The Blockbuster in my town recently raised their rental fee for DVD's (and new release VHF tapes) to $4.29. And there is little to stop them from raising it higher. Here in Raleigh NC there is little to no competition for DVD rentals. I am sitting here trying to think of another place to rent DVD's and cannot come up with a single one. All of Blockbuster's competition have closed their doors over the last several years...Video Plaza, Carbonated Video, Video Bar...leaving Blockbuster with a virtual monopoly in the area. I visited a friend in Georgia last week and he is able to rent any DVD he wants for $1.99 for a full week at his local video store. I was very envious. I am thinking about trying NetFlix but don't really want to be locked in to $20 a month for DVD rentals. Blockbuster is my only option locally and they are free to pretty much charge what they want for a rental. I am pretty much now only renting when I have a coupon, which they put out once every couple of months or so. $4.29 just seems very steep to me. I have a hard time paying that much but have little choice.