The Decline of Blockbuster...What Happened?


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  • turtle boygamer
    turtle boygamer  13 hours back

    Rip block buster and I block buster think block busted

    • Carolina PFan
      Carolina PFan  2 days back

      I remember having to totally rearrange my schedule and the all out stress I suffered at the hands of Blockbuster Video (the enormous late fees and the ridiculous time limits for their movies, especially new releases)... good riddance

      • thatbator
        thatbator  3 days back

        Stop saying "Twenty O 4, Twenty O 5" MFF! Its annoying!

        • M K
          M K  3 days back

          I share all your beloved memories of video rentals until this point 1:34
          In NYC, Personally, whenever I'd go to a BB I just didn't get that same feeling of being at the older, local mom/pop video store; like BB was this new, cheap imitation. There's no doubt, BB was the last place I'd go for rentals, in fact, I never rented from them. 🤔

          • khotan
            khotan  3 days back

            It had a really ugly yellow sign?

            • greenpanic6
              greenpanic6  3 days back

              I don’t remember them how is that maybe I went there like twice maybe

              • zt1053
                zt1053  3 days back

                Redbox was the nail in the coffin for blockbuster.

                • peppyzanadu
                  peppyzanadu  3 days back

                  I won the first video game tournament in my area through blockbuster.

                  • melanated misfit
                    melanated misfit  4 days back

                    I'm glad there's still a Family Video in my area.

                    • Ned Lan
                      Ned Lan  4 days back

                      2025..the fall of Netflix..Hulu happened.. seriously Netflix is shit right now..

                      • Sage -
                        Sage -  4 days back

                        I loved blockbuster. From my mum buying me a new playstation 1 game to being old enough to rent my own xbox 360 games.
                        I used to loved going to blockbuster for the weekend and rent movies or buy the £2 ones that they were trying to shake off!

                        • Trypheana Young
                          Trypheana Young  5 days back

                          When I moved into my first apartment this was my favorite friday night thing to do. I would browse forever grap snacks on the way home and enjoy. Then I found RED BOX and blockbuster slowly died out.

                          • Nick Byrd
                            Nick Byrd  5 days back

                            Didn't Blockbuster offer "Movie Insurance"?? Was that the "Other"?

                            • Jennifer J. Quin
                              Jennifer J. Quin  5 days back

                              they use to sale exclusive items, which i loved.

                              • HERP derp
                                HERP derp  6 days back

                                Other: Late fees

                                • Michael DiPiano
                                  Michael DiPiano  7 days back

                                  Hahaha Enron

                                  • Michael DiPiano
                                    Michael DiPiano  7 days back

                                    Haha we switched from Netflix to blockbuster subscription. Haha then back to Netflix when bb died.

                                    • Jon Davis
                                      Jon Davis  1 weeks back

                                      me: I miss the old Blockbuster video stores at its height.
                                      also me: *clicks remote to watch next JAG show on CBS All Access*

                                      • aoescool
                                        aoescool  2 weeks back

                                        blockbuster use to be the start of a good weekend.. the decline of blockbuster came way before netflix.. from them getting sued by people having crazy late fees, red box, bootleg dvds getting way better, napster/bareshare and all the early pirate download services. then finally netflix!!!

                                        • Michael Hartman
                                          Michael Hartman  2 weeks back

                                          I loved blockbuster! Rent a movie, buy a game, nvr bought games always purchased

                                          • Rockk
                                            Rockk  2 weeks back

                                            We used to rent the n64 games and switch out the circuit board things in the cartridges lol

                                            • Yamcha Kippur
                                              Yamcha Kippur  2 weeks back

                                              From about 2006 to 2010, my mom and I would go to Blockbuster just about every week and rent a few movies. I watched a lot of good stuff that way. We then got Netflix in 2012 or 2013. I used it for a bit, but I don't think I've opened it for more than a year. Blockbuster seemed like it always had a much bigger selection than Netflix.

                                              • itz yo gurll jenna
                                                itz yo gurll jenna  2 weeks back

                                                2073: the decline of disney +... what happend?

                                                • Macdelina Steven
                                                  Macdelina Steven  2 weeks back

                                                  To me block buster ended when movie prices became cheap. I use to walk 40mins with my cousins every Friday to rent a movie. Then a reading cinema took over the old village cinema and their prices dropped to $11. I didn’t need to rent the latest movies anymore I can afford to watch them immediately.
                                                  I live in Australia bye.

                                                  • Green Pillow
                                                    Green Pillow  2 weeks back

                                                    I do have Netflix but most of the films are garbage. I miss Blockbuster

                                                    • juan marshall
                                                      juan marshall  2 weeks back

                                                      I think that Greed for the late fee killed them they didn't want to give it up

                                                      • Like90
                                                        Like90  2 weeks back

                                                        I miss the game rentals.

                                                        • Steve Puffery
                                                          Steve Puffery  2 weeks back

                                                          It was very complicated at the time, going from analog tape to digital DVD’s. That had to cost them.

                                                          • zerodawn09
                                                            zerodawn09  2 weeks back

                                                            another issue was movies comming out to buy at the same time as rent. before dvd's movies were able to be rented 3 months before to buy. that made the only way to see it was to rent. now people buy before they rent and that kills the renting market.

