Amazon's Blu-ray Deal of the Week affects selected titles from Twentieth Century Fox, Sony, and Disney Home Entertainment. Through June 29th, Amazon is offering each Blu-ray for 45% - 68% off its standard MSRP.
Remember the days when amazon's sales were the lowest prices you could find? Anywhere! They'd even be cheaper than all the marketplace vendors selling the same item used! Marketplace vendors wouldn't/couldn't even try to match them, they'd just patiently wait for the sale to end.
I remember buying a 3-handset Panasonic phone from amazon, brand new, for about 20 bucks less than the cheaper 2-handset version was on sale for at CC as an open-box special of questionable condition. These days, half the time, you go to amazon and some MUCH smaller vendor that doesn't do a fraction of the volume of sales as amazon and thus doesn't have their enormous buying power - and in many cases has a brick and mortar operation with traditionally higher overhead (though amazon's overhead is bloated more than it should be from wasting money on more warehouses than they need and years of attorney fees fighting to prolong the inevitable internet tax - is selling it for even less than amazon's "sale" price.
All the Amazon-ites are finally getting bit in the ass. All these years they refused to shop retail stores, Amazon isn't lowering prices to customer expectations and thus starts the complaining. I haven't purchased a movie from Amazon since their Black Friday deals. Other promotions at stores like Best Buy are head over heals better than anything Amazon has to offer. They've been doing it quietly for over 2 years now.
For those of you familiar with Best Buy's "Trade and Save" program for Blu-Rays know exactly what I'm talking about here. Trade in up to 5 DVDs per day during the promotion, and get a $5 coupon towards any Blu-Ray $9.99 and up. Even works on sale prices. Regularly makes Blu-Rays that are $19.99 or $14.99 with that promotion.... $4.99. I don't even know the last time I paid more than $4.99 for a Blu-Ray. I was in one the other day and they have a selection of Blu-Rays (about 40 or so) for $9.99. You can pick 2 of them for $12.99. Or you can pick 3 for $14.99.
Add bestbuy.com to your bookmarks and check it out on Sunday mornings. A lot of you might be surprised.
I agree that BB has been the BD price leader for the last couple years, but I fear that may be changing as all the price-matching amazon seems to be taking its toll, now that BB has scaled back their brick and mortar inventory yet again, and the past few weeks, Target and Walmart have even been beating BB in the price game.
They're dvd-trade-in program isn't all it's cracked up to be though. It's only worthwhile if the dvd you're trading is both worthless to you AND worthless to sell yourself. Doing the math, if you can sell the dvd for just $3, you're about better off selling it than trading it to BB. Of course, if you've got a dvd that skips, is only worth a buck it's condition, or that you bought at the Dollar Tree for a buck or as little as 25 cent, trading makes more sense, even though, most of the time, the movies seem to fall to after-trade prices not long after the trade-in promotions end. Case in point: BB's recent 2 for $10 and 3 for $15 promotions that include a lot of the titles that were 9.99 during their dvd trade-in deal. Or how, in the past, they've often dropped 9.99 titles to 7.99 after the trade-in program ends, negating the trade-in deals by $2, as little as a week after the promotion. Or 19.99 new releases that drop to 14.99 a month after release. Half of the time I trade a dvd to BB, I end up seeing the same or better deal within a month or two, without having to sacrifice a dvd. And I'm one of the seeming few who actually researches the value of the dvd before trading, not one of those trading in movies still going for 5-10 bucks used or even are OOP and selling for 20-80 dollars (used).
I don't know why you people despise amazon so much. Amazon is the best online store I ever used. I saved alot of cash. The only reason why you people are complaining is because you buy NEW prosucts directly from amazon or a third-party retailer. NEW products are overpriced and aren't worth you money(Best Buy included). You might as well go to the store. Plus, I buy all my blurays used from amazon with the "very good" or "like new" condition. It saves you money with it's lower prices and it is like owning something new. Never had any problems with it. You just have to make sure you buy from a trusted private retailer.
@hyperman: Not to point out the obvious, but this news topic is about "new" products, not "used". I've bought a lot of used items through amazon in the past: Most were advertised as like-new, but arrived in good to very good condition at best, or even damaged (not shipping damage, I'm talking markered through library stamps on deluxe hardcover books, with torn and misprinted pages being sold as "like-new". That said, amazon's warehouse deals prices aren't nearly as appealing as they used to be. I've even seen amazon sell movies brand new for less than their used warehouse deals price on many occasion, as if they marked down the new price and forgot about their used store. But, these days, their warehouse deals store is in extremely short supply and more often than not, an unreasonably small discount over the brand new price, unless you think it's worth saving as little as a buck for an item that may be scratched, come in a generic replacement case, a broken case, missing the dcopy, or missing the slipcover.
I'm not knocking buying used. I have purchased a large portion of my collection that way. But if you are going that route there are much, MUCH, MUCH!!! better places than amazon for used movies too. So, whether you're buying new or used, if you're still blindly trusting amazon to have the best price, you're in for a surprise. Amazon's focus has shifted from using their buying power and low internet overhead that allows them to offer items at a better price, to charging the same as their chief brick-and-mortar competitors, so they can build more warehouses for faster shipping speeds down the road.