Blu-ray &Hardware Steven Kippel on 25 Oct 2007

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.

3 Responses to “Toshiba HD-A2 blow-out at Wal-Mart for $198”

  1. on 28 Oct 2007 at 7:20 AM 1.Jason C said …

    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. on 28 Oct 2007 at 9:19 AM 2.Wesley Novack said …

    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.

  3. on 06 Nov 2007 at 8:12 PM 3.Jeff said …

    shawnee Oklahoma has them. They were marked 98.00 so they sold it to me at that price. Lucky me.

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