The Problem With Trading DVDs
from the you-get-stuck-with-the-crap dept
A few months back, when Peerflix first came out, it didn't make much sense. Why would people want to pay money to trade DVDs with each other? How hard would it be to just create an open, free, community to do the same thing? Now, a Wired News reporter has tested out the system and come across a second major issue: no one wants the crappy movies, and everyone wants the good movies. What that means is that any good movie you have will get taken almost immediately -- and then you're just stuck with a bunch of bad movies, as is everyone else. So, as you look around for movies, most people are just offering stuff that no one really wants, and you can't build up any "peerbux" needed to borrow more movies if you don't have people taking your crappy movies at the same time. Of course, you can buy those peerbux, but apparently the system is quite buggy, and buying enough of these peerbux to actually get a movie will cost you $10 or $15. Seems like you'd be much better off just buying the movies directly or signing up with Netflix.