I'm pretty sure Wal-Mart and Best Buy don't condone mass street date violations on MAJOR titles. All retailers will occasionally have a store put out a title or two early now and then, it happens. I can tell you from experience, Best Buy is EXTREMELY serious about street dates. Associates who contribute to a violation won't be around for long.
Who cares? I paid $25 for which is most likely going to be about $10 more then Wal Mart and Best Buy sell it for. Only nuts like me would do that!! The studio will still get its money, it is not like they are giving it away. There is going to be hundreds of thosands of these fling off the shelf on Tuesday. Best Buy and Wal Mart will still sell there share. They are probably the ones complaining the most anyway. Each EB store most likely had only a handful to begin with so it is not like millons were sold. All but 3 of the stores in Orlando claim they didn't even have the DVD.
Oh yea, Wal Mart violates street dates all the time around here. They just don't do it on the major titles so no one cares or notices.
Yup. I worked at Target, and now Best Buy, and the only way something will break street date is if there is an accident. I had the movie in my HAND, but I obviously could not buy it. I will survive.
Come on, if a BIG retailer started selling thousands of these things early, do they really think the producers will not notice? Word gets out, and the more that leak, the more chance it will be found (like EB)
XXXX put Adventures of Ford Fairlane in the $5.88 bin more than a month before it was supposed to come out. YYYY put the Predator/Predator 2 2-pack out weeks before Predator 2 was supposed to hit. The latter was obviously an accident and they didn't stay out. Not sure about the former, but I do remember not being allowed to talk about it in the $5.88 bin thread. Nothing happended to either of them, but these were hardly major releases.
Names of retailers edited out by moderator. Please don't spoil it for us all! - Cees Alons
It's not about the studio's money. It's meant as a protection for smaller retailers to cope with the fact that the studios cannot possibly send all shipments at the same time. So they would have bad luck if they happened to be the ones on who's doorstep it arrived a bit later. It's an agreement between studios and retailers, to protect the latter as a group.
And we're not going to publish those names if one of them occasionally breaks the street date anyway (meaning: (1) no telling and (2) no free publicity). Please read our rules.
Local outlets of the big-name rental chain had ROTK for sale this week already. I'd like to see WB crack down on them. Imagine them not having the next "Harry Potter" for sale or rental come holiday season?
The same reason there's monopoly laws. You don't want one corporation becoming too powerful, putting its competition out of business, and then controlling prices. It's not good for the economy. Street date is a small aspect of that, but the theory holds just as true.