Recently going across digg.com, I saw an article featuring an infographic from RentersInsurance.org squaring off Netflix and Redbox. Now I’m sure I don’t have to highlight who Netflix is, although some people may not know about Redbox. This company provides Kiosks at many retail locations (grocery stores, convenience stores, etc) where you can rent DVDs for $1 per day. Pretty cheap, but how does this stack up to the Netflix price of $8.99 per month for unlimited rentals?
Well, if you believe RentersInsurance.org’s superb infographic, they would have you believe that the advantage falls to Netflix. However, they fail to take into account some of the technicalities of renting from this online retailer. As a fellow user on digg pointed out:
It’s not fair to compare $8.99 to $30, as if you’d be viewing far more DVDs with redbox.
Day 1 of month: Receive and watch netflix DVD. Send back same day or before mail is collected next day.
Day 2 of month: DVD goes off to netflix.
Day 3 of month: Netflix receives DVD, ships new DVD.
Day 4 of month: You receive new DVD and watch, send back next day before mail collection.
That’s a lot of shipping costs for Netflix. But what’s the final tally to you the renter? Well, to find out, take a look at our helpful infographic where we review the final costs of each retailer:
Now remember, these take in to account extreme rental activities (i.e. for Netflix, returning the DVD the same day it is received; for Redbox, renting 1 DVD per day). The costs will further fluctuate based on how long you keep the DVD (slow returns equate higher per/dvd cost for Netflix, and late fees and higher overall cost for Redbox), as most users of these services probably will not keep up such a vigorous schedule.
In the end, it just depends what you are looking for. I’ve used both servies, and I can tell you that if you’re looking for just the newest movies and there’s a kiosk within your daily commute, then Redbox’s 200+ choices will probably work out best for you. However, if you want to be able to watch older films, lesser known movies, or foreign flicks, then Netflix’s 100,000+ titles is probably the way to go.
So that’s the skinny on movies for rent, but don’t forget to see about what we have to say for movies in the theater, like a review of the 80’s action movie Expendables, an early screening review of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, or an explanation of Inception South Park style.