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Wal-Mart to have new "special sale" on PlayStation 3

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Nov 2007 18:42 User comments (41)

Wal-Mart to have new "special sale" on PlayStation 3 Starting next week, the giant retailer Wal-Mart will be starting a PlayStation 3 and Blu-ray "Special Sale" that should rival the recent secret sale of the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player.
Beginning on the 24th at 8 am and ending at midnight, the retailer will be giving 10 free Blu-ray titles to any purchaser of the $499 USD 80GB model of the Sony PlayStation 3. This promotion is stackable on the Blu-ray "five free" promotion meaning any customer will walk away with 15 free movies with their purchase.

The only catch is that the 10 movies you get to pick at the store must be under $30 USD to qualify for the promotion. Here is to hoping Wal-Mart doesn't mark up their entire Blu-ray collection to $30.01 USD.

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41 user comments

119.11.2007 23:56

Quote:
Here is to hoping Wal-Mart doesn't mark up their entire Blu-ray collection to $30.01 USD.
That is really funny.
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220.11.2007 0:07

you call that news.what about selling ps3 for $299 now that's news

320.11.2007 0:11

AD doesnt make the news and to some this is news! Anyhow I found the $30.01 comment hilarious.

420.11.2007 0:25

Just because you don't care doesn't mean it's not news...

520.11.2007 0:33

meh you can give away 30movies with ti and its still not a deal, sell the untis are 200-250 a pop with no crappy movies , now thats a special!

620.11.2007 0:51
spydah
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It is a deal for any new HD user thats looking to look at a higher quality of their favorite movie if its available with that stack.

720.11.2007 0:53

The sad thing is it's still Sony controling the $499 price tag. This is walmart trying to sell the units by giving away the DVD's.

Does any place sell the 80 gig unit cheaper?

820.11.2007 1:03

Originally posted by spydah:
It is a deal for any new HD user thats looking to look at a higher quality of their favorite movie if its available with that stack.
Its still not a deal at that price, drop it to 399 and one can really call it a deal,drop it to 299 and tis really a speacail

920.11.2007 1:21

damn that will be tempting for anyone interested in a ps3+bluray
but seeing as most people see the ps3 as a GAMING console...
maybe if they gave away 15 GAMES
nice to see these kind of offers tho =] the toshiba HD-A3 comes with a total of 10 HD DVD movies right now on amazon, soooo im hoping they bump that up =D

1020.11.2007 2:08

damn thats desperate: buy a ps3 and get 15 free movies! damn!

1120.11.2007 2:12

No doubt, games would be better.

If I'm getting a PS3, I want games, not movies.

Good for those who want it I guess, but for me, this means nothing.

1220.11.2007 2:45

its not desperate..

1320.11.2007 4:06

yeah i would rather see a lower price on the console

1420.11.2007 5:54

They could be givin them away and I wouldn't get one. I'm not planning on upgrading 2 blue ray format.

1520.11.2007 6:09
duckNrun
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Originally posted by sk8flawzz:
damn that will be tempting for anyone interested in a ps3+bluray
but seeing as most people see the ps3 as a GAMING console...
maybe if they gave away 15 GAMES


Does the PS3 even HAVE 15 ganes to give away? And would anybody want to play those games?

;-)

1620.11.2007 7:41

I guess Sony really needs the sales...



1720.11.2007 8:42

Where's the deal?

Drop the price of the console instead of trying to sweeten the deal by giving away movies.

the $30.01 comment was great!

1820.11.2007 9:56
JimmyNice
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Guys... come on... can we not get excited about anything? If I want more games with my system, I'll go to Futureshop where right now I get 3 games with the system + the 5 movie mail in deal with the 80 gig system.

If anyone is gonna give me something free with a new system I'm buying.... and I am buying on in the next 4 to 6 weeks... I'm going to take the best overall deal for me. Do you want $375 worth of bluray disks... or $180 worth of software and $125 worth of bluray movies FREE WITH PURCHASE of a system I wanted and was going to buy anyway.

