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Unread March 24th, 2010, 03:20 PM
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The difference, Angel, is that indies can immediately react to what is happening, and no doubt will be proactive. And, they will diversify. The indy here that remains open is now also a sub shop. I will reopen with a total twist. And you will see it back to owner/operator. As I said, best job I ever loved.
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when one of our sister stores closed a few years back, we temporarily took in a sweet, older lady who used to have her own indie video store that failed about 12 years before. i really really adored her as did the customers and enjoyed working with her.

one day, i finally got the courage to ask her about her store before it closed. it was seriously one of the most humbling, emotional experiences i've ever had listening to her and hearing her voice crack up.
Buyme,

I could tell you many many stories of my friends ... Ozzie included. AND my mom, too. Very sad indeed ....

I will, however, sadly miss the porn rentals .. my pervs already have been asking.. but I cannot do it here ... now THAT would be a news flash LOL
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I'll sweeten the pot: I also used to have a shitload of "Dark Shadows", but now am having to start over on DVD (DAMN, those DVDs are expensive!).




Okay, now YOU marry ME! I used to have a ridiculous amount of WWE/WCW vhs once upon a time. I wish to the Lord they'd put out WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 out on DVD, as well as WWF St. Valentine's Massacre. Funny how you can find all the Wrestlemania's, Royal Rumbles, and Summerslams (the last two, only if you get the Anthology sets), but none of these others, unless you have VHS.

ETA: Are there any AWA DVDs that AREN'T WWE productions? I don't think so, because all the AWA stuff I've seen has been WWE.
No vince owns them all, the best tapes were RF Video ECW tapes.
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Take Two Video, New Jesup Hwy, Brunswick, GA 31525

So, now that I have complete freedom of choice, I dipped into an old store that I used to frequent quite a bit, Take Two Video. I mentioned it upthread in passing, as the store that was in a plaza with a grocery, two restaurants and a drugstore nearby.

I walked in and was taken back to the glory days.

They still have a mural painted directly on the wall of Marilyn Monroe's "Seven Year Itch", and they keep all product (not just games) behind the counter, in CD jewel cases. All previously viewed DVDs are $10, except for a small table of clearance for $5. They have aisles and aisles of stuff on a 5 DVDs/5 days/$5. They have a lot of new releases, which rent daily for $2.75, but he will gladly pro-rate your rental to how many ever days you need, at an additional .99 a day. The owner works his own store, is proactive in his approach to video rental, and keeps up with his store's inventory---brace yourself, current and past BBV employees!---on a computer/register with Windows XP! I KNOW!

Better, the owner is the one who makes all the decisions regarding ordering and content, and he's been in business since 1986, the oldest video store in town. And because Hollywood is goin' out of business and Blockbuster is (embarrassingly) publicly flailing, he's been seeing a significant upswing in business.

It's a beautiful thing. I did what I considered to be the "right" thing and spent some of my Blockbuster 401k money in his store, renting:

WWE SummerSlam 2003
WWE No Way Out 2003
Brutal Massacre: a Comedy
Orgasmo (*yes, by the South Park guys about a Mormon missionary who does porn to make money for his wedding)
Murder Set Pieces

While I know most of you aren't even in the area, I thought I would take the time to recognize a store who's doin' it for themselves,and doin' it well.
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Unread March 24th, 2010, 09:07 PM
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Wouldn't the right thing be reinvesting your 401k so you don't take a penalty and have that money when you retire?
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Wouldn't the right thing be reinvesting your 401k so you don't take a penalty and have that money when you retire?
Hell, as badly as things are going with Blockbuster, I was just trying to get the funds out before the company fell. A lot of people in corp. situations with 401k or profit sharing lose their investment completely when the company falls.

Also, when my boss fired me, he did the dick move of waiting until the beginning of the new pay period, then firing me off the clock, before I could clock in. No clock in on the new pay period = no more checks beyond the one I picked up that week. So, when I got fired, I had to break my 401k to pay the bills. 'Tweren't much anyway, but I do count myself fortunate, because a lot of people get fired with no kind of money put away at all.
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Hell, as badly as things are going with Blockbuster, I was just trying to get the funds out before the company fell. A lot of people in corp. situations with 401k or profit sharing lose their investment completely when the company falls.

Also, when my boss fired me, he did the dick move of waiting until the beginning of the new pay period, then firing me off the clock, before I could clock in. No clock in on the new pay period = no more checks beyond the one I picked up that week. So, when I got fired, I had to break my 401k to pay the bills. 'Tweren't much anyway, but I do count myself fortunate, because a lot of people get fired with no kind of money put away at all.
The blockbuster 401k is through a third party. So if they collapse your money is safe.

That said, you could have rolled it over.
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The blockbuster 401k is through a third party. So if they collapse your money is safe.

That said, you could have rolled it over.
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Also, when my boss fired me, he did the dick move of waiting until the beginning of the new pay period, then firing me off the clock, before I could clock in. No clock in on the new pay period = no more checks beyond the one I picked up that week. So, when I got fired, I had to break my 401k to pay the bills. 'Tweren't much anyway, but I do count myself fortunate, because a lot of people get fired with no kind of money put away at all.
This was the deciding factor.
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I know I am bumping a thread, but isn't it time for the MOM and POP stores to make a comeback. I would love to see someone open a store in my area, all the BBI's closed around here and all we have within 10 miles are 3 redbox locations that are always out of the good movies. No blue boxes around here.......
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i totally would love to buy aplace if i had the money and i would rent movies and games but also have a pizza maker or subs behind counter also.

call it ............................jlow71's block party imporium!
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