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DVD Now - Kiosks

I am looking to buy a DVD Now Kiosk, but I am concerned about the length of a viable business model due to the ability to purchase movies using AppleTV and digital/satellite tv. Has anybody looked into this business and have thoughts on the health of the business model? Thanks.

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I have a DVDNow S110 kiosk for sell in the Tulsa, OK area. Email DBCuser59 at yahoo.

DVD Movie Rental kiosks have the advantage over digital delivery systems because they can usually rent for cheaper and can be available The Day the DVD is available on "the street."

Dec 31, 2013
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I have 3 brand new S250 kiosks in DVDNow´s warehouse in LA. Price is $14,000 each shipping included, if you´re interested contact me at mmexias@hotmail.com Martin Mexia

Aug 18, 2013
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I have 8 kiosks, 1 s250 and 7 s110 kiosks. I took them out of service some few months back and they are in my garage in Dallas Texas. All of them are working and in great conditions. If anyone is interested, I am willing to sell these kiosks at $3000 each or obo. Send email to Amos.komo@yahoo.com. Serious enquiry only.

Jul 30, 2013
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I have 4 S250 DVD Now Kiosks for sale. The Kiosks are less than a year old. Two of the kiosks have 32 inch monitors attached. Contact me if you are interested at mrdjharvey2@gmail.com

Jul 20, 2013
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DVD in a box, LLC
Lake County, OH

A person can make some decent money if a good location is selected to host these kiosks. I have three where I am doing really well. But, two others that are not. Those two are in great condition never moved and for sale. ($13,500 with all movies and monitor included) jeffvojtko@gmail.com

Jul 9, 2013
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S250 DVDNow Kiosk for sale in South East North Carolina. Two years old and in great shape. Never been moved. 5K firm. Sale includes monitor attached on top and side panels as well as surge protector.
ncdvd@usa.com

Feb 24, 2013
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Franklin County, OH

It's interesting that I found this page, and in looking back at questions being asked regarding this potential
Goes back to 2009! Back then people were asking if this was a dying business. Here it is the start of 2013
And the questions are still being asked and folks are still renting DVDs!! For me as a retiree, I don't care if it doesn't last forever. I'm looking to supplement my retirement. Someone posted $1000 - $1400 per month as a moderate more. Net. If that is true, it would be a God-send for me.

Jan 13, 2013
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J K

If anyone is selling a dvdnow kiosk near Los Angeles, CA please contact me. I'm a serious buyer who already has a business(gas station) where I'm thinking of placing one of these units. hkhangura101@hotmail.com

Jan 11, 2013
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I have a DVD and Game kiosk for sale if anyone is interested. eraygor@me.com

Dec 11, 2012
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megatradestar
Shelby County, AL

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are interested in purchasing your products and we sincerely hope to establish a long-term business relation with your esteemed company.

Please kindly send me your latest catalog. Also,

inform me about the Minimum Order Quantity, Delivery time or FOB, and payment terms warranty. Please contact us via:
(megatradestartraderstar@gmail.com)

Your early reply is highly appreciated.

Thank You !

Best Regards,
M. Quarters
(Purchasing Manager)

Nov 26, 2012
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I HAVE A 110 DVDNOW KIOSK FOR SALE. EMAIL ME AT craigb@saffelle.com for info.

Nov 12, 2012
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Conroe, TX - Everything you need to start up a DVD rental business, except an off the shelf point of sale system - $25,000 (valued at $140,000). Huge pre-viewed DVD and game inventory, select retail items, heavy duty display shelving, custom two-sided lighted and locking display cabinet, stand alone displays, signage, heavy duty safe, beverage cooler, product scanners, anti-theft system, camera monitoring system, Bose business sound system, phones, office supplies, and more. More than 13,000 contemporary DVD’s from a wide variety of genres, including comedy, drama, thriller, action, romance, adventure, horror, crime, family, mystery, science fiction, TV, as well hard to find classics and many more. Complete inventory listing of DVD’s by title can be viewed upon request. DVD’s are in security lockable cases, which work with Sensormatic Anti-Theft System (also included) to reduce inventory shrinkage. DVD’s are individually identified by genre to group for display purposes. GREAT FOR RENTAL OR PRE-VIEWED SALE. Estimated 313 linear feet of A-frame and 132 linear feet of wall shelving, equivalent up to 758 linear feet of display, all dependent upon configuration. Can be picked up in Conroe, TX or delivered to your doorstep for a separate shipping and handling charge based on delivery location. Shelf and display assembly not included in sales price, but can be provided at an extra charge. Detailed inventory and pictures provided upon request. For more information, or to schedule to view the products, call 936-524-8093. Offered by individual owner.

