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Wal-Mart offering $199 Kinect Bundle, Kinect games for $60

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2010

It has been pretty much confirmed that Microsoft’s Kinect will be priced at $150. But what we didn’t know is that the games are going to sell for $60, and none come bundled with the hardware. This new Wal-Mart preorder bundle for the Kinect hardware, one game of your choice and a $30 online-only gift card for $199 also shows games like Kinect Adventures and Joyride listing for $60.

I’m guessing that is probably about twice as much as you expected. Floored us too. So you are expected to drop $210 for the hardware and a single game. That’s ridiculous. At least one game should come with it.

Wal-Mart is buying Vudu movie service

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

According to the New York Times, Wal-Mart will acquire Vudu, the online movie service. Looks like it will be a good match since Wal-Mart sells a boat-load of DVDs. Vudu gives them an easy way into the streaming market without having to build something from the ground up.

For Vudu it’s good as well. They’ve never been profitable, despite having their players embedded in increasing numbers of TVs which may have turned that around eventually. Walmart should make it easy to build on that momentum.

Wal-Mart announces recall expansion of Durabrand DVD players

Posted in dvd players by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

Wal-Mart DVD players may burst into flamesSometimes it just doesn’t pay to buy cheap electronics at Wal-Mart. The items in question are the $18 – $29 Durabrand DVD players sold in the US and the UK, which were recently recalled. 1.5 million of the units recalled to be exact, due to 12 reported cases of overheating.

They caused some property damage, but no injuries, but now, they have more reported cases of the same problem, so they’ve upped the recall to cover 4.2 million devices. The original recall was only for the silver units sold, but now it also covers the pink and purple DVD players sold between January 2006 and July 2009.

Wal-Mart DVD players may burst into flames

Posted in Wal-Mart by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2009

Wal-Mart DVD players may burst into flamesWal-Mart is recalling about 1.5 million Durabrand DVD players because of a potential for the device to simply burst into flames and ruin your day. Wal-Mart received 12 complaints about the DVD players overheating and in five of those cases, the overheating resulted in a fire that damaged property.

That’s not the kind of movie night you want right? Even if you were watching Backdraft. The DVD player in question is imported from China and sold at Wal-Mart stores from January 2006 through July 2009 for $29. The DVD player came with a remote and is silver with a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD. If you spot this culprit in your home, call Wal-Mart immediately.

Wal-Mart’s new Apple sections

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Apple LogoWal-Mart is upping its electronics game, filling the void left by Circuit City’s closure. If you’re counting, that’s about $11.1 billion in annual revenue waiting to be made. Wal-Mart is rolling out new sections for Apple and Nintendo in some of its electronics departments this week.

They are also adding higher-end Sony and Samsung televisions, expanding Blu-ray equipment and is even getting the Palm Pre next month. Wow. Does this mean under $1000 macs? That would sure make Laptop Hunters happy.

iPhone 3G hit Wal-Mart today

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

iPhone 3G hit Wal-Mart todayToday the iPhone arrived at that place where workers get trampled by angry Black Friday crowds. There’s bad news and there’s more bad news. The bad news is that you can probably still get trampled by an angry mob in search of rolled back prices. The other bad news is that rumors of a $99 Wal-Mart iPhone were incorrect.

Wal-Mart will sell the iPhone for only $2 less than the regular price with a two-year contract: $197 for the 8 GB model, or $297 for the 16GB model. The ad should read “Save just a little money. Live just a tad better.”

Wal-Mart to Sell $99 4GB iPhone?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2008

Wal-Mart to Sell $99 4GB iPhone?So, you’ve been waiting for the iPhone to hit Walmart, so you can stock up on paper towels, buy a DVD and throw an iPhone in your squeaky cart all at once. Well you’re in luck assuming you didn’t get killed by greedy shoppers during black Friday. Looks like Apple will begin selling the iPhone at Wal-Marts on December 28th.

Wal-Mart employees are apparently already receiving training on iPhone activation. Today Boy Genius Report claims that Apple may be reintroducing the 4GB iPhone to be sold at Wal-Mart for only $99 with a two year contract. They aren’t completely confident about the report, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, the Walmart training materials pictured above have been seen so that suggests there is some truth to it.


New wireless Guitar Hero controller for the Wii spotted

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2008

New wireless Guitar Hero controller for the Wii spotted
Some guy from Michigan spotted this sweet looking guitar at his local Wal-Mart so he snapped a pic. It’s a mysterious new controller for Guitar Hero for the Wii called the Rage. It may or may not be all the Rage.

No one seems to know anything about it and there’s nothing on Google either, which seems a bit odd since it looks so sweet and all. According to the box, it’s super realistic and this baby even has light-up LEDs on the fretboard. The $54.78 price tag isn’t all that awesome, but it’s different if you’re looking for a new fake guitar.

Wal-Mart offering $10 DTV converter box (with coupon)

Posted in Television by Nino Marchetti on February 11th, 2008

wal-mart-dtv.jpgWal-Mart has brought its huge retail muscle into the DTV conversion game set to happen in Feb. 2009 by unveiling at its 3,400 stores a converter. The price you ask? After the $40 digital converter box coupon you can get from the government, the cost is a mere $9.87.

That is right – just under $10 (converter box prices at $49.87 without). That is a slap in the price face of Best Buy, which is selling its boxes for around $20 with the coupon. Wal-Mart is pimping a box done up by Magnavox for its offering, whereas Best Buy is going with its private label brand.

Wal-Mart launches new online shopping tools

Posted in Websites by Nino Marchetti on February 4th, 2008

walmart-chickpick.jpgTaking a look at this new online shopping tool Help a Chick Pick you at first glance think it might be another splashy Web start up. Turns out that isn’t quite the case – the site is a new offering from retail super giant Wal-Mart.

Help a Chick Pick
, and the newly relaunched Help a Guy Buy, are attempts by the retailer to appeal to a more Web savvy user base. Wal-Mart describes these sites as being able to “customers not only identify the gift profile of their significant other, but the perfect gift, at the perfect price, to complement it.” They of course point you to Wal-Mart listings.