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Old 05-18-09, 05:56 AM
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Wal-Mart to Expand Blu-ray Players and Movies

Blu-ray.com:

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart is going to broaden its offer of Blu-ray disc players and movies this week, as part of a general revamping of the electronics departments in its more than 3,500 U.S. stores, within a new strategy which involves selling top brands at lower prices than rivals offer.

The world's largest retailer by revenue is in a fierce battle with Best Buy and Amazon to attract former Circuit City customers, which were expected to gravitate towards Best Buy, but are proving to be evenly split among the three retailers.

As we reported ten days ago, Wal-Mart recently overtook Amazon for second place in the top Blu-ray retailer rankings, with a 20%-30% market share.
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Old 05-18-09, 06:26 AM
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Hopefully they will get rid of the trashpiles of dvd's and the locked cases.

Still saving a few pennies wont be enough to get me to shop at that horrible corporation.
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Its about time, but my Wal-Mart Blu-ray prices are rarely ever on sale.
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My Wal-Mart has a decent selection of about 100 movies. They're all locked up in a case though.
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My Wal-Mart has a decent selection of about 100 movies. They're all locked up in a case though.
Mine's broken up into two groups. The newer releases are locked in a case by the video games, and the catalog titles that have been around for a while and sale titles are off with the other DVDs.
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Old 05-18-09, 07:54 AM
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I remember hearing something along those lines not so long ago. Something about Wal-Mart restructuring their media department and cutting their CD inventory but increasing the Blu-ray one.
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My store even has all the dvds locked up in cases. They also have the Samsung 1500 down to $198.

On a side note, there have been many people reporting that WM has the 2-disc Casino Royale on sale for $15. Even though the tag says $29.99, it has been ringing up for $15. So it may be worth checking out for those who don't have it.
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Old 05-18-09, 08:35 AM
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I'm not the biggest fan of Wal-mart, but if this will help lower the prices at Best Buy and give us more deals on Amazon.com, I'm all for it!
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Old 05-18-09, 09:09 AM
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My Wal-Mart doesn't lock them in cases, but they bundle them together with one of those anti-theft alarms. So there's 5-6 of the same movie tied together and you have to find somebody to untie them.

This is why I don't really buy BD's at Wal-Mart. I much prefer being able to browse the selection before I buy.
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I've never seen any section at Wal-Mart look that clean and organized. Even Johnny Depp looks surprised.
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Old 05-18-09, 09:32 AM
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More like this at the store I used to shop at
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Old 05-18-09, 09:40 AM
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Yeah I wish the Wal-mart's around here had displays that looked like the above. Right now they're still just doing the end cap thing or one panel of an aisle. They have not shown me they're serious enough about BD for me to shop for discs there.
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I've never seen any section at Wal-Mart look that clean and organized. Even Johnny Depp looks surprised.


Mine has half of them in those stupid spider-wraps (destroying any slip cover/box) and the other half in a display case. I'd estimate about 50-75 unique titles and a few Samsungs, Magnavox players.
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Luckily, mine aren't in a case or bundled together. I just want to see them get a better selection. They should have at least 100 unique titles per store.
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I've never seen any section at Wal-Mart look that clean and organized. Even Johnny Depp looks surprised.


It's so funny because it's the truth.
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Old 05-18-09, 11:03 AM
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The Walmart closest to my house has the WORST Blu-ray display I have ever seen....they are SO worried about theft that they no longer put out any actual copies...instead, they take a damn PHOTO of the cover art, put that ugly looking picture into a blank DVD case, and then put them onto their shelf display....if you want to buy one, you have to wait and have the (usually) one employee actually working in electronics to get the keys from their supervisor to unlock the drawer/case behind and underneath their checkout counter where they keep the actual product....

Seriously, I could understand doing this for the $90 Star Trek set, or the $60 Planet Earth, or maybe even the $25-30 titles, but for a $10 copy of Total Recall?? Especially dumb when they have $50+ TV DVD sets out there for anyone to steal.....way to think things through there....
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My store's electronics section is in disarray as of yesterday. Seems that this topic is the reason behind it. I hope the blu-ray selection gets better, and I agree, the locked up discs are a bit disappointing.
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Old 05-18-09, 12:08 PM
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My local store must not have read this memo because in their "revamp" they actually got rid of an entire aisle of Blu-ray and just have two small sections now.
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Old 05-18-09, 12:31 PM
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Most of the wallys round here already have a better set up than that photo, selection-wise. The tie-in to HDTV is nice, but it custs that actually sellable space in half or more.
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our selection was cut in half.
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Well, I hope they really are going to lower prices. I remember last year when they had the Disney $35 MSRP titles (like No Country for Old Men and Enchanted) for $25. That was only a buck higher than Amazon, so I bought a couple of them. Then they raised them to $30 (before Disney raised their prices), so that was the end of that.

My store doesn't have them locked up in a case, but they do use those locked outer shells. They don't mess up the artwork or anything, so they seem like a much better solution than keeping them behind bars.
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I really hope that this is true. It sucks living in a small town where the best options for Blu-ray are either Wal-Mart or Target. The local Wal-Mart currently doesn't offer a whole lot of shelf space for Blu. There's the new release end cap and then there's a small section of shelf space where they have a lot of older Warner, Universal, and some Disney titles. They also seem to be really hit and miss on what they get for new releases in terms of older movies that are being released to Blu.

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The Bluray selections vary greatly amongst the 6 or so Walmart supercenters around my place (we have a new one opening this month sometime.)

Hooker Walmart has them locked up and a limited selection.
Asian Walmart has them laid out but they never seem to actually have titles in stock -- plenty of places for them labelled but never in stock.
Shiv Walmart has half locked up, half free grab.
Rich Walmart has them all laid out and a fairly reasonable selection.
Beach Walmart had a display like the one above, but I haven't been there in ages.
The other one had a decent layout as well.

We have a new one opening in a month or so, hoping it'll have a good layout and maybe we'll finally get some specials outside of the $10 lionsgate discs.
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Old 05-18-09, 01:55 PM
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Just had a new Wal-mart open up the road from me. By far the nicest wal-mart I've ever seen. (the picture that Mr. Cinema posted is almost exactly how mine looks) They actually have quite a healthy selection of Blu-ray, and several for under $20.

I typically despise wally world, but this one is so clean and the customers are for the most part not your typical wal-mart customers. I'm hoping since I live in a pretty high class part of town that this wal-mart may actually stay decent, but time will tell.
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