Nov 12, 2012
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Hi Mary,
I am interested in talking to you about your machine for sale. How much are you asking for it?
Jacob

Oct 30, 2012
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I have a S250 machine for sale, great condition. Contact me for more details.

Oct 22, 2012
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I have 3 S250 machines in excellent condition, let me know if you are interested I can negotiate a good price. I'll even throw in my website...

Apr 19, 2012
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Ok so now you know WHAT to buy ... Now the question becomes how many copies of each movie?
Do you just put 1 copy in just so to say you have it even though it won't ever be in stock amd will disappoint everyone looking for it on opening weekend. Maybe 2 copies? Or 5? Maybe 10 is the right number??
Wow I didn't realize how that last post rambled on & on..,LoL
I still have those 8,000 DVDs available. It's a comprehensive "A to Z" collection of everything you would expect and then some, plus computer pos software, all DVDs are barcoded and in computer database ready for rentals... You could be up & running in a week! Noodle3150@yahoo.com

Apr 9, 2012
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G W

I like Jason Parker's post about how you need to know what movies to buy each week in order to load into your kiosk. If you have a RedBox in your area, can you just go to the RedBox and see what they are buying each week and then buy those same movies? Would that help to resolve the problem of not knowing what movies to buy?

Mar 2, 2012
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Kiosk post on BizBuySell

Wow... The people selling these kiosks speak about them as if they are simple vending machines ... "just put some gumballs in once in a while and collect your money!" sounds so easy, I'd be a fool not to do it right?! I've owned and managed multiple video stores plus worked in the wholesale video distribution business for about 20 years.... Buying, that is picking the correct number of units to buy each week is a HUGE part of what makes the difference between profit & loss... These aren't gumballs, in other words u don't just "fill it up" you've got to know what your customers want.. And this is difficult seeing that you NEVER get to meet your customers, you don't get to TALK to them to get a sense of what they want to watch. There are about 20-30 movies that come out each and every WEEK! You will be guessing for a while, and if rentals are low you will NEVER know the reasons why. The most honest post on here was from Robert Wallace and it seems someone Flagged his comment for deletion which tells you something!! I'm sure there are costs involved that kiosk vendors don't tell you about (with good reason) ...more importantly this machine is a BUSINESS! Problems do arise, people will steal movies, discs do get scratched, the software could crash.. Etc My point is the most important question is How do YOU value your TIME?!? Someone said "coinstar (redbox) makes billions" and why not "get your share of the pie" most naive comment I've ever heard. Coinstar has 40,000 machines, economies of scale, tremendous infrastructure, distribution deals that you will never have.. Plus they have a 7 YEAR headstart in the kiosk vending business. 
It's not that the kiosks will be obsolete but the unit you buy that only holds 200 DVDs  will be obsolete in a few years when they come out with the kiosk that holds 500 pieces.  You'll be working alot more then you think managing a few kiosks and so, if you want to get into the video rental business you should really consider  a real brick & mortar retail video store! With real people walking thru your doors all day long, while there there sell them coffee, ice cream, a sandwich or pizza... Neighborhood (Indie) Video Stores are a great business.. You just have to adjust the model... No more late fees the future for retail video stores is SUBSCRIPTIONS!!! Don't assume you know why your neighborhood blockbuster closed .. They had the highest AAA prime Retail spaces with long term leases negotiated years ago at the peak of their business plus substantial corporate debt going back years, plus no customer loyalty, BB was doomed as of 10 years ago!  If you really want a great video business contact me I have a friend who closed his store due to health problems, he has 8,000dvds plus everything else needed for a world class retail video rental store at a great price! It's in storage and ready to be relocated anywhere you wish.  Email me for info noodle3150@yahoo.com ... Best of luck

Feb 19, 2012
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We have 4 DVD Now machines in excellent condition for sale at a reasonable price. dawnh@bhfcu.net

Feb 15, 2012
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I am looking for DVDnow kiosks. I am developing the used/refurbished market and am interested in machines that are working or not. Of course I am looking to buy inexpensive machines since I will be reselling them.

