I use Columbia House. Yes, I know of the horror stories. I have my very own from their days of music CD's. That being said, personally, they just cannot be beat.
I believe I had to buy 04 at regular price to fulfill my membership. Since it was a free shipping period just before Christmas 2008, my first order took care of that. With that being said, I find all their regular price blu rays are 29.99. Things FS and BB are selling for 32-35 are just 29.99 there. Shipping is usually $1.99 per disc in box. Had some three disc movies get charged for each disc, and others that slip through as just one disc.
They also have their online, no membership store called chcanada. Some great blu ray prices there as well. Like 14.99 Blu ray specials periodically, which are sometimes brand new releases.
Once I fulfilled my membership, the standard offer for the last year has been, buy one at regular price, get unlimited at 50% off. Now comes the real good part..... Pre-Orders are allowed. For the last two years, I have been paying full price for one movie, (still cheaper than BB & FS) and pre-ordering like 15 others that are not released for up to 3 months. The 50% off discs cost me on average $18.61 with taxes and shipping!!!
My example, an order I placed in early December for 6 blu rays cost me $116.58. (I had a $10 discount due to the new website) FS or BB would have been over $180.00 @$30.00 a movie. The movies I ordered were Casino, Ghostbusters, Monsters vs. Aliens, Public Enemies, Top Gun, and Transformers 2.
Sounds too good to be true! What is the downfall? A few things. Shipping times can be a little nuts. A few weeks after release. Sometimes, they run out of stock, even though it is pre-ordered....however, it is usually filled rather quickly. The invoicing can be hard to determine what you really owe as well if you have multiple orders in. They ship as they receive the product. Over the Christmas period, they were upgrading their systems, so calling in and getting account balances etc was next to impossible. The automated system and operators could not pull the information. Never had a lost disc, or weird things happen to my account. Payments always accounted for.
Sometimes, if I order stuff they have in stock, they ship it all in one box, Canada Post expedited parcel. Which is nice. I have had no real issues other than wait times for movies. However, my Blu Ray collection is over 100 movies, and I think 95% of them came from Columbia House. I sit back and think how much I have saved.
They do NOT carry Disney movies, or any of the affiliates. The last part of that statement I am not 100% sure of, but Disney movies I know they don't. Disney has it's own crummy mail order group.
Feel free to PM if you have any questions. While I hear horror stories all the time, they are still in business, which means they must be doing something right, or have a large happy customer base. For me, the savings outweigh any annoyances I have had.