Report: Sears Plans ‘Blu Friday’ Specials27 Oct, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sears, Roebuck and Co. plans to substantially slash prices on select Blu-ray players, movies and standard DVD on Black Friday — the infamous day-after Thanksgiving sales fest when retailers entice early holiday shoppers will special deals, according to a discount reporting Web site.
Among the 685 consumer items Sears will offer on sale Nov. 28 are the Samsung Profile 1.1 BD-P1500 player for $199.99 — down 22% from $249.99, and the Sony Profile 1.1 BDP-S350 for $179.99, compared to $299.99 online.
Both players are touted BD Live compatible with a firmware upgrade.
DVDs and Blu-ray titles, which include Sleeping Beauty, 300, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, 3:10 to Yuma and Don’t Mess with the Zohan, among others, ranging in price from $3.99 to $18.99.
Other electronics markdowns include the Sylvania LC420SS8 42-inch LCD HDTV for $699.99 and the Sharp LC46SB54U 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $899.99.
The national retailer is also selling a Samsung 1080p upconverting DVD player for $49.99, down nearly 38% from its online price of $79.99.
A representative from Sears was not immediately available for comment.
BFAds.net, the online site reporting the Black Friday pricing, claims “high reliability” to the veracity of the pre-nationally advertised information.
Wal-Mart on Black Friday in 2003 helped supplant DVD into the public consciousness and transform packaged media as a commodity with the availability of a $29.99 player made in China.