Wal-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :-)
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.
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.
*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