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Where to Score Cheap Movie Rentals and Discounts: The 5 Best Options

While it’s very convenient to buy or rent movies online, if you’re not careful, it can become an expensive habit.

If you’re used to digital rentals, the thought of getting movies offline might seem like a return to the bad old days when there was a Blockbuster on every corner. However, if you’re looking for the most cost-efficient ways to watch movies, offline is the way to go.

So, in this article, we list the various ways to buy or rent movies cheaply offline. Allowing you to save money.

Why Buying Movies Offline Is Cheaper

There are many ways to get movies for cheap without being stuck with digital copies:

  • On online auction sites like eBay, people sell entire collections of DVDs for dirt cheap.
  • At offline real-world sales, you can often find movie collections for next to nothing.
  • Libraries offer free movies with your free membership.
  • You can often buy movies at retail stores cheaper than you can rent them online.

Note that by “offline movies,” we mean renting or purchasing the movies on DVD or Blu-ray. While you might purchase the movies online, the difference is that you aren’t buying a digital copy that you stream over the internet—the movie is watchable offline.

Let’s look at various options to help you build your movie collection on the cheap.

1. Buy Movies From Bargain Bins

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Even though video rental stores are (mostly) gone, plenty of physical businesses still sell movies. Stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy all sell DVDs and Blu-rays. While you’ll find the latest releases at full price, most of them have discount bins full of movies that are on sale for just a few dollars each.

In these bins, you can often buy a movie for less than the price of the digital rental. That represents a large savings if you decide to watch the movie again down the road, plus you can easily bring it to a friend’s house or let them borrow it.

The benefits of buying discounted discs include:

  • Instead of renting, you actually own the movie and can watch as often as you like.
  • There are lots of stores in every town that have a steady supply of movies for sale.
  • The quality of discounted physical movies is often better than discounted movies from digital sources.
  • You might find a new favorite “so bad it’s good” movie in the bin.

2. Borrow Movies From the Library

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Of course, free is even better than cheap. If you’re in search of a no-cost movie rental, your local library is worth a visit.

Most libraries have a collection of movies, ranging from children’s movies and documentaries to classics and blockbusters. Libraries receive donations all the time, so the selection often changes. Stop by your local library and you might be able to grab a few titles on your watchlist for free.

The benefits of borrowing from a library:

  • You can usually keep several movies for a few weeks at a time.
  • The offerings are varied, making it a great option if you’re not picky about what you want to watch.
  • If you’re out of town, some libraries allow you to pay a small fee to get a library card there.

3. Rent Movies From Redbox

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While Redbox now offers on-demand movie streaming, the company got its start with offline rentals and still supports them. In the US, you’ll find Redbox rental kiosks outside grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and similar locations.

Simply browse through the list of movies, choose one you’d like to rent, and grab the disc from the machine. It costs $1.80/night for a DVD or $2/night for a Blu-ray, with some 4K Blu-ray discs available as well.

As long as you return it to any Redbox location before 9pm the next day, you’ll only pay for one day’s rental. If you need it for longer, simply drop it off when you’re able to. Using the Redbox website, you can browse the available movies and then “reserve” one in a local kiosk so you can pick it up even faster.

If you’re diligent about returning the movie right away, Redbox is the cheapest way to watch new releases without having to pay a fortune for the privilege.

The benefits of renting from Redbox:

  • Get the latest releases at the cheapest price.
  • No membership fees required.
  • A broad selection that updates frequently.
  • Blu-ray quality doesn’t cost much more.

As an alternative, DVD Netflix represents good value for money too if you don’t want to go out to rent the movies yourself.

4. Buy Cheap Movie Bundles on eBay

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People often sell huge lots of movies on eBay after having a spring clean or wanting to downsize a DVD collection. Because of this, it’s easy to find huge boxes of assorted movies at a low cost per movie.

Whether you want to participate in an auction or just buy it now, buying movies in bulk like this is a great way to add to your collection.

Of course, this method isn’t perfect. Big lots might have duplicates, ancient movies, or strange titles you don’t care about. However, aside from a few stinkers, most bundles should provide you with a ton of movies to watch at a lower price than renting online.

When shopping for box lots of DVDs on eBay, always zoom into the photo and scan the titles included. Make sure you’re interested in at least some and there aren’t too many duplicates. Keep an eye on shipping costs, which can make the purchase less of a bargain.

