Monday, May 6, 2013

5 Redbox tips plus a little extra

I'm a Redbox fan. So I'm by no way trying to get over on a great company that provides a great service but here are a couple tricks and tips I use when renting from them and a bit of a review on their streaming service. Ya they offer one of those as well..

Tip 1. Always Rent on-line. I start my day job at 6am so by the time I get to the office Tuesday morning (new release day) Red boxes in my local area are updated with the new inventory. Log in choose your movies and hopefully the closest most convenient machine in your area and pick up your movies on your way home. That should be plenty of time to check out your flick of choice and return it.

Tip 2. You probably know this, but you can return the movie to ANY Redbox, not just the one your picked it up from. Sometimes it makes a difference between returning them on time and not returning them because of convenience.

Tip 3. Check for online codes. This can sometimes get a free movie (dollar off on Blu Ray) or at the least 50 cents off. There is always a code online but I recommend these sites. Coupon Dad or Inside Redbox .They have first time user deals or different location deals, like grocery stores or places like Walgreen deals.

Tip 4. Scout multiple locations and not just places close to your house. If theirs a movie you just have. Redbox offers a map of its locations. So you scout Redboxes not only close to your house but by your work or maybe other convenient locations. Take advantage of the online tool instead of just going to a random box and your movie not being in stock. Its a waste of your time.

Tip 5. This is my newest finding. So I went to pick up my rentals last week and the machine was frozen. I called Redbox and as usual when I have a problem they are awesome and took care of me. They credited me three movies to my account to make up for the hassle of not being able to pick up my rentals and a technician was on his way to fix the box. The next day I went back online to rent the movies I wanted the previous day and could not find them anywhere. When I went to check my account to see the my credits they had been given to me, I saw the movies I rented the previous day were still waiting for me to pick them up. I contacted redbox chat support and basically the girl said that once the transaction is processed they can not clear it from the Machine. If the movie is checked in before the due date that's all they care about. What this meant to me is that I still had a rental out there. So I went to the same box on my way home and sure, enough I was able to get the movies I rented the previous day. Because I get off at a awesome time, I was able to view both movies and have them back in plenty of time before the 9 pm deadline. This also meant I was able to get 3 movies on the house.

Now this was the first time this has happened to me and I stated before I think Redbox delivers a great product. But if you play by the rules there is no reason not to take advantage of their mistake.

The streaming service review is short and sweet. WAIT!. Its not a very good service yet. However they put a very good price on there service. 4 Redbox credits and unlimited streaming for 8 bucks a month. However there library of streaming movies is small still so hold off until they get bigger!

I wish Redbox would come up with a drive-thru service. I'm far from lazy however, but I see a lot of stand alone ATM's and I just think that service would work done the right way. For instance, if Walgreen's or CVS partnered up and put a box in the second lane next to the drive-thru Pharmacy line.. I think it would work!

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