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Wal-Mart customers who purchase an 80GB PS3 will instantly receive 10 free Blu-ray movies.

Customers will also receive five additional titles via mail-in rebate from Sony.

Wal-Mart's website shows the PS3 promotion
Wal-Mart to give customers 10 free Blu-ray movies instantly; five more come via MIR

If you thought that Wal-Mart and Best Buy’s $98 Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player was the last outrageous next generation format promotion that we'd see for a while, guess again. Whereas Toshiba, Wal-Mart and Best Buy successfully dumped the discontinued HD-A2 on the market, Wal-Mart's new promotion will take a slightly different approach.

According to a posting over at, Wal-Mart is having a Blu-ray promotion from 8AM this coming Saturday until midnight. Customers who come in to purchase a $499 80GB PS3 will be given ten Blu-ray movies for free -- instantly.

Keep in mind that the ten free titles from Wal-Mart are in addition to the five free titles that you can already receive direct from Sony via mail-in rebate. Unfortunately for the ultimate bargain shoppers, it appears that Wal-Mart's ten free Blu-ray promotion won't extend to the new entry-level $399 40GB PS3.

There's only one stipulation that customers have to adhere to in order to receive the 10 free movies: all titles must be priced below $30. Also, to ensure that stores don't run out of Blu-ray movies, Wal-Mart is taking some extra precautions.

“For those stores that carry BD already, additional titles are being sent in for the sale," according to Wal-Mart employee Vonscoot. "For those that do not have BD in their store (a small minority) product will be sent to each store specifically for this sale."

Vonscoot goes on to add that Saturday's Blu-ray promotion is one of four planned "Secret Sales" for the 2007 holiday season. There will be a link posted on Wal-Mart's site detailing promotion this Wednesday similar in fashion to Wal-Mart's last Toshiba HD-A2 promotion.

Updated 11/19/2007
Wal-Mart's website now shows the promotion for Saturday's Secret Sale.

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Too about it's the 80GB
By ciparis on 11/19/2007 1:22:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's really hard to ignore a die shrink when considering different consoles of this generation -- regardless of whether or not they have a history of overheating or excessive loudness. I like my consoles to be as quiet as possible. I'd probably choose the 40GB over the other models just for the 65nm process alone, valuing it more than BC, extra USB ports, some card ports (the door for which is a dust magnet anyway), or a bigger user-upgradeable HD. The best (to me) PS3 model is also the first one at a price I'm comfortable paying.

10 extra free movies makes it a harder choice, but... I have a feeling that if I was making a purchase, I'd probably still grab the 40 GB.

RE: Too about it's the 80GB
By maverick85wd on 11/19/2007 1:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
true, but most consumers don't know what a die-shrink is, let alone care. They see a PS3, which they may have been considering in the first place, now all of a sudden comes with 10 free HD movies which can be worth $200+ alone... definitely a good way to move a few PS3's and BD movies

Were I in the States right now and had a 1080p TV I would scoop one up... assuming they had a decent selection of movies.

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