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Samsung BD-P1590 Blu-ray Player Spotted at Wal-Mart

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on May 7, 2009 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Hardware, Wal-Mart



It looks like the store specific model bandits have struck again. This time the culprit is Samsung BD-P1590 Blu-ray player, which looks to be an exact clone of Samsung’s BD-P1600 (MSRP 299$). The BD-P1590 is on sale now at your local Wal-Mart for $248.00. Our local store had just received a shipment of 5 of the players.

We think making store specific models (that are exactly the same except for the model number ) is a dubious practice, it is anti-competitive, and is intended to gouge consumers by avoiding price matching policies.

We do wonder who is fueling this fire? Is it the discounters like Costco, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club?, or is it the retailers that sell the products for the full MSRP? *cough* Best Buy *cough*

Past Store Specific Models:

Sony BDP-BX1 (Costco)

Panasonic DMP-BD605 (Costco)

Samsung BD-P2550 (Best Buy)

Related posts:

  1. Best Buy Shows Off Samsung BD-P2550 Netflix Streaming

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5 Responses to “Samsung BD-P1590 Blu-ray Player Spotted at Wal-Mart”

  1. Moises on May 7th, 2009 11:49 am

    Whether they are the same model number or not there is another issue that may need to be addressed.

    In the past I’ve heard Best Buy has sometimes declined pricematching places that require membership (like Costco and Sam’s Club) because they have stated these stores are considered warehouse stores and not retail stores. I took a look at their Store Price Guarantee and it does state that they pm other “retail” stores. It is then emphasized again in their F.A.Q.s that what they consider to be a local retail competitor is (again) another “retail” store. The fact that Costco does not accept manufacturer coupons corroborates with this statement because retail stores are obligated to accept manufacturer coupons while warehouse stores do not. Warehouse stores can, however, use their own store-specific coupons that are good for only the merchandise they sell.

    So if I think I have a right (not privilege) to pricematch a warehouse item at Best Buy, then I should also have a right to use manufacturer coupon at said warehouse store.

    Now, having said that, this doesn’t mean that all Best Buy employees will always flat-out refuse to pm a Costco or Sam’s Club, …people have gotten lucky in the past. And given with the way the recession has affected revenue of most retailers I would be more confident in the fact that they will be more flexible in their pm policy in order to bring in business. But the success to pm can vary depending on a number of factors like: who you ask, how you go about asking for it, the price difference between their store price and the pm price (if it’s a huge markdown or a reasonable one), etc.

    As an added tip, if the item in question is advertised in the competitor’s flyer or circular ad then bring it with you to show them as I believe this greatly raises the odds in your favor to pricematch. Good luck and happy shopping!

  2. Fred on May 19th, 2009 9:20 am

    More importantly, this player is a peice of junk. BD-Live isn’t functioning at all, despite it advertised as profile 2.0 out of box.

  3. Uncle Buck on May 22nd, 2009 11:10 am

    Companies do use all kinds of techniques to boost their sales as long as it is legal. Store specific models, in my opinion, is another marketing ploy.. as good as any other.

  4. CptnMorgan on August 18th, 2009 3:30 pm

    Tyler may want to get his facts right before bashing the store specific model bandits. The Samsung BD-P1590 is actually a new model in the Samsung line-up (see http://www.samsung.com). It is remarkably similar to the BD-P1600 except that Samsung has elminated the annoying motorized front panel and rearranged the control buttons. I first saw the 1590 at Costco for $199.99. They have a pallet full at the Woodinville, WA store. Wallmart, Amzon.com and Refurb.com are the only other places I’ve found the 1590.

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  5. Roy on December 9th, 2009 9:57 am

    As of Dec. 7, Sam’s in Panama City had a pallet full of 1590′s priced at $129.
    Have not used it yet, so can’t comment further.

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