QUICKflick review: convenient, cheap movie rentals

First published on February 18, 2008

I was recently house-sitting in downtown Vancouver near one of QUICKflick‘s few Vancouver locations and finally got to try it out after much anticipation. The QUICKflick concept is basically movie rental machines situated in third-party retail locations (such as 7-Elevens). Currently, the rental price is $1.99 for 12 hours, $2.99 for 24 hours, and $2.99 for every 24-hour period after the first day. Therefore, if you live near a QUICKflick location (unfortunately there are only a handful in Metro Vancouver), you can rent a movie for quite cheap.

I like the QUICKflick idea because it is much more immediate than an online rental service like and is cheaper and quicker than a traditional Rogers Video or Blockbuster. The trade-off, of course, is that it offers much less choice. Since I’m not a movie buff, that doesn’t really bother me. My ideal rental service is pay-per-download, but bandwidth and regulatory limitations prevent this from becoming a reality in the near future.

What I did was to first sign up for an account on the QUICKflick website (this is optional), which gave me two free rental codes. Then, on the website, I was able to see the availability of about 60 movies at the location near me. Most of the movies are new releases.

I then went to the 7-Eleven that had the QUICKflick machine. The machine has a user interface screen and has the physical DVDs on a rack behind a glass panel. Each DVD has a slot number. I swiped my credit card, entered one of my free codes, then entered the number corresponding to the DVD slot on the rack. The machine grabbed the movie, sort of like a vending machine, and delivered it to me through its slot.

I took the movie, walked home, watched it, and walked back to return it. I simply pressed the “Return” button on the machine, inserted the DVD, and the machine put the DVD back in the correct slot!

I haven’t really been renting movies at all lately, but with a convenient, economical service like this, I’ll be happy to rent from QUICKflick in the future. However, QUICKflick needs to add more Vancouver locations!


3 Responses to “QUICKflick review: convenient, cheap movie rentals”

  1. Patrick D. says:

    Sounds a lot like Redbox here in the States. They started at McDonalds locations, but now have spread everywhere (i.e. grocery stores, etc.). The price is just $1 a night which is really cheap.

    (One more thing if you don't mind my asking…how did you get the AdSense at the end of the post? Is that a plugin or did you mod your template files? Thanks.)

  2. Thom says:

    Do you know what's quick? DIV tags :D

  3. Peter says:

    Hi Patrick,

    Sorry for the slow reply, but WordPress has been eating a lot of the comments on this blog lately.

    To answer your question (albeit a bit late), I added the the AdSense code for the bottom of each post to the Single Post and Page templates.

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