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      08.12.2002 17:07
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      Although it may seem pointless to add yet another positive review of BlackStar, I've been so impressed with their service that I felt I should comment. Plus I just wrote a damning review in another dooyoo area, and it'd make a nice change to say something good about someone. The main thing that's impressed me about BlackStar is their customer service. Many web-based suppliers have a similarly-good shopping interface, but try to get them to answer a query or talk to them outside office hours, and you'll soon start to believe that their entire operation consists of a slick web server and one badly-paid employee hanging around the office when they feel like it. As many people do their web shopping in the evenings or at weekends, this is an extreme disadvantage. BlackStar are very different. I've been using BlackStar for a few years now. There have been a couple of occasions when I've needed to query an order, or get an enquiry answered, and they've never failed to get back to me quickly. Looking through my e-mail records, the last couple of queries were answered within an hour -- one on a Friday night, and one at half past nine on a Sunday morning. How many web-based companies do you know that'll respond to e-mail within an hour on a Sunday? The other bonus of their customer service is that it's provided by real human beings, with a friendly attitude and a sense of humour, not by robots (human or otherwise!) Apart from that, they have a huge stock of videos and DVDs, superb information and search facilities (yes, I want the special edition 2001 release of this video, and while I'm here, I'll look for others by the same director, please...) They deliver very quickly, they've never delivered the wrong thing to me, and on top of all that they once sent me a free copy of "It's A Wonderful Life" at Christmas for being a good customer. I can't think of any r
      eason not to recommend them.

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        29.07.2002 06:51
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        Blackstar was my first time. It was a few years back and the order was a video not DVD but Blackstar was my first time, any I wouldn't have had it any other way. Blackstar focuses greatly on Customer Service and they do it better than any company I know, (infact they level with one but thats a totally different online service altogther). Unsure about something? ...Send them an email, be nice though because they will, the reply will sound more like one of your mates than someone from a company that you have never met and this is a more than welcome addition to any company, online or otherwise. Over the years I have bought hundreds of pounds worth of entertainment (and trust me with Blackstar you get a lot for your money), I have managed to grab a few great promotions, (another of their specialities) not to mention accrue a large amount of points in their loyalty program, for film related merchandise, and of course turning your dooyoo points to Blackstar vouchers. The Video Hunt, for deleted or otherwise unavailble videos.seems always successful and a very handy if not a tad overpriced and delivery is always prompt, everytime with a little complement slip attached. Oh yeah one last thing to webmasters, Blackstar has a very lucrative affliate programme too, just click on the link through my website first if you are gonna join ;) HeHe

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          27.06.2002 13:59

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          wish i could get off their bloody email list - Advantages: Convenient I suppose - Disadvantages: none

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          13.06.2002 19:09
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          I love the internet and I love shopping on the internet purely because it has saved me so much money over the years. Without it I'd say that my 500+ DVD collection would be a lot smaller. The main thing to buy over the net is entertainment goods such as music, video and dvd's purely because you can normally get the best prices and don't have to endure going to every shop in town. Nope everything can be bought by the click of a mouse and a visit from your un/friendly postman (delete as applicable). Blackstar have been going for a few years now and I remember the days when they started up. They had good prices and good service with free delivery to anywhere in the world. A couple of years back I even got a christmas present off them even thtough I had only ever bought one thing from them in the past. However things changed and blackstar's price policy seems th have changed quite a bit. They are no longer the competitive choice on the web. DVD's and videos are being sold at prices that are close to full RRP when you take into account that there are noe extra delivery charges. As always price is the main factor in anything and had it not been for a voucher then I probably wouldn't use this company as my main port of call. However if you value service over price then I have to say me experience with Blackstar was very good indeed. I logged onto the site and couldn't find anything that took my fancy until I came across a sale, there it was - Grosse Point Blank on DVD for £8.99. I'd been after the dvd for a while and with a voucher my purchase would work out under £6.00. It was a no-brainer decision. The order was very easy to place with a few clicks and the tapping in of my card details. There weren't a lot of pages to go through and the shipping costs were easy to work out. By the way it costs £1.40 to send a dvd which seems a bit pricey compared to others like DVDstreet but then again you get what you pay f
          or. So the dvd was ordered and all I do was wait. The product page said the dvd was out of stock but always gave clear indication of when more was expected in. To Blackstar's credit what they said was no lie and the goods were ready to ship on the day they said. But by this time I was due to move house and of course I would have a different adress. This was my chance to test the customer service's department. Obviously Blackstar acknowledge that web shopping isn't just a 9-5 thing. My e-mail was sent and I got an instant reply informing me of the rough estimate of time that I could expect before my answer was recieved. I'm not talking days here, it was actually hours and minutes. Once again this was no lie as within a few hours I had a reply which sorted everything. They even changed my address in my acount so I didn't have to. Within a couple of days the goods arrived in some robust packaging. The only thing I will say is that Blackstar are based in Ireland which meant the that dvd had some ugly Irish film classification ratings stickers stuck over the BBFC certification but then again for under £6.00 I wasn't going to complain and after all it's the film you really want not the box it comes in. If Blackstar could improve their pricing then I'd probably go there more often. Certainly their service is the best I've experienced in the countless tims I've shopped on the web. They're shipping charges are not the cheapest but they're not the most expensive either. At least they are easy to find unlike Amazon where you don't really get an idea of total cost until checkout. If you get a voucher or discount for them then they're well worth a try. Or at least take a look as they have some decent sales on at most times and their product range is incredibly extensive.

