They say there's no reason to buy the cow when you can get the milk for free, but what if you could buy the cow, milk it dry, then actually make money by renting that dry, old cow out? That'd just be good
wife whoring business. Take that concept to the bank, with Plurent.
A fresh mail-based vid game rental service, Plu sources its warehouse of titles from cash-minded gamers, who loan 'em their used games and in turn get paid a commission of the flat fee other users drop to rent them, meaning Grand Theft Auto might now prevent someone from needing to commit it. List the games you're willing to part with, set each one's weekly rental price ($2 min, with suggestions based on popularity), and Plu'll ship off a prepaid return mailer to collect 'em; every time one's rented they'll drop a generous percent of the fee into an account that can be withdrawn from monthly, so you can tell your parents they can keep their allowance and take out the recycling themselves, and also, you want pork chops for dinner. Renters can browse by title, adding those they want (along with the price they're willing to pay) to a request queue; when the top one's avail it gets shipped off in a Netflix-style envelope that's used to return the game once you beat it, which should come on right after you use your Dance Magic on Mr. Big's hovercraft in the third level of Moonwalker.
In the event a game ends up lost or damaged, they promise the lender'll be "compensated accordingly", a protection policy that would also be a good idea with your dried-up old...cow.
Published: January 17, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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