Saturday, September 23, 2006
Origin of DDD Sale DVDs
Previously, I recommended that anyone who buys DVDs sign up for Deep Discount DVD's (DDD) promotional e-mail messages so they can catch the sales. My second shipment from a recent order provided some insight into what motivates those sales. One of my boxes came with a Wal-Mart price sticker on it. So, I'm guessing that the sales are offered when DDD gets a load of titles that didn't sell well enough at stores or were overstocked. This also explains why their regular prices are generally on par with Amazon's. They're only super cheap when they're part of one of these returns.
On a side note, I thought Wal-Mart was supposed to be pretty cheap but $26.64 for a season of 3rd Rock doesn't seem particularly cheap, especially when Amazon sells it for $21.99. I've never been to a Wal-Mart in the U.S. and the way in which Wal-Mart does business in Japan is a completely different model. They work through a controlling interest in Seiyu which offers only sporadic discounts rather than "everyday low prices" as they do in the U.S. However, given what I've read about Wal-Mart's treatment of employees, I'd do my level best to avoid patronizing them.