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DVDPlay kiosks drop rental price to a buck

That big, red box at your local grocery store now charges just $1 per day for DVD rentals.


Blockbuster charges something like $4 for an in-store DVD rental. Let me tell you something: Iron Man was good, but it wasn't that good.

DVDPlay kiosks, which can be found in grocery stores and other locations around the U.S., just permanently lowered rental prices to $1 per day. The move, which brings the company's prices in line with its competitors, also applies temporarily to Blu-ray discs as well.

Each kiosk holds about 100 new-release titles. You don't have to sign up for anything or use a special DVDPlay card: just choose a movie, swipe your credit card, and presto, the movie pops out like magic. When you're done, bring it back to the kiosk and slip it into the return slot.

Yes, the selection is quite limited compared with Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, and other movie stores. And your dollar gives you only 24 hours to watch the movie. (You get charged another buck for each additional day.) So you have to be diligent about returning it. But, hey, if you rent just one movie per week, you'll save about $150 over the course of a year. That's a lot of microwave popcorn.

Thanks to reader Shankar for mentioning this deal.