Wal-mart’s Secret In-Store Special: Part II

Posted by James Segars on December 6, 2007 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Deals, HD DVD, PS3, Retailers

walmart_logo.jpgThe latest deal from the mega retailer does include both the HD A3 and the 40gb PS3, but isn’t nearly as sweet as we’ve come to expect from ole’ Wally World.

The 40gb PS3 is being sold for $399.99 with a $50 gift card.  While it’s certainly not stellar it’s better than paying the same amount and getting no freebies, right?

On the other hand, the A3 is being sold for a mere two dollars below retail, at $298.00, which is far from the incredible A2 deal they loosed back in the beginning of November.  However, they are sweetening the pot substantially by tossing in an additional five movies of your choice at the time of purchase, which brings the free disc total up to 12.  Of course, the other seven free discs should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the format war – two in the box (presumably Bourne Identity and 300), five via mail-in-rebate – but regardless this is a nice bonus, and it might just be the most free movies we’ve seen thrown in with a next gen disc player to date. 

It would have been nice to see the price drop to somewhere below Amazon’s previous promotion, or at the very least match their offer, but it will be interesting to see whether or not consumers will wake up early on Friday to take part in the latest promotion.


Wal-mart’s Secret In-Store Special, here.


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9 Responses to “Wal-mart’s Secret In-Store Special: Part II”

  1. James Segars on December 6th, 2007 1:25 pm

    If you pay close attention to the fine print, they are also offering the HD A2 for their previous price point of $198.00, back when the player debuted over a month ago.  Walmart is extending the same "5 Free HD DVD" offer at the point of purchase, though no discs come inside the box, bringing the total free discs you can walk away with the 10.  Again, while the price isn’t nearly as sweet as it was before, it’s hard to scoff at 10 free movies. 

  2. Ben Drawbaugh on December 6th, 2007 2:21 pm

    Nice job James, your best post yet. For the first time, I did think I was reading the newspaper. 

  3. James Segars on December 6th, 2007 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the support, Ben.  It means a lot to me.

  4. C on December 6th, 2007 2:29 pm

    Not bad, I guess…but I think Amazon is still offering 10 movies with the A3 for $224.

  5. James Segars on December 6th, 2007 2:34 pm

    @C – You’re definitely right there.  I’m sure better deals exist, but for B&M shoppers, this is currently the best deal around.  While people like you and I would buy something online in a heartbeat there a lots of people that would prefer to buy, especially when buying "big", in store.  At any rate, with all of these deals currently in flux, it’s best to evaluate all of your options and keep a keen eye out for the best deals… or you could rely on our site ;)

  6. C on December 6th, 2007 4:11 pm

    And speaking of buying in store, I believe Best Buy has cut the A3 price to $250 with some free movies as well.
    Clever sale, I think they sent out discount coupons for this weekend as well.

  7. C on December 7th, 2007 11:46 am

    Amazon has just bumped the offer up to 12 free HD DVD’s.

  8. Devils Advocate on December 8th, 2007 4:46 pm

    Paidgeek (insider at and avs forum) and the Newsweek article have suggested that bluray players may drop to sub $300 levels. It will be interesting to see what effect those have on the software ratios.

  9. Devils Advocate on December 8th, 2007 4:46 pm

    correction on previous post:some bluray players not all 

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