And if you can’t afford to buy hundreds of movies at once, look for some smaller DVD lots. You can usually find a few dozen movies in a bundle and still get a good deal.

The benefits of buying on eBay:

  • Buying in bulk results in a low cost per movie.
  • You might find some rare or hidden gem movies included in a collection.
  • Enjoy the fun of the “grab bag” as you sort through the bundle.

5. Visit Auctions and Yard Sales

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Of course, instead of waiting for people to sell their movie collections on eBay, you could always get the same (or better) deals at psychical auctions or yard sales.

AuctionZip is a great site to find local estate auctions near you in the US or Canada. You’ll also probably find listings in your local newspaper or in regional Facebook groups.

Auctions aren’t just for rich people. Most auctions near you will likely be reasonably priced estate sales, where you’ll find the entire contents of a household going up for sale in boxed lots.

The auction listing usually lists the kind of items available. For movies, you’ll want to search ads that contain words like “entertainment” or “media.” Alternatively, you can just show up on the day of the auction and browse through the boxes during the “preview” part.

There’s no obligation for you to stay and buy anything. If you see a big box of DVDs, buy a bidder card, wait until the box comes up, and start bidding! The odds are pretty good that you’ll get the box of movies for cheap.

Yard sales are another great way to buy movies in person. When the weather is nice, you’ll probably find dozens of yard sales going on in your community, and DVDs are a common item for people to sell in yard sales.

These movies are often far cheaper than you could find at an auction or on eBay. Usually the folks running the yard sale are getting rid of the movies because they’ve already watched them and want to make room for more. You may be able to barter on a whole box of them for less than a dollar per DVD.

Whether you just want to grab a couple of individual movies that catch your eye, or boost your physical collection by picking up a huge haul, yard sales are a great resource.

The benefits of buying at auctions or yard sales:

  • Enjoy the fun of the hunt.
  • Get large collections of movies at a low cost.
  • You’re giving the money to someone in your local community instead of a giant retailer.
  • Enjoy talking about the movies with their former owners.

It’s Cheaper to Buy or Rent Movies Offline

We’ve looked at some of the cheapest places to rent or buy movies. As long as you still have a DVD or Blu-ray player, these methods (plus a little patience) allow you to watch tons of films at a far lower cost than renting or buying digitally. And in most cases, they’re yours to keep and watch as many times as you want.

Of course, compared to all these options, renting movies online is extremely convenient. It’s up to your preferences whether spending $5+ on an easy movie rental is better than bothering with the trip to Redbox or hunting on eBay.

If you decide to stick with digital rentals, have a look at the best places to rent movies online to find the best value. And if you don’t want to spend any money at all, here are the best free movie streaming sites to check out.

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You Can Now Create a Watchlist on Google Search

Google has a new way for you to note down the movies and TV shows you want to watch next. Which, given the number of new movies and TV shows being released these days, could prove to be a Godsend. The method is simple, effective, and available right now.

As mentioned in a post on The Keyword, you can now create your own Watchlist in Google Search. This is a built-in watchlist that lets you add movies and TV shows when you search for them. Letting you keep track of the content you want to watch.

How to Create a Watchlist on Google Search

The Watchlist option will appear when you use Google to search for “What to Watch”. Google will recommend movies and TV shows it thinks you’ll enjoy. When you find one you want to watch, tap Watchlist in the preview window to save it to your Watchlist.

You can also add content to your Watchlist whenever you search for a particular movie or TV show. And you can see everything you have added to your Google Search Watchlist by searching “My Watchlist”. Or by tapping “Collections” in the Google app.

Depending on the content, other options may also appear. If a movie is still in theaters you’ll see a “Get Tickets” button that opens the Showtimes tab. And if a show is available on YouTube you’ll see a “Watch Now” button which links to Google’s video platform.

Let Google Help Decide What to Watch Next

It’s all well and good adding countless movies and TV shows to a watchlist, but you still have to actually find the time to watch them. And with so much content available to watch, and so many ways to watch it online, there’s never enough time in the day.

This is why it’s so important not to waste your time and energy watching content that’s just so-so. Luckily, Google has the answer to that conundrum too. With a few Tinder-style swipes-right and swipes-left, Google can help you decide what to watch next.

