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Best Buy Coupon: $50 off $100+ In-Store Purchases via Printable Coupon EXPIRED

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Promoted 01-21-2013 at 05:55 AM View Original Post
Best Buy [Store Locator] is offering a $50 Off Your In-Store Purchase of $100 or more on select purchases when you pay with your MasterCard via Printable Coupon valid through January 27. Please refer to the forum thread for any additional details. Thanks getdealsonline

Note, refer to offer for details and exclusions.

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Edited January 25, 2013 at 02:22 PM by getdealsonline
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Despite so many exclusions, I have full faith in SD'ers that they will find this as one of the best deals Wink


To qualify for the discount, MasterCard must be used on a purchase of $100 or greater. Coupon excludes the following: Home Theater: Bose® audio products; Polk Audio; Denon; Boston Acoustics; select Samsung home audio, TVs, Blu-ray DVD players; Sony home audio & headphones, TVs & 3D glasses, Blu-ray players, DVD players & set top boxes; Magnolia Products: Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, Sony TVs, Blu-ray players and projectors, Sharp 90” TVs, Epson projectors, URC, Sennheiser, Sonance, Bowers & Wilkins, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Oppo and SpeakerCraft Audio and special order merchandise; Portable Electronics: Apple® iPods and Bose products; Digital Imaging: Sony camcorders, digital cameras, NEX cameras, DSLR cameras, lenses & flashes; Nikon DSLR & compact system cameras, lenses & flashes & P510; GoPro cameras; Phones: no-contract phones, broadband and airtime cards on all carriers, no contract airtime cards; gaming hardware; Pacific Sales products; Geek Squad®: C.O.D. Geek Squad services. Not valid on any BestBuy.com order, including store pickup. Best Buy employees are not eligible for this promotion. No dealers. No copies. No cash back. No cash value. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. MasterCard is not the sponsor of nor shall have liability for this promotion.
Cashier Instructions: Scan coupon UPC for $50 off. Scan all product(s) being sold. Press “Total.” Write “VOID” on coupon and place in register coupon media file.

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#5656
Quote from namlook View Post :
It could have been a preliminary draft copy and someone posted the wrong one.
Considering the PDF's name was 13729-2_MasterCardPromo_Coupon_final.pdf, it doesn't seem that this was a preliminary draft copy.
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#5657
Quote from sdman33 View Post :
Agreed..to a point...but it helps to remember who the target audience is with threads like this. Think more along the line of hyaenas...with computer skills.
You make a good point. From time to time, I read comments from people talking about the "good ol days" of this forum, which make me laugh but it's true - there was a time in this site's infancy where we all helped each other, not called each other expletives because of this reason or that reason, but it's something I've learned to live with as there's no other alternatives.
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#5658
Anyone else scored on the TouchPad deal (in 2011) AND this? (bought a 560 ti video card an hour after BB opened yesterday.)
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#5659
Quote from leolaw View Post :
Why on earth would you even buy ink in BB? 1) ink is the most overpriced computer accessory 2) best buy overprice the already overpriced ink in the store. So what's the point?
What is your point?
CLEARLY says i bought ink at OD not BB!
Bought multiple XL combo packs and XL HP inks and recycled my ink cartridges and used OD rewards and i needed ink.
So what is your point again?
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#5660
Do realize this deal was meant to be per person, not to be printed and abused. I understand people want a good deal. But remember it was not just a Best Buy deal but it was also a promotion offered though Mastercard, so I am sure they have some of the blame to share.
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#5661
Quote from hitme24 View Post :
Anyone else scored on the TouchPad deal (in 2011) AND this? (bought a 560 ti video card an hour after BB opened yesterday.)

I got 6 TP's and 7 clearanced items today with CP.

Does that count? Stick Out Tongue
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#5662
With hundreds of store and more than 100,000 employees in the US,
Best Buy doesn't have one employee whose #1 job is to check out
the coupon before it gets sent out to millions of customers? If true,
that's just scary. A major corporation running things like that is just
inexcusable.

