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View Poll Results: How do you acquire new movies?
Rent from Kiosk 7 15.22%
Rent from Store 3 6.52%
Stream online 1 2.17%
Buy Used from Internet 0 0%
Buy New from Internet 20 43.48%
Buy New from BM Store 11 23.91%
Rent from Library 1 2.17%
Other 3 6.52%
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post #1 of 32 Old 11-09-12, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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How do you buy your media?

I'm just curious to know how everyone goes about buying movies (or, I guess, not buying... why not say, "acquiring"....) for a first time viewing. At this point, I only buy blu-ray (unless it's a movie for a long car ride, then DVD is okay, but most blu rays come with a DVD.

My overwhelming preference is to rent... and my options in my town in Maryland are limited to Redbox and Blockbuster kiosks. Great for new movies only but selection is limited.

My second option is to buy used from either Amazon or I've had great luck with both... and on many occasions I've found used movies that are delivered free of charge with my Amazon Prime Membership.

And my third option is to buy new from either the interwebs... (Almost always Amazon, but typically wherever I can find the cheapest option) or from a local BM store (I've found Target to have a decent selection with some pretty reasonable prices, especially on older titles).

I don't keep everything I buy. If it's a movie I don't think I'll watch again, I always post it for sale on (the posting and mailing process is so streamlined and easy, it's a win-win situation).

Anyhow... what do you do?
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post #2 of 32 Old 11-09-12, 12:55 PM
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Re: How do you buy your media?

I rent discs and stream from Netflix, also rent from Redbox when I get the old "Very Long Wait" from Netflix . When I purchase I go B&M.

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Re: How do you buy your media?

I buy new from Amazon and B&M stores. I did rent but we dont have any places left in Edmonton that rent BluRay and I am so spoiled by the picture of HD I cant stand streaming or downloading any movies. As far as music I sometimes use iTunes but I still like to have the physical media so I will get CDs from amazon or ocationally a B&M store.

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Re: How do you buy your media?

I mostly get my dvds from Amazon and if it is something I want fast, I get it from Target

The only time I skip Target for the kids is for b-day and xmas holiday shopping for the kids since it is much easier to order and make the dvd a surprise gift since they already arrived boxed and the kids have no idea what is in the package.

I have never rented.. Have not used redbox or Blockbuster. Have not done streaming either.
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I rent movies from netflix but mostly I purchase movies online. I will purchase locally if they are on sale for close to what I can get it online.
I do have netflix streaming but I really only use it for watching TV shows as the quality is not even close to bluray yet...
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I mostly purchase from Amazon or from Target. Our Target offers a program where a small percentage of what we spend goes directly to our school so it makes it worthwhile to every so often get them there.

I never stream either......
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Re: How do you buy your media?

When I buy I buy from Amazon, but I usually stream first from VuDu or iTunes

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Re: How do you buy your media?

I buy from BB, Target, Walmart etc, for new stuff, depends on the sale
I also buy most of my stuff from Pawn shops ... have some great ones near me so I can strike gold if I go often enough

I rent from redbox OCCAISONALLY, but that is very slim because of the 30-60 day delay window that most of the studios have been doing and Lionsgate's decision to cripple the audio on their rentals. I can't rent anywhere else since the nearest Blockbuster is about 35 minutes away from me and would cost about $10 in gas so It's usually almost as cheap to BUY the movie in the end.
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Re: How do you buy your media?

I usually stream my movies and then if I find one that is def a keeper I will buy it for a local store or I used to buy all my movies but it has gotten way too expensive, plus I just sold 1200 dvds with changers that were not BRs because I never watched them anymore.


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My sources for purchasing BR's are Amazon and Best Buy. I've found Amazon to usually be the cheapest but I also use BB if I just can't wait. BB purchases accumulate points which is nice. Not a fan of streaming until the quality improves immensely!
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