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Wal-Mart throws in $100 gift card with Blu-ray player purchase

post #1 of 229
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According to Engaget, Walmart is going to be offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of ANY BD player from the 8th to the 14th of this month. Holdouts, take advantage!

http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/03/w...ayer-purchase/
post #2 of 229
they're already doing that with the PS3, took advantage of this offer on Sunday.
post #3 of 229
is the funai/magnavox player $299??

Great opportunity to pick up a BR player for under $200 here, if the gift card applies to that player.
post #4 of 229
It does (so I hear), so it is in essence a $198 player (or equivalent, at $298 with $100 worth of films for free).
post #5 of 229
Already took advantage, and bought rambo trilogy and toys for the kids with the gift card.
post #6 of 229
Got mine yesterday at Walmart. Easier sell on the wife with the gift card offer.
post #7 of 229
^Same here. She wasn't budging until the gc came along.
post #8 of 229
It's being discussed in the Blu-Ray pricing thread as well.
post #9 of 229
Anyone have a clue what Wal-Mart's policy is for someone that bought a player in the last 30 days? Would they issue a gift card as part of a price match/guarantee or would you have to actually return the player and re-buy?
post #10 of 229
Somebody did this with a PS3?? Really? And it is good until the 14th?? Sounds like a GREAT deal if they release the MSG4 80g bundle on the 12th!
post #11 of 229
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Originally Posted by fst96se View Post

Somebody did this with a PS3??

They have the deal going on right now on their website for the PS3 and I saw an ad for it in stores for the 40GB model. I think the ad said it expired at the end of this week, but if they include the PS3 in the Blu-ray player deal next week, then it will be the same as now. I advised a friend to pick up a 40GB this week in case he can't get the 80GB PS3 with the deal next week. He could leave the 40GB unopened until he figures out whether he can get the 80GB with the giftcard and then just return it if he snags the 80GB bundle.

--Darin
post #12 of 229
Walmart rocks! I wish other stores would also do this.
post #13 of 229
So, which is the best Blu-Ray player to buy at Wal-Mart? I know better capabilities will be coming in the next year or so, but which ones do the best job of upconverting, and which will be able to take advantage of the capabilities in Disney's forthcoming Internet-interactive Blu-Ray of Sleeping Beauty? I'm ready to pop $200 ($298 - $100) on a Blu-Ray player, but if it's best to wait 6 months to get much more for the money, I can wait. Does one also get a coupon for some free Blu-Ray discs?

What profile, etc. (1.1, 2.0?), should one look for? (My TV is DVI, not HDMI, but I have a converter cord).

We may get a new/bigger TV this fall/January, esp. with the new built-in cable box standards that arrive this fall or so, plus HDMI/3D-capable viewing and better contrast than our 5-year-old Sony GW II, so I don't want to spring on a Blu-Ray player that I'll want to replace in 6 months. Maybe a new Mits Laser, if the picture and price are acceptable.
post #14 of 229
I bought my Samsung 1500 from Walmart on May 13th- I'm hoping I can bring back my receipt and get the gift card.
post #15 of 229
Amazing deal. I bet they'll sell out to players real fast.
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Our Best Buy claims that they will match Wal-Mart pricing (a new Super Wal-Mart just opened up a block away in November). I wonder if they'll match the price + $100 BB gift card? I'd rather have the Wal-Mart gift card, though - BB would only be for the extended warranty, if I want one.
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Originally Posted by eweiss View Post

Our Best Buy claims that they will match Wal-Mart pricing (a new Super Wal-Mart just opened up a block away in November). I wonder if they'll match the price + $100 BB gift card? I'd rather have the Wal-Mart gift card, though - BB would only be for the extended warranty, if I want one.

Best Buy sent around a corporate e-mail to its store managers instructing them to match the Walmart deal (still leaving some discretion to the store manager), but in practice, it has apparently turned out to be hit or miss, based on how big a prick a store manager wishes to be. I actually might try to match this deal at BB at lunchtime for the 40gb PS3.
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Originally Posted by jeffrey r View Post

Best Buy sent around a corporate e-mail to its store managers instructing them to match the Walmart deal (still leaving some discretion to the store manager), but in practice, it has apparently turned out to be hit or miss, based on how big a prick a store manager wishes to be. I actually might try to match this deal at BB at lunchtime for the 40gb PS3.

