I was just reading a story over at VideoBusiness that I thought was pretty interesting, regarding an ATM maker getting into the DVD kiosk business…
NCR, the worldâ€™s largest automated-teller machine maker, has purchased a minority stake in a closely held kiosk maker in an agreement that will add several thousand self-service DVD-trading machines in GameStop, Dollar Tree and other U.S. retailers within the next few years.
As you probably already know, Redbox sells what they call “Redbox Keepers” in many of their kiosks for $7. These are generally previously viewed rentals that are getting older, and Redbox wants to make room for the new releases, so they sell their old DVDs through this program.
These new kiosks (from a company called E-Play) will allow you to take any old DVD you have laying around and the machine will “buy” it from you for anywhere between “50Â¢ to $13 for a DVD, depending on the title and condition.” After selling your DVDs, you can use the credit you received to buy anything you like from the retailer the kiosk is in.
Of course, you can also buy DVDs from the kiosk for $2 to $25. In addition, the kiosks can be setup to allow rentals, as well.
I think this is a pretty interesting concept, and I would be willing to try it out and see how it works. Its not much different than Redbox, just with some added functionality.
It looks like they will not be coming to my area very soon, but if you are in Georgia, North Carolina or Ohio, you may see some of these kiosks start showing up at retailers in your area over the coming months. For now, there are only about 20 machines at a few GameStop, DollarTree and Exxon locations.
If you have one of these kiosks nearby, let us know what you think…
What do you think of this idea? Would you buy/sell DVDs at a kiosk?