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            24.04.2002 05:26
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            This is a good DVD shop and the good thing is that if you have saved up your dooyoo miles you can buy a video or dvd here. The prices are quite expensive but the delivery is quick and well packed. You can search easily at the top and then search for what you want, if you can't remember all of the dvd's/videos you have been looking at add them to your hitlist for the ones you want. To start buying you should sign up which is quick and you are not aked for credit card details right away which is also a good thing. If you pre-order a title you get a 10% discount which makes it a lot cheaper. On this site there are also many offers going on with many older titles but which are still classics and you can get 2 for a certain amount or a discounted price like £6. This site only sell region 2 dvd's from my experience of look and the VHS videos. Delivery on videos is £1.70 for a video and a dvd is £1.40, videos will always work out quicker because their price without postage is still only about £10-12 but a dvd for a good title is usually £18.59. From my delivery experience they usually send their items quickly considering they are sending from Belfast. For a friend you can get a gift voucher on the website, there are also charts for dvd's and videos to show the best out. If you have a problem with anything purchased they will usually be happy to help you out. You can buy boxsets on here but if you do so you will have to times the postage by the amount of videos in the box-sets. The methods of payment they accept are Master Card, Visa, American Express, Switch/Solo, Delta, Visa Electron. The site is very secure therefore there is no need to worry about handing over personal details. When you actually look at the dvd you want you will see the cover and then a summary of the plot and what the special features are. I think this is a good site for somethings but there are still better DVD s
            ites, for example play.com

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              09.01.2002 03:10

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              Blackstar is a dvds and videos online shop, nah I hadn't heard of it either til I found it on a link. They have a huge range online and the prices are reasonable, I checked a few of the top dvds against amazon and it was about the same. Postage and packaging is about the same as amazon aswell, £1.70 for a video. They also have a small section of PS2 games but really if your gonna buy games your better off going elsewhere because they weren't great on price. They have a loyalty type scheme called star e-wards, where you get one star e-ward for every £10 you spend at the site. With gifts such as a dvd player to be claimed using these e-wards sounds great. Then you notice that the dvd player is 815 e-wards, hmmm that's a lot of dvds and videos you have to buy. You also can notice that the lowest prize is for 8 e-wards which is still quite a lot and all you get is a blank vhs tape. But where the site comes into its own is in its pricecrash section, some of the discounts are absolutely brilliant with dvds for £3.99, fair enough I hadn't heard of any of them but anyway. At the minute theres a January sale which really is good value, x-files videos are going for £1.99 so if you have any gaps In your collection get on with it. Also a lot of the Bond video are less than £5 which cant be bad. The site looks good from the outside but is a bit annoying to navigate round. Definitely worth going to look at the discounts but other than that go to amazon instead.