If anyone has any available please contact me via email. rich@basinis.com

Jun 14, 2011
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Hi, DVD rentals are NOT dying! Its all about location and it does take some leg work.
There are MANY condo units that can only get the building supplied cable feed or DISH and Direct TV which are charging $4.99 for a rental. Yes there is NetFlix but there is enough of the pie for everyone to share in. It is only the Video Stores (Block Buster) in the long run that will not be able to compete with this market.

I have (3) DVDNow Kiosks - model 250 with touch screen control FOR SALE. These units are fulling loaded with the top 150 movie titles, and 26" tv monitors on top. If interested please contact me at: dvd4uflorida@hotmail.com

Jun 10, 2011
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I can't believe people are saying the dvd kiosk business is "dying." It's just getting started!! Just look at CoinStar's billion dollar revenues. They're only reporting profits in the millions cuz guess what, they're still pumping out kiosks as fast as they can make em. This alone should lead anyone to the conclusion that there's plenty of room left in this emerging disruptive market. The death of the retail video store is only adding to the viability of this efficient business model. Even as on-demand cable and online streaming gets better and cheaper, there will always be people who can't get or don't want to pay for cable TV / high-speed internet and prefer simple physical media. The short-term outlook is excellent, the 10+ year outlook is debatable, but the potential of DVD kiosks should be considered on a per-case basis. i.e. if you find a great high-traffic location with no redbox then your kiosk should pay for itself within a year. Then it's all profit after that, and you could ultimately sell the kiosk for cheap and still have a nice profit to show for it. Do your homework!

Apr 30, 2011
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NH

If you want to invest in this area Buy Coin star stock (CSTR) instead,they own redbox,same market,but better and most importantly more liquid.Hit sell and you out !

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=92448&p=irol-eventDetails&EventId=3618164

Mar 25, 2011
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DVDAccess
Owner
Butte County, SD

We are wanting to sell 2 of our 6 DVDNow Kiosks. We started two business at the same time and we are getting too busy and need to downsize. Our top machine nets after loan and all expenses $1000.00 to $1400.00 per month. We have had a several other inquiries about placing a machine in their location, but we are too busy to expand. It is definitely a viable business as long as you find the right location and provide good customer service. Email us if you are interested in purchasing the machines...we will also provide you with information on the best place to go thru for your credit cards, how to sell the movies, and managing the system. Our email address is atnowowiejski@gmail.com

Mar 24, 2011
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Thank You BizBuySell for reposting my earlier comment that was critical of DVD Now.. it was reported as "abusive".... I owned 2 of these kiosks and I am entitled to my opinion.. I truly believe that it is a bad business to get into.. the hidden costs that are not discussed at the sales orientation amount to about 25% of the operating costs of these kiosks, irregardless of their location.. plus technology has flat passed it up.. it was a good Buseness model in Europe 6-7 years ago but now Bit Torrents, Free Movies by Hulu and others, Netflix has become so cheap, not to mention the biggest competitor in the Industry is privately owned, REDBOX.. they are everywhere and they rent for $1.00.. the average cost of the dvd's you buy will be about $17, possibly more.. and the buyback program for wholesale DVD's is not good, get exact info on that beforehand.. just check out how many are desperate to sell their kiosks, it's unbelievable.. I gave up last year and chalked it up as experience and a loss

Mar 22, 2011
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Valencia County, NM

You are going to get a lot of kiosk owners wanting to sell you a kiosk.. The reason is "They are Junk" and it is a BAD business... dvd now will not tell you about all the other costs that go into operating a kiosk through them.. and remember they are Proprietary .. You must use their software and their technical assistance.. they charge for that tech assist, they charge for all rfid's, they charge for all parts .. The Kiosks are made in China ... they are great when they work but they are a nightmare when they don't and your phone will be ringing off the hook because there is noone there at your kiosk.. people will rip you off left and right... you will either be chasing money or trying to find the dvd's they stole.. the credit card companies that process your transactions are outright THIEVES... all the costs will never be explained to you... the owner of the company LIED to me .. I was told I had to buy two kiosks... thats $35,000 US plus shipping.... come to find out from other owners that they didn't have to buy 2... Do Not get involved in this Business...

