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Redbox Etiquette

Redbox is spreading like wildfire, and many are using it without understanding a few general rules of etiquette. If you are not familiar with Redbox, well, frankly, that's unbelievable. But I'll humor you and give you the gist of it. These stand-alone machines are housed in many McDonald's and other retail establishments and mechanically distribute DVD's of all kinds for $1 per night with just the swipe of a credit card.

As with any good invention, Rebox has a learning curve. Not only that, things have evolved over the last 3 or so years. I would consider myself a seasoned user, maybe not expert, but darn close. So here is some advice on how to be a courteous and savvy Redbox user. You'll be in-and-out faster and others waiting behind you will be thankful!

First, know before you go. There's a little place called www.redbox.com where you can find the Redbox closest to you, see the movies that are there, and reserve your selection. Then, once you arrive at Redbox, all you need to do is swipe your credit card and voila! - there's your movie!

Of course, this isn't always a practical option. Sometimes you just swing by spur of the moment. So my next tips is use the tools. Remember to sort alphabetically, by release date, availability or genre to make your selection more quickly. If someone is waiting, be courteous and tell them you are not sure what you are looking for but will only take a couple of minutes. If the person waiting is just returning a DVD, be a gem and let them return before you continue your purchase.

Rebox is the ultimate in frugality and convenience, so use your best common sense to keep it that way. Since DVDs are due back by 9pm, if you see someone trying to return theirs at 8:55pm, do the right thing and let them jump to the front of the line. And if you are so lucky as to get the Free Movie Monday code, be sure to pass it along (it says right in the text message you can send it to all your friends). I've even seen someone post it with a sticky note right on the Redbox machine.

Remember, this is choosing a movie for 24 hours - that's it. Most of us, however undecisive, can choose a movie in under 3 minutes - choose it, pay for it, and be out the door. I'm just saying.

So in short, be quick, be friendly, be courteous and Redbox can continue to be our new best movie loving friend.

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