Originally posted Feb. 2, 2017 @ scagsonscags.blogspot.com
Eventually the Mom & Pops gave way to the rental Goliaths of the time, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Some Mom & Pops soldiered on for several more years, primarily off the sales of their “Adult” film rentals. No place was more notorious for this than Quick Video. There would be 15 cars in the lot, but when you walked into the store there was one middle-aged woman renting the latest Julia Roberts love story, and one 12-year-old kid renting a video game. Of course there were a dozen guys packed into the small room on the other side of the saloon doors looking for the latest cinematic release from the likes of Peter North, not Peter Fonda!
In time the Goliaths were slaughtered as well. Most people blame Netflix, Redbox, On Demand, and Internet piracy for their ruination. Though that’s mostly true, mismanagement played its part. I had two Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos less than five minutes from my house. 3 Blockbusters within 10 minutes. Probably a half-dozen 15 minutes away. They grew too fast. They over saturated the market. The overhead alone was a killer.
So hey look……………..I like progress. CDs and DVDs/Blue Rays are/were better than cassettes. Digital is better than both. There was a time when my shelves of CDs took up half a wall in my house…….now my music collection is on my phone. I get it folks. I do.
Yet sometimes, yes sometimes………..I sure do miss heading over to the video store, in a climate-controlled environment, where I can take my sweet time, check out both new and old titles, rent ’em, bring ’em back, and do it again. Whether it be the nostalgic memories of the Mom & Pops, or later on at the larger rental stores, the video store renting experience is an experience I truly miss.