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Get $50 if you bought HD DVD player from Best Buy

Get $50 from BestBuy if your bought an HD DVD player

This is a very good example of how a company cares for its customers. Best Buy has just announced it will give a $50 gift card to everyone who bought an HD DVD player from them before February 23, 2008.

Why are they doing it? This could be somewhat compared to Steve Jobs giving credit to the folks pissed off by iPhone’s sudden price drop. A happy customer will come back and will spend more green and this little $50 investment will return back many times.

Source: HD DVD Action Center at BestBuy (via FatWallet)

BestBuy $20 off $175 printable coupon

This coupon will come handy during my holiday shopping. Many popular categories included such as Home Theaters, Computer Accessories, Digital Cameras ($249 & up), Camcorders ($279 & up), Phones & Accessories, MP3 Players & Car Electronics, and Appliances.

To redeem, click on the image below, print out the coupon, and take to your local BestBuy store. Offer expired December 1, 2007

BestBuy Printable Coupon

Source: this discussion at SlickDeals forums

BestBuy printable coupon, save up to 30%

BestBuy is trying to clear up the stock of their open box home electronics items by offering additional discounts.

Click on the image below, print the coupon, and bring it to your local BestBuy to receive 15% off open box TV’s and 30% off speakers, receivers, home theater systems, set-top boxes, DVD players, and DVD recorders.

The coupon works in-store only. Offer expires July 2, 2007.

BestBuy Printable Coupon

Black Friday shopping – the biggest scam

Black Friday ShoppingIt is Friday 10:30am, I just got back from my shopping trip and these are my impressions. Last night I was speculating the idea of standing in line for one of the early bird specials (or door busters as they call them). Thanks God I didn't go anywhere. This SlickDeals thread describes 200+ people long lines by Best Buy at 10pm last Thursday.

I woke up at 7am today and Best Buy was my first stop. This is absolutely wrong place to be on Friday. The line to check out was stretching like a snake all the way to the back wall of the store. I estimate there were around 500 people in that line. I took a stroll and to even get to the laptops section there were around 50 people waiting. I wasn't going to buy anything so I just snack in and what I saw were usual prices -- just what you see every day. From my conversation with a sales man I learned that the line to get to the store started to form around 6pm the day before.

Circuit City was pretty much the same story. At 8am I didn't find any items on sale and the line to check out was as long as that to buy bread in Soviet times (yeah, I did have chance to stand in those lines). Office Depot and Office Max were more pleasant experience. Both still had some specials on the shelves at 8:30am when I got there and the shoppers didn't stamp on my feet. :-) I left with a few CD/DVD wallets $1.99 each. The 300GB external Maxtor Hard Drive for $99.99 was also very tempting.

My last stop was Staples. They didn't have crowds in the store but all the in-store specials were already claimed (people in line got tickets and had time until 10am to exchanged them for their items). I spoke to a guy at the check out who was paying for a couple of 200GB Maxtor Hard Drives $19.99 after rebate. He said he had to come to the store by 3:30am to get on the deal. From his words to get the $399 Compaq laptop I would have to come by 10pm the night before. As I was leaving around 9:30am another line started to form for a chance to buy the unclaimed in-stores specials. Lines, lines, lines...

My overall impression today is that Black Friday shopping is a big scam. Stores publish very limited quantity hot deals to lure in shoppers and those deals are all sold out instantaneously. If you come at the opening or any time during the day (as most normal people do) you have missed on 90% of them. This is how it works for the stores selling computers and electronics anyway.

Was your Black Friday shopping experience different? Please share it with me in your comments.

Unadvertised Best Buy Black Friday 7 hours special

Best Buy has just revealed an addition to their already leaked Black Friday ad. The additional items are:

  • Panasonic 42″ Plasma HDTV for $999
  • Toshiba Satellite Notebook for $249.99
  • Samsung MiniDV Digital Camcorder for $129.99
  • Kodak EasyShare 7.1-Megapixel Digital Camera for $129.99
  • Samsung neXus 50 XM Satellite Radio and MP3 Player for $49.99 (with mail-in rebate)

The laptop looks pretty hot. Will have to add it to my list.




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