Changing trends and improving technology can catch investors out.
They were on the main streets of every large and small town. They were in suburbs and there were multiples of them in cities.
They were crowded with people most nights of the week, especially Fridays. Many were small businesses owned by families, but there were also large chains who owned stores across states and countries.
Slowly over the past decade they've almost all disappeared. The giant of the industry, Blockbuster, with 9000 video rental stores in the US alone at the company's peak in 2004, now has only