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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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By theapparition on 11/20/2007 8:26:42 AM , Rating: 2
My original logic stands. God forbid anyone understand it, though.

Hmmm, that's exactly how extremists/serial killers think. In their mind, they are right, regardless of public opinion.

We all know your a big fan of the PS3, which is fine. I think the PS3 deal from Walmart is very good, but only if you really want a PS3, or those 15 free movies. Some people don't want either, so obviously, this isn't for them.

I'm on the fence, I'd like the 15 free BR movies, but have no desire for the PS3 (or any console for that matter). I don't think I'm going to hop on this deal like I did the $100 HD-DVD player since I know Walmart will have an awful selection of BR, so basically, I'll be getting 10 disks that I don't want or already have. That's not a good deal for me.

As to the HD-DVD players being a poorer deal, well, most electronics are a poor deal, including consoles. But what constitutes a "deal" is relative to the consumer. Is getting a free printer with a camera rather than a free carrying case a better deal? Depends. Even if the monetary value of the printer is higher, if you already have a better printer, than it may not be the best "deal". Yes, you could sell the printer, but that takes time and aggravation, something that is also worth money. Is a brand new dining room set for $100 a good deal. Depends, do you have a dining room, or even need a set? Do you see where I'm going?

In the end, everyone has to decide for themselves whether this is a deal or not. For me, I'll go on record to say that the the Walmart $98 HD-A2 (+5MIR movies) and Best Buy $199 HD-A3 (+2box+3store+5MIR movies) were better deals for me so I jumped on both. Those two players were less than the A30 I bought a week earlier, which at the time I thought had a good "deal" on that one. And I won't kid myself, I got no deal when buying my first HD-DVD player and Pioneer Elite BR player.

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