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9 Solid Reasons to Subscribe to DVD Netflix

Netflix was founded in 1997, continues to make money, and dominate the streaming space. However, while Netflix’s streaming service gets all of the attention, Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail service continues to provide tons of benefits.

Millions of users still subscribe to DVD Netflix. While much smaller than its streaming service, Netflix rentals have their own advantages. From a massive library to the convenience of receiving movies in the mail, here are some reasons to subscribe to DVD Netflix.

1. The DVD Netflix Library Is Massive

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The biggest reason to subscribe to DVD Netflix is its superb selection of films. While Netflix’s streaming service offers a large (but dwindling) collection of movies and shows, there’s much more available on a physical disc. Many new releases hit dvd.netflix.com well before making their way to the streaming service.

Where DVD Netflix truly shines is with its catalog of older flicks and independent films. 2018 indie sci-fi gem The Endless is only available to rent on physical media, as is comedy Half Magic. If you want to watch classics such as Planet of the Apes, Saving Private Ryan, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you’ll need a DVD Netflix subscription.

You won’t find many obscure titles such as Koyaanisqatsi, 1978’s The Legacy, and the tragically underappreciated biopic Basquiat on streaming services. Even many recent releases such as Murder on the Orient Express, Annihilation, and Hereditary aren’t available to stream on Netflix. Ultimately, if you want the largest selection of films available to rent, the DVD Netflix catalog boasts the most variety.

2. There’s No Need to Rely on the Internet

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If you subscribe to DVD Netflix, no internet, no problem. Although most of us can rely on having an active and fast internet connection all of the time, there are many situations where it’s not available.

Maybe there’s a service outage, you’re traveling, visiting a friend, or staying with your not-so-great aunts who don’t even have a computer or Wi-Fi. Whatever the reason, its lack of reliance on a stable internet connection makes DVD Netflix a fantastic option.

3. Get DVDs Delivered Straight to Your Door

Netflix DVD rentals

Getting a DVD from Netflix is as simple as adding it to your queue and waiting for it to show up in your mailbox. Unlike Redbox, you don’t have to venture out in public. As such, Netflix’s DVD service offers unparalleled convenience, only bested by streaming services.

Similarly, returning a Netflix DVD requires merely resealing the disc in its included return envelope and putting it back in your mailbox.

4. Blu-rays Are Available for HD Rentals

Even with upscaled DVDs, they’re not going to look as crisp as a full 1080p or 4K Blu-ray. Thankfully, DVD Netflix offers a high definition Blu-ray subscription. You’ll have access to picture quality six times that of a DVD.

Are you a sound buff? Remember that Blu-ray offers an upgrade there as well. You can sit back and enjoy Dolby Digital DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby Digital 7.1 from your home system.

5. DVD Netflix Is Very Cost-Effective

When looking at Netflix’s DVD plans, there are are two options. The standard Netflix DVD service costs $7.99/month. This plan lets you have one disc out at a time, unlimited discs per month, no late fees, and free shipping and returns.

The premier plan priced at $11.99/month lets you have two discs out at a time. You’ll also receive all of the other DVD Netflix benefits.

The price goes up to $9.99/month and $14.99/month if you want to include Blu-ray discs in the mix.

Even with the highest-priced plan, you’re paying basically the price of one Blu-ray purchase or a trip to the cinema for limitless rentals. And if you change your mind, you can stop paying at any time in the same way you can cancel your Netflix subscription.

6. Use an App to Manage Your DVD Queue

Just because DVD Netflix uses physical discs doesn’t mean it’s behind the times. Its diversification is just one part of how Netflix makes money.

Like its streaming counterpart, there’s a mobile app for managing your queue. The DVD Netflix app for Android and iOS allows you to manage your DVD queue on the go. It’s a useful feature that simplifies staying up to date with the current DVD Netflix library.

Download: DVD Netflix for Android | iOS (Free)

7. Gain Access to DVD Extras

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If you’re a film buff, you probably enjoy geeking out over DVD extras such as deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and storyboards. Streaming-only services often lack such amenities.

For those that only care about the feature film itself, streaming movies on Netflix is fine, but for making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes videos, and more, you’ll need a physical disc.

8. There’s Virtually No Competition

Streaming services abound, from comprehensive platforms like Netflix and Hulu to niche sites such as Shudder. However, this diversity is absent in the DVDs-by-mail space. There aren’t really many DVD Netflix alternatives.

