Not to end my week-long blogging sabbatical with a gripe, but I’ve got a valid complaint here.
I’ve been a loyal Netflix member for a few years now; and I love to find those friendly, red envelopes hiding amongst the penny-saver coupon catalogs and credit-card offers in my mailbox, but the $17 I pay a month for the service seems increasingly out-of-sync with the entertainment value the once-revolutionary company offers.
I’m talking about three little words that constantly appear in the expected availability column in my
cue queue: “Very long wait” with a capital V.
Here’s what Netflix has to say about it:
What does Very Long Wait mean?
Sometimes movies in your Queue may display a wait status. This means that more customers want to see this movie than we have copies. You should keep your movies in the order you want to view them, regardless of their availability, because we ship all copies we have available and you will receive the movie eventually.
Very Long Wait: This means that there is extremely high demand, limited availability and/or a very long wait for this title. Usually the wait is less than 30 days, but could be longer if, for example, the movie is out of print or we are otherwise unable to secure additional copies.
I’m not buying it.
I’m not sure where in the chain of DVD delivery this problem occurs. Are the distributors not making enough copies? Is Netflix not foreseeing the popularity certain flicks will have? I think I’m missing something here. It could very well be part of some elaborate marketing scheme that I don’t have the energy to comprehend.
Because last time I checked, burning a DVD copy wasn’t exactly pricey. There has to be some kind of copyright agreement distribution companies and the royal-red envelope can come to. Supply and demand, Netflix… supply and demand. They would have you believe there’s too much demand. PISH POSH! We’re not talking about diamonds here. They’re ten-cent plastic discs.
So what do I get during this long month of waiting for my no.1 pick? I get some really crappy movies; that’s what I get.
As much as I enjoyed Paul Blart: Mall Cop I dropped it in the no.35 slot right below Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li for a reason. It was plan Z. I didn’t really want to watch it.
I don’t support a free internet. I think artists deserve some compensation for their creations. But this snag has me thinking companies like Hulu should really get into the “extremely high demand” business.