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Toshiba HD-A2 - Now $198 at Wal-Mart stores (possibly $160 AC at Circuit City)

Old 10-31-07, 03:53 PM
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Their computers better be able to ring up the damn things.
Old 10-31-07, 04:34 PM
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Swung by Best Buy on my way home, all they had was an open box A2. No box, no remote, just a power cord and the A2. They still wanted the full $180 for it, and weren't going to budge, so I went across the street to Sears, who happened to have an A2 left (new in box), and they gave me the $180 plus 10% of the difference ($280-180=$100x10%) which was $10, PLUS they gave me 2 free HD-DVDs. I just picked up an A2 there yesterday and price matched CC.com, so I had them do a price adjustment using that receipt as well (but for whatever reason they wouldn't give me the 2 free HD-DVDs for that one...).

So for ~$360 after tax, I got 2 A2s and a couple HD-DVDs. You know, lots of people complain about people at electronics stores who work on commission (at least partially, like Sears), but at least they want to work for you business, unlike the blue shirts at BB who just want to remind you 5x per visit that they don't work on commission. The guy helping me at BB actually told me, "Well you know we don't work on commission, so if you need any help let me know." As if that makes them somehow superior to a person who DOES work on commission? Whatever...off my soapbox. Glad to have 2 cheap A2s.
Old 10-31-07, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Geiger
If this is in fact true, I will rebuy the A2 (sold one previously.) For $99, it is a steal, again, if true.

BUT, as I said previously, none of the Walmart near me have any HD's, let alone HD players. Again, they might just be waiting for Nov 3.
If that rumor is true, it will go A LONG WAY to helping HDDVD win the war. That is the kind of pricing that J6P needs.
Old 10-31-07, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kocheese99
Rumor

Apparently Wal-mart is doing some pre Black friday stuff on this Friday. Some secret in store specials, they've posted one of the 5 items on their website with the rest being listed Thursday.

Now that's all fact. But the Rumor is that the A2 will be listed on here. And that it will be sold for $99. The rumor also goes on to say that some HD-DVD's will be $14.99.

Take this as a grain a salt, but we'll now for sure shortly.
There is an AVS member who supposedly has the list of items and he claims there is no $99 price for the A2. He posted the HD DVD list. Still, I'll be headed there Friday, just in case.
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Hope that's true. If it is, I'll be there on Friday as well.
Old 10-31-07, 05:49 PM
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IF the A2 was $99, it still probably wouldn't do me any good because none of the 3 WM's in this town have any of them that i have seen. the $15 HD-DVD's though sound interesting if they have them.
Old 10-31-07, 08:21 PM
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Well, it took me more than two hours to figure out how to connect the A2 and then reconnect every other component in my system, but it's done -- and the bits and pieces of HD-DVDs I've tried (Corpse Bride and Batman Returns) are absolutely STUNNING!! I'm so thrilled with my purchase.

A couple questions so far: 1) is there a way to show the running time of the movie in the display instead of the running time of the chapters? 2) I'd like to send away for my 5 free movies, but not sure what they mean by original UPC barcode. Is this the entire sticker on the side that lists the serial number? Thanks in advance.
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While casually watching Fox tonight during prime time (I was flipping around and ended up on "Kitchen Nightmares" as Gordon Ramsey was just screaming at people and I was so oddly amused that I kept it on), it went to commercial and a Wal-Mart ad came on.

It was an ad for their pre-Black Friday sale beginning this Friday and the whole thing was focused on a wife buying her husband an HD DVD player for the holidays. She says something like "and I couldn't believe the price, even for Wal-Mart."

This is the first kind of HD DVD ad I've seen that isn't those Toshiba spots with the Sopranos guy that runs frequently on some of the HD cable channels.
Old 11-01-07, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by bookcase3
A couple questions so far: 1) is there a way to show the running time of the movie in the display instead of the running time of the chapters? 2) I'd like to send away for my 5 free movies, but not sure what they mean by original UPC barcode. Is this the entire sticker on the side that lists the serial number? Thanks in advance.
1. No. And it bugs me, too.

2. Yes.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannabis
1. No. And it bugs me, too.

2. Yes.
Well, at least you can turn off the display entirely, which I've never been able to do -- perhaps that will help me focus more on the movie than the running time.

Thanks for the info on both accounts.
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If you can find a Best Buy that has an A2 in stock, it just rang up for me at $99.99 and did come with the 2 free HD-DVDs. I left with an A2, Hot Fuzz, Transformers, and a 2 year warranty for $116.

YMMV, the manager I was working with says the system won't allow any store transfers or updated information on the A2, but if they have one in stock, you'll get the deal.
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Originally Posted by bravesmg
If you can find a Best Buy that has an A2 in stock, it just rang up for me at $99.99 and did come with the 2 free HD-DVDs. I left with an A2, Hot Fuzz, Transformers, and a 2 year warranty for $116.

