For the past few weeks all you hear about on this financial message board is whinning about not getting a new release. How often did you go to BBI or Hlywd and get those new release. I never got them. They were almost never in stock. My sister in law had some method of hitting the return pile at a specific time to get them but that just seemed to anal.
So why is it the whiners on this message board expect Netflix to be some godsend perfect world that would have enough copies of whatever movie so there were no waitlists. The waitlist is still better than trying to line a copy up with the other rental shops.
I deal with waitlist movies by just reordering my queue before they ship the next set of movies.(Although I was totally pissed when the Royal Tenenbaums was available, 1st in queue, and I didn't get it and now it's a long wait.)
The two things I like most about NFLX aside from no late fee's are 1) I don't have to walk down a row of movies with my head cocked to one side and get a kink in my neck. 2) Here I can use a search engine to track down my interests.
We also have the 8 pack account and still go to Hollywood every couple of months.
Even if you don't get the new release immediately, but get queued to be on the second round of deliveries, then there really sin't a big deal as you are still getting a movie you want to see in the meantime. in addition, its better than going all the way to the video store just to be dissapointed... and having to go back there time and time again and not having the movie in stock.. With Netflix you don't have to keep a sharp eye on when it gets returned -- it will just get sent to you automagically!