thought Blockbuster would disappear because of all the money they wasted on receipt paper, often complaining about how much wasted money and trash they were creating with way too much receipt for a single rental.
But there's also a part of me that wonders if Blockbuster were to disappear would it only encourage a lack of options for those who are casual movie goers. Suddenly movie choices will increasingly be limited for many to what's available at the grocery store Red Box, or what's available on TV...clearly giving people only the chance to watch new releases and random old films like Beverly Hills Cop 2.
Not that many people rent the overpriced Blockbuster Favorites, and it's not even that the selection is amazing, but it's sad to think that there would be a void of video rental stores and options...but with out having a Netflix account or a good library system, many viewers will be limited.
I rarely frequent Blockbuster, but it's nice to know if I want something that's newer, and I want it now, that there's a respectable chance that they will have in stocks.
Do you think Blockbuster will survive 2009? Do you think that it should?