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Walmart's devious Guitar Hero III bundling

Warning future Guitar Hero III purchasers ... Walmart is evil. And yes, we know the word evil carries a lot of emotional weight behind it, but we're comfortable and confident in using such an adjective to describe Walmart seeing what they're doing with their Guitar Hero III bundles.

You see, Walmart somehow received an exclusive GHIII bundle from Activision in which they sell the game with old GHII guitar controllers. That means Xbox 360 owners who'd buy the bundle wouldn't get a wireless Les Gibson and instead get the corded Xplorer. A bundle that was never previously announced and smells of clearancing out old inventory. True, the bundled boxes specifically show which guitar is included in the box (like the picture above), but some may not notice the guitar switch or just aren't informed enough to know the difference. Talk about shady GHIII bundling practices Walmart ... we're disgusted.

[Thanks, Daren]

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agelgamer41

10-29-2007 @ 4:51PM

agelgamer said...

You know the sad thing is, some people aren't going to care about the GH2 controller.

I admit, Activision should've made a press release about an exclusive bundle. Some people would rather save the $10 than get a wireless guitar - weird choice... but hey $10 is $10.

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Dragod42

10-29-2007 @ 5:21PM

Dragod said...

I noticed this before this was posted yesterday.. I was checking Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, and Target.com for the best deals, and I noticed it had an X-Plorer. I thought they didn't have GH3, and only had GH2 for a second. Then I rechecked and thought it was stupid... So, I ended up finding the ad for the free faceplate from Best Buy, and got it there.

Also, the X-Plorers are new... When I was checking out Rock Band at Best Buy, I noticed the X-Plorer hooked up to GH3, but with "Gibson" on the top of the neck... Maybe it's not a cheap piece of crap now?

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corbin43

10-29-2007 @ 6:27PM

corbin said...

Ok, people the point here is that Walmart stores do not even have an sku for the wireless bundle. Obviously that means they are gaining an advantage from selling this xplorer bundle. That is bad customer relations in any rational person's eyes. Since it was unannounced I'm sure many a fan went out to Walmart expecting to buy an "all features included" GH3 only to have wasted gas money when they found this terd instead.

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Flash200044

10-29-2007 @ 6:59PM

Flash2000 said...

Yeah, and the sneaky thing is, I even noticed the guitar on the box, and I didn't even know their was a chance of it being bungled without wireless. I asked the clueless store clerk, and he said he thought it was the wireless guitar and there was just a mistake when they made the boxes showing a wire coming out. That made sense to me since I never heard of it being sold with the old GHII controller as a bundle. I'm glad I checked the message boards on xbox.com first though before opening it. I've since purchased the wireless controller (for only $10 more) at Circuit City and got the free stand. Screw you Wal-Mart.

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ccc45

10-29-2007 @ 7:47PM

ccc said...

You have to find the heart and kill it.

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SirMikael46

10-29-2007 @ 9:58PM

SirMikael said...

I don't see the problem here - the box cleary shows which guitar you're getting, and it's cheaper. I think the middle finger should go to whoever bought this bundle and got upset with anyone aside from themselves.

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pkwifi47

10-30-2007 @ 2:21AM

pkwifi said...

@21 - A remote controlled car is a wired toy. A radio controlled car is wireless. There is a difference and if the box was labeled Remote Control then you got what you paid for. If it said Radio controlled then you got pwned! And shame on you XBF for trying to blame this on Walmart! The box obviously states which controller you are going to get. It even takes up almost 20% of the box advertising that you will be getting the X-Plorer guitar! I got the X-Plorer with GH2 and am using that for GH3 no problems so I say if you are saving money then why moan about it? If it were the same price as the wireless then maybe I'd have issues with it and walmart.

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JohnHeist48

10-30-2007 @ 5:27AM

JohnHeist said...

HEY EVERYBODY!!!

This is NOT exclusive to Wal Mart.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar-Hero-Guitar-Hero-III-Legends-of-Rock-Game-Bundle?sku=430305

I work at MF.

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JohnHeist49

10-30-2007 @ 5:30AM

JohnHeist said...

Oh, and we don't even HAVE the wireless 360 version in our system, at all. Same with the Wii and PS3. They didn't come from "Activision", they came from "Mohawk" something as the vendor.

We did however get 1200 of them in, and last I checked about 24 hours ago, we'd only sold about 60 of the 360 version, and 30 of the PS2 version.

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JohnHeist50

10-30-2007 @ 5:33AM

JohnHeist said...

Sorry to triple post, I tried to send news about this on the 24th when it showed on the website, but it never got posted.

On the back of the box is ALSO the "X-Plorer", and it takes up almost the whole damn thing and is mentioned multiple times.

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Josh Lankford51

10-30-2007 @ 11:13AM

Josh Lankford said...

get a fucking life you people who have a problem with this...

I know that yes, it's deceptive, but are you that INCONVENIENCED by a wired controller that has ample cable length? You all act like you have this entitlement...well guess what, you don't...and of course, you get what you pay for.

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Adrian Ronquillo52

10-30-2007 @ 2:42PM

Adrian Ronquillo said...

Walmart is selling you what's on the box. Period..

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Nick53

12-01-2007 @ 4:54PM

Nick said...

Guitar Center is stocking the same bundle!!!

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