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Old 07-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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Just got back from Walmart. I was amazed to see this stand near checkout. Left side DVDs. Right side Bluray. All the Blurays were priced at 7.88 each!! Titles included. The Other Guys, reign of fire, Tropic Thunder, the Last Starfighter. There were a few other titles. The DVDs were a mix of Disney and other titles. Prices were 14.95!! Sure makes Bluray look like they are giving the product away at those prices. Also makes Bluray look like the not so successful product i see it as. I want to use "failure". But I understand that rubs a couple of you the wrong way. Looking at this display one could walk away thinking that. All things considered.

I did pick up Reign of Fire though. Hard to pass up that movie on Bluray for that price.
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Just got back from Walmart. I was amazed to see this stand near checkout. Left side DVDs. Right side Bluray. All the Blurays were priced at 7.88 each!! Titles included. The Other Guys, reign of fire, Tropic Thunder, the Last Starfighter. There were a few other titles. The DVDs were a mix of Disney and other titles. Prices were 14.95!! Sure makes Bluray look like they are giving the product away at those prices. Also makes Bluray look like the not so successful product i see it as. I want to use "failure". But I understand that rubs a couple of you the wrong way. Looking at this display one could walk away thinking that. All things considered.

I did pick up Reign of Fire though. Hard to pass up that movie on Bluray for that price.
That is simple Wally World marketing they buy lots a products at special pricing to setup those blu-light specials some good deals if your looking to those titles, but most of those offered are dust collectors on Wally Worlds shelfs.
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That is simple Wally World marketing they buy lots a products at special pricing to setup those blu-light specials some good deals if your looking to those titles, but most of those offered are dust collectors on Wally Worlds shelfs.
I bought Tarentino's Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 $12.00 for the both
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Just got back from Walmart. I was amazed to see this stand near checkout. Left side DVDs. Right side Bluray. All the Blurays were priced at 7.88 each!! Titles included. The Other Guys, reign of fire, Tropic Thunder, the Last Starfighter. There were a few other titles. The DVDs were a mix of Disney and other titles. Prices were 14.95!! Sure makes Bluray look like they are giving the product away at those prices. Also makes Bluray look like the not so successful product i see it as. I want to use "failure". But I understand that rubs a couple of you the wrong way. Looking at this display one could walk away thinking that. All things considered.

I did pick up Reign of Fire though. Hard to pass up that movie on Bluray for that price.
Sounds like they had some "high end" DVD titles (ever notice that Disney titles are never in the bargain bin?) next to el cheapo Blu-ray titles. Not really a good idea to give the impression that Blu-rays are already cheaper than DVD. Doesn't really give consumers that warm and fuzzy that they need to take that plunge into a new format. Come to think of it, bundling DVD with Blu-ray isn't very conducive to breeding confidence in Blu-ray either.

BTW, just watched Reign of Fire on HD DVD (looks great too). Nice popcorn flick that's worth a replay every 4-5 years or so.
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I bought Tarentino's Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 $12.00 for the both
Damn good price. I think I paid about $16-20 a year ago on Amazon. Catalog prices keep going down so fast it makes it all the more tempting to wait. Of course Criterion is an exception and so is Disney.
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Just got back from Walmart. I was amazed to see this stand near checkout. Left side DVDs. Right side Bluray. All the Blurays were priced at 7.88 each!!
Walmart.com has over 400 blu-ray titles under $8. Over 1,000 blu-ray titles under $10. Many big name movies.

http://www.walmart.com/browse/movies...ab_value=Store

Amazon has hundreds as well.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=MoviesBD...d_i=2901953011
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Well I just think these prices are insane for a product that is "doing so well". I never got these kinds of deals on DVDs. Wish I did!!
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Well I just think these prices are insane for a product that is "doing so well". I never got these kinds of deals on DVDs. Wish I did!!
No reason to. Consumers really wanted DVD. Not the same with BD. They can take it or leave it - mostly leave it.

Should we call them "fire sale prices" or would that piss off too many people?
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Walmart.com has over 400 blu-ray titles under $8. Over 1,000 blu-ray titles under $10. Many big name movies.

http://www.walmart.com/browse/movies...ab_value=Store

Amazon has hundreds as well.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=MoviesBD...d_i=2901953011
I didn't realize there were so many! And not just crap titles. There were more recent titles at these prices. Granted I haven't been shopping for Blurays lately. It's pretty amazing! If this isn't proof of a problem? I don't know what is. Because Bluray at least had it's premium price going for it. Now a huge selection of titles doesn't even have that. There's little profit and there is no volume.
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No reason to. Consumers really wanted DVD. Not the same with BD. They can take it or leave it - mostly leave it.

Should we call them "fire sale prices" or would that piss off too many people?
That's sure what it looks like. How can you not call it that?
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It's great to see low prices! I may need to pick up a few.
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It's great to see low prices! I may need to pick up a few.
The Last Starfighter especially.
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Sounds like they had some "high end" DVD titles (ever notice that Disney titles are never in the bargain bin?) next to el cheapo Blu-ray titles.
Depending on how one defines "bargain bin", some Disney bluray titles are already hitting the $10 price point at the nearby Walmart.

Recently I picked up the following Disney titles for $10 each:

- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
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The Last Starfighter especially.
Ya I was tempted to get that one. But I had my wife with me.
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Depending on how one defines "bargain bin", some Disney bluray titles are already hitting the $10 price point at the nearby Walmart.

Recently I picked up the following Disney titles for $10 each:

- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
I guess you're right. I was thinking of the Disney animated classics.

So apparently Criterion titles are the only ones that holds their value pretty well. Although they are overpriced, you can get them sometimes when somebody runs a sale (around $20 or a little less), and the good thing is that they kept the Blu-ray price point the same as DVD.
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