DailyTech reported yesterday that Wal-Mart was running a secret sale and one of the items in the sale would be the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for a mere $98.87. I recall going to my local Wal-Mart to get my Wii last year when they announced a shipment was coming in.
Wal-Mart had barriers set up outside and seats inside to keep the geek throngs from messing up the normal folks’ day that just needed some milk. I showed up at Wal-Mart this morning expecting to see lines of black-Friday proportions out front behind barriers and lines of people fighting to get their hands on the HD DVD players.
There were exactly no people waiting to buy the $98 HD DVD player. Several Wal-Mart employees were leaning on the display of 20 HD-A2 DVD players, all they had for the secret sale. While I stood there waiting for the Wal-Mart employees to get off the display so I could grab one I realized one of the guys seemed to be talking another shopper standing there into buying one of the players, repeatedly mentioning how good a deal it was.
The fact that people weren’t lined up in droves was frankly surprising to me. I wondered what did that mean. Does it mean that the Wal-Mart secret sale was just too secret? On the other hand, does it mean that even at under $100 people still aren’t willing to jump on the HD DVD bandwagon.
quote: On the other hand, does it mean that even at under $100 people still aren’t willing to jump on the HD DVD bandwagon.
quote: I guess I was the only one who cared in little old Waynseboro, PA.
quote: For example, we have SecureDigital for small memory cards and other versions of it for even smaller needs, and CompactFlash for larger memory cards. So WHY do we need xD and MemoryStick?!?
quote: No, it means they aren't willing to jump onto either the HD DVD or BluRay bandwagons. These format wars are always detrimental to consumers.