You can appreciate a deal or complain... I feel like some folks hear could get a below the belt handshake from Jenna Jameson and still say, "I don't like that kind of lotion... come back when you have something with Aloe Vera in it"... Sheesh.

1920.11.2007 11:19

Originally posted by BurningAs:
damn thats desperate: buy a ps3 and get 15 free movies! damn!
The sale is from Dal-Mart, not from Sony. Even though I am neutral about this hole Sony boicot thing, you Sony haters make me laugh regularly. :)

2020.11.2007 12:05

Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Where's the deal?

Drop the price of the console instead of trying to sweeten the deal by giving away movies.

the $30.01 comment was great!
I would jump on this if I planned on getting a PS3. Take the 15 movies, sell them on Amazon for $15 to $20 a pop. That has the potential of paying for 60% of my console! Or put it toward some wireless controllers and a few games.
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2120.11.2007 12:25

Originally posted by emugamer:
Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Where's the deal?

Drop the price of the console instead of trying to sweeten the deal by giving away movies.

the $30.01 comment was great!
I would jump on this if I planned on getting a PS3. Take the 15 movies, sell them on Amazon for $15 to $20 a pop. That has the potential of paying for 60% of my console! Or put it toward some wireless controllers and a few games.
I see where you're going with that, and you've got a point. But, if you sell those movies to help pay for the console you've accomplished exactly what i wanted in the first place just in a few more steps.

Sell the console cheaper!


2221.11.2007 2:33

Those of you who has read my comments on these Walmart articles before knew I was going to say it.

F*$k Wal-Mart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tI3B-AQZWk

2321.11.2007 3:20
theridges
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all in all this is a hell of a deal..
and since i dont have a ps3 yet i might have to jump on this one...
right now normal blu-ray players in the first place are from 299-399 still...
so paying an extra hundred dollars for a next-gen gaming machine and 15 bluray movies is a good deal
15x15$=210$

so for all you people being stubborn, i dont know if any of ya'll have actually watched blu-ray flix on a 1080p TV...
it is better than watching people in real life.

2421.11.2007 6:29

They should do this deal in ASDA stores, in the UK. (ASDA was taken over by Walmart).

Then id sell the movies off and save up to buy more games.

2521.11.2007 10:14

Technically these movies aren't "free", look how much the system costs. They can't really include any "free" games since they really don't have that many. They need to focus on quality games and stop making the ps3 a movie machine.

2621.11.2007 10:47

Originally posted by theridges:
all in all this is a hell of a deal..
and since i dont have a ps3 yet i might have to jump on this one...
right now normal blu-ray players in the first place are from 299-399 still...
so paying an extra hundred dollars for a next-gen gaming machine and 15 bluray movies is a good deal
15x15$=210$

so for all you people being stubborn, i dont know if any of ya'll have actually watched blu-ray flix on a 1080p TV...
it is better than watching people in real life.
remember, in theory these movies could be $30x15=$450...its a pretty nice gift for a system you may have already been buying.

2721.11.2007 11:09

The large Walmart stores in our area typically have pretty good BluRay choices in stock though not as extensive as the local Best Buy. Anyone taking advantage of this sale should have a nice array of movies available. The typical prices of Walmart's BluRay's have been $19 to $25 with a few new releases at $29. Of course the multi disc TV series boxes and the special edition Close Encounters box are >$30.

I've also noticed that the available BluRays in our local Walmart typically outnumber HD DVD's by about 2:1. The movies are usually at an end cap and the BluRays have always tended to "spill over" to the HD DVD section.

2821.11.2007 12:50
spydah
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Originally posted by c1c:
Technically these movies aren't "free", look how much the system costs. They can't really include any "free" games since they really don't have that many. They need to focus on quality games and stop making the ps3 a movie machine.

Technically your not paying much more then a Elite 360 with the 80 PS3. Elite is $450+ tax PS3 is $499+ tax. Once you add in your XBL and other things the 360 cost its around the same cost as the PS3 minus the 15 movies. You add the 15movies to the PS3 your almost getting it at $150 or a little more. So this is a deal if you dont want movies like somebody else said sell them. Easy money.

