The other day I wrote about a deal from Blockbuster.com just for cancelling your NetFlix membership. As it turns out, we recently cancelled our NetFlix membership due to a busy summer travel schedule. So shortly after posting that entry, I dug out the cancellation notice and sent it to Blockbuster. Sure enough, I got a quick response with the promo code to unlock this deal. I then promptly got busy with others things and pushed it to the back of my mind. Well, I finally sat down tonight to take advantage of this offer and was surprised to find out what kind of ‘deal’ this really is…
As it turns out, Blockbuster’s 3-out-at-a-time (plus 2 free in-store movie or game rentals) normally goes for $14.99 per month. So what happens when you enter the promotional code? As promised, you get two months (instead of the usual two weeks) free, an e-coupon for the free DVD, and a monthly rate of — get this — $17.99. Yep, that’s right! They actually have the audacity to ‘reward’ you for switching with a monthly rate that is $3.00 higher than what they charge their ‘regular’ customers. I couldn’t believe it when I read it, so I hopped on over to FatWallet and, sure enough, others are reporting the same thing. I’ve never had a very high opinion of Blockbuster, and this seals it.
What’s a guy to do? Well, I’m going to go ahead and sign up, get my free DVD, milk the free trial for all that it’s worth, and then cancel. While I could probably just cancel at the end of the free trial and then sign back up without entering any sort of promo code to get the normal $14.99/month rate, I really can’t stomach doing business with such a sleazy company — not to mention that their service pales in comparison to that of NetFlix (or at least it did last summer when I first tried them out). So… If you’ve taken advantage of this offer, consider yourself warned.
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