Suddenly, it's all very clear.
I signed up for Netflix a few months ago and recently switched to three DVDs at a time rather than just one. I figure with over one hundred movies in my rental queue I'd have to speed things up a little. One movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin, has been in my queue for probably over a month now, and it's due to what some Netflix subscribers call "throttling."
Most of me doesn't really care about this. They're just movies, and they're movies I get without having to, like, you know, move around too much. Still, the whole allure of Netflix has been the concept that you can receive a buttload of movies each month at a really good price. What wasn't acknowledged until recently is that heavy renters like myself actually cost the company more money because of postage. It's not a perfect world, but in a perfect world I'd be married to Winona Ryder and own a unicorn farm. It's not enough to make me quit Netflix, but people who get into this "online rental thing" need to be made more aware of the caveats that are a part of transactions like these.
[Thanks to Beth for the tip]