Wal-mart: 15 Free Blu-ray Movies when you buy an 80GB PS3

If the rumour isn't just a rumour, Wal-mart has just proven it isn't backing HD DVD whatsoever. Here is some information about one of the 4 planned "Secret Sales" for the holiday season. A supposed Wal-mart employee claims that between 8:00am on November 24th and 11:59pm on November 25th, the largest grocery retailer in the United States will be giving away 10 free Blu-ray movies (of your choice but limited to the store and each must be under $30) to every new owner of a $499 80GB PlayStation 3. Walmart is reportedly taking this quite seriously: "For those stores that carry BD already, additional titles are being sent in for the sale. For those that do not have BD in their store (a small minority) product will be sent to each store specifically for this sale. Oh, and you still get your 5 FREE movies by mail."

News source: Blu-ray.com Forums

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Well, this proves yet again, that the price of these movies are beyond inflated. If they can afford to give 15 movies away, at about $30 each, then it's proof these new formats should be selling for under $10 in the stores.

Wow that's really sad for Sony. That is very, very desperate.

Then again their PS3 TV commercials aren't going much for sales either.

Didn't Sony get the hint? You lose, pack up and go home. Make more shelf space for Nintendo and Microsoft. They obviously know what they are doing. Nintendo can't keep their Wii in stock anywhere and they didn't have to lower their price or offer free movies.

kool_105 said,
seems the sale is true, if you visit www.walmart.com/secret and click show saturday sales, it shows this deal.

yeah i said that already in post #11

"Wal-mart has just proven it isn't backing HD DVD whatsoever"

Childish statement. Please repeat after me:

"Wal-mart backs only those things that help them maximize profit, no matter what they are"
"Wal-mart backs only those things that help them maximize profit, no matter what they are"
"Wal-mart backs only those things that help them maximize profit, no matter what they are"
"Wal-mart backs only those things that help them maximize profit, no matter what they are"

If anyone knows me, I'm a pretty big HD DVD supporter. This deal, however, is quite tempting. There's tons of movies on Blu-ray that i'd love to own. Too bad i dont need a PS3, let alone the 80GB model. if this were the 40GB model i'd be all over it.

I don't think this is so much to push the BluRay format but rather something to get the hoards of PS3s off the shelves before the end of the year.

Mathachew said,
Since when is $500 is almost nothing?

My guess is most likely using this math formula.

Assume $30 per movie

10 movies in store + 5 mail in rebate = 15 movies.
15 movies x $30 per movie = $450 in movie value

PS3 @ $500 - $450 in movie value = $50 for the PS3.

or almost nothing.

Whoopee doo.... Only the retarded or insanely bored watch the same movie more than once or feel the need to "own" a "collection". That's what Blockbusters is for folks!

alsheron said,
Whoopee doo.... Only the retarded or insanely bored watch the same movie more than once or feel the need to "own" a "collection". That's what Blockbusters is for folks!

You have not heard the saying "chicks dig a guy with a enormous DVD collection?"

I recall a statement in the forums that the HD-DVD camp was desperate when they included x movies. By that logic, this is even more desperate.

bluray is already majority sold HD format here so we don't need to "war" over anything, also we're counted as a minority market so they'll never drop marketing schemes like this here. we've also only got last stock of 60GB and 40GB ps3's no 80GB here. If you want one though just go grab 40GB ps3 its worth it to have it.

I wonder if you can return the movies after to get refunds on them <.< if you got 10 $30 movies, that would be $300 off the price of the ps3!

The_Decryptor said,
Jesus, they really are trying to push BluRay.

"Hey, you brought a PS3, here, have $300 worth of movies for free"


+ 5 more.

As long as they are still in their wrapping most shops will take them and give you store credit or similar; just say you've lost your reciept!

if ya cant sell em... give them away :)

Is there many titles under 30 in most retailers? i know theres very few in AUS but im not sure of US prices..

Nothing close to that in Canada. Although at least the PS3 80GB is the same price here. IMO still one of the cheapest blu-ray players available here (I would get it just for this if there wasn't a format war going on)

2xSilverKnight said,
okay ... 15 free blu-ray .. we will see if they try to include those numbers in their sales numbers :rolleyes:

in a retail world nothing is "FREE" it's all .01 so yes they can count it as a sale.