The Walmart 3DS early price drop might just be a pre-order

#1Orange_ApplesPosted 8/7/2011 10:12:25 PM
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Local-Ad-2010-Video-Games/14658346

I know it isn't from an actual store, but it looks like Walmart might just be doing pre-orders for the 3DS price drop. You'd probably pay the $170 and receive a voucher to pick it up on the 12th. Possibly because they'll know there will be a rush of people wanting to get the 3DS at the discounted price on the 12th.

So don't be surprised to walk out of Walmart with a piece of paper that says you'll get the 3DS on the 12th.
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#2xR4PTORx559Posted 8/7/2011 10:27:26 PM
I think this is highly possible and most likely. I hope it's just a pre-order.
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#3blablablax17Posted 8/7/2011 10:29:50 PM
personally i hope everyone who tries to exploit the loophole gets screwed =D
#4aMichaelmPosted 8/7/2011 10:31:08 PM
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#5ShadowAsylumPosted 8/7/2011 10:45:24 PM
You people really are that bitter, that you don't want others to get a possible chance of having what you have? It's not like it's a loophole either, it would be a very easy way of going about it, since the store changed the price.
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#6Mr_PoopletsPosted 8/7/2011 10:59:01 PM
Walmart doesnt care about nintendo's rep. The longer they sit on a unit the less money they make. Nobodys going to buy a 3DS for $250 if the price is dropping almost $100 soon.

Nintendo probably wants people to exploit the "loophole" because its going to make more people buy the 3ds. Giving away free VC games doesn't cost nintendo much, and in the long run is making more money for them.
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#7OoSubaruoOPosted 8/8/2011 1:23:55 AM
How do you pre-order something that's already been released?..
#8Orange_Apples(Topic Creator)Posted 8/8/2011 1:51:32 AM
Mr_Pooplets posted...
Nintendo probably wants people to exploit the "loophole" because its going to make more people buy the 3ds. Giving away free VC games doesn't cost nintendo much, and in the long run is making more money for them.

In business, any time sales are lost, that means it will cost the company. Each of those free games was a potential sale. We can only speculate on the cost of the NES and GBA titles on the 3DS store, but I think everyone's agreed upon $5 for NES titles, $10 for GBA titles as a good estimate. At 10 NES and 10 GBA games, that $150. That means Nintendo would have to sell 4 games to make up those lost numbers, and lets face it, the 3DS does not have 4 games that are worth buying new. And if you just got 20 free games, how likely are you to be buying a new game?

if we assume that 1000 people (we all know it will be more than 1000, but we'll just use 1000 as an example) are planning on getting the 3DS because of the price drop, but 25% of those people (or 250 people) get the system at Walmart before the official drop and get the 20 games for free (under the assumption that most of the people buying videogames are from the uninformed massed and 25% is actually a generous percentage) Nintendo would have lost a potential $37,500 from digital downloads. And there is no guarantee that the other 750 people are going to buy all 20 games to cover the lost sales from the 250 who got the games for free. To put this in perspective 1000 video game buyers would represent a small suburb in my state of California.

If you have a $250 system, subtract $80 from the total and give away $150 in free games, you're selling a $250 system for $20. THAT is not going to be making Nintendo any money in the long run, unless it actually costs them $10 to make a 3DS. The packaging alone would cost them almost $10, so the 3DS itself would have to cost them $5 to produce in order to turn a profit on $20. That's not factoring the sales charge the store takes, and the shipping/handling delivery charge.

If a person gets the discounted 3DS+the 20 free games, and then buys 1 used game, Nintendo just lost money. Assuming they actually got anything from that remaining $20.

Awesome for the consumer, horrible for the company. Nintendo does not want that. There is no short term or long term benefit for Nintendo for there to be a loophole like that. Walmart will most likely be doing pre-orders.

And you are right in thinking that Walmart doesn't care about Nintendo's rep, because for them, like you said, they're just going to be sitting on 3DS stock for 3 days. And in the game of numbers, wasted space means product that is not selling, and product that is not selling is taking up space from product that moves meaning that they are not selling as much a they can. Walmart could care less; Nintendo though would care a lot.
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#9General_DodannaPosted 8/8/2011 4:07:02 AM
Now... the fact that they are giving away these games (downloadable ones mind you) is a cost to them more or less but.... Im sure they do not mind the loss considering how much more they'll make if at least 50% of those people pick up all or most of the soon to be released 1st party titles.... its a loss in Downloadable profits but a booster for installed user base which can lead to a higher retail software sales rate... Im sure they'll more than likely make back a majority if not all that and then some by the end of this fiscal (next June)
#10Soccer009Posted 8/8/2011 4:09:43 AM
blablablax17 posted...
personally i hope everyone who tries to exploit the loophole gets screwed =D

THIS :D