Last week I posed the question “Will Wal*Mart carry a sub-$200 Toshiba HD DVD deck?”
Well, the answer seems to be yes. At least going by this post at AVS forum. A user posted a picture of an endcap display at his local Wal*Mart with 18 Toshiba HD-A2 units and a bit sign for $198. He claims the store had to take the display down because it isn’t slated to sell until 11/03, and it will be in the circular that week.
I’m sure Wal*Mart will sell a bunch of these at that price, though it probably pisses off Toshiba’s other retail partners to be massively undercut like this. Though they may be using Wal*Mart to blow out old stock, since these are 2nd gen units and the 3rd gen HD-A3 is already out. If you’re thinking of buying one, do keep in mind this is Toshiba’s lowest end player with 1080i output. But if you’re comfortable with the specs, it is a good deal. I won’t be buying one, of course.