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Walmart YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I (READ THE FAQs)


#12871 spacegundam0079   Itchy, Tasty ... CAGiversary!   1544 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 April 2021 - 02:32 PM

I'll add to those surprised that titles under a year of release have been basically pennied out. Most stores around here (including Target and Best Buy) shelves are barren when it comes to video games. I know it's mostly pandemic related, but you would think they would rather have product on the shelves. Except Project Steam on the DS it seems that every store has 50+ copies.

#12872 plus1zero   The wall just got 10 feet higher CAGiversary!   6857 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 06 April 2021 - 02:15 AM

I'll add to those surprised that titles under a year of release have been basically pennied out. Most stores around here (including Target and Best Buy) shelves are barren when it comes to video games. I know it's mostly pandemic related, but you would think they would rather have product on the shelves. Except Project Steam on the DS it seems that every store has 50+ copies.


I’ve never seen a more plentiful game, there’s a local store that gets in these Overstock games and for years now they will often times get 100+ copies of project steam and they can’t even sell them for $2-3 in that store

#12873 More Cowbell  

More Cowbell

Posted 06 April 2021 - 04:46 AM

Asked around in a Walmart forum and was told they are receiving credit on condition the games not be sold. Now as to why the sudden about face one can only speculate. My hunch is that with the new consoles out the publishers do not want to lose pricing power by having a huge supply of current gen games flood the market for $5. Especially since they probably plan on recycling most of those games on the new consoles for top dollar. Seems like a win-win for Walmart since they get the credit and clear shelf space for new product. Of course it's a lose-lose for us, but hopefully this is a one-time occurrence rather than the new normal.



#12874 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6315 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 01:34 PM

That would make sense if it wasn't applying to switch games^



#12875 NotNewHere  

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 07:37 PM

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#12876 WarGames92  

WarGames92

Posted 06 April 2021 - 07:45 PM

I'm still holdin

 

Asked around in a Walmart forum and was told they are receiving credit on condition the games not be sold. Now as to why the sudden about face one can only speculate. My hunch is that with the new consoles out the publishers do not want to lose pricing power by having a huge supply of current gen games flood the market for $5. Especially since they probably plan on recycling most of those games on the new consoles for top dollar. Seems like a win-win for Walmart since they get the credit and clear shelf space for new product. Of course it's a lose-lose for us, but hopefully this is a one-time occurrence rather than the new normal.

I'm still hopeful due to the fact that all of the 3 centsed games appear to have been third party games.



#12877 mikeshinobi  

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 06:59 PM

Especially since they probably plan on recycling most of those games on the new consoles for top dollar.

Ha, yeah that makes sense. Plus add the fact the PS5 is backwards compatible on top of that. I actually don't even own a PS4 but have been using some of the crazy PS4 clearance to get some of the games I'd want to play if I ever do decide to get a PS5.



#12878 DisGonnaBeGood   But I need tacos! I need them or I will explode. CAGiversary!   4019 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 08:27 PM

How long does it typically take a game to drop from $49.94 to $10? There's a couple stores in my area that have Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for $49.94, each of which supposedly had "Quantity: 6+"



#12879 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6315 Posts   Joined 8.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 08:38 PM

That one has stuck to that price in my area annoyingly. Was hoping for it to hit 10 but never did.

#12880 KrayzieKMF   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4011 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 08 April 2021 - 08:38 PM

How long does it typically take a game to drop from $49.94 to $10? There's a couple stores in my area that have Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for $49.94, each of which supposedly had "Quantity: 6+"

when the big clearance happened last time they dropped from $50 to $10 in my area



#12881 Derrick1979   I think I've been here to long ! CAGiversary!   6095 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 09:05 PM

I'll add to those surprised that titles under a year of release have been basically pennied out. Most stores around here (including Target and Best Buy) shelves are barren when it comes to video games. I know it's mostly pandemic related, but you would think they would rather have product on the shelves. Except Project Steam on the DS it seems that every store has 50+ copies.

Got to realize as well Digital is selling more and more so stores dont see a point in having large gaming sections anymore.



