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The past 7 days have been crazy! I have been spending a lot of time working on selling a house I have in Lehi, UT. Everything looks like it is going well, but it has put a hamper on my movie-watching time. (Not that there have been a ton of exciting releases anyway.) So, this week I am going to take the time to answer some questions I often get in my email about Redbox and this website.


Last week I didn’t get a lot of response on the Question of the Week. The question was basically what your favorite feature was at, and what you would like to see added/changed. If you would like to respond that, you can click here to answer last week’s question.

This week, instead of a question, I will share some answers.

Is affiliated with Redbox?

No. I get this question a lot, or I get people emailing me assuming I can help them with their account, or a late fee, or something of that nature. Well, I cannot help with those items. I started this site back in December 2005 just because I felt like it was a fun idea. I don’t get paid from Redbox, McDonald’s or anyone for doing it.

One thing I do know, though, is that employees from Redbox read this site regularly, so posting your ideas and suggestions is a great idea – they do get heard.

What are Redbox Codes and where do they come from?

Redbox Codes are words that can get you special deals on renting movies from the Redbox. Most often, they will get you a free 1-day rental. Sometimes they may be rent-1-get-1 free, or half-price rentals, or even up to 5 free rentals at once (last year’s SANTA code did this).

Where do they come from? Well, Redbox ultimately has to tell their computer system about them, so I guess they all really come from them. But, how do people find out about them? Well, Redbox sends emails periodically with codes, sometimes McDonald’s and Redbox employees give out codes, and quite often users like you just try something you think might work. Trying people’s names, places, days of the week, etc.. can yield good working codes. Give it a try, and report back with those you find working.

Is this illegal or won’t it hurt Redbox to give out all these free movies?

No, absolutely not (to both questions).

It is definitely not illegal to use codes that Redbox themselves provides. And, I am positive that Redbox is very happy with you and this website because it increases their market to all the people you tell how to get free movies from McDonald’s (or Smith’s, Giant, Stop and Shop, etc…).

Just to give you an idea, this website has over 2500 registered users and gets nearly as many visitors as the main Redbox site does. So, keep using the codes, and keep telling your friends – I promise Redbox won’t mind. In fact, they will thank you. The best way to make sure Redbox sticks around for the long term is to get as many people to use it as possible.

OK, well that is enough Q&A for this week. If you have a question you would like answered, just let me know.


There are a few popular movies being released this week, but overall it is mediocre showing.

The movies are: Annapolis, Failure to Launch, Leroy & Stitch, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Ultraviolet.

What are we going to watch? Well, we will probably check out ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Failure to Launch’. I will try and be better about getting you some reviews, and posting them in the Redbox Forum.


I don’t have any verifiable new codes to share this week. There are still quite a few working codes though, so definitely check out the Redbox Codes page and get those free rentals.

Also, we have recently been seeing people posting fake codes just for the fun of it. This hurts everyone and I do my best to prevent it. You can help by making sure you report non-working codes ASAP. With the new rating system, non-working codes disappear off the list quickly. So, please, if you think it is fun to post codes that don’t work, stop now.


I recently ran across a pretty cool site that tells you which gas stations in your area are giving the best price. Unfortunately that site turned out to be spamming some of our InsideRedbox users. I apologize for this. So, I went out and found another page on MSN that doesn’t require signup.

You don’t like to pay extra for movies, so why pay extra for gas for your car? Check it out.

Click here for cheaper gas…

OK, well that does it for the week. Keep renting, and keep using an reporting the Redbox Codes. Have a great week!


30 Responses to “Redbox Update – Answers in the house”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    Brett [visitor]

    This weeks update made me really angry. I saw the info you put in there about cheaper gas and decided to check it out since you were recommending it. A little while after signing up I started to get spam in my inbox. I know it was from this because until today it was my spam free address. I can only asssume that you are putting it in as a paid ad and I think what you did is wrong. Until now all your ads have been clearly portrayed as such. I am disapointed by this.

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    Craig P [visitor]

    I agree with Brett… Putting an affilate link for a spam site just isn’t right… NOBODY SIGN UP FOR THAT LINK it is Spam.. unless Michael you have another explanation?

  3. Administrator
    Michael [administrator]

    Craig & Brett,

    When I signed up for the site last week, I didn’t get any spam emails from it. It seemed like a good site to me, so I recommended it.

