(Ben Schumin)

Chain Storefronts With Slight Makeovers Continue To Not Fool Anybody

Last year, we lamented the long hiatus of one of our favorite sites, Not Fooling Anybody, which featured makeovers of former chain storefronts that were, as the name states, not fooling anybody. What we didn’t know was that the site has been revived, in the form of a community on Reddit. Let the yellow-painted Pizza Huts roll! [More]

Blockbuster Stores Are Having A Wacky Nationwide Liquidation Sale

Blockbuster Stores Are Having A Wacky Nationwide Liquidation Sale

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a giant gumball machine, a movie ticket-shaped “OPEN” sign, or hundreds of empty DVD cases, you’re in luck. While it’s sad that Blockbuster Video locations are finally shutting down, this is a boon to anyone who wants to pay strange prices for the equipment to open their own DVD rental store. [More]

You Can Buy Blockbuster Gift Cards Again, But Your Old One's Still Worthless

You Can Buy Blockbuster Gift Cards Again, But Your Old One's Still Worthless

We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that there is absolutely no one out there who can’t wait to buy a Blockbuster gift card. It’s not exciting consumer news. The curious thing is that while you can buy a Blockbuster gift card today at any of their retail stores, a card for the same brand that you might still have in your desk drawer from only nine months ago is just a worthless piece of plastic. Blame the bankruptcy and sale of Blockbuster. [More]

Use Up Your Blockbuster Gift Cards Before April 7, 2011

Use Up Your Blockbuster Gift Cards Before April 7, 2011

Do you have any Blockbuster Video gift cards lying around the house? Better find them and use them up soon, assuming that you can find a Blockbuster outlet. Multiple sources inside the company have let us know that those gift cards won’t be accepted after April 6, 2011 due to the company’s bankruptcy. [More]

Best Buy Using 28-Day Netflix Delay To Push DVD Sales

Best Buy Using 28-Day Netflix Delay To Push DVD Sales

Since Netflix began making agreements with movie studios to wait 28 days before renting out new releases, Blockbuster has been making the biggest deal about its ability to rent movies on the release date. But now it looks like Best Buy has decided to remind movie watchers that it still sells DVDs and that they don’t have to wait to get them. [More]

Blockbuster To Waste $15-20 Million On TV Ads

Blockbuster To Waste $15-20 Million On TV Ads

Bankrupt relic of a bygone time, Blockbuster Video, announced plans yesterday to launch its first national TV ad campaign since 2007 and that they plan on somehow taking aim at Redbox and Netflix. [More]

Blockbuster Kiosks Trying To Distance Themselves From Bankrupt Chain

Blockbuster Kiosks Trying To Distance Themselves From Bankrupt Chain

While many of you have probably seen the Blockbuster DVD rental kiosks, what a lot of people aren’t aware of is that these Redbox-like devices have virtually nothing to do with their bankrupt namesake. But now that the once-great video chain is in the headlines for its Chapter 11 filings, the owners of the Blockbuster kiosks are making sure users know about the difference. [More]

Report: Blockbuster To File For Bankruptcy Tomorrow Morning

Report: Blockbuster To File For Bankruptcy Tomorrow Morning

About a month ago, we wrote about reports that Blockbuster Video would be filing for bankruptcy in mid-September. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Bloomberg News is reporting that the video chain will be making the filing official on Thursday morning. [More]

Blockbuster CFO Has Left The Building

Blockbuster CFO Has Left The Building

With the countdown clock still ticking on what many see as Blockbuster Video’s inevitable bankruptcy filing, comes news that the once-great movie rental company’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President (one guy, two titles) stepped down over the weekend. [More]

Blockbuster Filing For Bankruptcy In September

Blockbuster Filing For Bankruptcy In September

Blockbuster told Hollywood studios that it’s planning to file for bankruptcy in mid-September. [More]

10 Top Retail Chains That Are Shrinking

10 Top Retail Chains That Are Shrinking

Apparently, people haven’t been spending their unemployment checks at the mall in recent months, because a large number of prominent retail clothing and food chains — from Abercrombie & Fitch to Winn-Dixie — are being forced to shutter stores in the wake of the economic downturn. [More]