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  • 1101 N Atherton St

    State College, PA 16803

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  • 814-238-6379

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Normally, when I think of blockbuster, I see a place to rent movies, mostly videos. However, this location of blockbuster has started becomming more of a retail store then a service store. Maybe this is happening in other locations, too, I don't know.

I wanted to go rent a movie today, and walked into the location. First of all, they are instituting this new 'no late fees' deal, which sounds nice at first but is really a hoax (will discuss later). Then half the store is actually just that, a store. It has videos and DVDs for direct sale.

I don't mind that, however, I feel that their stock of movies for rent should be a little larger. I went to the new releases section and there were hardly any movies left, let alone videos. There was maybe 1 vhs for every 10 dvds. Many movies were gone, even one that were supposed to be in stock. I wound up finding something that interested me, but not after going to my first choices to find that they were completely wiped out.

The sales associates were very nice, but what really bothered me is their new policy. They claim that there are no more late fees, that you are charged what the movie is 'worth' if you don't return it on time and are able to keep it. The sign also said that that amount would be shown on your receipt. I was curious as to what the cost for my rental was going to cost me if I did not return it. Apparentally my selection of Garden State was worth $66. This is not 'the end to late fees', this is 'late fees added onto the tab if you don't return the movie on time and much more than simply retail price'. I'm sure there are a lot of people that are not looking at their receipt and assuming that their selection couldn't be worth more than $20-$30 even at the most expensive of movie shops.

This really dissapoints me and I will most likely be renting from another location in the future.

PROS: helpful sales associates, location opened late
CONS: no vhs, late fee trickery, selection limited

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★★★☆☆

Normally, when I think of blockbuster, I see a place to rent movies, mostly videos. However, this location of blockbuster has started becomming more of a retail store then a service store. Maybe this is happening in other locations, too, I don't know.

I wanted to go rent a movie today, and walked into the location. First of all, they are instituting this new 'no late fees' deal, which sounds nice at first but is really a hoax (will discuss later). Then half the store is actually just that, a store. It has videos and DVDs for direct sale.

I don't mind that, however, I feel that their stock of movies for rent should be a little larger. I went to the new releases section and there were hardly any movies left, let alone videos. There was maybe 1 vhs for every 10 dvds. Many movies were gone, even one that were supposed to be in stock. I wound up finding something that interested me, but not after going to my first choices to find that they were completely wiped out.

The sales associates were very nice, but what really bothered me is their new policy. They claim that there are no more late fees, that you are charged what the movie is 'worth' if you don't return it on time and are able to keep it. The sign also said that that amount would be shown on your receipt. I was curious as to what the cost for my rental was going to cost me if I did not return it. Apparentally my selection of Garden State was worth $66. This is not 'the end to late fees', this is 'late fees added onto the tab if you don't return the movie on time and much more than simply retail price'. I'm sure there are a lot of people that are not looking at their receipt and assuming that their selection couldn't be worth more than $20-$30 even at the most expensive of movie shops.

This really dissapoints me and I will most likely be renting from another location in the future.

PROS: helpful sales associates, location opened late
CONS: no vhs, late fee trickery, selection limited

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