Mar 21, 2011
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I have 2 kiosks I only want to keep one and want to sell the second. I am willing to sell it at a very attractive price will include DVD's. Interested parties contact: Arist10@hotmail.com

Mar 4, 2011
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Hi Justin Thompson what is the name of your town in UP Michigan?

Mar 4, 2011
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L T

I also have a kiosk for sale that is currently in operation in Louisiana. Clears 400-500/ month have been running since 2007 and ready to get out. Looking to sell at 25% of new cost.. Please email if interested. Ltuck1974@gmail.com

Jan 26, 2011
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I'm looking to sell a DVD Now kiosk and would be willing to offer some cost savings to anyone interested in buying it. If you're interested please email me at admin@rentquickflicks.com

Jul 19, 2010
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DVD on demands are $5.99/on Cable is $4.99 an the viewing expires in 48hours. With a DVDRental box for a $1.00, who can go wrong?. What if you don't like the movie? People on a tight budget during this recession isn't going to chance spending alot of money on movies to watch only once. So DVD $1.00 kiosks makes sense to the average guy or gal rental consumer. To own your own kiosk makes sense. I think if you position the kiosks in the right location, it would take off. If RedBox can get Millions in revenue on these kiosks, why can't you get your share of the pie?? It only takes hard work, ambition and you'll have a lifetime opportunity to be your own boss.

Jun 20, 2010
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This is Great opportunity to get into, I have been a kiosk owner for close to a year and it is worth it if your a fan of hardwork paying off then this a what you should go with, I am reading these peoples comments on here and people have to realize having a job and owning a business is not the same thing. Owning a business Is not waiting on someone to come and tell you what to do. It takes time and hardwork to pay off and when it does it is well worth the wait.

Apr 8, 2010
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All the answers here sound the same, no risk no gain. What would you expect? Most of you guys here must have a day job somewhere or work for the govt., with the exception of one or two. I like some of the ideas floating around like targeting multi-family, and the one post regarding "GAMES", this one is huge. My only question is why isnt it already begin done? Whats the hangup or probem? Last time I went to the video store to rent a game with my kid, all the 'good' games are rented out, for like a month or two. Come on, I wanna here some positive ideas, forget ROI and that crap here. You can discuss that with your accountant or banker. Pleazzzzzze. Im telling you, if games can be rented from a machine, you'll be sold out all month long. But Id like to here some targeted niche ideas as well, ie: as the recent announcment by Yellowbox targeting muliti family plexes. How many units and demographics do you need to support a machine?

Oct 3, 2009
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I am looking in to this right now, and where I live in the UP of Michigan, our entire town of 50,000 people has 1 redbox serving it.

And in my area, on demand rentals or online rentals are not viable, half the population can't even get broadband access right now-everyone rents dvd's. And 1 of our 3 video rental stores (blockbuster) just shut down, so i'm thinking this could be a great oppurtunity.

I'm just looking for a way to make a couple hundred bucks a month.

Aug 8, 2009
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Small Business Underwriters
Founder

I agree with everyone else. DVDs are going the way of the dinasaur. Right now you can order the most recent movie releases "on demand" from cable/satelite right from your couch. I'd expect the number of movies that one can access at home will continue to grow exponentially. From personal experience, I've seen a number of chain rental stores go under in my area.

In my opinion, the business model is not great, and the only people who make money are the ones who sell the machines.

