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May 20, 2005

Self Help DVD's

Yesterday evening on my way home from work I was walking along West Houston when I stumbled across a self-service store,(about 500-sqaure feet), open 24-hours called MoviebankUSA. The space resembled that of an ATM vestibule. Intrigued, I proceeded to walk inside. The concept is simple. Want to rent a movie? Help Yourself.

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You can select from over 5,000 DVD, video games, and VHS videos. And, search by actor, director, genre and new releases. No human attendant needed. Insert your credit, ATM, or MoviebankUSA club card into the ATM-like machine, select your movie, and instantly retrieve it as it pops out of the kiosk! And, simply return it to the same location. If you return it within 6-hours, you only pay 99cents (or $2.50 for 24 hours with a free membership card).

Want to guarantee you will get the new release you want, got to the company website http://www.moviebankusa.com, and reserve a movie in advance and the video will be blocked from other customers at the store for three hours. In addition, you can sign up online to get an instant message or an e-mail when a movie that is not available is returned to the store's inventory.

In a city all about ease and convenience, one has to Question: Why would you walk down the street to rent a movie if you could simply order Netflix without leaving your couch? Answer: Netflix does not satisfy the New Yorkers need for a quick fix. Why wait a few days when you can have instant gratification?

The company has put smaller self-service machines that hold 1,000 to 3,000 DVD's in the lobbies of two residential buildings in New York.

MoviebankUSA
71 West Houston Street, NYC

Posted by Shari at May 20, 2005 11:30 AM

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