I didn’t find out in time to put it in the HDTV Almanac, but last Friday, Wal-Mart reportedly sold the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for $98.87. It was a one-day only sale, and supplies were limited, though some reports indicated that there would be at least 10 units per store. I know one person who checked at a store in the Albany area, and they didn’t have any available, so apparently the offer was not available at all Wal-Mart stores.
According to reports, Best Buy has matched the Wal-Mart price, not just for last Friday, but for as long as they have inventory. It appears that few stores still have any of this model left, and the Best Buy Web site shows it as sold out.
So I’m curious. Clearly, these promotional prices on a model that is about to be replaced have generated a buzz in the market, with good reason. It’s going to take prices like this to get the mass of the market to get interested in high definition DVDs. But my question is “Did you or anyone you know manage to snag one of these HD DVD drives?” Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you got one. (A quick check of eBay shows that new units are selling for $100 to $120, including shipping, so if you missed out on the Wal-Mart or Best Buy offers, you can still pick one up for about the same price.)