Aug 4, 2009
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Atlantic County, NJ

I was also interested in the DVDNow kiosks. Although I am not an owner, I was thinking of ways to stay competitive with both RedBox and the malls which have DVD stores. My way of competing with them would be to stock the kiosk with up-to-date video games. Yes, video games. So far, most PS3, XBox 360, and Wii games cannot be downloaded and uploaded to your game system and they still are selling out of the stores and selling like hot cakes. Also, you can "up-the-charge" of rental to $2 or $2.50 because of the demand and cost of video games. Another thing would be that video games these days are so in-depth, that it would take days or weeks to beat, coupled with online gameplay that extends replay value. Late fees would stack up like "woah." Another plus is that RedBox DOES NOT carry video games AT ALL. What do you guys think?

Aug 4, 2009
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How to Buy a Business
WA

Just a thought. My policy is that every business I start or buy has to be a stepping stone into another business. There are businesses that can evolve into other businesses so that you don't find yourself stuck with a dead end business model.

I don't see any such potential in a dying DVD kiosk business.

One final thing, I'm a big movie buff who hasn't rented a DVD since about 2005. That's correct: 2005.
The DVD rental business is a "dead man walking."

Jul 17, 2009
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The BAF Group LLC
MD

Clifford's question is a "value" question, and it depends on your value. Short term is anything you want it to be, depending on your outlook. The question may be better viewed by asking, can I make more money in a year (as an example - or whatever your measure might be,) by putting my money into the kiosk, than I might with another investment? Compare it to a Bank CD, and all you have to do is make your investment back, plus about 4%. Your target of 10 to 15% is great as an objective, but it is something only you can calculate, with all of the information that you have on the business. But then, the short term nature of it makes the whole process much more difficult to project.

What other kinds of investments can you make with that kind of money? Do they pay more? And what is the risk? Saying it is a short term return is fine, if you are comfortable with that. But what can go wrong with your short term goal? If the kiosk is in a mall, and the mall raises its rent to kiosks arbitrarily because of the difficulty it is having, (as we have seen here in kiosk in Maryland,) your cost analysis could be shot and profits fail. If the kiosk company goes out of business, what happens to your source of DVDs? (I have seen that happen, with some frequency.) There are many more issues you need to address, as well.

This is not to say I think this is a bad investment. I have no real idea. But these are questions you need to answer, yourself.

Jul 17, 2009
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Also, I am looking into DVD Now Kiosks. yes, i believe it is a short time investment. But, the question should be " How long this short term trend is going to last? if my investment is $20-40K, Am I going to get good return on my investment in the short term such as 10 to 15% return. Is it worth??

Jul 16, 2009
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Self
Owner
Denton County, TX

I am continuing to look at DVD Now and I think best case scenario I will make my back in one year or worst case is 2.5 years...I do not think this is a full time job for me, but more of a side business with only one or two machines.

The other benefit that I need to take into account is the tax write-off possibilites on terms of the machine depreciation and car mileage. So that alone might make my investment worthwhile.

Will keep the forum updated. Thanks.

Jun 9, 2009
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I looked at DVDnow too but decided against it for the same reason. After talking to several successful businesspeople they all seemed to think it would be a race to recover the investment before the demand dwindled.

Jun 6, 2009
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The BAF Group LLC
MD

I have not specifically looked into it, myself. But I think you ask the pertient question: Will the kiosks go the way of the CB Radio, the Public Telephone Booth and 8-Track Cassettes? It would seem that would be the case, given the current growth of online services in general, and technology in particular. And if you decide that the kiosks are almost certainly to become dinosaurs, then you need to ask: What is the cost of setting up the kiosk to begin with? How long will it take to make money on the investment? Is it worth it to invest in a short term business like that? There are some circumstances where the potential short term gain is still worth it. But you need to know that going into it and plan for it. Be realistic, limit your investment exposure and you may still be able to win, regardless of the short term nature of the opportunity.

May 27, 2009
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Visual-Think
Managing Partner
Wake County, NC

The important question to answer is your break-even, return on investment, and operating expenses. Sure, movies on demand on growing but their costs to rent are no different than going to Blockbuster. There's a RedBox dvd kiosk at my local grocer and it's always got 2-3 people in line for a rental. No one can accurately predict the user adoption rates of movies on demand but I would guess that we're still a few years away. Like everything else, the name of the game in your potential endeavor is location, location, location. Best of Luck

May 27, 2009

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