2921.11.2007 16:12

Quote:
Originally posted by emugamer:
Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Where's the deal?

Drop the price of the console instead of trying to sweeten the deal by giving away movies.

the $30.01 comment was great!
I would jump on this if I planned on getting a PS3. Take the 15 movies, sell them on Amazon for $15 to $20 a pop. That has the potential of paying for 60% of my console! Or put it toward some wireless controllers and a few games.
I see where you're going with that, and you've got a point. But, if you sell those movies to help pay for the console you've accomplished exactly what i wanted in the first place just in a few more steps.

Sell the console cheaper!
If you really think Sony is throwing lemons at you, make lemonade!

3022.11.2007 12:43

A plain and simple fact is that it is just senseless to go one direction or another. Unless you are prepped to buying BOTH formats, why would anyone purchase Blu-ray or HD-DVD at this time? One may go away or die out or both may go away with another universal format taking over. Hmmmmm........buy a BD player and can't watch movies like Transformers or HD-DVD specific titles and buy an HD-DVD player and can't watch a single Sony production movie or movies for BD only. The only smart thing a consumer would do is WAIT.

3122.11.2007 20:50
hughjars
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The smart thing now is to wake up and see that the US retail giants have called this war already.

HD DVD are to win.

It's written all over the Q4 results everyone was watching out for, the PS3s despite the hype after the price cut aren't so impressive
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/multimedia/...0_Down_NPD.html
(and to make matters worse Sony got caught trying to cheat the numbers)
http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/news/p...fter-all/18578/

Warner will be going HD DVD exclusive and that'll be it made obvious to all.
Disney just actively voted for the coming 51gb TL HD DVD discs
(instead of the usual abstaining the BDA members do.....well they do that now on HD DVD matters after being publicly shamed for trying to use their votes to block HD DVD developments, notably the Chinese CH-DVD); looks like they may well be going neutral in 2008 (and if they do others will uindoubtedly follow, although with excellent HD DVD sales in Q4 that may well happen with New Line and Lionsgate anyways......
......and don't Disney & Lionsgate contribute to the XBox live stuff already?).

The truth is that after the recent price cuts Toshiba have sold container loads of players.

Blu-ray meanwhile still tries to plod on ploughing it's PS3 furrow and promises the sort of functionality HD DVD has had since day 1 at some point in the future.
Ain't going to happen in the wider a/v mass-market.

Blu-ray will be to PS3 what UMD is to PSP.

3223.11.2007 8:34
spydah
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I dont care who wins this is the dumbest hyped crap i seen aired. So i will believe the who wins what when its officially announced not posted.

3323.11.2007 13:29

Wow, BLU-RAY just beat hd dvd again 66 to 34 on the Nelsons. BLU woops hd in the rest of the world. Any where from 5 to 1 in European countries, and 9 to 1 in Japan. Warner is probably going Blu at the end of the year. I can see how someone would think hd dvd is going to win. Even after the $99 give away, Blu still beats HD DVD. In the HD recording market in Japan, (lap tops and PC) BLU has 97.2% of the recorders and HD DVD has %2.8. Now, lets see commits like Japan and the rest of the World does not matter.

3423.11.2007 13:51

Originally posted by glasssd:
Wow, BLU-RAY just beat hd dvd again 66 to 34 on the Nelsons. BLU woops hd in the rest of the world. Any where from 5 to 1 in European countries, and 9 to 1 in Japan. Warner is probably going Blu at the end of the year. I can see how someone would think hd dvd is going to win. Even after the $99 give away, Blu still beats HD DVD. In the HD recording market in Japan, (lap tops and PC) BLU has 97.2% of the recorders and HD DVD has %2.8. Now, lets see commits like Japan and the rest of the World does not matter.
Bingo why would Warner go to a format that can't even win a week sells over Blu-Ray for the year ....Warner going to HD-DVD makes a lot of sense don't it...lol.HD-DVD format has zero effect on PC now were Blu-Ray does.