One thing to consider is that Walmart has a 90 day return policy vs 30 for BB.

Another is that I don't like BB.
post #19 of 229
BestBuy is too darn expensive on most items. For me, a $100 GC would be much easier to spend at WalMart than at BestBuy.
post #20 of 229
One thing to consider is that Walmart has a 90 day return policy vs 30 for BB.

Wow! 90 days?
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Originally Posted by darinp2 View Post

They have the deal going on right now on their website for the PS3 and I saw an ad for it in stores for the 40GB model. I think the ad said it expired at the end of this week, but if they include the PS3 in the Blu-ray player deal next week, then it will be the same as now. I advised a friend to pick up a 40GB this week in case he can't get the 80GB PS3 with the deal next week. He could leave the 40GB unopened until he figures out whether he can get the 80GB with the giftcard and then just return it if he snags the 80GB bundle.

--Darin

Thats a good idea Darin.

As a PS3 newbee...

Whats the advantage of a 80 vs. 40? The 80 can play most PS2 games? Anything else besides 40 more gb's?
Are there no 80gb available right now?

Thanks
post #22 of 229
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One thing to consider is that Walmart has a 90 day return policy vs 30 for BB.

Plus Best Buy, in many instances, will charge you a 15% restocking fee on returns.

Read the fine print first!
post #23 of 229
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Originally Posted by shamus View Post

Whats the advantage of a 80 vs. 40? ... Anything else besides 40 more gb's?

Good question, I'd like to know too. If it's just the increase in GBs, I'd rather plug in an external hard drive.

Speaking of external hard drives... can they simply be plugged in to work (plug & play) or does something else need to be done?
post #24 of 229
80GB can play PS2.

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Originally Posted by shamus View Post

Thats a good idea Darin.

As a PS3 newbee...

Whats the advantage of a 80 vs. 40? The 80 can play most PS2 games? Anything else besides 40 more gb's?
Are there no 80gb available right now?

Thanks
post #25 of 229
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Originally Posted by tpham View Post

80GB can play PS2.

That's it? Hmmm... not worth $100 more to me for that plus 40 extra GBs. Might be to some, though.
post #26 of 229
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Originally Posted by aydu View Post

One thing to consider is that Walmart has a 90 day return policy vs 30 for BB.

Another is that I don't like BB.

I hear you--what BB has going for it for me is that I have a couple of stores near work and a couple near home. I have no Walmarts nearby. Also, I have a $100 gift card from them for my HD-A2 purchase from them (yeah, they sent me the wrong amount ). But I still can't decide if I want the 40gb or 80gb. Or the Metal Gear Solid bundle assuming I could even get one. As an aside, I have heard that BB does not charge a restocking fee for PS3's.
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Originally Posted by SoundsGood View Post

That's it? Hmmm... not worth $100 more to me for that plus 40 extra GBs. Might be to some, though.

80 gb comes with metal gear solid 4 and a dualshock controller..both of those alone will run over $100.
post #28 of 229
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Originally Posted by Rakesh.S View Post

80 gb comes with metal gear solid 4 and a dualshock controller..both of those alone will run over $100.

Ahhh, I see. Well, I don't need the game (my wife won't allow it around our 5 year old son) but the controller looks attractive.

What's the difference between the Dualshock controller and the Sixaxis controller?

Also, when will this combo be released? Something tells me WalMart won't have the $100 GC deal on this.
post #29 of 229
80GB Combo will be released June 12'th, if you don't want MGS4 can probably sell it pretty quick on ebay.
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Originally Posted by shive View Post

80GB Combo will be released June 12'th, if you don't want MGS4 can probably sell it pretty quick on ebay.

Good point. Anyone know if WalMart will have the $100 GC offer on this combo?
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