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Redbox Moving to Allow Free Online Rentals?

Is Redbox about to make a move to start allowing free online rentals of its movies? A new feature on their website sure makes it look like that might just be the case.

Just added today, Redbox is giving new online users a “Free rental credit” after they make their first online rental with their new account. While this could be just a one-time deal, I am guessing that Redbox would not setup a system to make this possible without planning to use it in even more ways.

The details on this current promotion can be found here, but the implications of what this might mean is more interesting.

If you don’t already have a account, this could be a great time to get one. If you are like me and have had one for years already, there is no free lunch for you, at least not this time.

This move also brings up some questions: Is Redbox about to start a “loyalty program”, where frequent renters can get free rentals based on how many movies they rent? Will they start allowing promo codes to be used online, at least in certain situations? Or, is this just another way for Redbox to track its customers and keep them from “gaming” the system with other promo code usage?

Share your thoughts in the comments – we would love to hear from you!

11 Responses to “Redbox Moving to Allow Free Online Rentals?”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    shutthef@@@up [visitor]

    must be a slow news day. firstlawofnature what’s wrong you havn’t commented in like two hours did the power go out? You can’t tell me you don’t have an opinion on this subject you do on everything else.. what did redbox call you into work today?

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    Tabitha [visitor]

    I fear you may misunderstand the promotion.
    It is not for an online rental, as in …download and watch…
    It is for a movie that you RESERVE online, then go and pick up at the redbox location that you reserved it at.

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      rb [visitor]

      My understanding of the post point is that in the past you were never able/allowed to use a promo code to make an online RESERVATION of a dvd. However, with this new promotion when you make your first reservation online as a new online customer, pick up you movie, return it–you then receive a ‘credit’ good for your second online reservation. Therefore, when you make that second online reservation you are getting the second dvd free as you are redeeming ONLINE the ‘credit’ received from your first online reservation. Redeeming this ‘credit’ for a free movie is actually no different that redeeming a ‘promo code’ for a free movie–which you were never allowed to do before ONLINE…. I agree with J.S. though that I don’t think Redbox is using this promotion as a doorway to use any/all promo codes for online reservations…

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        Michael [administrator]

        You got the point of the post exactly, rb.

        I agree that they will not open up all promo codes for online use, and I don’t know that they will open ANY promo codes for online use…

        However, since they went to the trouble of building an online “credit” system, I am sure they have some useful plans on how to use it in their marketing, and hopefully those plans will be of benefit to their customers.

        It is also possible that such a “credit” system could lead to a nice way to have gift cards, which I have said before would be a GREAT feature. Let’s hope…

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    John Small [visitor]

    It looks like this is to track customers information online. I doubt they will start allowing codes to be used online for reservation purposes. Redbox makes such little profit now as it is that if they let people have even more free movies they would self-destruct quickly.

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      RunninWild [visitor]

      Good point

      It’s just a matter of time before it all crumbles away. They are clearly destined for failure.

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    Consumer [visitor]

    Does everyone remember when Redbox advertised “No Membership Required”? If I am not mistaken, this is pretty close to a membership.

    Be aware that on July 1st, all debit card users will have either opted in or out of overdraft protection based on a new federal law. This will have a negative effect on Redbox based on the number of debit card transactions they process. Getting an account will help Redbox with this change.

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      acdahl [visitor]

      Why do you think this will affect Redbox negatively? How will the overdraft protection make a difference? I wouldn’t think it would have an effect, but am curious to hear the reasoning.


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    UBM [visitor]

    QUOTE: “Or, is this just another way for Redbox to track its customers and keep them from “gaming” the system with other promo code usage?”

    I’ve been saying I told you so for many months on this site that this was coming.
    Now r u guys and gals going to listen? Free code lunch is over, no account no codes. One code per household /account/card. No more multi card free code surfing.

    Time to tighten up the ship. Fighting lawsuits is big money, and to fight for the right for u to have $1 rentals, something has to go….

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    Bikemiles [bikemiles]

    I think that Redbox should have a “frequent flyer program”. Now that I have a life of leisure (retired civil servant) I rent four to five movies per week at Redbox. A nice ploy would be to have online usable codes emailed by surprise good for Mondays. That would be a good reason to rent new releases on Tuesdays if you have to return the Monday freebie anyway.