“If I kept a video for too long, my Blockbuster would take $25 out of my checking account. If I then returned the video, Blockbuster would put the $25 back into my checking account AND apply a $25 credit to my Blockbuster account.
A useful little computer glitch, that. The next time I rented a video, the guy rang it up, handed me my video and said, “You’re all set, and you still have $23 credit.” That was how I discovered the glitch.
So I kept that movie too long, on purpose this time. Blockbuster then took $25 from my checking account. As soon as that happened, I returned the video. Blockbuster gave me back that $25 and added another $25 credit to my account. So now I was up to $48 in Blockbuster credit for doing nothing more than keeping two videos for too long.
So I checked out another video and kept it… I eventually built up over $200 in Blockbuster credits. I finally quit because it was just too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
They went out of business soon after, which was not a big surprise.” – PaulsRedditUsername