August 05, 2004

Like Netflix, but without all those pesky movies...

The other morning I heard radio commercial for a company called gameznflix, a Netflix-like site that rents both DVDs and Video Games via mail. I've been dying for Netflix to add games to their service, so I was really interested to hear that there was a company who finally went and did it. So I checked them out a bit, and here's what I found:

  • The site's not quite what I'd call -- to borrow an industry term -- "good." Javascript errors, missing title images, etc.
  • They currently only have two distribution centers, which translates to slow service for folks not near the centers.
  • They listed just about every title I searched for, although I found a message somewhere saying that they sometimes list movies they don't have, and will just go out and buy them if you rent it. So you'll get it, it just might take a while.
  • That name is just terrible. It took me three tries to get the spelling right. I realize the using "z" as plural, "n" for "and", and "x" for "cks" has become common nowadays, but c'mon, using all three?

  • While I praise them for the effort, I have the feeling the only thing this company might accomplish is to motivate Netflix to add games and put them out of business right quick.

    Here's a little chart of their stock performance in July:

    Lookin' good! Looks like a waterslide doesn't it? Waterslides are fun!

    Basically, the company is doomed.

    So of course, I went ahead and did the only sane thing: I bought stock in them. I had some cash in my Etrade account, and since that's not real money, I bought as many shares as possible for $100. I haven't mentioned this to my wife yet, so let's just keep this between us, shall we?

    Actually, I think if this company gets their act together (hopefully by Christmas) they could have a success on their hands. I think there's a pretty high percentage of Netflix users who also play a lot of video games. Or maybe they'll even get bought out. Probably not, but for $100, I'll take that bet.

    Posted by Kevin at August 5, 2004 06:36 PM

    If you add a link to their website then that will help increase their page rank when people do searches. If their page rank is increased then more people will go to the site. If more people go to the site then more will become members. If more people become members then the company will do well and the stock will go up.

    Ergo, if you link to their website, then the stock price will go up.

    Posted by: CDog at August 6, 2004 11:50 AM

    I like CDog's thinking.

    If A then B.
    If B then C.
    If C then D.
    If A then D.

    I'm suddenly hankerin' for some Alphabits.

    Posted by: Patrick at August 6, 2004 11:57 AM

    Good point, Scott. I added some links. Since my site has such a huge Google PageRank, it's only a matter of days before I can cash in my shares and buy that house in Tahiti.

    Also, good use of "ergo."

    Patrick, thanks for the summation. I felt like I was back in high school math. And who doesn't like a good algebra flashback every now and again?

    Posted by: Kevin at August 6, 2004 12:08 PM

    Oh, and Patrick: Thanks for coming to my site. Now I have to go back and check all of my posts for typos and grammatical errors (I've already corrected two).

    First high school math, and now high school english. You're just a big ball of fun. :)

    Posted by: Kevin at August 6, 2004 12:12 PM
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