Having already made some progress in the consumer electronics space by selling Dell computers and value-priced TVs, Wal-mart is expanding its offerings including more Blu-ray players and 1080p HDTVs to watch Blu-ray movies on.
The move is thought to be in response to Circuit City's exit from the retail landscape, as Wal-mart hopes to pick up some of Circuit City customers at the expense of Best Buy and online retailers. Stores will be given a makeover to their electronics departments, which will see bigger sets from Samsung and Sony as well as additional Blu-ray choices, including a Phillips model that costs just $198.
So with the upgrades, will more electronics buyers choose to go to Wal-mart over its competitors? Will the associates at your local Wal-mart be better trained about the products they're selling than before? How will they help customers handle setting up their new home theater equipment? On the other hand, will savvy consumers who know enough to set up their own HDTVs flock to the discounter for the low prices?
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