                                                            • Rose Makhmaltchi
                                                              Rose Makhmaltchi  2 weeks back

                                                              You perfectly described that Blockbuster experience! There was one 5 minutes from my home when I was a kid and we visited it regularly.

                                                              I also worked there during the time when Blockbuster was trying to compete with Netflix's mail-based service. We were forced to ask every customer if they wanted to join Blockbuster's subscription mail-based DVD service -- every customer, every time we saw them. We had customers that would visit the store several times per week and we had to ask them EVERY time, or get scolded by our manager. Customers eventually became angry with us and would yell at us for asking. They'd be like "You asked me the last time I was here!" It really sucked.

                                                              People at that store didn't want to sign up for the mail-based service. One day, the store manager closed the door to her office and soon, we could hear screaming coming through her office phone. I could hear it all the way from the other side of the store! She was literally getting screamed at by a higher-up because our store wasn't performing on subscriptions. She cracked down on us even harder after that but all it did was tick off the customers even more.

                                                              I remember the mad scramble every Friday and Saturday night for new releases. The place would be packed and people would form a line on the wrong side of the counter, waiting for someone to return one of the hottest new releases so that they could rent it because we were out of it! They'd yell from behind me (while I was attending to the long line of customers in front of me), "Which movie is that??!!! Hey! Which one is that??!!"

                                                              That was an inconvenience to the customers. Some of them felt like their entire weekend was ruined because the couldn't get the movie their kids wanted to watch. I think it's another thing that led to the decline of rental stores, in general.

                                                              • Grand Old Soul
                                                                Grand Old Soul  2 weeks back

                                                                i was more of hollywood video type of guy. it was also something to do as well. go pick a movie. i woudl take a while just looking at the movies like they were art. i would put in some head phones and get lost in the horror section my favorite and pick a movie. favorite time was sunset time to go. i could make an hour out of it. and there was a taco bell around the corner. so i would get a movie then go to taco bell and then be all set. never had those memories with block buster. i would get bored in that store and wanna get out

                                                                • Clepsidra Sideral
                                                                  Clepsidra Sideral  2 weeks back

                                                                  3:03 I guess it was the penalty for not rewinding your tapes.

                                                                  • Sam
                                                                    Sam  3 weeks back

                                                                    lmao dumbgood merch

                                                                    • chaileaves
                                                                      chaileaves  3 weeks back

                                                                      i kind of hope blockbuster makes an amazing come back somehow because the nostalgia of walking into one with my parents every week is a fond memory

                                                                      • 482darkknight
                                                                        482darkknight  3 weeks back

                                                                        Cinemas are still kicking around. They streamlined their operations and the business model has survived.

                                                                        Blockbuster was mired in its own sales model and couldn't imagine the pace of change would make it lose market share so fast.

                                                                        • Dina DeVoe
                                                                          Dina DeVoe  3 weeks back

                                                                          Little Caesar’s Pizza was directly next door to our Blockbuster. Man, that was LIVIN’!

                                                                          • crashdemon
                                                                            crashdemon  3 weeks back

                                                                            my fondest memory of blockbuster was getting this bigass gummy cobra that took me like 5 hrs to finish bc i was like 7 and it was as tall as me

                                                                            • Weston Hansen
                                                                              Weston Hansen  3 weeks back

                                                                              i still have a family video in my town and it’s in business 😂

                                                                              • Doctor Sweetleaf
                                                                                Doctor Sweetleaf  3 weeks back

                                                                                Blockbuster always sucked in my town. Mom and pop shops had 5,000 options, Blockbuster had 50 copies of 100 options.

                                                                                • Rob Woodward
                                                                                  Rob Woodward  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Netflix , killed it, yes it did

                                                                                  • Soylent Meme
                                                                                    Soylent Meme  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Blockbuster's streaming service was riddled with hoops to jump through. For one thing, it wasn't even a streaming service, you had to download the movies BEFORE you could watch them. And you couldn't share accounts or you'll be locked out.
                                                                                    Compare that to Netflix, who couldn't give a fuck if you shared your account

                                                                                    • S H
                                                                                      S H  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Red 📦

                                                                                      • S H
                                                                                        S H  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Red box

                                                                                        • Jeanie Chowdury
                                                                                          Jeanie Chowdury  3 weeks back

                                                                                          It was fun.

                                                                                          • Etchy
                                                                                            Etchy  3 weeks back

                                                                                            two memories for BB was. 1) Asked a clerk how he thought the company was doing considering the competition from netflix. He said they are doing great and are hiring people. That store was closed a year later. 2) The sadness of seeing a new release all gone but then asking someone to check the drop off box to see if it was in it and there was one!!!!

                                                                                            Our local BB would actually reserve a copy for you if you called in and ask them to. Not sure if they all did.

                                                                                            • FNGXCha
                                                                                              FNGXCha  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Blockbuster is the fucking best miss it so fucking much better then Redbox

                                                                                              • hans merker
                                                                                                hans merker  3 weeks back

                                                                                                I remember going to Blockbuster with my grandparents as a kid. It was special because I could see what was new and what wasn't.

                                                                                                • Sergei Suvorov
                                                                                                  Sergei Suvorov  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  Man, I remember going to blockbuster with my dad and picking out movies... good times. RIP.