Monday, November 2, 2015

My Redbox Problem

I just can't seem to get in the habit of returning my movies on time.

So I'm a huge movie fan. Action, drama, comedy, a bit of romance and suspense here and there no problem. It's all good. Over these four years we also had a Netflix account maybe two years and Amazon Prime for three. What differentiates Redbox (I believe) is that they get the new movies quicker, and some times the other services don't get them at all. When I rent from Amazon Prime it's usually $3 to $5 so at current rates I'm better off staying at home, clicking the rental and using all this saved time to do ... well I don't know, there are so many things.

On methodology - I pulled my transactions from various banking sites. The biggest issue preparing the data was figuring out (mostly guessing) whether I rented one or two movies since it would just show the date and total amount. If it was a prime number of days over 2 I went with one rental, if there were several within a few days I went with one rental, otherwise I guessed leaning towards one. This was easier to track prior to March 2012 because the billing methodology changed from "charge one night + rest when returned" to charging "all when returned." So if I rented two movies I would see two charges for $1.06, then another charge a few days later for the rest.

Though I'm hooked on the $1 rental from 2011 ads, rounding now it's almost $2/night with taxes ($1.63). So I don't know. I don't expect anything to change after this because I still like my Redbox. But hey it's fun to see money you're potentially wasting and that could have been used on other things such as ...