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Wal-Mart Scales Back DVD Displays

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#1 OFFLINE   Nick


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 05:38 PM

Wal-Mart accounts for nearly a third of DVD retail sales in the U.S

Wall Street Journal

A recent shift in merchandising strategy by the world's largest retailer spells more trouble for DVD sales and the entertainment industry that depends on them for profits.

As part of a larger effort to clean up its aisles and appeal to higher-end shoppers, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is doing away with display cases to promote the latest hot movie titles.

The move comes as major film studios are reeling from declines in revenue from DVD sales as cash-strapped consumers turn to low-cost rental services and digital downloads for home movies.

"We think the new strategy implies Wal-Mart no longer sees DVDs and Blu-ray discs as traffic drivers," J.P. Morgan analyst Imran Khan said. ...

Full story @ WSJ.com


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 05:42 PM

I never would have thought I would see the words "high-end shopper" and Wal-Mart, used in the same sentence.

Looks like DVD sales are mimicking CD sales, more and more content available on line.

Edited by davring, 06 October 2009 - 05:48 PM.

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#3 OFFLINE   rudeney


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Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:03 PM

I don't see DVD and BRD disc sales waning too much in the near future. Audio CD sales died because of online music services, but also because many people don't want to buy full albums when they can get just the few songs they want for much less. Also, when downloading music, you get to keep it to listen to on your device(s) at home, in the car, on the go, etc. Most of the time, it's not being "rented" to only one device for a limited time. These analogies don't apply to movie rental and download services. The only way to keep watching the movie again and again and on different devices and in different locations is to buy the disc.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 02:56 AM

That article is both misleading and in several ways....plain wrong.

My wife works for the company that actually supplies the media and electronics to Walmarts....and they are actually at the highest levels ever for DVD and Blu Ray supplies being delivered.

What is happening is that many stores are undergoing remodeling, with new shelving and locked displays. During that time, some stores may temporarily see a bit less shelf space....but in actuallity...overall Wal Mart has never had nor sold more DVD/Blu Ray stock.

In addition, they are actually "growing" both the Blu Ray disk inventories and players as well. One local store that has finished the remodeling process now has more of those things than ever before.

Somebody didn't do their homework on that article.
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