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Wal-Mart To Start Black Friday Pricing Early (HD DVD players less than $100!)
MarketWatch ^ | Oct 31, 2007 | Angela Moore

Posted on 11/01/2007 11:31:00 AM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad

[Wal-Mart] Wednesday said it would start its Black Friday and holiday pricing early on some items, in a move to drive sales during the increasingly competitive holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said it will offer Black-Friday prices three weeks early by unveiling "secret" in-store specials. The company said it will offer discounts on five popular gift items. Wal-Mart plans to reveal discounts on its Web site on Thursday. The items will be available in stores beginning Friday morning, Nov. 2 as it officially opens its special Christmas shops. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and is known as "Black Friday" in the retail industry because retailers earn so much on this single day they are able to swing to profitability.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: 1080i; bluray; byebyebluray; firesale; hddvd; hdtv; retail; walmart
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Not mentioned in this brief story is that Wal-Mart will be selling Toshiba HD DVD players for $98.97!!! Pre-prints of the Wal-Mart ad for this coming Friday show not only below-$100 pricing on Toshiba HD DVD players, but also HD DVDs for $14 and change. This appears to be the opening salvo for mass adoption of HD DVD and the chill of well-deserved demise for Blu-Ray.
1 posted on 11/01/2007 11:31:03 AM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: TrueKnightGalahad
Is there any particular reason you like HD over Blu-Ray?

I've kept out of the format wars because I don't have an HD TV yet and I figured I'd just wait until the format was unified or players commonly played both formats.

2 posted on 11/01/2007 11:33:14 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

I saw a DVD player in a Shop-Rite store this AM for $69.95


3 posted on 11/01/2007 11:33:28 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

OK, how much for the HDTV to go with it?


4 posted on 11/01/2007 11:34:23 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Every time you’re somewhere, that means you’re not somewhere else, Fred D Thompson 44)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad
But Betamax Blu-Ray is superior technology. Betamax Blu-Ray will remain the standard for connoisseurs...
5 posted on 11/01/2007 11:35:15 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

LVD - ping for the High-Def list.


6 posted on 11/01/2007 11:35:57 AM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Viking Kitties!)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

I would rather go elsewhere and pay 20 bucks more rather than go to Walmart and push my way through the crowds of oafs there.


7 posted on 11/01/2007 11:36:52 AM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

People keep pushing the season earlier and earlier. There is a radio station in Kansas City that started it’s “All Christmas Music All The Time” yesterday and it’ll run through December 25th. Any predicitons on how many times they’ll be playing “Santa Baby” over that 57 day span?


8 posted on 11/01/2007 11:37:17 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Doogle

You can get a DVD player from Best Buy for $39.

It’s getting a high definition DVD player for cheap that is exciting.


9 posted on 11/01/2007 11:37:36 AM PDT by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: Doogle

DVD != HDDVD


10 posted on 11/01/2007 11:37:53 AM PDT by rb22982
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To: KarlInOhio
Is there any particular reason you like HD over Blu-Ray?

$$$$

I think you'll see a tipping point in the not too distance future if HD-DVD players stay at $99 after Christmas.

11 posted on 11/01/2007 11:39:17 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: Bogtrotter52
I would rather go elsewhere and pay 20 bucks more rather than go to Walmart and push my way through the crowds of oafs there.

At my local WalMart last year, a white woman was elbowed and shoved by black youths on Black Friday, and they yelled "white bitch" as they grabbed one of the last items out of her hands. I watched as WalMart staff did absolutely nothing. We called the local news. They weren't interested.

12 posted on 11/01/2007 11:40:06 AM PDT by montag813
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To: gridlock

lol, GOOD ONE!!!


13 posted on 11/01/2007 11:40:44 AM PDT by njrep
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To: Non-Sequitur
they’ll be playing “Santa Baby”

@#$%&*(&*()!!!!!!!

I hate that song.

Hate. Hate. Hate.

14 posted on 11/01/2007 11:42:22 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

I amat least five years out of date when it comes to technology. I’m assuming I can keep using my existing DVDs for quite a while.

Although I’m sure the studios are working hard to give me a reason to buy all my favorite movies YET AGAIN in some improved format.

I still use my VCR frequently!

:)


15 posted on 11/01/2007 11:43:08 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: ArrogantBustard

It really depends on who sings it to you and what she’s wearing at the time.


16 posted on 11/01/2007 11:43:21 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Non-Sequitur

What I would like to see a radio station do is the day after Thanksgiving start playing Christmas music at the rate of days before Christmas. This year, Thanksgiving falls on the 22nd. Starting the next day, with 32 days till Christmas, every 32nd song is a Christmas song. The next day, every 31st song, and so on. By the time Christmas rolls around, more and more Christmas songs hit the playlist.


