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Birmingham receives 2 Billionth Netflix shipment… no Foolin’

2 April 2009

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Of all the mailboxes in all the towns in all the world,

Netflix sent their 2 Billionth shipment into mine.

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I’m only guessing that this was what Clay Shannon of Birmingham was thinking yesterday on April Fools Day, of all days.  The story broke this morning that he received the two billionth shipment from Netflix (yes, with a “B”).  When Netflix called to congratulate him it took awhile for him to accept that it was not an April Fool’s joke.  Since he’s the Director of Analytics at the McWane Science Center, he was probably thinking how improbable it was to get such a call.

For his distinction, Clay will receive a lifetime subscription to the service.  The subscription price for 3-DVDs at a time is $200 annually; a pretty nice prize for doing little more than simply requesting “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” on Blu-Ray.

According to Netflix, “Netflix shipped its one billionth DVD (a copy of Babel) to a member in Helotes, Tex. in February 2007. It took eight years for Netflix to reach one billion shipments — less time than it took McDonald’s to sell one billion hamburgers — and just over two years to ship the second billion.”

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  1. Allison Youngblood permalink
    6 April 2009 9:38 pm

    Clay is a friend of mine from Elementary School – this kind of stuff always happens to him! Lucky guy!!! A great guy too!

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