What is Redbox?

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Redbox has made it easier than ever to rent movies and games. With kiosks (red cubicle structures that allow you to drop off or pick up videos) at almost every street corner, Redbox has become one of the most popular video rental options around today.

What is Redbox? 

Redbox began in 2004 and as of 2011, has over 38,000 kiosks across the US. Redbox adds a new level of convenience to a seemingly saturated video rental market. As other companies move away from the disc rental business, Redbox has found a way to offer lower prices and more convenience to those of us who still use DVD and Blu-ray players. They do this by removing the need for manned stores, and timely shipping; by strategically situating their kiosks at locations such as retail, grocery, and convenience stores across America.


How Much Does Redbox Cost?

Redbox DVDs cost only $1.20 a night, Blu-ray costs $1.50 and video games cost $2.00. WOW!! The rentals are due back before 9 pm the following night or you will be charged another night’s fee. If you keep the items for the maximum amount of days, the total cost of the video will be charged to your credit card and the item is yours to keep.

How Does Redbox Work?

There are two ways to use Redbox. You can go directly to your nearest kiosk and pick out what’s available, or you can go online (phone app) and reserve your favorite title.

Working the kiosk is easy. Equipped with a touch screen you just browse through the movies until you find the one that you want. After you make your selection click the “add to my cart” button. Some of the kiosks may limit the number of movies or games you can rent if you are a first-time user. Once you add all of your movies click the “check out” button and it will take you to where you can swipe your credit card or debit card. You will be asked to enter your email address and you are done. It takes about 15 seconds for the machine to spit out your disk and you are on your way.

Redbox Free Rental

Returning a disc is just as simple. Press the button marked return, put the item in the slot, and wait for the “DVD returned successfully” message to pop up.

 What’s the deal with Redbox Coupon Codes?

Here is what you need to do to get a free trial – each code is good for one use per credit/debit card (you need to swipe it, you will be charged for each additional day you may have the movie out). If you have more than one card, you get more than one free rental off that code.

How Is Redbox Cost Effective?

Redbox is the cheapest way to rent movies or DVDs to start with; add in the gas you save and the time you would spend browsing through tons of titles in the video store and you will see that Redbox is the clear winner.

If you are comparing to services like Netflix’s or Blockbuster’s Disc rental services, there is no question that Redbox is much cheaper. Comparing Redbox to Blockbuster is a bit ridiculous and not really worth my time, but when you crunch the numbers on Netflix you find that though they promise unlimited Blu-ray for $9.99 (for example), you will never get more than 5 movies shipped a month. So that means that you are paying $2 per movie ($.50 more than Redbox) and if you’re into new releases forget about it. With Netflix’s turnaround time on new releases, there is no contest what’s so ever on price.

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No more waiting in long lines to check out or paying outrageous late fees when the video store is closed. No more waiting for weeks before Netflix will send you a new release. Redbox is clearly the easiest and most cost-effective video option on the market today.

How do I get Started?

Find Something to Rent – Redbox DVD Locations carry the hottest new release movies and games, plus popular titles from years past.

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Find a Location Nearby – Redbox kiosks are in supermarkets, drug stores and other convenient spots all around the country.

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Get a FREE Movie Night – Reserve online for the first time, and your next online reservation is on the house. Get Started!

5 replies on “What is Redbox?”

Redbox is a great alternative to going to your traditional video rental stores. Even though there aren’t many of these left anymore. The location of the boxes is easy to get too and it’s so much easier just to grab a movie from the box on the way out of Wal-mart than it is to stop at the video store on the way home.

Absolutely. Sometimes ill check my Redbox phone App and reserve a movie, then swing by the local pick up spot, and I am done. So easy. Love it.

Hi! I’m a recent reader/follower of and, based on this article, am completely satisfied with the service you provide to readers.

For the longest time, I had wondered why it was that RedBox was so popular. Every time I’d stop into my local Wal-Mart to pick something up, I’d *always* — no, really — *always* see someone at the kiosk. Then I’d wonder why. After all, Blockbuster video stores and the like have all pretty much gone the way of the dodo at least as far as bricks-and-mortar stores are concerned. But, RedBox was apparently very popular.

And now I know why. You mentioned that you can pre-reserve videos both online and via smartphone. And you predetermine the location for that reservation. And the rentals are freakin’ dirt-cheap.

*That* was it.

Now I’ll need to see if it’s worth going to a location to pick up a movie or spend the $4.99/pop for the same titles on Having small kids to deal with when going to the store can honestly make the difference in whether we pay for the convenience or need to go pick up and then return a movie.

Either way, excellent article. Thanks a lot.

Hey Phil – Thank you so much for reaching out. I am really stoked that you found this info valuable. Please check back in and let us know how your Redbox Experience is going.

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