17 posted on 11/01/2007 11:44:35 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Bogtrotter52

Nice generalization you made there. My turn to play:
I would rather go to Wal-Mart, pay $20 less, and not have to deal with the crowds of self-important pretentious a-hole snobs who look down on us common folk oafs.


18 posted on 11/01/2007 11:45:17 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

people shop the day after thanksgiving? i thought that was a free vacation day for hunting!


19 posted on 11/01/2007 11:47:46 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: sean327

Thanks, one less oaf to deal with.


20 posted on 11/01/2007 11:48:27 AM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

Why is the demise of blu-ray well deserved? I think its awesome. Or do you juat have Sony Derangement Syndrome?


21 posted on 11/01/2007 11:48:38 AM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: Bogtrotter52
I was in a Target last month and witnessed 2 women in a fist fight over a blouse or some such that was on sale. I guess it was the only one left. I have seem filthy KMART and MACY’s stores as well as been treated rudely in Nordstroms and any number of other stores. I have also shopped at Walmart and there is a good reason they are the worlds most successful retailer by far. There prices are low and their shelves are always well stocked. I have NEVER been treated rudely in any of their stores and have been to them in at least 5 States. A widget is a widget and if you want to pay 20 bucks more for yours then that’s your business.

BTW, I worked with a guy in MA who refused to go into a Christmas Tree Shop (local discount chain in the NE Area) because he believed their merchandise was all refurbished and “seconds”. Same place I worked had a women who swore everything at Home Depot was returned items, and re manufactured merchandise.

22 posted on 11/01/2007 11:48:41 AM PDT by njrep
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

This is a smart move. If they can get people lining up every friday morning to enter their store, once you are in you are likely to buy more than just what you came for.

I wonder if there will be a big line tomorrow morning for these DVD players. I’d love to get one but I’m not getting up at 4AM to get in line for it.

I guess it matters how many people know about it, and how many each store will have. I’m guessing they aren’t making money on this, and they will have very few of the players. I just tried to call my local Walmart and they wouldn’t pick up the phone.

On another note, there were a bunch of mad Target shoppers today. I was doing post-holloween bargain shopping, and a lot of people were there to get costumes. The costumes were in the back of the store, the rest was in the front.

Well, the people who moved the stuff around never bothered to MOVE the back of the store stuff to the front. That’s OK, but another group responsible for putting up CHRISTMAS stuff got mad at the holloween stuff being there, so they threw it all in carts.

When too many people came back and “got in their way” picking through the carts, one of the workers took the carts and moved them into the warehouse area.

So half the merchandise that they were trying to unload was now inaccessible to those who came to purchase it.


23 posted on 11/01/2007 11:49:03 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: krb
He's talking HD-DVD. Everybody's got cheap standard DVD players.
24 posted on 11/01/2007 11:49:14 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: ArrogantBustard
Yeah, but do you hate Eartha Kitt (1950’s version)?
25 posted on 11/01/2007 11:49:51 AM PDT by njrep
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To: NeoCaveman

$998 on the website. Unfortunately, they don’t list the specs. For a 1080p set, that’s a really good price. For 720p, it’s ho-hum.


26 posted on 11/01/2007 11:50:06 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Non-Sequitur

Wal-Mart has had their Christmas decorations out for a month.


27 posted on 11/01/2007 11:51:17 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: 7thson

Good idea. I like XM radio however because they have 3 stations dedicated exclusively to Christmas Music, 24/7. One plays traditional, one classical and one country.


28 posted on 11/01/2007 11:51:58 AM PDT by njrep
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To: njrep

Another thing about Home Depot is if you need advice along with your purchase better go to Ace or True Value. The pimply faced 19 year old at Home Depot does not have the answers.

I certainly agree about K-Mart. The one here in Kingman AZ looks as if they have not done any maintenance in quite some time.


29 posted on 11/01/2007 11:53:03 AM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: njrep
Eartha Kitt was lovely.

I just hate the song.

30 posted on 11/01/2007 11:53:44 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: njrep

Cool!


31 posted on 11/01/2007 11:53:50 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Can you play regular DVD’s on a an HDDVD player?
Or does it only make sense to buy one if you are buying the specially formatted DVDs?


32 posted on 11/01/2007 11:53:51 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

FYI, Those cheap HD DVD players are only 1080i.


33 posted on 11/01/2007 11:54:13 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: montag813

That happened in Conn?


