For everyones information:
If you want good deals on movies, all rental sources purchase large quantities of releases when the come out resulting in an overstock as the movie is in less demand. They then start selling them often starting at a high price and reduce price if they do not sell. NetFlix starts at $9.99 then $7.99 then the lowest I have seen $5.99 with all including S&H, but taxis added. They come in original cases with any inserts included and are guaranteed to play, but it is easier for me to repair than return which requires trip to PO and return postage. I might be in ones best interest to make friends with clerks in local stores, so you can get alerts when new one are put in the bin or hide you a copy of a title that you want. I think some stores even sell new unopened movies for regular price. Buying from these sources do not make them rental movies once purchased, they are previously viewed movies that you own same as buying one at local yard sale.
Buying movies this way is not for those who stand in line waiting to be first to purchase the releases when they come out. But for a cheapo like Tom (I can say that as he is a friend) and me it is an ideal deal. I’ve missed several movies because of cost at theater, not so much admission, but 3 bucks for a coke and the cost of popcorn & other snacks no way.
When I was 7-10 years old, you could go to movie, get a box of popcorn, and a coke for $.25. Movie admission was a dime and one day a bunch of us kids went to the theater and price had gone up to 12 cents and I only had a dime. The person selling tickets told me to go inside and talk to Mr. Brockman who owned the theater and took tickets. He gave me 2 pennies and told me to go back outside and purchase a ticket which I did and went back in and gave it to him and he tore it into and gave me half of it back. Later in life as an adult, I learned that he did that for several people sometimes the whole cost if it was part of a series running, but always the same process, he never just let anyone in without going outside and buying a ticket.