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The economy is in recession and people are looking for ways to save money.
Since the cable, satellite TV, and fiber optic companies refuse to sell service the way we all want it - á la carte - where can you save some money on entertainment? Is Netflix worth the money? Often, when I am busy, I don’t watch the movie fast enough and it sits around. I hate this. So, is it worth it?
Neflix conveniently shows all my past rentals and all my past bills on their web site. I love this and frankly, if all the companies that billed me did the same, utilities, phone, water, etc. I would probably not be as mad at them when they mess up a bill. Just having the information and giving it free of charge to the people that paid for it is a customer relations coup. This is a Netflix plus.
I compared my rental charges with the number of movies I have rented to see how much “per movie” it actually cost me from the first movie in April 2005 to this month. I should mention first that, this calculation is somewhat inexact. I think I might have been a member before that date but, it was before Netflix allowed you to put a membership on hold. Another great feature. Well, I have the data I have so I am working with it. Also, originally, I had more expensive memberships with 2 or 3 movies at once. That did not last long and I settled in to just one at a time. See below. Frankly, unless you have kids, this is all you really need. My membership was on hold for 2,3 and longer months during that time period so, the total time of just under 4 years I looked at has some gaps but, this does not impact the total number of movies I rented and what it cost me. Life is live. It varies. Since I moved a few times, and also sent it to a winter family home while on vacation once or twice for a month, the taxes varied. If you are consistent with your place of residence, then tax is the tax and you have to pay it.
I rented 131 movies at a cost of $353.59 from April 2005 to Feb. 2009. So this means I paid $2.70 per movie. I’ll probably rent one or two more so it will be $2.66 per movie to mid March then a new bill arrives. So around $2.66 per movie. The average total movies rented per year was 33.25. That is 2.77 movies per month. Again, this number is probably not good for most to use because I moved, paid different taxes and had a different number of movies to rent until I settled on the cheap one at a time plan.
Most of the movies were worth that price. About 10 percent were worth far less. I only sent back about 5 partly watched or not watched at all because it was just such a bad movie from the start.
The verdict is that this is cheap entertainment. Especially for a 2+ person household. But I run into the same problem with Netflix again and again. The transit time via the USPS varies and, if you miss your mail by a day or so, you may only be able to get 3 movies a month. My current mail delivery is unpredictable for delivery and picking up an outgoing envelop. But in general, my mail delivery was good for most places I lived.
I like to think that if I can watch 3.3 movies a month, it is the best scenario to shoot for if you want to get the best bag for the buck. But I seem to only be able to get 2.77 on average. I think only once did I make it to 5 movies a month and it meant immediately watching the movie the day it arrived and mailing it back the next morning. For a 31 day month this is OK but forget 4 or 5 movies in February. In general, 4+ a month is hard to do if not impossible if you have a career. Netflix will be a real value when it is fast and strait to the TV.
Here are individual bills roughly going back in time to 2005. I usually put movies on hold at the end of the year and various summer periods when I was out of town for a few months.
8 bills at 9.53
5 bills at 9.44 (cheaper state tax)
8 at 10.49 (I think this was a higher 9.99 price which they have lowered to 8.99)
1 at 10.59 (in middle of all the 10.49 bills, weird)
4 at 15.74 (2 at a time plan maybe?)
1 at 18.89 (I think the 5 remaining bills were Netflix original prices and are higher.)
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