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Wal-Mart to Push Blu-ray Players/Movies

Posted June 3, 2008 04:01 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray DiscWal-Mart has revealed that any consumer who purchases a Blu-ray Disc player between June 8th and 14th will receive a free $100 gift card. In addition to the Sony BDP-S300 ($388), which they have been selling for some time now, they have added the Magnavox NB500MG9 ($298) as well as Blu-ray players from Samsung and Panasonic.

Beginning June 8th, the retailer will also be reducing the price of best selling Blu-ray titles such as '3:10 to Yuma', '300', and 'Shooter' to under $15. This will provide an excellent opportunity for new Blu-ray owners to build a library of quality Blu-ray titles for the same cost as a DVD.

No word on if these deals will also be applicable to their online store as well.


Source: Reuters | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (42 comments)



stockstar1138
  Jun 03, 2008
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so you can pick up a blu-ray player for under $200. and the hd dvd fanboys said it would never happen.

mystiksuicide
  Jun 03, 2008
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Still might be a little to expensive for your typical walmart customer but it's getting there.

Blu-Runner
  Jun 03, 2008
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Wow, good job Wal-Mart. You just went up a notch in my book. I know my tone sounds sarcastic, but seriously, this is a courteous move.

Septimus Prime
  Jun 03, 2008
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It was only a matter of time.

jkwest
  Jun 03, 2008
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Under $300 and you get a $100 giftcard...wow!!! I'm telling my brother about this one...he's been waiting on a good deal.

kaliraver
  Jun 03, 2008
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Its a beginning abd I hope more retailers start to do specials like this to help the adoption of Blu-Ray.

CptGreedle
  Jun 03, 2008
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Sweet! I hope this drives other competitors to drop their prices or have sales too.
My sis might be interested in this but I think she is still going to wait for another price drop on the
PS3.

jhansla
  Jun 03, 2008
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I might pick the Sony player up...Is it worth it?

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dobyblue
  Jun 03, 2008
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I think every other player listed is better than the Sony player.

Mr. Cinema
  Jun 03, 2008
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The Magnavox is tempting for a back up player. Doesn't it contain Panasonic/Sony parts inside?

blufan0987654321
  Jun 03, 2008
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Does this still apply to the ps3?

tricky
  Jun 03, 2008
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Nice.

There is a typo above: In addition to the Sony BDP-S300 ($388), which THEY have been selling for some time now

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ckenisell
  Jun 03, 2008
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Wow. This would be an awesome deal if they actually kept their Blu-Ray movie stock up. They've never had a good selection of titles and at a reduced price, I don't see that changing any time soon. I guess each store is different.

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Josh
  Jun 03, 2008
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tricky - Thanks. I posted that from my Blackberry.

Blu-ray Fanatic
  Jun 03, 2008
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I bought a Magnavox BD player last week (Not knowing about this new deal) from Walmart for $298 and so far it works great. The loading time is less than a minute but not as fast as the PS3 (Of course). If you're looking for a standalone player, this is the one to get.

jhansla
  Jun 03, 2008
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Anyone know if this offer applies to the PS3?

AlexG
  Jun 03, 2008
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I agree on the minimal selection. Went to a walmart in los angeles and the blu-ray's we're all mixed up in a locked glass case seperated from all other dvd's. Unfortunately they really didn't have anything good. Hopefully they'll lower the prices on the web as well.

Elandyll
  Jun 03, 2008
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Great promo.
Also, very doubtful that it would apply to the PS3.

Scooby Blu
  Jun 03, 2008
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Great Promo ! The Wallmarts out here in the MidWest have had a horrible selection ! Under $15? I will take that anyday ! Small steps but steps in the right direction.

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DetroitSportsFan
  Jun 03, 2008
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Yes it does include the PS3, it's in the ad. Also, don't forget that the 80GB Metal Gear Solid PS3 bundle is released on the 12th, which is during this sale. And yes, it is 99% that it will be included as well.

haushausman
  Jun 03, 2008
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I want to track down the guy who wrote that article saying the end of the format war has allowed manufacturers to charge much higher prices for players and movies and then proceed to immediately beat him down.

Mass adoption always is better for the consumers! Go Wally World!

