Nov 24, 2009

Redbox Revelations.

Does anyone else love redbox as much as me?  Movies at your fingertips at a moment's notice = brilliant idea!   In the past we have had Netflix and we occasionally reinstate it to watch a series (we just watched the Jesse Stone series which I highly recommend - Tom Selleck is such a dream boat).  But now that redbox is here I just don't like that pesky 2 day wait for my Netflix movie (even if their selection is by far superior to that of redbox).  We have a redbox less than 2 minutes from our house.

I have recently learned two things about redbox that I feel led to share.  You may already know them.  Kuddos to you!  But if you don't these will save your heartache (slight exaggeration) and money.

1)  You can RESERVE movies at!!  This is the link.  If you have ever gone to your redbox hoping for a specific movie only to find that it is already checked out you will appreciate this as I do.  Just select your movie then put in your zip code.  It tells you which redbox location has your movie.  Then you click reserve (after providing your credit card info).  You have 24 hours (maybe more) to go to that location and get your movie.  Just swipe your card at the machine (must be the same one you used to reserve online) and voila!  This is especially enjoyable when the person behind you at the redbox realizes that they aren't getting that movie because you, being a savvy renter, previously reserved it and there are no more left.

Only downside to this method... you can't use those handy free movie promo codes.

2)  Twice in the past month I have been over-charged for my redbox rental.  They said I kept my movies longer than 1 night (I always return my movies after 1 night).  The first time they refunded me but the second time I called the toll free number to find out what was going on. 

Turns out it was my fault. 

Sometimes I run my movie up and slide it in without waiting to get a confirmation that it was returned (Hey!  I have a 2 year old waiting in the car!).  The very nice redbox lady informed me that since I didn't wait the disc may have been rejected and somebody else took my movie and enjoyed it for a few days... on me! 

Moral of this story... always make sure that after you return your movie you get the "your DVD has been successfully returned" screen. 


1 comment:

Jason and Gretchen said...

We Netflix, but I've never looked into Redbox? Hmmmm!
We also love the Jesse Stone Series, never understood why it wasn't a regular TV show?