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Comment: Re:What would motivate me (Score 1) 547

by ChrisGoodwin (#42022263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

3) It would let me keep the DVD for as long as I want with no late fees (just a linear rate like a buck a day until I bring it back, and that's it).

There actually is such a thing. You pay a flat fee, take the DVD home for as long as you want, and then when you're done with it you bring it back, and they actually give you money back for it. Or store credit, which is usually a little more. You can use that store credit toward the "rental" of another DVD, and the process repeats.

They call them "used DVD stores". Sometimes "thrift shops" or "pawn shops".

It actually used to be you could rent software that way (late 80's/early 90's). You'd pick the software you wanted, then place a "deposit" equal to the purchase price of the software. If you kept it then they treated it as a sale, or if you brought it back you got part of your deposit back.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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