Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences
Volume 3 (1999), Issue 2, Pages 163-170

The videotape rental model

Barry A. Pasternack and Zvi Drezner

California State University-Fullerton, USA

Copyright © 1999 Barry A. Pasternack and Zvi Drezner. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper we study the situation faced by a videotape rental store which must decide how many copies of a new videotape release it should purchase for rental to customers. A model representing this process is developed and contrasted with the classical newsboy problem.