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question of the day: Would you even notice if Blockbuster went out of business?

Following up in yesterday’s QOTD about Netflix’s new pricing for blu-ray rentals (hint: it went up, a lot) is this: Apparently Blockbuster is on the verge of throwing in the towel, and not voluntarily (“Blockbuster: may not be able to stay in business,” says the AP via Yahoo! Finance).

I suspect how you feel about this may depend on whether you’re renting blu-rays from Netflix and are as pissed off at the new price plans as most other Netflixers seem to be. (Disclaimer: I still don’t have a blu-ray player, so even though I am a Netflix subscriber, the price increase isn’t affecting me). Don Reisinger at CNET’s The Digital Home, in the same post I linked to yesterday about Netflix, breaks down Blockbuster’s blu-ray pricing compared to Netflix, and finds Blockbuster the winner… even factoring in the convenience factor.

Would I notice if Blockbuster went out of business? Not at all. I still have a Blockbuster membership card somewhere in my wallet, but it’s been years since I used it — there simply isn’t a Blockbuster convenient to me, and even when there was, it was usually an act of frustration going into their stores and finding 300 copies of the latest Adam Sandler movie and no copies at all of many classic movies. I’m sticking with Netflix.

You? Would you even notice if Blockbuster went out of business?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)



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