Walmart's pre-Black Friday sale: $99 Xbox 360 Arcade, more

By Matthew · 46 replies
Nov 4, 2009
  1. Walmart is gearing up for a pre-Black Friday sale of sorts this weekend, which will offer a significant discount on Microsoft's Xbox 360 Arcade. The console package, which sells for $199, will be accompanied by a free $100 gift card, effectively cutting the 360's price to $99. The Arcade unit comes with a wireless controller, 512MB of memory, and an HDMI port (no cable, though).

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  2. Concorde

    Concorde TS Rookie Posts: 37

    It is great of course to live down here in New zealand but we do have to pay premium prices for our electronic goods. Oh to have a Walmart type store in my town, or anywhere in the country,never mind we get there in the end !
  3. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Why can't my country have discounts like this ? Greedy bastards ;DDD
  4. Colonel Lance

    Colonel Lance TS Enthusiast Posts: 46

    A pre-Black Friday sale huh? Why do stores need some sort of "reason" for sales when there obviously isn't any.

    Just do a sale, why do you have to call it something especially if it's a "pre-" sale.
  5. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    Wow 99 bucks for a xbox?? Damn that's nice, asuming you normaly shop at wallmart and make use of the 100 dollar gift card
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    @Colonel Lance: I don't think Walmart is officially calling it the "pre-Black Friday sale" heh.
  7. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    can i switch xbox for PS3? :D
  8. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 180

    Great price on the XBox. Pre sales sales interesting concept.
  9. Nice low price for an HP laptop. The processor seems to be the only drawback for me. What kind of performance can I expect from a celeron 900 with this system configuration?
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,717   +857

    So it's really $199 not $99, as the gift card (no doubt) will have to be used at Wally's-Mart. You're really buying a $199 gift card and using $99 of it on an XBox.

    I mean it's a good deal if you were planning on shopping at WalMart and wanting an Xbox too, but really just clever marketing. ;)
  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    @TomSEA: I'd argue that their tactics aren't exactly hidden. It's pretty obvious that they're just locking you into more Walmart purchases. *But* the fact is, you'll have to buy certain items anyway, and Walmart is likely to carry those products. Even if you just use the $100 on food or Xbox 360 accessories -- you will find a use for it.

    Walmart certainly does benefit from the sale, and if they didn't, they wouldn't host it. That said, it's not like the consumer is losing out.
  12. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I hope other stores put out some good deals similar to this. I really don't like supporting Walmart.
  13. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    First off, it says its accompanied by a FREE $100 card, which means yes, you have to use it. But it is $99 total. I would consider it if I didn't just blow a ton of money on other stuff... I need a HDMI capable 360 lol.
  14. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,717   +857

    tengeta - no, it's not "free." You must still pay $199. Ain't nothing free about that. ;)

    And Matthew, I agree - they're not hiding anything and you will get something with the gift card that you wouldn't elsewhere. But the fact remains that if you're shopping for an Xbox 360, then you're going to have to pay $199 for it just like everywhere else. Just my 2 bits... :)
  15. xtina

    xtina TS Rookie

    In terms of the $100 gift card, you think it would be possible to turn around and use it on your current purchase? (the xbox?) I did that before once when I got a free gift card. That would be the ideal situation!
  16. alberthuang

    alberthuang TS Rookie

    Interesting that they start a deal like this. I can't wait for other stores to do so too.
  17. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    The thing about a black Friday sales is the lack of quantity of the stuff ! I what a reasonably chance if I am going to have to shop with elbows up at some crazy sale.
  18. MBK

    MBK TS Rookie Posts: 41

    I guess i'll just have my little cry that I aint got a Wallmart near by... :'o(

    Nice sale though, $99 for an x-box is nice, could get one of those 42" sharps with that gift vouture for $398 too...okay it's a sharp, but nice package for just under $500.
  19. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Damn it, as some say back there why can't this offers reach my country =/
  20. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 87   +26

    So is it easily possible to upgrade this version with a harddrive and if so, is it picky about which harddrive you have to use? I have seen articles on upgrading an arcade xbox 360 but are all of them upgradeable or only certain models? Any info would be appreciated guys!
  21. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    Nice sales except the Xbox 360 Arcade, which is worth $0. Arcades break more often than any other console ever constructed, there cheap and poorly made thus there low price including low storage. Save up your money and either get the better Xbox, or a ps3, for the extra money you'll be saving yourself loads of time and sadness over when it breaks, or when you run out of space. On a side note, with your $99 xbox (if u get it) don't forget to get an xbox live subscription or you won't be able to get online ($60) plus the network adaptor($100) maybe a new game ($60) hmm or just get a ps3 for 299 and save money for a better deal.
  22. jurrasstoil

    jurrasstoil TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Wow, thats a pretty nice deal.
    Unfortunately i live in germany, but thats not too bad, because the PS3 will be for sale for 239€ tomorrow. The same price as a Wii lol...
  23. FrankTank

    FrankTank TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Nice deal on the xbox. I've been holding out for the $300 laptops to show up and it looks like their coming. Specs don't look to bad either.
  24. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Some of those prices look pretty good, but I hate these "limited quantity" type sales. Hopefully no one gets trampled to death like last year's black friday at a Walmart.
  25. Jimmy5

    Jimmy5 TS Rookie

    I wouldn't shop at walmart if they were the last store on Earth and everything was a penny.
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