34 posted on 11/01/2007 11:54:35 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: KarlInOhio

That’s a great question, and some people may have different answers, but for me:

+ More and better movies - both already released, and in studio vaults;
+ The best upscaling of standard definition DVDs, so you can get even more enjoyment from the movies you already own;
+ Less expensive players - the cheapest Blu player is 4X the cost of the Toshiba at WalMart;
+ HD DVD players are complete - all HD DVD players come fully enabled to play all the movies and special features, including online content as all players are network and web enabled;
+ HVD is much more pro-consumer - no region coding, no Sony spyware as placed on all PS3s, etc.

There are more reasons, but these are the ones that come immediately into mind.


35 posted on 11/01/2007 11:54:35 AM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Viking Kitties!)
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To: sean327; Bogtrotter52
I'll play too:

I can afford to go to the overpriced store, but respect my husband too much to waste his hard earned money just to keep from having to stand in line for a bit. So I'll go where ever I get the best price. ;^)

36 posted on 11/01/2007 11:54:47 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Guns up Red Raiders!)
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To: rb22982; krb

yeah...finally notice the HD stuff..*LOL*
I’m still stunned how much the cost of the TV’s have dropped over the last three months. (and paying for it now..*sniff sniff*)


37 posted on 11/01/2007 11:55:20 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Scotswife
Can you play regular DVD’s on a an HDDVD player?

Yes. And it's supposed to make them look better.

38 posted on 11/01/2007 11:57:07 AM PDT by kevkrom (The religion of global warming: "There is no goddess but Gaia and Al Gore is her profit.")
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

Fight the crowds for a noname cheapo brand which will be out of service in 6 months? No thanks, I will spend a little more elsewhere.


39 posted on 11/01/2007 11:57:52 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: ncpatriot
That happened in Conn?

Yep, Stratford

40 posted on 11/01/2007 11:58:20 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Scotswife

Regular DVDs will play in any HD DVD player, while HD DVDs will NOT play in a standard DVD player - so you have the option of buying regular or HD DVDs, with the bonus that the regular DVDs will be upscaled and look even better than they do in a regular player.


41 posted on 11/01/2007 12:01:17 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Viking Kitties!)
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To: TrueKnightGalahad

cool!

I learned somthing new today.


42 posted on 11/01/2007 12:02:13 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: gridlock
But Betamax Blu-Ray is superior technology. Betamax Blu-Ray will remain the standard for connoisseurs...

Yes, it's true; in both cases.
I am not a connoisseur, I just bought the "wrong" format and had too many tapes to get rid of it when VHS caught up on the quality without the inflated price.

SONY caught on too late. I see a repeat with HD DVD; In addition, the companies allied with Blu-Ray are way too chummy with SONY and Microsoft and their damned "protected content" cripping of their latest operating system to make me feel comfortable.

43 posted on 11/01/2007 12:02:39 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Doogle
I saw a DVD player in a Shop-Rite store this AM for $69.95

Will it play HD DVD? Nope. For not much more, you can get a player that will handle all current DVDs and is ready for the future of high definition.

44 posted on 11/01/2007 12:03:01 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Viking Kitties!)
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To: montag813

it was black friday...and she was white....

but if hse would have retorted calling them the n-word.....
all hell would have broken loose and the police would have hauled the nappy headed white ho off to the pokey!!!


45 posted on 11/01/2007 12:04:03 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: Non-Sequitur
There is a radio station in Kansas City that started it’s “All Christmas Music All The Time” yesterday

One here in Indiana started at the beginning of October. And Christmas merchandise was side by side with Halloween stuff at pretty much every department store.
46 posted on 11/01/2007 12:04:51 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: montag813
At my local WalMart last year, a white woman was elbowed and shoved by black youths on Black Friday, and they yelled "white bitch" as they grabbed one of the last items out of her hands. I watched as WalMart staff did absolutely nothing. We called the local news. They weren't interested.

And that it happened at Wal-Mart is what is important right? Surely it could never happen at Target, K-Mart, Costco, BJs, or any other big retailer.

47 posted on 11/01/2007 12:05:13 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: montag813
From what I've seen at the Wal Mart in Princeton, every friday is "Black and Brown" Friday, judging from the shoppers.

It will be interesting to see what happens when they build the new Wally World in Trenton. For now, at least half of the shoppers at the Princeton Wal Mart drive or take a bus from Trenton.

48 posted on 11/01/2007 12:06:12 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: absolootezer0
people shop the day after thanksgiving? i thought that was a free vacation day for hunting!

They are basically the same things. But hunting uses firearms and shopping is hand to hand combat.

49 posted on 11/01/2007 12:06:36 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Wal Mart does this every year. Several years back when DVD players were still a little pricey they offered one for about $29. Everyone I knew who got one said it was non functioning within 3 months.


50 posted on 11/01/2007 12:06:44 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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