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Sorry Netflix, I’m Leaving You for Redbox

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Netflix sent me the movie Broken Embraces about two months ago, and I’ve had the pleasure of letting it sit on my shelf for 8 bucks a month. I’m only kidding myself; I’m never going to watch it. Yet I continue to continue the charade.

Last month, I was house-sitting for a friend who had no internet or cable (no, she is not Amish). In a fit of desperation, I checked out the Redbox website to find the nearest kiosk. To my delight, I could reserve the movie I wanted online (Attack the Block) and then just pick it up. Perfect!

The appeal of Netflix is, of course, the movie is mailed to you and you don’t have to go to a movie rental store. But, Redbox is instant gratification. You want a movie and you can go get it. So you don’t wait for it in the mail and then avoid watching it. You can just pick it up when you are sure you want to watch it.

These days, there are Redboxes everywhere, and in places you usually go anyway (grocery stores, etc.). Even better, it’s only a dollar a day. At most, I’ll rent four movies a month (that aren’t already on Netflix Streaming) and that’s four dollars, instead of the monthly Netflix fee.

Sorry Netflix. I’ll miss the nice surprise of seeing the red envelopes in the mailbox and the delight of ripping open the top flap. But I like saving my money, efficiency, and instant gratification too much.

$1 per day for most rentals
28,000 locations


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Robin Hardwick - Cost-Conscious Connoisseur

Robin Hardwick - Cost-Conscious Connoisseur

Robin was raised in the shopping malls of suburban Long Island, New York. As a teenager, her life goals were to become a writer and marry Bret Michaels. After attending college at the University of Delaware (yes, in the state of Delaware) and earning a graduate degree educationl at NYU, she's achieved only one of those goals. Along with writing, Robin enjoys performing improv comedy, internet memes, cross-stitch, and showing off her alarmingly extensive knowledge of obscure pop culture trivia. Currently, Robin resides in Oakland, CA and is writing a book about the 1980s teen book series, Sweet Valley High.


  1. January 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

    $1.20/night thanks to bank fees.

  2. January 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks for the kind words! We definitely believe part of what makes our service fun is its appeal to the cost-conscious consumer, so we’re thrilled to see a connoisseur like yourself post in such glowing terms.

    Frank is correct that DVDs cost $1.20/night. From now through January 31, your DVD will only cost a buck for the first night if you reserve online at ($1.20 each additional night). More details about online reservations can be found here:

    Thanks again! If we can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to call or let us know on Facebook or Twiitter.

    At your service,
    Michael E. Rubin
    Redbox Sr. Manager, Social Media

  3. Robin Hardwick - Cost-Conscious Connoisseur
    January 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Wow! Thanks Michael for responding directly.

  4. Passerby
    January 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Redbox is cool but Netflix is vastly superior because of the size of their library. Redbox doesn’t have one tenth of Netflix’s catalogue. If Redbox had similar library, it’d be a no-brainer switch: because you don’t owe them anything unless you’re renting something – an old-style rentals model that I much prefer to paying Netflix automatically, regardless of the actual use. So, I don’t agree with your thinking: if you used Netflix for real, Redbox isn’t an adequate substitution. But if all you wanted is latest Hollywood shit, then Redbox is fine of course.