Well... I had to choose one or the other and after what I've deemed the "Netflix Nightmare", I've chosen Blockbuster.
For those who may remember, I signed up for both Netflix and Blockbuster on the same night.
A few days later I received my first discs from Blockbuster and nothing from Netflix. I waited and still nothing. Meanwhile, my Netflix queue kept saying "We expect to ship your movie (the next day)..."
After a week of this, I called customer support. Surprisingly, I wasn't even in their computer. The lady on the phone, however, was quite helpful and said that not only would she find out what the cause of the problem was but she also said that she'd extend my free trial for another ten days.
Unfortunately, the movies still didn't get sent.
Disgruntled, I decided to cancel.
Calling customer support again, I was told that I still(!) wasn't listed in their computer. During the course of the conversation, I discovered that Netflix authorizes your credit card for the monthly fee before they process your membership. Apparently, this is where the problem stemmed from as I use a Netspend card for all my credit card purchases.
For those not aware, Netspend is a debit card type thing, from Mastercard, that you put money on and use like you would a regular card. You put amounts of money in increments of $5 on it, with a charge of $2 each time. And it charges $1 for each transaction you use it for.
At the time of applying for membership, I only had $3 on my card. I don't put money on it until I'm about to use it.
Now, I had previously found that Netflix looked to have a couple seasons of The Avengers that Blockbuster didn't. I was mistaken. For some reason, just typing "avengers" in the search bar turns up only some of the sets. You have to type "avengers 67" or "avengers 68".
So, with my new knowledge of their search bar, I was happy to find all the sets available at Blockbuster.
This, coupled with my current frustrations, made me positive about cancelling.
But seeing that I wasn't in their computer, I couldn't cancel.
So I asked they guy on the phone if it was likely that it would keep trying because I didn't want to put the money on for Blockbuster and have it taken by Netflix, thereby messing up my Blockbuster account.
He advised me to change the card number on my account and I should have no problem. So when I got home from work that night I did just that.
Next day, I get an e-mail saying that my first dvd has shipped! It appears that the new card number (which is an older Netspend card from the same account) passed the authorization and accepted me as a member!
Once the discs arrived, I was already set on cancelling and sticking to Blockbuster, so I sent them right back and emptied my queue list to prevent it from happening again.
I even changed the card back to the one I'm using now (the one it didn't accept the first time). I'm just hoping that it won't intercept my Blockbuster payment.
Another thing that led me to choose Blockbuster (as if I needed another reason) was that I get a free rental each week at my local Blockbuster just for being a member. Which is really like having four movies at a time instead of three.
Meanwhile, I just received disc four of Avengers '65 and I have Spartacus lined up to break the sets up a bit before I dive into '66.
I also found out that there's a sequel to the excellent Merlin movie (mini-series) that starred Sam Neill. It's called Merlin's Apprentice. It's been added to my queue, as well.