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              08.01.2002 01:23
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              What's about? ------------- I'm sure you know about blackstar, but anyway I'll try to give a general description. Blackstar.co.uk is an online store. They sell Dvd's and Vhs. It was originally done to sell VHS online, but times are changing and DVD is getting the big part of the video pie. Blackstar is one of famoust online stores and you can spent your dooyoo miles there so keep the eye on this op that I hope you'll find it helpful. I'm buying at blackstar from 1998. So I'm sure I can argue why I'm still buying there. DVD's ----- You can find almost every dvd that is relased on the european market. There's is an interesting option to buy new Dvd's. The way to do that is to buy when it's still a pre-relase. You can archieve a 10% discount that helps to reduce the non-cheap costs. Sometimes they have special discounts for items that ara at the top of the charts too. VHS --- Dvd is something that will conquer the market, but anyway there's a lot of vhs stuff to be sold. They have great offers on low-priced vhs. You can also buy new relases (when other stores refuses to sell vhs 'cos they earn less money than from dvd's). For example the last relases on vhs of Doctor who are always ready to be sent. Today I saw that soon will sell the recovered version of "planet of the giants" of the great first doctor!! Store zones ----------- This site is really useful to find dvd's of sciencefiction. The tv series have their own zone at blackstar. They have a detailed zone full of information of Doctor who, Star trek (the original serie, voyager, next generation, deep space and even the animated serie), buffy, Farscape, x-files... You'll find also a complete guide of some other series. Frasier have a great zone at blakcstar with all the episodes listed by season and with a complete box sets ready to be sent. Explo
              re ------- You can be guide if you are not sure what you are searching for. You can explore by genres. Blackstar have a detailed information of every genres with complete lists. You'll discover interesting items by this option. Psone Plastone 2 ---------------- Since some mounths ago they also sell Psone and P2 games from the website. They are a bit expensive, but you have all the advantages of buying it from a serious store. Shipping -------- I'm form Barcelona, but this is not a problem to receive my blackstar items really fast. The normal delivery time for me is a week so for all of you who are british I'm sure you'll receive it at once. Don't expect a big plastic case or something amazing. Envelopes are not really spectacular, but are effective and they are always very personal adding a post of the employee that prepared your package with his sing. It makes me feel closer to them. Do you have a website? ---------------------- If you have a website you can affiliate with blackstar and you will receive a 5% comision for life of the items people buy from your links. BlackStar Gift Certificates --------------------------- Sometimes you don't know what to buy for xmas or for a bday. If you are not sure if he/she have the dvd you are going to buy as a present, you can always guess with a gift certificate. It will be the person who receive the gift who will choose the film he/she want. That's a practical gift. They have gift certificates of 5, 10, 15£ etc BlackStar Video Hunt -------------------- Sometimes vhs goes out of stock and other times they are not allowed to be on stores cos they are deleted. What it's called "out of catalogue". Blackstar give you an oportunity to find that special vhs with the video hunt. If they have the video on their database but it's not avaliable, you will be able to click at "find it at
              video hunt" in spite of "buy it". They will only chargue you if they find the video. This services is a bit expensive but sometimes is really difficult to find that videos for other ways. My watchlist ------------ One of the greatest services of this website. You can be alert of new relases of your favourite stars with this service. For example, in my case, I want to be informed of the new relases of my fav serie X-files, then, all I have to do is check to gillian anderson or David duchovny to my watchlist, if they have something new to be relased it will be on my watchlist. While writing this op I felt that this is useful cos I'd noticed that it's on pre-relase the 8th season of X-files. That's great because I didn't know the correct date when it has to be relased. Now with my watchlist I can be sure that will be 25th Feb 2002. Secure? ------- Without a doubt! A year ago I'd done a big purchase at blackstar and it never arrived I fell so sorry because it was really expensive and I told that to Blackstar, they answered me at once sending the item again. I received the new one without any cost. Since then I recomend to anybody to buy at blackstar, you'll pay a bit more than in other sites, but you'll definetely receive your product. This security meens a bit or money. Blackstar rules!. Star E-Wards ------------ One of my favourites things about blackstar is the e-wards gifts. They are great. Anytime you spend £10 you'll receive a e-ward point. That points are accumulable to purchase interesting gifts. 8 points for a blank vhs tape, 14 for a pocker essential (my favourite gift. They are books about cinema that are really useful and for free!!), 14 posters, 36 Cdcase, 48 soundtracks, 28 dvd cleaner even you can get a dvd player or a digital sound theatre! at only... 900 points ;) Anyway I recomend you not to collect points for that expensive gifts (the
              amount of money you'll have to spent to receive a dvd player is horryfing). It's better to choose small gifts as blank tapes or pocket essentials. I'll try to add more info later.

