You Vote: Will The Death of Blockbuster Help Mom & Pop Video Stores?

Herner Klenthur

With the death of Blockbuster Video last week an astute reader pointed out that he was pleased by this news. He also commented that he always shops at the local Ma & Pop video rental stores.

This was an interesting comment since I get ALL my movies on demand. When I want to buy something I have no ‘Ma & Pop’ option so I buy them at Best Buy / Target, etc. Do you think that the death of Blockbuster will bolster rental sales at smaller family own video rental stores? OR is this simply a sign of the times and video on demand is the new corner store rental?

Sound back in the comments.

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      1. Anthony Nadeau November 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        There has not been a Blockbuster in Canada in over a year and in that time there are two in my hometown and one in the next(Mom & Pop)

      2. Larry Giles November 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        I think most of the mom and pop stores died before the big chain stuff did. Sad but true.

      3. Steve Oh November 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Never trust a video store that dont rent porno

      4. Nick Jensen November 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Depending on geographic isolation, some people dont have the luxury of streaming. So in smaller towns, mom and pop shops dominate….until Wal Mart comes into town. Thats the true global terror right there. Dun dun duuuuunnnnnnnnnn!!!

      5. Amanda Battaglia November 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        netflix n redbox will eventually kill them too sadly

        • Joe Parks
          Joe Parks November 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

          Like I said above, we have no video stores in our town, Red Box is it.

        • Amanda Battaglia
          Amanda Battaglia November 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

          here too

      6. Andrew White November 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        i’ve been still going to the local video store to rent only 3 times rented from redbox but still like going to the video store to rent but netflix and redbox will hurt others, all tho they pulled some redboxes from by me bc we had to many around here

      7. Michael Malott November 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

        there is no mom and dad videos store died in 2004

      8. Tyler W Cramer November 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm

        Netflix is unstoppable and too convienient. Between that and streaming services, the chances of a mom and pop shop surviving are next to none.

      9. Timothy Kazda November 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Mom and Pop shops will make a come back.

      10. Timothy Kazda November 14, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        We have a couple in my town.

      11. Ben Nendza November 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        idk why family video is even trying. regardless no video stores have rare movies 90% of their inventory we already own and others we can stream online. called 3 video stores last night asking for ghoulies II no one had them…why are they even around???

      12. Mike Jones November 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        I hope so. I hated that Blockbuster ran them all out of business. That’s where you got the best selection of the disreputable movies we love so much.

      13. Angie Pedersen November 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        The problem with Netflix is that they don’t always have what you want and new releases take awhile to get them

      14. Ayelet Zizik November 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        Giuseppe A. Gudino tu movie favorita

      15. Joseph Thomas November 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

        don’t know of any more mom & pop places. they seem to have disappeared.

      16. Ron Gilmette November 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Yes! Blockbuster had shitty service to begin with!

      17. Josue D. Ramos Ramirez November 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        It depends of the business capacity of the owner. I have one in my hometown and is awesome. Every movie from Monday to Wednesday including the new ones, even in blu ray are a $1 each. $1.50 Thursdays and $2.00 Fry-Sun. Each time you rent you deposit your receitp and automatically participate on a monthly raffle that includes dinners, blu ray players, ect. Plus owner brings the new movies a full week before the date relase. Netflix can’t do that

      18. Joe Parks November 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        Where I live, there was only one Blockbuster left. the other 3 had already closed. The remaining Blockbuster was also the last video store of any kind, mom & pop or chain store in town. My hometown of Redding, CA now has no video rental stores period, all we have are the damn rental kiosks like Red Box and DVD Express. So, no, it won’t help us here.

      19. Emily Wheeler November 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        We have 3 mom and pop stores here, and prob 8 redboxs total. No blockbuster. Video World dominates here the movies are only $1 and they still carry VHS, New releases are 3.50.

      20. Jennifer Yanuklis November 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

        People still rent physical videos?

      21. Greg Naugher November 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        I haven’t seen a Mom and Pop video store since around 2002 and it was a rare sight then.

      22. Burent Thomas November 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        are there even mom and pop video stores?

      23. Don J Krouskop November 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

        It would be nice, though I’m not yet convinced. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc., make it tough to compete, because their overhead is so comparatively low. If anything, Redbox is a step back toward video stores. If people continue to go to them but demand a greater selection, it will prove there’s still a market for “hands-on” movie rental, and enterprising folks might be able to cash in on that with actual stores.

      24. Larry Brown November 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        There are plenty of people who can’t afford internet and a device and a streaming subscription. So that will help keep the stray site open. Not to mention blockbuster is only closing the stores it owns the ones owned by franchisees will remain open

      25. Evan Lefavor November 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        If a mega corporation like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video cant survive the red box net flix revolution, then small mom and pop shops arent gonna have a chance either.

      26. Joey Vollrath November 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        The old video stores were better u had movies that weren’t on dvd .

      27. Michael Spero November 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

        around here mom and pop video stores are already gone.. :(

      28. Chloe Heimback November 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        My city has zero video stores. Seems as if video stores are pretty much obsolete at this point and yes that’s sad. I now use Netflix,the cost is relatively low and the selection is fantastic.

      29. Stephen Hanula November 14, 2013 at 11:37 pm

        It might. Netflix is a great service but the streaming selection is extremely limited and you never know what or when you will get your mail ordered selection. Red Box sucks because it is all new stuff. The classics will be all but forgotten if we can no longer find any rental shops. At the store, you get what you want when you want it.

      30. Aaron Palik November 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

        My city still has 3 blockbusters as of this moment. It also sports a used movie/video game store that doesn’t rent but does sell, and it’s done so well that it’s expanded everybyear since it opened 7 years ago and has opened a second store in town. I wish they’d get a bit more niche titles in, but they’re definitely doing something right.

      31. Noel Mercado November 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

        1) It’s a dead format. 2) Brick and mortar can’t compete with online services and redbox. It was nice while it lasted and I’ll miss doing the new release hover around the return slot.

      32. Steve Kent November 15, 2013 at 12:40 am

        In the uk we got fuck all, no video outlets, nothing count yourself lucky u.s.a.

      33. Billy Balder November 15, 2013 at 2:12 am

        sure as hell hope so.

      34. Karen Evans November 15, 2013 at 2:50 am

        It will be a slow death……. :'(

      35. Tonia Welsh November 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

        Redbox Redbox And Redbox only. Kinda going miss block buster. There’s not a huge selection at redboxs like block buster

      36. Michael Ducharme November 15, 2013 at 4:09 am

        Here’s hoping!!!

        It’s about time thoe little stores owned and operated by passionate movie lovers got thier due!!

      37. Damien Thorn November 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

        i still use these 😛