Toshiba HD-A2 blow-out at Wal-Mart for $198

Toshiba HD-A2 blow-out at Wal-Mart for $198

Format War 2007At least one Wal-Mart has been found to have an end-cap full of the discontinued Toshiba HD-A2 on sale for $198. If a Wal-Mart near you has the same, let me know because so far I’ve had nobody give me a confirmation of this anywhere except for this one location.

There is a picture that confirms they exist, and you can see that right here:

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There are several rumors about this. One is that every Wal-Mart will receive 18 units at this price. This means around 54,000 of these players sold through Wal-Mart. Another is that this is Wal-Mart fulfilling a commitment to Toshiba made earlier this year but they’re switching to Blu-ray next month. This came from someone claiming to be a Wal-Mart employee. Another is that Wal-Mart bought up the remaining stock to blow these out as large retailers sometimes do. The HD-A2 is discontinued so this one is probable. And there is the claims of “photochop.” This is always the case.

Anyway, this might be significant for HD DVD but I also heard Wal-Mart is working closely with Sony to push the 40GB PS3 this holiday season, so if anything we know the next three months will see the most heated battles in this so-called “war.”

Update: There have been several pictures taken at various Wal-Marts and a representative of Wal-Mart has confirmed it as well. As it turns out, Circuit City beats Wal-Mart’s price by $0.01.

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Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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3 Comments on “Toshiba HD-A2 blow-out at Wal-Mart for $198”

  1. Wal-Mart A2 Price IS for real. Just saw 10 of them on a pallet in electronics. The sticker says $198! This is here in Colorado.

  2. I’ve heard that the Walmart players are actually a slightly different model number, such as HD-A2W or something similar. This is probably to prevent any price-matching with other stores…

    I’ve also heard that the stock is replenishable with a virtually “limitless” supply.

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