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Archive for June, 2007

As I just mentioned in my last post, I have started a new Squidoo Lens dedicated to Redbox. One of the cool features of Squidoo is a little thing called the “Plexo List”.

This is a list that can be added to by anyone, and then can be “voted on”. I created such a list just to find out all of the different places you rent from across the country.

So, if one of the locations on the list is place you rent from, vote for it by clicking the “up” arrow next to the name. If you don’t see a place you rent from on the list, go ahead and add it and then vote for it.

This list will help the Redbox Codes tracking by allowing you to select the location you used a code at, helping us figure out which codes work at which locations.

Check out the list below and then click here to vote and add to the list

Add/Vote for Redbox Locations

Redbox on Squidoo

I have just started a new Squidoo Lens for Redbox.

Visit the Redbox Lens and be sure to give it 5 stars. (Near the top left of the page – under the title – it says “Your rating” followed by 5 empty stars. Click on the last star to give it a “5 star” rating). This will help more people learn about Redbox!

While you are there, feel free to look around, sign the guestbook, and take part in the “Redbox Locations” survey.

See you there!

Many of you have been wondering what is going on with me and the site – and with good reason, as I haven’t send out my usual update for far too long…

The simple answer is: I have been quite busy over the past few months. Now it is time to get things back on track…

LOOKING BACK

This site was started in December of 2005 as a fun idea I had to help people get free movies. The Redbox was fairly new – and brand new to me – and I thought it would be cool to put together a website dedicated to it. So, I did… For quite awhile there were literally dozens of codes active at the same time, giving many, many free movies to myself and those of you who were with us.

The year 2006 saw this site grow from a handful of visitors to over 2000 per day. From just a few dozen subscribers to nearly 10,000. I tried to write every week with new information, and created and modified the Redbox Codes Tracking System that we have today.

As 2007 arrived, Redbox was really starting to gain market share – thanks in part to many of you on this site – and the codes started to taper off a bit. While there are still many working codes – and more to be discovered – there are now more rules and restrictions.

We also launched a new feature this year…

THE VIRTUAL TREASURE HUNT

I need to address the status and history of the treasure hunts. Many of you participated, some prizes were given out, but everything stopped abruptly after number 3. The reason that they stopped was because I lost my assistant who was putting them together and running them. Also, participation in the hunts decreased each week, so the lack of interest gave me less of a reason to ensure they continued.

Many of you expressed concern regarding the hunts, and the points, etc., and pointed out that there are plenty of other websites doing that and you didn’t want this to become one of them. It was something I thought would be fun to try, and it didn’t work out. I am sure we can find something else to keep things fun around here! :)

Also, to all those who participated in the final hunt and did not receive the information promised, I apologize. The information I was going to give you was dependent on an outside factor that changed. I want to make it up to you, and would love to hear your thoughts on what I can do for you… Please leave a comment and let me know…

MOVING FORWARD

I still believe Redbox is the best value in renting movies, but the days of getting multiple free rentals per week are slowly coming to an end. But, this site will live on, and will provide a place for you to get free movie rentals and more…

The first thing I want to do is thank all of you who have participated in sharing Redbox Codes, who have commented, and who have invited others to this site. Without you – the InsideRedbox Community – this site is nothing and would not even exist. I truly hope your experiences here have – for the most part – been positive and rewarding. I hope you will continue to be a part of us as we move into the future…

In order to move forward I am going to need your help and your input. I want to make some changes to how this site provides information – and you could be an important part of that if you want to be. Read on…

First, I am looking for some of you who would like to write for us. You would simply need to keep up on the latest information on Redbox (and its competitors in the DVD Rental Kiosk market) and write a post about it. You would simply report the news and give some commentary on it. If you are interested in contributing in this way, please leave a comment on this post letting me know, and I will contact you via e-mail.

Second, I will be looking for someone to help me manage the Codes system. I plan to make some changes to the system that will allow you to report further information on a code that did not work for you, which will help us keep track of whether codes are for new customers only, or only for use at certain locations, etc… With these changes, I will be looking for an “editor” of sorts to make sure the codes system stays updated with the most accurate information at all times. This position could be filled by the same person who fills the first position, or someone else entirely. As before, if you are interested in this, leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you.

If you are interested in either of these areas, please be sure the email address you enter is correct as that is how I will contact you.

If you have any further comments, please leave them below as well. And, thanks again for your support!

Michael
Founder, InsideRedbox.com

Note: InsideRedbox.com is not affiliated with Redbox in any way (although they have given us their blessing to do what we do). I started this site because I like movies just like you!