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DVD vending machines? Redbox dvd.

Scott's grocery stores in Ft. Wayne has installed Redbox DVD rental machines in all their stores. From what I hear, RedBox is owned by McDonalds.

I heard you could get a free rental online, so we decided to give it a go. We went to and supplied an e-mail address. They e-mailed a rental code to me. It's good for one day. You still have to swipe your credit card at the machine so that they can charge you if you return it late or not at all.

The machines are simple enough. You pick a movie on the touchscreen, swipe your card, and supply your e-mail address. (You only have to enter your e-mail links it to your card from then on) Your movie gets spit out the slot on the side of the machine, and you're done.

Redbox rentals are $1 per day. ($1.06 w/ tax)
If you're late they just charge for the extra days when you check the movie back in.
If you keep it more than 25 days, they charge you $25 and you own the movie.
We tend to impulse rent and then take the movie back the next day, so it's much cheaper for us than renting from Hollywood or Blockbuster.

We did have some trouble with our first rental skipping on our player due to light scratches and smudges on the disk. We were able to clean it and see the rest of the movie w/ no problems.

So to sum up...

Daily Rate for short rentals
Many return locations (can return to any kiosk in town)

Scratched disks
May not be as economical for long rentals.


Free Business Card Designer

So I found this cool site that lets you put together your own business cards. You can click on the article title to go over to BusinessCardLand.
I saw the original article over at Lifehacker.

Basically it's a nifty web UI that lets you layout your business cards, then you set the parameters for how you intend to get them printed, and the results are output as a PDF that you can save and print. I pulled some old perforated business card stationary out of my paper bin and was able to easily print up 10 cards for my tech support services.

This is way easier and looks better than the software that came with the stationary.

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