Would You Like a Movie

The popularity of fast-food dollar menus has extended to include DVD movie rentals. Combine the two and you have a match made for your thinning pocketbook. Redbox gives you access to the latest movie titles, in genres ranging from War to Comedy, from conveniently located, red-colored kiosks. Best of all, a one-night rental of any available title is only $1 (plus tax).

Where to Find Redbox

Perhaps you’ve noticed a Redbox as you drive through McDonalds or pick up prescriptions at Walgreens; in the grocery store or at WalMart. With more than 12,000 locations, you’re sure to find one near you–whether you’re at home, on vacation or traveling for business. Enter an address or zip code on the Redbox site to see what’s nearby.

Look to see if the location you choose is inside or outside a store or restaurant. If it’s an indoor kiosk, you’ll need to pick up and return your movie during store hours. Some stores may be open 24 hours a day, and outdoor kiosks are always accessible.

How it Works
The easy-to-find, easy-to-access Redboxes also are easy to use. If you’re planning ahead, visit the web site where you can create an account, pick a movie, pick a kiosk and reserve your preferred title. You’ll be charged $1 plus applicable tax at the time of your reservation, and your reservation only lasts until 9 p.m. After that, your reserved title becomes available to anyone, and you could be out a buck.

Unlike mail-based rental services or membership driven stores, you can also easily rent movies at the spur of the moment with Redbox. All you need is a credit card. Also provide your email address during the transaction if you want a receipt or confirmation as to when the DVD was returned.

You can return Redbox rentals to any Redbox kiosk anywhere. With the exception of the upfront $1 (plus tax) you pay to reserve and rent a title using the web site, all Redbox fees are charged when DVDs get returned. To keep your costs to about a $1, return your movie by 9 p.m. on the day following the rental. Redbox doesn’t believe in “late” fees, so if you don’t return the movie you’ll simply pay an additional $1 for each additional day you keep it. Keep it for 25 days, and Redbox will charge you $25 plus tax, giving you ownership of the DVD.

Deals and Discounts

Noobies should know that Redbox offers first-time users a free movie rental. Go to thesignup page and enter your email address for the free code. As a result, you’ll also start receiving weekly email messages from Redbox. You may enjoy the movie reviews, new release announcements and other e-mail content in the Redbox newsletters, or you can simply choose the unsubscribe option available at the bottom of each newsletter.