Walmart is Kobo’s lone retail partner in the US and they recently created a new listing for the 6-inch Kobo Aura on their website and they’re calling it the “Exclusive Walmart eBooks Edition”.
So now Walmart has two separate pages for the Kobo Aura on the Kobo section of their website. On the old page 3rd-party sellers are selling the Kobo Aura for $129.
Meanwhile the Exclusive Walmart Kobo Aura is selling for $69.96 with free shipping.
What makes it “exclusive” is anyone’s guess. The description just says the same thing as the regular listing, minus the comparison chart.
Saying it’s a Walmart eBooks Edition doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a Kobo device connected to the Kobo store. Walmart doesn’t actually sell ebooks; they just direct people to Kobo’s website with a Walmart logo.
But if it’s exactly the same as the regular Kobo Aura why did they create a separate new page for it?
Walmart has been selling the Kobo Aura for $69 for quite a while; when they first started selling it last year it was $99. Kobo sells it for $119 from their website, which makes no sense considering the superior Kobo Clara HD is only $10 more.
So what’s the deal with the new listing for an Exclusive Walmart Kobo Aura? Is it just some kind of marketing ploy? Or is there actually something different about it aside from having a Walmart logo instead of a Kobo logo onscreen?