#12882 2changz  

Posted 08 April 2021 - 09:52 PM

Jeez I regret never picking up Xenoblade 1 or 2 / Torna at Gamestop when they started getting clearanced. I feel like Walmart clearance is a good indicator of what is going out of print cuz didn't think also clearance AoT 2 for switch to $15? And now that price is stupid high. 



#12883 jack987   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   33 Posts   Joined 15.5 Years Ago  

Posted 09 April 2021 - 04:29 AM

Looks like I just bought my last clearanced 3DS games from the local Walmarts.  Got two Bravely Second End Layer for $15 each.  Not the best deals I've had, but I'll take it.  RIP 3 cent games



#12884 lionheart059   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   624 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 07:49 PM

If Wal-Mart has an agreement with Distributor A that says (in part) "If our merchandise provided does not sell within 12 months of being placed for availability on shelves/online, Retailer is entitled to return said merchandise for a credit of $X (Or X% of Retail Value) towards future product purchase".  Now, that timeline can vary, as can the credit amount - it's all going to come down to those separate agreements with distributors or publishers.

So you may have (for example), Untitled Goose Game, where the window is 6 months.  If the product remains on shelves at that point and isn't selling, WM can return unsold copies for a hypothetical credit of 30% of MSRP towards a future product order.  They may have a separate agreement for a title like Fallout 4, where the distributor expects it to continue moving for a longer time, so they can't return it until 24 months after release, and only for 15% of MSRP.  At that point, WM may decide that they can move those copies by clearancing them to 50/75% off, so it's more worthwhile to do that instead.  Or even both - Putting it on clearance for a few months leading up to the "return point", and then sending back unsold copies if they're just taking up valuable shelf space.  Once returned, the distributor can take a couple different avenues - Donate, Recycle/Salvage, Destroy, or even resell to another retailer that may be moving more inventory (just because Walmart can't move it doesn't mean Gamestop can't, etc. etc)

It's also important to keep in mind that some games don't go on clearance for the very same reason - The distribution deal that they have may tie their hands to prevent placing the game on "clearance" or trying to sell it below a set amount, except during windows in which the distributor/publisher agrees to it.  Usually when a game goes on sale (especially shortly after release), this is subsidized by the distributor anyway, as the actual "profit" margin on a $60 game is only 20-25% - So if a game is 2 months old and the distributor wants it to hit a sale of 30% off, they need to provide something to the retailer to balance it out, because the store won't want to just eat that loss for the sake of selling a "new" product.



#12885 Deftones22   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   16 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 10:08 PM

YMMV big time because I see it sold out everywhere but OOT on 3DS is $5 clearance in some Walmart’s

#12886 WeaponX2099   All Caps when you remember the man's name CAGiversary!   5635 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 11:09 PM

If Wal-Mart has an agreement with Distributor A that says (in part) "If our merchandise provided does not sell within 12 months of being placed for availability on shelves/online, Retailer is entitled to return said merchandise for a credit of $X (Or X% of Retail Value) towards future product purchase".  Now, that timeline can vary, as can the credit amount - it's all going to come down to those separate agreements with distributors or publishers.

So you may have (for example), Untitled Goose Game, where the window is 6 months.  If the product remains on shelves at that point and isn't selling, WM can return unsold copies for a hypothetical credit of 30% of MSRP towards a future product order.  They may have a separate agreement for a title like Fallout 4, where the distributor expects it to continue moving for a longer time, so they can't return it until 24 months after release, and only for 15% of MSRP.  At that point, WM may decide that they can move those copies by clearancing them to 50/75% off, so it's more worthwhile to do that instead.  Or even both - Putting it on clearance for a few months leading up to the "return point", and then sending back unsold copies if they're just taking up valuable shelf space.  Once returned, the distributor can take a couple different avenues - Donate, Recycle/Salvage, Destroy, or even resell to another retailer that may be moving more inventory (just because Walmart can't move it doesn't mean Gamestop can't, etc. etc)

It's also important to keep in mind that some games don't go on clearance for the very same reason - The distribution deal that they have may tie their hands to prevent placing the game on "clearance" or trying to sell it below a set amount, except during windows in which the distributor/publisher agrees to it.  Usually when a game goes on sale (especially shortly after release), this is subsidized by the distributor anyway, as the actual "profit" margin on a $60 game is only 20-25% - So if a game is 2 months old and the distributor wants it to hit a sale of 30% off, they need to provide something to the retailer to balance it out, because the store won't want to just eat that loss for the sake of selling a "new" product.

