Walmart Packaging $100 Gift Cards With Xbox Arcade

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Walmart seems to want an early start for the holiday shopping season this year, and a $199 Xbox 360 Arcade bundle with a free $100 gift card will be their lure for gamers. A new ad on Walmart.com indicates that a one-day in-store sale on November 8th will feature the offering along with an assortment of other electronics specials.

The move is part of an attempt by the mega-retailer to spread out deals across November, instead of focusing only on the perennial Black Friday madness that traditionally ensues the day after Thanksgiving, according to Kotaku.

$100 is a pretty nice grab for a gift card. That'll buy a lot of downloadable content for anyone with an established game library or a lot of Xbox Live Arcade games. Other deals in the ad include a $148 Sony Blu-ray player and a $498 Sharp LCD HDTV. If you've got someone on your Christmas list longing for any of those items, it might not be a bad one-day sale to check out.

There will reportedly be a series of similar sales going on for the rest of the month, including game and hardware deals. So these sales should be worth watching if you live near a Walmart. City dwellers like myself in Chicago or New York may feel a little left out, however, since Walmarts are usually pretty remote and the quantities will be limited.

What do you think of Walmart's new Xbox Arcade bundle sale? Are you going to try to snag one on November 8th? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.