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DVD rental firms.

Am I paranoid?

     
8:15 pm on Apr 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I subscribe to to a DVD rental firm, I watch them pretty quickly and return it normally teh next day.

Now Ive noticed that I receive only 4 a week not matter fast I return them, if I return them quickly and Im approaching my 4 the turn around time is dead slow, so I dont go over 4 a week.

Now the weird thing, I have not returned a batch so quickly recently and noticed that hey they sent fresh ones next day, which equals teh magic 4 a week.

Cant see why they would do this unless its just to string out teh subs.

Any one else seen this ? Or should I up the medication ?

12:20 pm on Apr 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've seen some posts on a video forum about this before but generally it was in regards to people that were abusing the service. People that were on plans for 4 or 5 at time and they were returning them long before any reasonable time had expired, only takes a few minutes to rip a disc. ;P
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Trouble is, whether they have it to burn for five mins or post it back at 6:59pm having watched that day, it's impossible for the rental company to tell which is which. which probably means the latter gets stiffed by them due to the former.
4:10 pm on Apr 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Somewhat related, it's been reported that heavy users of Netflix have their priority level set to the back of the line for new releases.
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So im not paranoid....
9:23 pm on Apr 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You are not. I discontinued my subscription when I discovered this business practice.
11:21 pm on Apr 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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on a side note, how much do these companies have to pay for a CD that allows them to distribute/rent them out?
6:52 pm on Apr 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Dont know, I have also wondered what the life span of one of these DVD's is.

No real reason why.

2:53 am on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The life span is probably not that long but the big companies like Netflix are probably paying a mass distribution fee and the discs are costing them very little.
 

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