YMMV, the manager I was working with says the system won't allow any store transfers or updated information on the A2, but if they have one in stock, you'll get the deal.
I bought it yesterday at BB for $208 after the extended warranty, so I shall be making my way to BB again to get them to price match their new price.
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Just got back from Best Buy. The guy in front of me got the last one for $98. The interesting thing is that he was mad because they would not give him the 2 free in store HD-DVDs. After he left the sales associate stated that the 2 free ended on 10-27. Weird. Lots of people have stated here and other posts that they got 2 free in store. YMMV.
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I wanted to buy at Best Buy because I had $150 of Reward credit. The $99 A2 were long gone, but for $250 I picked up the A3, got the 2 free in box, 2 free in store, plus the 5 free. So for $100 out of pocket I got the 1080p model plus 9 discs total. More than worth it to me. This was last night Nov 1st., so they gave me no trouble about the in store titles.
Old 11-02-07, 08:17 AM
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Bestbuy.com now has the A3 for $199! So, you get Bourne Identity & 300 packed in, 2 more movies of your choice, and 5 more via mail-in rebate for $200. I just bought myself another player.
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Originally Posted by JimRochester
I wanted to buy at Best Buy because I had $150 of Reward credit. The $99 A2 were long gone, but for $250 I picked up the A3, got the 2 free in box, 2 free in store, plus the 5 free. So for $100 out of pocket I got the 1080p model plus 9 discs total. More than worth it to me. This was last night Nov 1st., so they gave me no trouble about the in store titles.
I believe the A3 is just the updated model of the A2, hence 1080i, not 1080p. Not that I think that matters all that much (I have a 60" 1080p plasma, and I am perfectly happy letting my Pioneer plasma do the deinterlacing from 1080i to 1080p), but just so you know.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Bestbuy.com now has the A3 for $199! So, you get Bourne Identity & 300 packed in, 2 more movies of your choice, and 5 more via mail-in rebate for $200. I just bought myself another player.
Hmm..this might be a good deal for me since I just missed out on the A2 at Wal-Mart. I've got a $50 reward certificate to use. So I could get the A3 and 9 free HD-DVDs for $150. The 2 free in the box, 300 & Bourne, 2 free in store, and 5 free mail-in rebate.
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How many times can you get 5 free?

Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Bestbuy.com now has the A3 for $199! So, you get Bourne Identity & 300 packed in, 2 more movies of your choice, and 5 more via mail-in rebate for $200. I just bought myself another player.
This has probably been asked and answered, so I apologize. Meanwhile, I bought an A20 from Amazon in September and got the 5 free from that time period. Then last week I bought the Xbox add on and got 5 free from that offer. Can I get the A3 and be eligible for any more?
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Originally Posted by TimT
This has probably been asked and answered, so I apologize. Meanwhile, I bought an A20 from Amazon in September and got the 5 free from that time period. Then last week I bought the Xbox add on and got 5 free from that offer. Can I get the A3 and be eligible for any more?
Since each rebate is one per family, household or address, your best bet would be to use a different address for the A3 rebate, for example a relative or work address. You should have a good shot at getting another rebate fulfilled in that case.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Bestbuy.com now has the A3 for $199! So, you get Bourne Identity & 300 packed in, 2 more movies of your choice, and 5 more via mail-in rebate for $200. I just bought myself another player.
Thanks for the heads up! I was out of luck at WalMart (which I hate anyways)....So, I used some reward zone points and got in on this deal. Not much worse than the Walmart deal since its newer and I can sell all the movies!
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You are right, it is a 1080i model. But I hooked it up and from a quick few minutes of Bourne, I really couldn't tell the difference on my 47" LCD. I'm going back today to get $50 back, so it's really $50 out of pocket, (plus the cords and crap) but I do get the 2 in box and 2 in strore
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Bestbuy.com now has the A3 for $199! So, you get Bourne Identity & 300 packed in, 2 more movies of your choice, and 5 more via mail-in rebate for $200. I just bought myself another player.
could you pm to sears on BF for a refund of the difference?
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The amount of crazy deals going on so early in the holiday season is amazing. If Toshiba's push was to get hardware into homes in Q4, this is a great omen.

It seems like every time I turn around I can't believe how good the deal is... only to be beaten within the time it takes to reload the post.
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FYI on the A3 at BestBuy.com - if ordering online, it says for the 2 free that Pre-orders are excluded, but if you add them to your cart along with the A3, they come up as $0.00. Plus they ship free, so I'd think you should be able to order them and have them shipped to you when they come out.

I'm considering doing this...I have 3 A2s now that I got this week (2 at Walmart this morning, 1 at Sears for $180 earlier in the week), but I'm going to return the one to Sears. But I think one of those A2s would make a great Xmas present for my sister...hmmmm.

The decision would be much easier if there was something definitively better about the A3 over the A2 - other than the 2 free in box.
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Tell me about it...I've tried price matching 3x at Sears this week, and only today did I get shot down (they wouldn't PM the Walmart deal in stupid Wisconsin).
Having already bought the HD-A20 months ago, here is to hoping that all of this will inspire the BluRay group to drop the prices of their players so I can officially be format-neutral! $250 for a BluRay player is my price point! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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