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Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
« on: November 06, 2009, 12:50:04 am »
Wal-Mart slashes DVD prices to $10, potentially spurring price war



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In an unprecedented discounting move that could signal a price war that would benefit the major movie studios and cash-strapped consumers, Wal-Mart has slashed the price of a number of the upcoming DVDs of big-budget summer movies to $10 on its website.

That appears to be the lowest price ever offered by a major retailer on highly anticipated new releases, according to people at studios' home entertainment divisions. Among the films on sale for $10 are "Star Trek," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Terminator Salvation."

The big discounts are only for the top 10 pre-ordered movies on the site. Recently released hits like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" cost $13.98 and up. In addition to the price cutting, Wal-Mart.com is also offering free shipping on all of its DVDs.

A link on its website indicates that Target is moving to match Wal-Mart's discounting. There isn't yet any indication whether Amazon.com will follow as well.

The price cuts are good news for movie studios, because they will spur demand in a year during which DVD sales are down more than 13% thus far. The wholesale price paid by Wal-Mart and its competitors remains unchanged at about $18, meaning studios will make the same profit on each disc.

It's normal for retailers like Wal-Mart to price DVDs below their wholesale cost at physical locations and online to draw customers who often spend more money on other items.

The deepest discounts usually go to about $14, however. $10 marks a big loss that Wal-Mart and Target will be taking on each movie, especially with free shipping.

The move comes as Wal-Mart.com and Amazon.com are in the midst of a book price war that has seen the price of some new-release hardcovers fall as low as $9. If Wal-Mart's discounting spurs a similar price war over movies, it could provide a significant boost to holiday movie sales and the studios' bottom lines.

-- Ben Fritz
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 05:04:49 am »
    Will not buy any more DVDs....will not buy any more DVDs...

    Actually, I might, just not at W-M.  Hopefully this will have impact on other vendors.

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 05:07:08 am »
    Never have bought a DVD.

    Well, now, I take that back.  I've bought two. . . .gave them as gifts.
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 06:30:31 am »
    that could be tempting
    $4 dollars to rent and ten dollars to buy....

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009, 06:34:25 am »
    CNN just reported that Amazon and Target have met the $10 and Wal-mart dropped to $9.98.

    Too bad we're upgrading to Blu-ray
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009, 11:20:56 am »
    I'll have to check out the DVDs next time I'm in Target.  I wonder if they'll be the regular versions with all the features or if there will be special cheap versions made?

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #6 on: November 06, 2009, 11:24:48 am »
    CNN just reported that Amazon and Target have met the $10 and Wal-mart dropped to $9.98.

    Too bad we're upgrading to Blu-ray

    Standard movies look really good played with a Blu-ray player...better than in a standard DVD player. We still buy most of our DVDs in regular format because the Blu-ray upconverts so well.

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #7 on: November 06, 2009, 11:34:50 am »
    My husband asked for a few DVDs for Christmas.... and I've been wanting to get him the Planet Earth BBC series.... so I got him a BluRay player to go with them! The one I got also does Netflix streaming, so we will be able to do that as well. I wasn't going to bother with BluRay, but I think the Planet Earth series will look magnificent on it.
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #8 on: November 07, 2009, 08:04:38 am »
    Planet Earth really does look magnificent on Blu-ray, you won't be dissappointed.

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #9 on: November 07, 2009, 10:13:02 am »
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #10 on: November 07, 2009, 10:19:13 am »
    Some of our new members may not know this... we have a page on KindleBoards that pulls best-selling items from Amazon in a bunch of different categories, including DVDs.
    I find it an interesting page to browse from time to time - particularly the Tools page and Electronics page.

    https://www.kboards.com/top10

    Here's a direct link to the DVD page, where you can see this hour's DVD bestsellers, by category (Action, Boxed Set, Christian, Anime, Comedy, Fitness, etc.)

    https://www.kboards.com/top10/index.php?Action=show-dvd&ItemPage=1
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs
    « Reply #11 on: November 07, 2009, 10:37:49 am »
    I wasn't going to bother with BluRay, but I think the Planet Earth series will look magnificent on it.

    That's what convinced us to get a high def TV and bluray player; we were staying at my sister's in San Antonio for a few days and got our first taste of HDTV on her 67" TV, and we were able to watch a few episodes of Planet Earth. It was jaw dropping... it drove the Spouse Thingy a little bit nuts that he had to wait over a year after that to get a high def TV of his own, but a few days after e closed on our house I cut him loose in Circuit City and told him to buy what he wanted. First thing he got for the DVD player--Planet Earth.



    Bonus: the cats go a little nuts when he's watching it, too. I'm waiting for one of them to leap face first onto the screen...
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #12 on: November 07, 2009, 01:42:12 pm »
    oh nice, thanks for posting this. I preordered the new Harry Potter movie.

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #13 on: November 07, 2009, 06:07:12 pm »
    Funny, I tried to pre-order 3 movies on Walmart's website however I got a message that they can't ship them to my state (CA) due to some restrictions.  So ... Amazon got my business!
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #14 on: November 08, 2009, 06:33:02 pm »
    oh. it's been a while since i last bought a DVD. been renting movies only on iTunes. so much cheaper although can only be viewed on my iPhone. ;D
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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #15 on: November 09, 2009, 08:03:55 am »
    You can hook your iphone up to your tv to watch

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #16 on: November 09, 2009, 01:24:07 pm »
    Well, if you can wait a few days, then Amazon is still a better bet for me.  I can still buy bargains on used dvds from smaller sellers.

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #17 on: November 09, 2009, 01:35:04 pm »
    Never have bought a DVD.

    I've bought enough for both of us . . . and more.  ::)

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    Re: Wal-Mart expands price war to include DVDs; Amazon is matching
    « Reply #18 on: November 09, 2009, 03:03:18 pm »
    Don't forget to go to Amazon through the link above so that kindleboards (and Harvey) get credit for any purchases made.  I always use KB to go to Amazon if only to look, who knows I might buy something  ;D

    In fact my DH wants to check out some DVDs so we'll be going over there in a bit.
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