For the past two weeks Walmart has really, really pissed me off. I stopped by on Tuesday the October 31st to pick up a copy of Spider-man 3. That was the release date and they advertise the newest releases at unbeatable prices or something like that. But it is a big ole lie. I grabbed Spidey off the shelf and headed to the check out. Got there and it rang up at full price! It is always on sale on release week. So I left the DVD at the checkout assuming they forgot to mark it down because they were too busy with their Halloween parade the store was having that night. What a nightmare!
So I called around [there are three other Wal-marts and a Target in the area]. It was on sale every where except that one Wal-mart. So I went the next night and got it for the $14.99 I was expecting to get it for the night before.
I made the mistake of heading to the same Wal-mart the next week for the November 6th release of Ratatouille. And once again this particular Wal-Mart did not have the new releases on sale any longer. WTF? I had my niece with my and I was going to buy two. I asked her if she minded waiting and I would buy them somewhere else on sale. Heck ten bucks is ten bucks. She said it was okay so we left the DVDs sit on the shelf. But this time [as they werenâ€™t doing anything] I asked whether or not the new releases were on sale any more. He said, â€œCorporate decided they did not have to have them on sale any more since they donâ€™t have any local competition.â€ Hello! There is a blockbuster next door and 3 more Wal-marts within twenty minutes of the place. Doesnâ€™t this almost smack of price gouging when every other store including other Wal-marts offer a discount the first week a movie is released? Just because there is not another store within 5 minutes of them does not mean they should gouge us for the extra ten dollars on an item being sold in other Walmart stores at a discounted price.
Well I know I will not be buying my DVDs from that particular Wal-mart any more. Most likely I wonâ€™t even bother stopping there for anything any longer. I hope they will see a drastic drop in new release sales [I am sure they probably already did]. Guess I will head to Target next week for the release of Shrek 3!