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                11.12.2001 18:26

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                As a lover of operatic music, mainly by Puccini or Verdi, the amount of space allocated to my taste by most shops ia rather limited. As a result I tend to visit selected stores whenever I wish to buy such products. My collection is mainly CDs with a few good video recordings, but I recently discovered an excellent performance of Tosca on DVD. I had not expected to find anything like this available, and having a DVD drive in the computer I purchased it on the spot. Now I was eager to find how many other good DVD recordings were available, but the prospect of spending hours or even days scouring the shops did not appeal to me. The obvious alternative was to sit at home with a cup of coffee and browse the internet. First stop Blackstar, a site I have been aware of for some time but never really bothered to use. The presentation was good and the search facilities made finding what you require impressively simple. Selecting "Domingo" and "DVD" gave me a full listing of all related products, followed by "Puccini" to be presented with a very impressive listing. After deciding that I would purchase a couple of items, I found that ordering was simple and the service was very good. Items ordered can easily be tracked by visiting the site for an update, and any change of mind can be satisfied by selecting to cancel the order at any time. I will certainly be spending a lot less time browsing around music shops in the future.

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                11.10.2001 20:30
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                I have been using Blackstar for nearly a year now and it is absolutely fantastic. Why, well let's take a look shall we……. The homepage explodes onto your screen with colour galore, showing DVD promotional pictures left, right and centre.On the left of the homepage is a list of their current special offers and this contains both old and new films for you to chose a a bargain price. In the centre is another list of films (not quite so cheap) and this can be interesting, as it often shows you DVD's and videos that you may have forgotten all about. Below it is a few Playstaion games and accessories. To the right is the Blackstar chart, listing some of the most popular viewing items. There is a basic search engine available on the homepage, which is usually adequate to find what you are looking for, if not there is a better search facility using the explore button at the top. On the top right hand side there are four buttons, explore, help, My shop and My basket : Explore – This is a very helpful button. It leads you to a search page, allowing multiple searches for videos and DVD's. If you are looking for something specific, this is where you should head first. Help – Anything you wanted to know about Blackstar and the site but were afraid to ask! Basically whatever you want to know, frequently asked questions, How do I, etc. If you are new to the site then check this out first as it will help you familiarise your self with the Blackstar experience! My shop – This is where you log onto the site if you are a member, anything you do from here will be as a member. Become a member, it is free after all! Once logged on a wealth of personal information is open to you. You can check or change your details, see what you have bought previously, change your credit card details and much more. You can also check your star e-wards, more about that later! My basket 
                211; simply a list of things you are currently attempting to purchase. E-wards are basically a points saving system. The more you buy, the more E-wards you receive. These can be exchanged for gifts varying from posters right up to sweatshirts and Jackets. Nothing to really get excited about but again it's free. If you are going to buy Games, DVD’s or videos anyway then it's all a bonus! The homepage also gives you access to see the progress of your purchase, to track down the status of your returns and arrange to have you items gift wrapped if you like! The following methods of payment are currently acceptable to Blackstar: Visa Master Card Delta American Express Switch/Solo Uk postal order You may also pay by cheque Note Eurocheques are not exceptable. Postage costs, well you will have to check each item you order, but basically Videos are £1.70, DVD and games are £1.40. Obviously double videos and special items will be different but their postage charges are very reasonable. When you become a member you also have the option to receive regular e-mails and my advice would be to take this option. The e-mails give you news on new releases and special offers. You don't have to read them religiously and sometimes you might find something to buy that you didn't even realised you wanted! Summing up, I have used Blackstar on numerous occasions. The website is very easy to navigate and simple to join. I personally tend to buy only videos from blackstar and all my purchases have been cheaper than high street shops and delivered within a couple of days in perfect condition. So why bother queuing up at all these busy highstreet shops. Christmas is fast approaching and you can avoid a lot of the hassles and get some good ideas for presents using Blackstars great service. This is the only online service that I have ever
                felt the need to send an e-mail congratulating them on such an excellent service, high praise indeed! What are you waiting for, go look now!

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                  04.10.2001 00:19
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                  There is one thing that really upsets me, when they let a good thing crumble and waste. I had been using Blackstar for an age (well in internet shopping years it is), it must be well over 2 years now. I was a loyal and regular shopper, I found it great for Christmas and gift shopping. I have spend many a hard earned penny on there site on both goodies for me and gifts for others. My addiction with the site started when i became a crazed Buffy fan and in the days when Buffy box sets were hard to come by in most conventional video shops, you could trust Blackstar to have them in stock and much cheaper then elsewhere too. 20% discounts off pre-orders was a fantastic idea, which i used quite frequently. However, things have started to turn and i feel they are getting a little greedy. In march I ordered a copy of Deep Rising on VHS for a gift, it wasn't in stock so they said it would be ship as soon as they had more. Well i have to say i forgot about it, i had been on my holidays to Brussels and forgot about by the time i returned. It has now come to that Christmas Shopping time again and i had logged back in ready to shop. I looked at my details and noticed that Deep Rising was down as shipped!!, which was funny since i had not recieved it. so i sent an email explianing that i had not recieved the video. They were prompt in there reply, but it turns out that the post office had returned the package to them, but they didn't inform me or refund me, if i hadn't of notice by chance, they would still be clutching my money and laughing. They have now agreed to send me my copy (I want it on principle), and they haven't charged me for the shipping (oh how kind). But they say better the Devil you know and i have place an order, to see what happens this time. Who knows maybe they will regain my trust.... we shall see. I do think it is sad that they have started hidding shipping costs, they used
                  to be so honest and reliable. On a good note the site it great, its easy to navigate and they have an excellent selection of titles. It might just be me who has had a bad experience, but i would be intrested to find out if anyone else has had a similar problem.