    After doing some research, it looks like you may be right though. There are some not so good reviews of the site. So, I encourage anyone who feels like they got spammed to unsubscribe from the emails. I have removed the link.

    I apologize for the trouble anyone was caused, and I will definitely be more diligent to researching what I recommend.

    In the mean time, if you are interested in finding cheap gas prices, I ran into another page on MSN you can checkout that doesn’t require signup. It can be found at:

    Once again, I truly apologize for any trouble caused.

  4. Visitor [Join Now]
    John [visitor]

    I was wondering if you could develope some system where “regular” visitors to your site can have more “pull” on posting codes and if they work. This way it will not take 5 real people to help erase 5 fake people’s joke. Also, it would prevent bad people from coming in and trying to wreck this great site. Thanx again for everything. P.S. Hope there are new codes soon, I am using 5 differant cards and am almost out of options now!!!

  5. Administrator
    Michael [administrator]

    I am thinking of find some volunteers from each area that Redbox is in who would be willing to validate codes. Preferably, it would be someone who lives very close to a Redbox who could just stop by regularly and test codes.

    If we did this, I would not allow new codes to show up until they are approved by one of these users.

    What do you think of that?

  6. Visitor [Join Now]
    John [visitor]

    I think it is a great idea. I go to redbox every Monday night at 12:01 AM to find the newest movies 1st. I have 4 (Four!) Redboxes within 10 miles of my house and keep a list on me of working and non working codes at all times. I would be willing to try codes and verify their validity. Please feel free to contact me to continue down this road if you would like.

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    Kim [visitor]

    Hey Michael,

    Thanks for all your work on We love the site and haven’t paid for a movie yet! Incidentally, two of the Redboxes were not working this weekend, so I called Redbox to report the problem. I told them that I had tried to use promo codes and they asked me where I had gotten the codes. They said if I got them from a website it was likely that they were not working because they had been deactivating a number of codes that were found on the web. I don’t know if this is going to be an ongoing thing, but I thought I should let you know. I don’t know if you have any way to validate this info or if you can find out if Redbox will start clamping down on the free codes. I hope not, but like Napster, I’m afraid all free things might come to an end. Just an FYI. Keep up the great work!

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    Daisy [visitor]

    Time to put a filter to work on the codes page, or moderate any new codes.

    I’m not sure you need to validate each and every one that is submitted, but filter out the pre-pubescent idiots who need better parental supervision or need at least more constructive things to do with their time.

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    B [visitor]

    Hi; thanks so much for the site. I think the real question is not “won’t it hurt Redbox to give away the movies” but rather “how long can we possibly expect them to continue providing and allowing such liberal use of free codes?”

    As it stands many people are renting movie after movie for free, thanks to your site. It would certainly seem that either they will have to get more strict (perhaps limiting users to one code per month) or the code promotions will simply disappear.

    Having regular renters who NEVER pay anything can’t possibly be great for business, even assuming it adds to word of mouth. I mean, what kind of word of mouth is really necessary anyway, when the box is staring at you on the way out of the supermarket?

    Anyhow, thanks again for saving us money!

  10. Member [Join Now]

    It’s alright Michael. I really appreciate all the work you put into this site. I noticed in my emails form RedBox that they have started carrying TV series (I’m sure this is mainly due to your site and the great group of people who report new codes and update the status of old codes. It just kind of sucked having my oh so pure email tainted by spam which I’m sure I’ll probably never manage to stop.

    Thanks, Brett

  11. Member [Join Now]

    Oooops forgot the other —> ) . I’m sure you can all figure it though.

  12. Visitor [Join Now]
    robin [visitor]

    I just got a movie from a redbox for the first time and have a dumb question. Does anyone know if you can return them to any redbox or does it have to be the one you rented from? I heard that you could return them anywhere but just want to make sure. thanks

  13. Administrator
    Michael [administrator]

    Yep, you can return your movie to any Redbox you like.

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    robert [visitor]

    I have enjoyed, using the codes, and I mostly use them to get the first day free, and keep them for two days, gives everyone in the house a chance to watch it and still for only 1.07. Isn’t redbox owned by mcdonalds anyway, to keep their business going, what you save on movies, buy a little treat for the kids! don’t be a moocher. rob…

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    John [visitor]

    Rob’s right! If we all don’t pay at least $1.07 for the movies then McDonalds may be forced into bancruptcy and that would not be right! Support McDonalds!!! Nobodody wants a world free of chicken nuggets!