Much like Peyton Manning does, retailing giant Walmart has waited for the competition to show its strategy before reacting with its own plan for Super Bowl Sunday. Its special pricing on HDTVs for the big game won't be available until Sunday, but we were given a sneak peek at some of the deals, including three Vizios and two Sonys:
Sanyo 37-inch 1080p DP37649 for $448 Vizio 55-inch 1080p 120Hz VF550M LCD TV for $1,298 Vizio 47-inch 1080p 120Hz SV470M LCD TV for $898 Sony 46-inch 1080p Bravia KDL-46S5100 for $778 Sony 40-inch 1080p Bravia KDL-40S5100 for $668 Vizio 32-inch VO320E 720p LCD TV for $368
How do these prices stack up with online competition? Pretty well when it comes to the bigger Vizio sets. The VF550M is selling for $1,399 at Dell.com, while Buy.com has the SV470M for $1,059.95. But the 46-inch Bravia is just a dollar less than at B&H Photo Video's site, and the 40-inch model is a dollar less than at JR.com. Oddly, the 32-inch Vizio is currently priced at $349 on Walmart.com$19 cheaper than the sale price.
One thing Walmart can offer that online retailers can't: a "gametime feast" (including hot dogs, cookie and other snacks) for eight people for as low as $44. That's convenient, but if you find a better TV elsewhere, I'm sure you can manage to stock up at the local supermarket.