Maximizing the Blockbuster Free Trial Offer
As you probably know, Netflix and Blockbuster both offer these great 30-day trials of their monthly rental subscriptions. I recently completed my free trial at Blockbuster and wanted to share my experience.
1) Sign up - (see below for details), No issues for sign up, they do ask for a credit card and I am always skeptical of a free trial that requires a credit card, but I was able to cancel without charges so it wasn't a problem.
2) Movie Queue - Once I joined I went on a quest to fillup my movie queue so I could make sure the turnaround process was quick. The hardest part was coming up with 20+ movies that I hadn't seen, but wanted to view.
3) Execution. Everything went great. The free trial is for 3 movies at a time so turnaround wasn't problem. I returned one dvd and I would typically get the next one 2-3 mailing days later.
4) Wrong DVD - Out of all the movies I received, one movie was the incorrect one. The label on the shipment had the correct title, but the movie inside was not what I requested. A quick logon to the blockbuster site let me notify them of the wrong shipment and the sent the correct movie to me the next day so it was like getting a bonus movie. Very nice.
5) Cancellation - I canceled 2 days before my free trial was set to expire. The Billing date is clearly marked on you blockbuster account page and there is a link next to it to cancel your membership - it was very easy to cancel.
In the end I was able to get 19 movies (+1 for the wrong movie shipped) for a total of 20 movies for $0.00 over the 4 week free trial.
How to sign up for the Blockbuster 30-day free trial:
Go to Blockbuster.com. Click on "Sign Me Up" button. Select the last option Gift/Promotion Code and enter "AMXHOLIDAY" as the code. Click "Try it now" button. You should see the offer for the 30 day free trial.
Update: I forgot to mention that the free trial also comes with 2 free instore movie rental coupons so I was really able to view 22 movies during the free trial.
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