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                    Blackstar (www.blackstar.co.uk) are the undisputed champions of online video sales – and it’s not hard to see why. Everything about the site is user friendly: navigation is simplicity itself, prices are competitive and the ordering simple and safe. Whereas Amazon sells DVD’s as a second string to their bow, Blackstar are the video specialists in DVD and VHS format. The home page explains everything in detail from searching, to the usual checkout, where they employ a secure server that encrypts your credit card details before being sent over the Internet. Gift-wrapping and labelling is available using the easy to follow instructions. On the home screen, apart from the usual search box, we have: •Video Browse •DVD Browse •Latest Releases •Video and DVD charts •My Diary The first two are self-explanatory. The latest releases give an up to date list of all Video and DVD’s in order of popularity with details of the films. My Diary allows you to set up a “hotlist”. This is ideal for me as I read about loads of films on ciao and doo-yoo that I would like to see and then forget their names. Here I can set up my own hot list for later browsing. Blackstar have a pre-bookable option for new releases allowing you to have videos delivered on the day of release, this is made even more attractive as they offer discounts on these films. One of Blackstar’s great features is that of searching for obsolete films. BlackStar's “Video Hunt” team will try to track down any UK deleted release if they are unsuccessful there is no charge. If they are successful in tracking down your video, there is a charge of £16.99 per tape - this includes the cost of your tape and the search. It is possible to build up credits with their Blackstar E-Wards programme. Each time you purchase an item, y
                    ou will earn one point or black star for every £10 spent. Items that can be selected with Black Stars vary from a blank VHS Tape to a full Digi Theatre Sound Package. A handy package that comes with Blackstar is the ability to set up your own Cinema schedule. Once you have set up your local cinema, it will give you the current films showing at the theatre, along with the times and even a short description of the film. It also keeps you up to date with all the films on show nationally. A similar facility is on hand for television. Basically it is a glorified TV Times, but in this case it is possible to programme it and ensure that you don’t miss your favourite show. The affiliates programme offered by Blackstar is very impressive. The commission rate is 5%, which is about par for this type of sale. The difference however lies in the fact that once you have passed a customer to Blackstar via your link, EVERYTHING that customer purchases in the future, even if they return directly to Blackstar and not through your site, will be credited to your account. This is potentially one of the best deals on the web for web masters. Do you fancy a job with Blackstar? If you feel you have something to offer them, email them at jobs@blackstar.co.uk or write to: BlackStar, 19-21 Alfred Street, Belfast BT2 8ED, Northern Ireland Tel: 028 9050 9050 All in all Blackstar is a thoroughly good site and well worth keeping in your favourite places. As a search engine on Films alone it is worth it.

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                      01.09.2001 16:46
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                      Black Star is not a bad site, in fact it is a very good one. It's slick, easy to navigate, full of information - possibly more than you need and is an excellent search tool for all your video and DVD needs. The problem with Black Star is the most important factor of all, Price! In terms of price it is cheaper by some considerable distance to buy your video's on the high street. For example Final Destination on VHS at Blackstar will cost you a total of £15.99. At HMV it costs £13.99 a saving of £2. Gladiator costs £17.99 at Blackstar and at HMV costs £13.99 as well. When you take into the account the special offers you receive at HMV and Virgin like three videos for £20, then shopping at Blackstar is not a very viable option. I think Blackstar have moved more towards the DVD market which is fair enough, as DVD's are going to take over before too long. But for now Blackstar is too expensive for the VHS market.

