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Blockbuster Closing Last 300 Stores: Are Video Stores Worth It?

Blockbuster announced last week that their last 300 stores will be shutting down for good come this January. While the last Blockbuster location in Fort Wayne closed earlier this year, small local video stores like Delmar Video have managed to stay in business.
Blockbuster announced last week that their last 300 stores will be shutting down for good come this January.  While the last Blockbuster location in Fort Wayne closed earlier this year, small local video stores like Delmar Video have managed to stay in business, even though online services are taking over the industry.

Do you remember your first trip to the video store? Well now we live in a digital age where people don't actually have to visit a video store to get a movie but for some, walking through the aisles to browse movies in person is an experience that cannot be replaced.

Movie renter Ashley Fulton explains why she likes to go to the store in person, "Every time you walk into one, it just ahhh, the memories, and then you just get really excited and the child inside of you kind of builds up."

Since 1980 family owned Delmar Video has been renting movies to it's customers.  General Manager Carolyn Davis explains how they've managed to stay open, "Well, we have some very loyal customers, so that's probably that largest part of it.  However, as people have started to have other avenues to watch their movies, we have gotten into the buy, sell, and trade."

We live in a digital era that offers many different ways to rent a movie.  So let's compare.  Customers have options such as...

Redbox for $.99
Netflix for $7.99
Local Cable Providers $2.99 - $6.99
Delmar Video - $1.99 for new rentals and after a rental is 2 weeks old, you can have the movie for 7 days at $2.99

While many people download their videos at home, Aaron Memmer has been going to a video store since age 5 and says it's worth the trip.

"It's just like a movie store, ya know.  It screams like the classics you're at the movies even though you're not at the movies."

While possibilities like Netflix are only $7.99 a month, consumers do need to factor in possible accessory costs.
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