To our employees, we have received many stories about how you helped make the BLOCKBUSTER experience so special. #BlockbusterMemories
— Blockbuster (@blockbuster) November 10, 2013
Well, an era has ended. As most of you know, Blockbusters has closed and has stopped renting. I know a majority of you out there now digitally stream movies online or use on-demand services. There are some of you who use Redbox.
To me, both Redbox and online is a cold way to get movies. I like getting DVDs the old-fashioned way. I like to touch, read the cases, ask an employee's or fellow customer's opinion, and actually stumble across movies I wouldn't have searched for if searching online. You know… serendipity! Call me retro, old-fashioned, whatever…
I started going ten+ years ago and Blockbusters became a habit I never got out of. Of the three stores I rented from over that time, each would greet me by name. They knew my likes and my dislikes and the staff would suggest films I had never heard of and would never had rented if not for them mentioning them. Sometimes they would put a new DVD (it was VHS at the start) behind the counter for me.
Yes, Blockbusters was my Cheers. Thanks guys, for the memories and a BIG thank you to all of the people that helped me over the years. (Relevance of twitter post) :))