Netflix vs. RedBox

AJ recently subscribed to Netflix and he is really enjoying the service. He pays right around $10 a month and has watched quite a few movies. I keep wanting to watch a movie, but never find the time.  He has mostly watched movies that can be downloaded instantly, but he has ordered a couple to come by snail mail for Big A to watch.

We have also tried Redbox.  Mr. A has nothing but complaints about this service.   I think they need to consider putting two sides on the “box”. One strictly for returns and one for rentals.  It’s very annoying when all you want to do is return a movie and you have to stand in line and wait for six people in front of you to pick their movie. I guess maybe they need a third side, actually. That would be for the people who aren’t sure which movie they want to watch, so they spend 15 minutes browsing through, while the line behind them builds. I have to say I admire the people who can stand there browsing, while the line builds up behind them. Maybe it’s a power play thing for them?  I don’t know because I would feel guilty for taking so long. I would feel more and more agitated and finally I would just leave without choosing a movie.  Mr. A has tried doing his shopping first, and keep an eye out for when the RedBox has no one there, but there seems to be a steady stream of people.

On the other hand, maybe that is one of the perks for Redbox.  Maybe they know that people will get tired of standing in line waiting, and just keep the movie another day, and another day and another day.  One time we kept a movie six extra days because we weren’t going into town.

So I guess Netflix wins hands down for us. Well, for AJ, since Mr. A and I don’t watch movies.  Mr. A won’t watch them because he feels they are a waste of time, and I don’t HAVE time to watch movies.

What about you, have you used Redbox or Netflix? Any preference?

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12 thoughts on “Netflix vs. RedBox

  1. I guess it depends on where you live and what your watching habits/preferences are. We had Netflix and have currently suspended our account. We don’t need the service right now when my husband is unemployed. But we have used Redbox a couple times in the last two months. For us there are at least 4 redbox locations in our town so picking out and returning movies is very easy for us. And because there are so many locations, there’s very rarely a line at one and if there is, it’s only one person long. No big deal for us! Right now, Redbox wins!

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Cynthia, maybe that’s the problem… there is only ONE Redbox in the little town nearest to us. Not to mention that little town is 15 miles away. You’re lucky to have so many Redbox location so close! Maybe they need to install one in the Walgreens and CVS and the other grocery store here. 🙂 Thank you for adding to the conversation! Mrs. A

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  2. Netflix for sure…. For $8.99 per month, I am getting one DVD out at a time, plus unlimited streaming. There is a pretty good selection of instant streaming. Right now, I am watching the 5th season of The Office over the internet.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Pidgeon92: I wasn’t too thrilled with the streaming, but mailing the DVDs back has sure been more convenient. Thanks for visiting and commenting! Mrs. A

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  3. I’m not a movie watcher at all, but Redbox has been great for us – well, for my kids, I guess. There are lots of Redbox locations, and I’ve never had to wait for more than one person. The Wal-Mart I go to has 2 Redboxes in it, so not only does it cut down on any access problems, but they also have a bigger selection. Of course, our only interest would be movies – we don’t have any interest in TV Series or anything like that.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Sheila, I’m glad you have a good selection of Redboxes to choose from. Wow, two in one store. That’s what they should do here! Thanks for joining in the conversation! Mrs. A

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  4. I used to be a Redbox user (always using free codes), but I got talked into Netflix and I love it. Mainly because while I like the new releases, there are a lot of older movies that I would like to see and those just aren’t available via Redbox. I’m also using it to catch up on TV seasons. Many people argue that with Netflix, you can’t be spontaneous, which is true to a point (save for the streaming options), but I’m usually not that picky with what I want to watch.

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Megan: I guess we could say that Netflix helps a person practice the fine art of patience. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Mrs. A

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  5. We rented a movie one night from Redbox. The guy that worked at the store gave me a code to use so it was free. I was so excited!

    We went to turn it in the next night and 3 Redboxes were full and wouldn’t take our return! We were so mad. :/

    So I vote Netflix. 😉

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Mrs. Money, I would have been very annoyed!! I would have called to complain. LOL. Thanks for your input! Mrs. A

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  6. Personally, I like Redbox much better. I don’t want to pay a monthly fee, especially if I can’t be sure if I’ll have time to watch a movie.
    When I go to Redbox, I know that I want to watch a movie and that I have time to do so.
    As far as the line goes, this is typical of any kind of store. If you went to blockbuster, you would find lines there too. If you want to go somewhere to get something, you have to be prepared for a line.
    Another thing about redbox is their monthly promotional code. If you sign up with them, you can get a free rental every month.
    I think that’s a winner in my book.

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  7. redbox is perfect for non internet users, and for those who would watch just a very few movies a month, so it would not be worth paying $10 per month.

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