Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy
I still don't understand... Why the A2 and not the A3? Is it so they can price the A2 cheaper while keeping the A3 priced higher... even though they are functionally basically identical?
Personally my suspicion is that they made this deal for the A2 some time ago and have been dedicating production for Wal Mart for at least the last month or so. Walmart might also feel more comfortable selling the A2 as it's been out for a year, has more refined firmware and has a "proven" track record with consumers.
Wal Mart might have placed such a large order that they needed to dedicate A2 production to them some time ago, and now A3 is going into the channel for everyone else.
One store has reported about 60 decks on order. There are over 1000 Walmarts in the US, plus more in Canada. Assuming other stores are ordering around 60 decks, that's 60K decks going to Wal Mart stores as an initial order
. With likely additional shipments going out in November/December.
That's a fair amount of production.