Sorry for the unprofessional title! I just got blown away by this amazing deal!
This is more of a YMMV “Your mileage may vary” kind of deal but has the potential for some really good bargains and it also applies to Walmarts not even remotely close to a Sam’s Club. But most likely Walmarts in Ontario only.
Today is Sam’s Club’s last day of operation in Ontario before the store is handed over to liquidators. I think Walmart had stocks in its warehouses that were supposed to get shipped to Sam’s Club, but when the decision to close Sam’s Club was made they got sent to Walmart Canada stores instead. These items including electronics are being sold at exceptionally low prices.
For example Walmart Kingston which is not close to a Sam’s Club has 3 brand new Sony KDL‑52WL140 TVs (YES the W series!) on sale for $1500! These exact same TVs are sold at Costco Canada for $2,529.99. That’s more than $1000 in savings on a spectacular TV.
How good is that TV? Well let me explain how Sony does its model labeleing:
KDL‑52WL140 is exactly the same TV as the KDL-52W4100 but it (KDL‑52WL140) also comes with a Sony Bravia Internet Video Link ($200-$300 value). Although I personally think the extra Sony Bravia Internet Video Link is pretty useless it’s better than nothing I guess.
So why 2 different model numbers? Well the KDL‑52WL140 is meant to be sold at Wholesale stores only. i.e. Costco and Sam’s Club. When Walmart ended operation of its wholesale Sam’s Club stores in Ontario they had to send a lot of these wholesale only items somewhere and they obviously weren’t going to send it to their rival Costco. Instead they sent a few to each Walmart store. This is why I’m saying it’s a YMMV deal.
How good is the KDL-52W4100 (KDL‑52WL140)?
KDL models come in S, V, W and Z series
- S-series is total crap quality TV that has a Sony name but doesn’t even use a Sony engine. Stay away!
- V-series uses Sony’s Bravia Engine 2 and is an awesome TV.
- W-series (the one on sale at Walmart) uses Sony’s Bravia Engine 2 and also adds 120 Hz which in a nutshell means that DVD/Blu-ray movies won’t get that blurring effect when something’s moving fast. Not a life-critical feature but nice one to have. Read about 60Hz vs. 120Hz here.
- Z-series adds 10-bit panel (instead of 8-bit for the above series) but are ridiculously overpriced and not worth it.
This was just one deal but there may be other hidden goodies at Walmart that were meant for Sam’s Club. The employees at the electronics section in Kingston knew that it originates from their wholesale stores so ask! I suggest you give your local Walmart Canada a call to check on stock availability first.