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                      THE BEST ONLINE VIDEO STORE EVER!!! If you are looking for that elusive favourite that you cant find anywhere else, you bet your life blackstar have it or can find it for you, they have found many for me to add to my collection. They have a huge choice of quality products at reasonable prices offer prompt delivery and keep their word.And a perfect customer services sales team I wouldnt recommend anyone else. And their incentive scheme and regular emails certainly keep you interested enough to make you visit the store on a regular basis. A compulsive web site a must for video fans. The home page is bright and colourful and immediatly grabs your attention, with lots of links to various areas of the website. Joining is simple, just enter your name, address, email and a debit/credit cards details for an easy to use secure ordering service. Once these details have been entered they are stored on the computer so you dont have to re-enter them everytime you place an order. Choosing an item is simple, just type in an actors name, words from atitle or even the director to find the film you are looking for, a list of your search will appear for you to browse through. Items that have not yet been released on general sale can be pre ordered through blaackstar to be delivered to your door on release date, and you can usually get a discount for pre ordering this way. When you have chosen an item from the hundreds of titles from many different genre you can choose to have the item gift wrapped for a small charge before dispatch. You can even track the status of your order online, but I have found that the emails you recieve about your order status are quite sufficient. If you are not sure which video your best friend would like for her birthday you can even send her a blackstar gift certificate by email, it works like voucher from any other store but is done electronically by email. And the more you spend t
                      he more you gain with their star E-wards system where every £10 pounds you spend earn you one black star which can be exchanged for vaious goodies from a blank video to a DVD player. Not only do they offer VHS videos blackstar have many top titles on DVD and also cater for the playstation one and two consumers. They also stock various accessories such as blank tapes, remote controls etc. So take a look they have even got dvd/video chart and bestseller lists and often run some good promotionsfrom time to time. I would recommend this site to anyone who enjoys films and hates going shopping to get them.

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                        07.08.2001 21:41
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                        Blackstar is an online movie store where you can buy vhs videos and dvd's of films and television programmes. It has a very wide selection of films to choose from. I have shopped there once and I found that the delivery was next day delivery and the product I bought was in exellent condition. It also offers rental shops the chance to buy new released films to hire out nad then after a while they will sell them off cheaply as big box films. By each product there is a very detailed description which definately helps you to choose what to buy. The website is also easy to use, it is clear where everything is and it is very easy to use. Blacstar usually have an offer on new products like 20% off and most old films are reduced a lot. Blackstar is a great online video store and like amazon.co.uk has a wide range of films to buy. I love it and will definately shop there again.

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                          04.08.2001 06:30
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                          As an inveterate internet shopper I chose to forego the easy and familiar rewards of Amazon so that I could experience a different shopping enviroment and of course have reason for a new review... I had heard of Blackstar before and enjoyed several of DooYoo's 100+ reviews of the site but of course I was cautious and invested only 10,000 DooYoo miles in a £10 voucher for said store.Being dull I've only spread my DVD buying wings so far but felt this well known company deserved a turn.The DooYoo conversion was easy and the comfirmation E-Mail came in three days.Instead of Amazon's voucher the Blackstar reward comes in the form of a weblink.Following the link you are invited to enter your E-Mail and password before entering your own homepage where your credit has already been stored.Once in you are invited to browse the store... I did find the browsing somewhat difficult.Links are displayed for 'Cult' shows such as 'Zena','Buffy' 'Voyager' etc but accessing non-nerd titles proved more troublesome.A search bar allowed easy access to any title you sought but the casual browser is offered only a 'Top twenty' and links to other popular titles.If,like me,you dither a lot you don't get offered a lot of suggestions.Quite often I enjoy a wander around a site and 'Play247's' options of browsing a genre,actor or even Alphabetic letter gives many more options than Blackstar's basics.The site is pleasing to the eye and fast loading.They do focus on new titles and finding that forgotten classic can be tough.The site is still a friend of VHS and many searches disappointinly offer VHS titles so when you though a DVD of 'The Big Picture' was within your grasp you end up disappointed.Thourgh maybe but a DVD only search would be welcome. Let's say though you have made a choice and are simply after the best price - is this for you?.Well no.For a friend I was pricing 'The Bi
                          tch/The Stud' double feature,honest.Amazon offers a hefty pricetag of £18.99 plus £1.40 P&P.Blackstar comes in at £18.59 plus £1.40 P&P whereas Play247 offers this classy double feature at £14.99 postage free why go elsewhere?. I did buy through Blackstar being voucher rich and the DVD arrived in three days in secure packaging.The service is clearly good but not worth the £5+ extra you pay over the competition.The stock is good but over priced and you have to know what you want before entering the site.Worth a look but you'll find it cheaper and just as quick elsewhere.Good but not nearly good enough.

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