Walmart is at it again, except this time they're not necessarily marketing it as a "Pre-Black Friday Sale." This Saturday, November 7th, starting at 8:00am, Walmart will be having an exclusive 6-item sale of the following products:
The Xbox 360, HP Laptop and Sony Blu-Ray player all have a guaranteed minimum of 10 per store. Below we have provided a bit of insight about the deals available.
Xbox 360 Arcade Console w/ $100 Walmart Gift-Card
The Xbox 360 deal is VERY HOT. If you are in the market for an Xbox 360 console, this is the absolute best deal we've ever seen.
The Xbox 360 comes in two varieties: Arcade ($199) and Elite ($299). Compared to the Elite, the Arcade version lacks the 120GB hard-drive and headset. We normally recommend the Elite over the Arcade because the aforementioned components cost more than $100 if purchased separately.
However, it's a whole different ballgame with the $100 gift-card being offered by Walmart. If you use the $100 Walmart gift-card, you are essentially getting the Xbox 360 Arcade console for $100. You can purchase a 20GB Hard-Drive and Headset for $50 at Buy.com and a 6' HDMI cable for $5 at Monoprice bringing the price of your total Xbox purchase to around $160: less than the original cost of the Xbox 360 Arcade itself.
I have an Xbox 360 w/ 20GB hard-drive and it is more than enough space for me. Only the hard-core gamers really require the 120GB hard-drive. Even so, if you want the hard-drive, it's only $135 at Walmart.com, which is still around $60 cheaper than the price of an Xbox Elite console.
HP G60-W519WM Laptop for $298
Very little is known about the G60-W519WM laptop because this laptop was made especially for Walmart (hence the WM in the model number). Luckily, some sleuths at SD found out the technical specifications for the laptop, listed below:
- Intel Celeron 900 (2.2GHz, 1MB cache, 800MHz FSB)
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- 3072MB DDR2 System Memory
- 250GB(5400rpm) Hard Drive
- 802.11b/g WLAN
- LightScribe SuperMulti 8x DVD +-R/RW Drive w/Double Layer Support
- 15.6" Diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView display
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M with up to 1309MB total available memory
- 3 USB 2.0 Ports
This is, by no means, a powerhouse of a laptop. We generally try to stay away from hindered, budget processors like the Celeron, but for $300 you can't really go that wrong. If you're on the fence about this laptop, I'd personally skip it and hope for better deals in the future.
Walmart currently has the Acer 15.6" AS5534-1096 Laptop PC with AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core Processor & Windows 7 Home Premium for $348 in this week's advertisement, so the chance of a similar or better $300 laptop appearing in a Black Friday advertisement is pretty likely.
Update: Ronald sent in a tip that BestBuy also has similar laptop for $329 on ad this week. The $300 Walmart laptop is a bit better, but it appears that the $300 laptop is a pretty common occurrence.
Panasonic TC-P46U1 46" 1080p Plasma HDTV - $788
The advertised price for the TC-P46U1 is $1200, however it appears to be a discontinued model. TigerDirect had the television on sale for $899 shipped earlier this month, representing only a $100 savings.
Sharp LCD TV, Magnavox DVD & Sony Blu-Ray Players
Walmart is currently offering the Sharp LC42SB45UT 42" 1080p LCD HDTV for $498, but it appears you can only purchase it in stores.
Update: Now that Walmart has published their November 7th sale on their website, we have learned the model numbers of both the Magnavox DVD player and the Sony Blu-Ray player. Unfortunately, a quick search reveals that both players are selling for around their normal retail price and aren't nearly the deal the Xbox 360 is.
We're still holding our breath for the first $100 Blu-Ray player.
At the time, we could not find any additional information on the Magnavox DVD player or the Sony Blu-Ray player, but when we do, we will keep you updated!
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