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Saturday, May 28, 2005

RentalWire.com offers unique video game rental experience

I'm always looking for hard-to-find video game rental sites. As much as I surf the Web there are simply some sites that slip under the radar. RentalWire.com is one of those sites. I was pleasantly surprised with what they had to offer.

Being a lower tier company, I was expecting a mediocre site design and below-average services. They sure proved me wrong.

On the surface, RentalWire.com appears to be the typical video game rentals site. However, if you dig a little deeper you will find unique services that distinguish them from the rest of the pack.

For starters, their free trial offer doesn't kick in until your game is mailed from their Washington State shipping center. Most video game rental sites start your counting down your free trial days as soon as your credit card clears.

Another noteworthy feature I stumbled across was their "Return Game" button. This nifty service allows "trusted members" -- or subscribers who have been a member for at least 30 days -- to notify RentalWire.com when they drop a game off in the mail for return.

When this is done, RentalWire will immediately send the next games waiting in the queue. This method cuts down on turnaround times drastically. As far as I know, there's no other game rental service that allows their members to do this.

RentalWire.com is also the only video game site with distribution centers that serves both the United States (Washington State) and Canada (Vancouver, BC).

However, despite RentalWire's distinctions, they failed miserably in the number of game titles they stocked. According to my calculations, they carry just under 200 games. It's impossible to justify a number that low.

Maybe they decided to do away with games like Barney's Playtime Palace, but even if you did away with all of the fluff titles, I still find it hard to believe that you'd be left with only 200 titles.

Here's a rundown of their pricing plan:
  • 2 Games = $21.95/mo. (Platinum Pass)
  • 3 Games = $27.95/mo. (Titanium Pass)
  • 4 Games = $34.95/mo. (Ultimate Pass)
All in all, I think this is a video game rentals site worth checking out. Especially if you're near their Washington State distribution center. Be sure to let us know how their service is if you should decide to give 'em a try. And don't forget to take advantage of their 10-day free trial.


Listening To: Fefe Dobson - "Take Me Away" (Sexy as hell and she rawks!)

Comments:
Don't waste your time the owner of this site is a crook.

 
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