That is possibly why you see certain games in 5 below and in dollar stores.



#12887 2changz  

Posted 10 April 2021 - 02:59 AM

Looks like I just bought my last clearanced 3DS games from the local Walmarts. Got two Bravely Second End Layer for $15 each. Not the best deals I've had, but I'll take it. RIP 3 cent games


Says there’s 6+ for $1 at a Walmart 29 miles from me. Doubt it since it says 6+ but that 60 mile round trip is tempting considering there might be a bunch of other clearance titles there

#12888 addicted2games   游戏玩家为生活 !! CAGiversary!   4416 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 01:49 PM

Says there’s 6+ for $1 at a Walmart 29 miles from me. Doubt it since it says 6+ but that 60 mile round trip is tempting considering there might be a bunch of other clearance titles there

I found a couple of them for a dollar 2 months ago.



#12889 Mano_CMG  

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 04:53 PM

This was more just random luckiness but I found a store with an actual bin of games marked “$19.99 Bargain Games” or some such thing and after digging through all of the junk therein and nearly giving up I found these:

 

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#12890 Romeo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4741 Posts   Joined 17.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 April 2021 - 10:46 PM

Wow score! That one was I was hunting back during the Jan/Feb clearances. Found it though always at MSRP.



#12891 inverted_fray  

inverted_fray

Posted 12 April 2021 - 06:45 AM

How long does it typically take a game to drop from $49.94 to $10? There's a couple stores in my area that have Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for $49.94, each of which supposedly had "Quantity: 6+"

It's just something that happens suddenly. I had a store close by me that suddenly dropped it to $10 overnight. I'd keep the brickseek page open on a tab and refresh it every day.



#12892 DisGonnaBeGood   But I need tacos! I need them or I will explode. CAGiversary!   4019 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 06:19 AM

It's just something that happens suddenly. I had a store close by me that suddenly dropped it to $10 overnight. I'd keep the brickseek page open on a tab and refresh it every day.

Thanks.

 

Guess this is as good of item to use as any, for my one free brickseek price alert.



#12893 Confidance   Just a guy CAGiversary!   1661 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 April 2021 - 01:27 AM

At a Walmart with a small goldmine of .03. Was denied though

#12894 SephirothWF   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1518 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 04:46 AM

At a Walmart with a small goldmine of .03. Was denied though

Welcome to the club.

 

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#12895 kraftwerks   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1379 Posts   Joined 17.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 03:06 PM

I think I liked it better when I couldn't find cheap games as opposed to now being able to find but not purchase them. 



#12896 inkcil   Banception...Baseball Ban in a Best Buy CAGiversary!   1593 Posts   Joined 15.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 April 2021 - 10:39 PM

Tried to return an unopened clearance game with receipt (purchased at a different location about 3 weeks ago) and got denied, said I had to take the clearance item back to the store I got it from.  Seems bogus but I didn't argue. 



#12897 SephirothWF   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1518 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 April 2021 - 12:13 AM

Tried to return an unopened clearance game with receipt (purchased at a different location about 3 weeks ago) and got denied, said I had to take the clearance item back to the store I got it from.  Seems bogus but I didn't argue. 

That is BS.



#12898 DrBayrd  

Posted 24 April 2021 - 02:57 AM

Tried to return an unopened clearance game with receipt (purchased at a different location about 3 weeks ago) and got denied, said I had to take the clearance item back to the store I got it from. Seems bogus but I didn't argue.

I thought electronics including games had a 2 week return window.

#12899 Shad0WeN  

Shad0WeN

Posted 24 April 2021 - 03:10 AM

I thought electronics including games had a 2 week return window.

Most electronics are 30 days.



#12900 jrc84  

Posted 24 April 2021 - 05:00 PM

30 days for unopened consoles and games last time I asked.