As virtually the only DVDs-by-mail provider, DVD Netflix stands apart from the competition. With a bevy of streaming sites, including many free movie streaming sites, DVD Netflix is in a unique position as the exclusive provider of a service focused on physical media.

9. Feel Connected with Movies

While you don’t have to be subscribed, these benefits will make you want to watch more movies. The DVD Netflix Blog offers a veritable treasure trove of information, from what’s coming soon to its roster of discs, to round-ups of the best kids’ books-turned-movies, and genre analysis.

Via its social media channels like Instagram and Twitter, DVD Netflix regularly gives away swag. There’s also DVD Chat hosted on Twitter, where film fiends can talk about cinema. Overall, DVD Netflix truly fosters a sense of community.

Physical Media Is Still a Thing!

Streaming may reign supreme as the most popular content delivery system, but physical media still has many benefits. Accordingly, DVD Netflix is totally worth the price of a monthly subscription. And if you don’t have a media player, check out this list of the best region-free players for DVD and Blu-ray.

Whether you exclusively stream your movies these days or still maintain a DVD Netflix subscription, you can learn more about the company in our ultimate guide to Netflix.

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9 Solid Reasons to Subscribe to DVD Netflix

Netflix was founded in 1997, continues to make money, and dominate the streaming space. However, while Netflix’s streaming service gets all of the attention, Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail service continues to provide tons of benefits.

Millions of users still subscribe to DVD Netflix. While much smaller than its streaming service, Netflix rentals have their own advantages. From a massive library to the convenience of receiving movies in the mail, here are some reasons to subscribe to DVD Netflix.

1. The DVD Netflix Library Is Massive

9 Reasons Why You Should Subscribe to DVD Netflix - Remote

The biggest reason to subscribe to DVD Netflix is its superb selection of films. While Netflix’s streaming service offers a large (but dwindling) collection of movies and shows, there’s much more available on a physical disc. Many new releases hit dvd.netflix.com well before making their way to the streaming service.

Where DVD Netflix truly shines is with its catalog of older flicks and independent films. 2018 indie sci-fi gem The Endless is only available to rent on physical media, as is comedy Half Magic. If you want to watch classics such as Planet of the Apes, Saving Private Ryan, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you’ll need a DVD Netflix subscription.

You won’t find many obscure titles such as Koyaanisqatsi, 1978’s The Legacy, and the tragically underappreciated biopic Basquiat on streaming services. Even many recent releases such as Murder on the Orient Express, Annihilation, and Hereditary aren’t available to stream on Netflix. Ultimately, if you want the largest selection of films available to rent, the DVD Netflix catalog boasts the most variety.

2. There’s No Need to Rely on the Internet

Image Credit: Mactrunk/Depositphotos

If you subscribe to DVD Netflix, no internet, no problem. Although most of us can rely on having an active and fast internet connection all of the time, there are many situations where it’s not available.

Maybe there’s a service outage, you’re traveling, visiting a friend, or staying with your not-so-great aunts who don’t even have a computer or Wi-Fi. Whatever the reason, its lack of reliance on a stable internet connection makes DVD Netflix a fantastic option.

3. Get DVDs Delivered Straight to Your Door

Netflix DVD rentals

Getting a DVD from Netflix is as simple as adding it to your queue and waiting for it to show up in your mailbox. Unlike Redbox, you don’t have to venture out in public. As such, Netflix’s DVD service offers unparalleled convenience, only bested by streaming services.

Similarly, returning a Netflix DVD requires merely resealing the disc in its included return envelope and putting it back in your mailbox.

4. Blu-rays Are Available for HD Rentals

Even with upscaled DVDs, they’re not going to look as crisp as a full 1080p or 4K Blu-ray. Thankfully, DVD Netflix offers a high definition Blu-ray subscription. You’ll have access to picture quality six times that of a DVD.

Are you a sound buff? Remember that Blu-ray offers an upgrade there as well. You can sit back and enjoy Dolby Digital DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby Digital 7.1 from your home system.

5. DVD Netflix Is Very Cost-Effective

When looking at Netflix’s DVD plans, there are are two options. The standard Netflix DVD service costs $7.99/month. This plan lets you have one disc out at a time, unlimited discs per month, no late fees, and free shipping and returns.

The premier plan priced at $11.99/month lets you have two discs out at a time. You’ll also receive all of the other DVD Netflix benefits.