Disciple of Vedder
  Jun 03, 2008
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My Wal-Mart used to have a crummy selection but two weeks ago they totally revamped it and now they have one side of a an aisle devoted to BD. Plus they had put out some of those Paramount discs and the Rambo Trilogy early. Gotta love that :-)

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jd13
  Jun 03, 2008
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"Wal-Mart to Push Blu-ray Players/Movies"

Well Duh! The Blu-Ray fairy threw up in my Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago. It has been SWEEET!

PAX
JD

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Lucy Diamond
  Jun 03, 2008
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The the Blu RAIN down!!!
platinum86
  Jun 03, 2008
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the great thing about this is that you still get a deal if you already have a blu-ray player say a ps3 like myself i dont own 300 on blu-ray so good thing i waited.

arsnlrob
  Jun 03, 2008
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Damn Shooter for less than $15. I wish I could buy a bunch and go back in time.....

ThePhantomOak
  Jun 03, 2008
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You would think that with the Wii and PS3/360 these guys would already know the value of "Push" Vs "Pull."

Blu-Ray should now be in a stage where it is trying to get people to buy based on price and value, not just value. There are ways to make money through volume.

saginawjuggalo
  Jun 03, 2008
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WOW, Great news!! $200 is the price point most of my friends have been waiting for.. Looks like my dad will be receiving a Blu-ray player for fathers day and the $100 giftcard will be mine! :-)

evo_dadi
  Jun 03, 2008
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nice!!big kudos for walmart on this.ill be checking on what titles they will be selling for cheap.good father's day gift also

Augustine864
  Jun 03, 2008
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i bought the Magnavox there last week and have yet to open it. I have half a mind to return it and then re-buy it on June 8th.
Ectoplasm
  Jun 03, 2008
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My father still isn't interested at $200. I figure it would have to be $150 or less before he'd even consider it. Maybe even $100. He think DVD is good enough, and was shocked at the disc prices.

He is an average joe. That is what BR is up against, and we all know it.

Bobby Henderson
  Jun 03, 2008
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The DVD format didn't build its 133 million unit install base overnight. It took a decade to build that total. This is something the anti-Blu-ray doofuses out there can't seem to fathom. At year 2 of the DVD format less than 10 million DVD players had been sold. Just something to throw out there to get things into perspective.

Regarding the Wal-Mart BD movie pricing, it appears the online store is already offering many titles for $15 and new releases like Cloverfield for under $20.

mdm1699
  Jun 03, 2008
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This is great news for the format. Everyone assumes that only J6P uses Walmart, which is stupid. ANYONE looking to save a buck uses Walmart. This will definitely put pressure on the BB, CC, B&M, and online retailers.

bkbluray
  Jun 04, 2008
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I haven't bought any Blu-rays at Wal-mart yet, but I definitely should. $15 for Shooter is not bad at all!

NMErickson
  Jun 04, 2008
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Kudos to Walmart. Too bad I boycotted it from my life. I still Hate Walmart and will never go back. Hopefully more retailers follow this example though...

X-Man777
  Jun 04, 2008
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It's about time the prices on discs are going down. I think that's the only thing that was preventing widespread Blu-ray mania.

NJ_RAMS_FAN
  Jun 04, 2008
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i saw the magnavox this weekend at walmart it looked plain. like no design to it. but for that price, it should get people into it.

Living Near Shamu
  Jun 04, 2008
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Hmmm.. I wonder how paying over $40 for Shooter feels like now

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Ashamed Pegasus
  Jun 04, 2008
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(points up) Probably not as bad as paying $500 for a Blu-ray player...

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Beta Man
  Jun 04, 2008
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I refuse to shop at wal*mart, but I'm glad to see Blu getting more mainstream (ick.... Wally-World is Mainstream.... that's sad)

swindler
  Jun 04, 2008
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*Flags of Our Fathers 2-Disc Special Edition in Blu-Ray - $15
*3:10 to Yuma in Blu-Ray - $15
*War in Blu-Ray - $15
*300 in Blu-Ray - $15
*Blood Diamond in Blu-Ray - $15
*Shooter in Blu-Ray - $15
*The Fifth Element in Blu-Ray - $15
*Training Day in Blu-Ray - $15
*The Last Samurai in Blu-Ray - $15
*A Knight's Tale in Blu-Ray - $15
*The Patriot in Blu-Ray - $15
*Syriana in Blu-Ray - $15
djluis2k6
  Jun 04, 2008
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Great deal. This is something Best Buy should pick on. They usually just have sales on brands and product no one would really care too much for.


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