Friday, August 19, 2005

To Join Or Not To Join Price Clubs

The CBS news Early Show got this story from Real Simple magazine [subscribers only].

Online DVD clubs

You should join if: You rent more than 52 DVDs a year; you're often late returning rentals; or you have trouble finding the movies you want at the local store. You make your selections online and the service mails your DVDs. You simply return via mail using the postage-paid envelopes.


Netflix is one of the most popular DVD clubs. It's the least expensive. A fee of $10 a month lets you rent one DVD at a time and keep it as long as you like. For $15 a month, you get unlimited two-at-a-time rentals. Real Simple believes though that you really need to rent 40, 50, 60 or even 72 DVDs for these memberships to be cost effective.

Blockbuster Online is another option. You pay $15 a month. To be cost effective, you need to rent at least 60 DVDs a year for it to be cost-effective. Blockbuster Online allows you to rent three movies at a time and keep them as long as you like.


  1. Geez, they couldn't even check the prices at the time of publication? Blockbuster is $17.99.

  2. The referenced article is from the July issue, which was published in June, and probably written in May.

  3. Not to mention that cost is not necessarily the prime issue. With Netflix, I pay for the convenience of it.