The price goes up to $9.99/month and $14.99/month if you want to include Blu-ray discs in the mix.

Even with the highest-priced plan, you’re paying basically the price of one Blu-ray purchase or a trip to the cinema for limitless rentals. And if you change your mind, you can stop paying at any time in the same way you can cancel your Netflix subscription.

6. Use an App to Manage Your DVD Queue

Just because DVD Netflix uses physical discs doesn’t mean it’s behind the times. Its diversification is just one part of how Netflix makes money.

Like its streaming counterpart, there’s a mobile app for managing your queue. The DVD Netflix app for Android and iOS allows you to manage your DVD queue on the go. It’s a useful feature that simplifies staying up to date with the current DVD Netflix library.

Download: DVD Netflix for Android | iOS (Free)

7. Gain Access to DVD Extras

9 Reasons Why You Should Subscribe to DVD Netflix - DVD by Mail

If you’re a film buff, you probably enjoy geeking out over DVD extras such as deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and storyboards. Streaming-only services often lack such amenities.

For those that only care about the feature film itself, streaming movies on Netflix is fine, but for making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes videos, and more, you’ll need a physical disc.

8. There’s Virtually No Competition

Streaming services abound, from comprehensive platforms like Netflix and Hulu to niche sites such as Shudder. However, this diversity is absent in the DVDs-by-mail space. There aren’t really many DVD Netflix alternatives.

As virtually the only DVDs-by-mail provider, DVD Netflix stands apart from the competition. With a bevy of streaming sites, including many free movie streaming sites, DVD Netflix is in a unique position as the exclusive provider of a service focused on physical media.

9. Feel Connected with Movies

While you don’t have to be subscribed, these benefits will make you want to watch more movies. The DVD Netflix Blog offers a veritable treasure trove of information, from what’s coming soon to its roster of discs, to round-ups of the best kids’ books-turned-movies, and genre analysis.

Via its social media channels like Instagram and Twitter, DVD Netflix regularly gives away swag. There’s also DVD Chat hosted on Twitter, where film fiends can talk about cinema. Overall, DVD Netflix truly fosters a sense of community.

Physical Media Is Still a Thing!

Streaming may reign supreme as the most popular content delivery system, but physical media still has many benefits. Accordingly, DVD Netflix is totally worth the price of a monthly subscription. And if you don’t have a media player, check out this list of the best region-free players for DVD and Blu-ray.

Whether you exclusively stream your movies these days or still maintain a DVD Netflix subscription, you can learn more about the company in our ultimate guide to Netflix.

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You Can Now Rent Movies Still Playing in Theaters

In an extraordinary move, Universal Pictures is offering movies to rent online at the same time that they’re playing in theaters. This is in response to the coronavirus crisis, which is forcing people to stay at home rather than venture out to movie theaters.

How COVID-19 Is Changing Everything

COVID-19, which is caused by coronavirus, is now a pandemic. Which means it’s prevalent in almost every part of the world. Governments and civilians are reacting differently to the crisis, but almost everyone is being urged to stay at home whenever possible.

This is impacting the way people work, but also how they choose to spend their downtime. Vacations are being cancelled, pubs and restaurants are being closed, and movie theaters are shutting their doors. Which has led Universal Pictures to do the unthinkable.

Universal Pictures Rents Movies Early

As announced in this Comcast press release, Universal Pictures is offering its movies out to rent from home on the same day as their theatrical releases. Starting with DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour, which you can rent on April 10, 2020, when it’s released in theaters.

Even before that, you’re going to be able to rent The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma through a number of video-on-demand services from as early as March 20, 2020. This despite the fact that all three films are still showing in movie theaters.

All of the films mentioned above (and possibly others) will be available to rent for 48 hours and cost $19.99 (or its equivalent outside of the US). Which is a lot of money for a mere rental, but a lot cheaper than taking your family to the theater.

Reasons Not to Abandon Movie Theaters

Theaters have traditionally been afforded at least a 90-day window before movies are released for home viewing. And there’s usually a gap of 4-5 months between a theatrical release and a home release. However, COVID-19 has changed everything.

The question is whether Universal Pictures will carry this on after the coronavirus crisis has ended. After all, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have already started to break the wall between theatrical and home releases.

To balance the scales, here are some reasons not to abandon movie theaters.

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