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Old 03-26-2011, 05:04 PM
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Default NCR Pitches Major Retailers to Sell DVDs Through Dispensers

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...ensers-2-.html

NCR in case you were unaware for some reason, is the company that owns the "Blockbuster" Kiosks.

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Stores would buy the machines, put their own name on them and use them to sell DVDs, video games or music CDs that are now sold from shelves, said Justin Hotard, general manager of NCR Entertainment, the unit that includes Blockbuster Express. NCR would continue to operate its existing DVD rental machines through its Blockbuster Express brand.
I'd imagine blu-rays would be part of the equation but that wasn't specified in the article. If the kiosks sold and rented movies, and/or if the kiosks were cheaper than in store prices (especially if in store/online sales were matched by the kiosks) I could see this doing ok. But the kiosks would have to be in convenient locations. Would a Walmart want a Target Kiosk selling discs outside of its store? Maybe Walgreens wouldn't mind Best Buy kiosks. This would require a shift in mentality of stores which have used DVDs as loss leaders to drive other business, but a kiosk selling discs might be cheaper to operate than an entire department for selling music/movies.
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So it's a vending machine? It would take up way more space then that of a display rack so I don't see how this would be a real hit. How would returns work? Damaged product?
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I'm thinking drug store chains like Walgreens and CVS and Eckerds and grocery stores and independent small retailers that currently have DVD and Blu-ray in locked cases as well as small retailers at malls . Sorta like the digital print kiosks.
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The advantage is theft prevention and no need for an employee to unlock a glass case or find the disc in a library behind the counter to put in a blank case. Putting stuff behind a glass case deters theft by discourages sales at small retailers and a small footprint kiosk vending machine eliminates those issues.
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Still old way thinking. On the fly writing the content on memory cards like SDHC means the kiosks can have an infinite selection.
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How would returns work? Damaged product?
How does Redbox handle these problems when you purchase a used DVD from one of their kiosks now?
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How does Redbox handle these problems when you purchase a used DVD from one of their kiosks now?
No idea. But Redbox is mainly in the renting business, not selling. These machines are in the selling business.

I would think the stores Kosty mentioned would rather have a Redbox which would get a higher amount of traffic and returns (i.e. coming back to the store on a weekly or more trip that may stop in and buy some stuff) vs. the once in a while impulse purchase.
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No idea. But Redbox is mainly in the renting business, not selling. These machines are in the selling business.
They sold enough used discs to be able to scare the studios into attempting to stop them..

http://www.insideredbox.com/with-new...d-sony-movies/

So the comparison is clearly valid.

Thus the question still remains.. What does a consumer do if they make such a purchase from the Redbox Kiosk and the disc is defective?

Anyone here ever have that problem?

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Old 03-27-2011, 06:04 PM
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Looks like Redbox already sells new movies:

https://redbox.theretailerplace.com/...eens/index.jsp
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How does Redbox handle these problems when you purchase a used DVD from one of their kiosks now?
Non-returnable. Caveat Emptor:

https://www.redbox.com/terms
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