Originally Posted by redfirebird2008
Wal-Mart's secret in-store deals for Saturday have been announced. No HD DVD players mentioned at all. They just missed out on a ton of sales. Amazon, Sears, Best Buy, Circuit City, and everyone else one-upped them on this. I'm shocked that they would allow it to happen.
I am surprised as well. Now I'm very glad I bought an A-2 and a laptop at Walmart 2 weeks ago. I only stood in line 45 mins. and was the 4th one there--not like the mayhem of today.
I was certain Wally World would have another deal for HD DVD players after their earlier success. And we have all been waiting for increased HD media presence and lower media pricing there. Again nothing.
We have not seen the Venturer players, even though they appear on the Venturer website as being available at WM. We have seen no other Chinese players. Really odd.
I am hoping the Walmart is waiting for more HD sales like two weeks ago, when the focus is more on that, rather than the BF craziness. But at this point I don't feel very confident in predicting anything. We will see.
All of the above could apply to BD also. The $499 PS3 deal with 5 free disks from them (in addition to the mail ins) is hardly a doorbuster. But few people have predicted mass sales of BD players at the kind of discounts we expect for the HD players. I am sure WM was quite miffed at the unwanted publicity of the Fuh Yuan deal earlier this year, but I would hardly expected that to cause them to abandon plans for mass sales where they thought there was money to be made.
Fortunately, unlike in the spring, we won't have to wait long to see how this unfolds. Anything likely to happen will happen within the next 2-3 weeks, max.