Thursday, December 20, 2007

Blockbuster Online is raising their rates, again...

I've been with Blockbuster Online for a few years now. I'm on the 3 at a time unlimited rentals with 2 movie/game coupons a month for in-store rentals. It started out being a nice deal. $14.99 a month. Then about a year ago, they raised it to $17.99 and for new accounts they made the coupons for movies only. They left accounts like mine alone (except for the price), so I can still get in-store rentals of movies or games with the coupons.

Well, I just received an email that they are raising the rates again. For the same plan, it will now be $19.99. I like the service, but I don't like it that much! I didn't like it when they raised it to $17.99. And that was barely worth it. Now that it will be going up to $19.99, it's not worth it at all. I just don't rent enough DVDs from them.

December 27th is when the website will be updated with the new pricing structure. At that point, I will have to decide to either go to a cheaper plan, or just cancel the account all together. I can get DVDs for free from my local library. I might as well take advantage of that. But Blockbsuter is more convenient.

Of course, another possibility is Netflix. They are actually cheaper than Blockbuster, at least for now anyway. I may give them a try. They just don't have the ability to provide free in-store rentals like Blockbuster can. But if I can get the same plan for less than what I'm paying now, it will be a trade off I can live with.

Look for an update on December 28th to see which direction I go.