Skip to comments.Wal-Mart To Start Black Friday Pricing Early (HD DVD players less than $100!)
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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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.
I saw a DVD player in a Shop-Rite store this AM for $69.95
OK, how much for the HDTV to go with it?
LVD - ping for the High-Def list.
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.
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?
You can get a DVD player from Best Buy for $39.
It’s getting a high definition DVD player for cheap that is exciting.
DVD != HDDVD
I think you'll see a tipping point in the not too distance future if HD-DVD players stay at $99 after Christmas.
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.
lol, GOOD ONE!!!
I hate that song.
Hate. Hate. Hate.
I amat least five years out of date when it comes to technology.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!
It really depends on who sings it to you and what she’s wearing at the time.
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.
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.
people shop the day after thanksgiving? i thought that was a free vacation day for hunting!
Thanks, one less oaf to deal with.
Why is the demise of blu-ray well deserved? I think its awesome. Or do you juat have Sony Derangement Syndrome?
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.
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.
$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.
Wal-Mart has had their Christmas decorations out for a month.
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.
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.
I just hate the song.
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?
FYI, Those cheap HD DVD players are only 1080i.
That happened in Conn?
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.
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. ;^)
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*)
Yes. And it's supposed to make them look better.
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.
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.
I learned somthing new today.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
They are basically the same things. But hunting uses firearms and shopping is hand to hand combat.
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.
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