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TheSquirrel (53) 08-30-12  07:22pm
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Status: Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
Pros: Vast quantity of material, at a bargain price.
No DRM, download limits, or pre checked cross selling.
New material each day.
Excellent way the pages are set out, you can see stills from the videos at frequent intervals.
You can cut each video to your own length starting and ending where you please.
Reasonably easy search given the amount of material, in many categories, although some on here say it isn't always entirely accurate.
Good amount of dvd's with models of different age, race, and size.
Cons: Mostly low quality bargain basement porn.
Hard sorting the good quality from the bad because there is so much bad quality.
Slow loading of pages.
Mostly very homogeneous and mainstream, there's still a lack of fetish material.
Still relatively slow downloads, although a vast improvement on my last membership.
Obviously the site is limited by its niche. No original content, no photos, and download picture quality is limited to the original dvd quality, which mostly isn't particularly high def when compared to some modern independent internet porn producers.
Bottom Line: I could have tried to cure cancer or find a way to feed some of the world's starving, but having thought about it, I decided what the world really needs is yet another VideoBox review. Just cut and paste from the hundreds (thousands?) of VideoBox reviews in the last four years all the pros and cons, and you could make up a great VB review without ever visiting the place. So why you then get reviews as bad as Pros - tons of videos, attractive girls, Cons - poor search, Bottom Line - what more do you want, is beyond me.

What truly puzzled me though, after I originally joined was, why did I find download speeds so slow it was impossible to stream most evenings, and downloading even a few clips, was excruciating and made waiting for the grass to grow, seem like a high octane thrill a minute ride. I hadn't heard about that in the reviews. A victim of their success? So many people joining they didn't have the bandwidth to accommodate them, but couldn't give a rat's arse anyway? Absolutely.

One or two reviews and comments did finally start materialising about those slow speeds. USA seemed okay but it looked like Europe and Canada had the worst speeds, though not everyone suffered. Receiving decent speeds seemed very much a lottery, and my speed was so bad first time around, membership was pointless. Maybe they were vicitms of their own success. Too many members? They weren't falling over themselves to help in customer services (unless it was falling over with laughter, as each email of complaint was automatically consigned to "trash") as there appeared to be no one there. VideoBox Customer Services must be an oxymoron, like military intelligence. I strongly suspect VideoBox is run by the British.

Since the sad demise of American Vice I hadn't joined any dvd site but had always been looking. I yearned to check out VideosZ, but on principal would not give my money to any place that tried to con me out of my hard earned money. I'm talking here about pre checked cross selling, and without it I would not have returned to VB. In fact all of the dvd sites have pretty much the same problems: They are either crap, or have pre checked cross selling. The idea of returning to VideoBox, a site in which I had previously found download speeds so slow, they might as well have been delivered one byte at a time by carrier pigeon from VB to my computer, was anathema.

Why on earth I ever returned to VB I don't know, but completely against the odds and defying my disbelief, I was gobsmacked when I did. My god I could download, I could actually stream some videos, even in the daytime! OMG this time I could actually view some videos. Maybe this time it is me being lucky, as I have recently seen a comment on PU about very slow speeds.

It too often becomes a chore sorting out the good quality from the bad because of the vast volume of awful material, and with the site slow to react when changing pages, browsing can become a painful and irritating experience. I took advice from some experienced PU 'ers and often looked by studio. Pink Visual and Lethal Hardcore are two of the better ones.

Although most of the stuff is very homogeneous and mainstream, you do at least find a large model range of ethnicity, age, and size. Many sites nowadays have models that are nearly all white, young, and thin.

Overall, this time around it was a positive rather than negative experience. VideoBox is no longer my least favourite site, so this time I consider 80 rather than 75 to be a fair mark. I may even join again.

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messmer (137) Nice to see you do a review again, Squirrel. I always enjoy reading them. I, too, still miss American Vice for the same reason you do, not enough niche material on VB. But main stream is their bread and butter and they don't dare touch that formula because every time they issue an update that breaks the mold the mob goes crazy with condemnation and threats of unsubscribing. I am glad that your speeds are finally improving. Here in Atlantic Canada it has always been fast for me. I normally download at 2.35 MB/s (my top speed). Navigation within VB3 can be atrocious, though.

As to quality, I've given up. I can no longer stand DVD quality because most of it looks blurred in full screen, so I download HD contents only. It certainly limits my choice but for $ 12.00 a month I'm not complaining. As always, thanks for giving us your unique perspective. Wish you'd find more sites to do reviews on. :-)

08-31-12  12:00pm

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lk2fireone (196) Like messmer says, it's great to see a new review from you. Your reviews give a personal flavor in addition to nice details.

The two main points for me that you make:
1. Mostly low quality bargain basement porn.
2. Hard sorting the good quality from the bad because there is so much bad quality.

I'm getting lazy in my old age. In spite of a low price and massive content, I no longer have the patience to search through the garbage to find the gems. And like messmer says, I've been spoiled by high quality videos to bother watching most low-quality DVDs.

08-31-12  03:42pm

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TheSquirrel (53) REPLY TO #1 - messmer :

Thanks for your comments, I take a lot of effort to do a review so I appreciate the feedback. I usually make notes from the first day of membership, jot down a pro or a con, take some stats for the bottom line, jot down an occasional sentence or paragraph for the bottom line whenever I think of one, then after a week or two start to put it all together. I always take several weeks to complete a review because I am constantly tinkering and re editing. I know you and the other members take pride over what you write too.

I only join the occasional site,(and some of those I don't review), because I do actually view the material. I don't just download and store it away, and I only get limited time to watch porn. This is I think a good thing, because you do get jaded after a while, and unless it's brilliant porn, it all starts to look the same.

I know what you are saying about quality. I try to remember those old pirated videos from 30 years ago. Awful quality, but it was the best you could get. We are spoilt for choice and quality nowadays compared to then. Unfortunately once you see the better quality definition, then the rest starts to look inferior. What looked great two years ago, looks inferior now. I love high quality, and VB often gets the picture perspective wrong - something that American Vice got right.

One of the advantages of VB is you can view all sorts of videos with models of different age, size, race, and colour, which is something you can rarely do with most memberships. They claim they are "networks" but many of the sites on those networks all look the same.

Good to see you still around, making replies and comments.

08-31-12  04:47pm

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TheSquirrel (53) REPLY TO #2 - lk2fireone :

Thanks Ik, it's great to receive your positive comments. I know you like to do thorough reviews too, as do most regulars. We all take pride in that.

I agree not only about sorting through garbage to find the gems, but also on some networks (Teen Mega World, and Karup's for instance), bad navigation makes it such a nightmare and chore finding the stuff I want, I end membership after just one month, and think I miss a lot of good material.

If there is one underrated pro for porn sites it is navigation and having decent home pages. If you only have a certain amount of time to view porn you don't want to spend hours searching for something that is downloadable.

I agree about those low quality dvd's, but only a few years ago they were cutting edge quality! We are getting too spoilt.

08-31-12  04:59pm

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