3524.11.2007 17:27

Since my favorite nephew asked for a PS3 this year I decided to take advantage of this deal.

I was at our local WalMart at 7:30AM and they had 9 people in line for the deal all carrying their movie selections. I asked the last one in line and he said they had 10 80 gig units in stock so I was just in time to get the last unit available. They had a really good selection of BluRay movies in stock.

I got:
the 4 Die Hard movies
Spiderman 3
Rescue Dawn
Ocean's 13
Reservoir Dogs
28 Weeks Later
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - The good thing is the disc retails for $34 but the manager agreed to credit the $30 and rang up the movie for $4. So I guess you can still get a title that's over $30 as long as you agree to pay the difference.

So I get my 10 free movies (well the last one was almost free but still a great bargain) and my nephew gets his PS3 for Christmas. I left the UPC code intact and printed out the 5-free-disc rebate form for him so at least he can get a few movies for himself.

Pretty good deal altogether. Thanks DVDBack23 for giving us the heads-up on this one.

I also noticed that they had 2 Toshiba HD-A2 units on their shelf. I requested for a price check and they were now back to their regular price of $229. Good thing I got 2 units during their $99 sale.

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3624.11.2007 21:25
hughjars
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Originally posted by glasssd:
Warner is probably going Blu at the end of the year.
- I'm so looking forward to Jan 2008.

Warner are going to go where production costs (and so potential profits) are highest = HD DVD.

As Paramount said, Blu-rays higher costs offset the early lead in sales numbers and it is obvious that HD DVD is selling very very strongly this Q4
(which was what everyone was supposed to be watching......no wonder Sony tried to lie about their 'not-so-impressive-after-all' sales numbers)

Originally posted by glasssd:
I can see how someone would think hd dvd is going to win. Even after the $99 give away, Blu still beats HD DVD.
- Like most people you prefer to see only the superficial in this.

Typically for the Blu-ray/PS3 fanclub you choose to completely ignore costs and the fact that at this stage in things the numbers sold are minute (on both sides) compared to the total movie disc market.

It remains true that despite a year of supposed 'blockbuster' Blu-ray movies and growing PS3 sales they still only lead by 60:40.

Originally posted by glasssd:
In the HD recording market in Japan, (lap tops and PC) BLU has 97.2% of the recorders and HD DVD has %2.8. Now, lets see commits like Japan and the rest of the World does not matter.
- They don't.

The 'war' is being 'fought' in the US, get over it.

Japan might just go it alone and be an odd-one out again
(they did keep Betamax on life-support there until 2002 when it had died decades before everywhere else).

3728.11.2007 8:22
agwild99
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Originally posted by hughjars:
Japan might just go it alone and be an odd-one out again
(they did keep Betamax on life-support there until 2002 when it had died decades before everywhere else).
Ahh yes, the wonders of the Beta vs. VHS struggle. Short lived fight and low price prevails. Way to go America! Demand to make more, pay less, and have all of our jobs shipped overseas.
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387.12.2007 17:05

Wow, what a great deal!! So 15 free movies with a $500 PS3? You know those movies cost about $20 to $30 a piece to buy on their own. So it's like you're saving $300 to $450!!! I mean it's like you're only paying $50 for the PS3.

Yep, that's how I would look at it if I actually gave a crap about movies, but I don't. What I still see here is a $500 video game system that's too damn expensive to buy.

3919.12.2007 18:23

Originally posted by ZoSoIV:
yeah i would rather see a lower price on the console
ditto

4031.12.2007 9:23

I don't want sugar in my coffee. DROP THE PRICE OF THE CONSOLE PLAY STATION 3. The price of $499.00 is very expensive

4131.12.2007 15:57

Originally posted by framos:
I don't want sugar in my coffee. DROP THE PRICE OF THE CONSOLE PLAY STATION 3. The price of $499.00 is very expensive

300 $ for a 40GB unit
http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=40GB+PS3&scoring=p

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