Best Buy is in the business to make money. They have the absolute
right to refuse to honor a fauty coupon or pricing mistake. There is
no law that says they have to. If you used the coupone prior to the
change in policy, that's great! Smilie I got in on the deal just in time. For
those who got turned down after Best Buy sent out the new memo
with modified conditions on the coupon, I feel bad for you... but there
will be other great deals. Just keep your eyes peeled on Slickdeals. Smilie

I'm just glad I don't own any Best Buy stocks. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin This thread
has almost a million views. If only 10 percent of them managed to use
the coupon with the original conditions, Best Buy had probably lost
5 to 10 million dollars in one morning. (give or take)

Who is the idiot running things at Best Buy? If the coupon was
really "sent out with incorrect information" as they claimeed,
why haven't they bothered to remove the PDF on their website?
http://image.emailinfo2.bestbuy.c..._final.pdf
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#5663
Quote from tenwinecans View Post :
With hundreds of store and more than 100,000 employees in the US,
Best Buy doesn't have one employee whose #1 job is to check out
the coupon before it gets sent out to millions of customers? If true,
that's just scary. A major corporation running things like that is just
inexcusable.
completely true


Quote from tenwinecans View Post :
Best Buy is in the business to make money. They have the absolute
right to refuse to honor a fauty coupon or pricing mistake. There is
no law that says they have to. Big Grin

completely false

If the CP was not incorrect when originally posted they have to honor it. Contract and advertising Law does not allow them to change the terms just because "they don't like it"

There is no law "of the land" that allows you to change terms midway just because you don't like the way the deal is going. It's just sad young internet hipsters think there is a law that allows that.
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#5664
Quote from adster View Post :
I know my comments in this post will get buried amongst the thousands of posts, which is good because I'm sure it will be unpopular.

Best Buy made a mistake with the coupon that could've cost the company millions of dollars over the next few days. Who knows exactly who/what the coupon was intended for but it's pretty obvious it wasn't intended to reach the amount of people it did or include the initial things it did. Best Buy is well within their right to change or cancel a promotion at any time - just like any other retailer. Sure everyone is quick to slander Best Buy about how bad they were blah blah blah, but fact is they offered something nice for a little while that many, many people took advantage of. The people that could not participate got all bent out of shape because they think they're entitled - but they're not. With few exceptions, this didn't ruin anyone's day other then the fact that you tried to get something cheap and failed. That's fine and all, but don't think Best Buy owes you anything.

I wasn't able to take advantage of this promotion and I'm not losing sleep over it because we'll all collectively move on to the next deal and so on and so on, the world won't end. Best Buy, while unpopular, is the last remaining major big box retailer in the US and if that goes away it would be pretty crappy.

It's easy on an internet forum to huff and puff but lets be real with ourselves for a moment and try to act at least somewhat civilized.

[/soapbox]

PS, I did laugh about the guy photocopying the coupon on the in-store printers.
It is my belief that BB intended the promotion as it was initially conceived, but after having gone "viral", a higher-up beancounter got reports back (feedback) from various managers who put the brakes on various abuses to the original terms of the coupon. Promotions cost money, BB expected that much. They just didn't count on SD threads with posts such as this one's #6 to open the minds of fellow SDers (and lurkers alike) to a whole realm of possibilities of how to get maximum value out of this promo.

I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly, however as someone up above said, BB by revising the terms and issuing a new coupon while maintaining the liveliness of the original (online), they have (at least for 01/21) performed your classic 'bait and switch'. IMO, anyone who was denied a purchase in-line with the terms of the original coupon as a result of the revised coupon would be well within their right to make a claim....

Once the original coupon got sent out, BB was in a position of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" on honoring the original coupon's terms. Unfortunately for many here, with inconsistent store policies prevailing, many were turned away with little to no success in having their coupons honored. That, IMO, is BB's worst defect; their inconsistency in adhering to a uniform policy as a corporation. (To me, it demonstrates poor leadership or lack thereof straight from the top, and a weak and/or diseased corporate culture to boot.)

Anyway, it's 6am EST here and I kind of forgot/drifted from my point if I had one to begin with... Big Grin My favorite BB excuse and what would have been there 'Ace-In-A-Hole' lie to avoid max collateral damage on this promo was that the typo was the absence of another zero, e.g. "$50 off $1000" ...that could have saved them a few million on 01/21 and allowed them to run the promo in a "save face" fashion as opposed to changing terms, changing duration, etc..
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#5665
Quote from NewtonFine View Post :
It is my belief that BB intended the promotion as it was initially conceived, but after having gone "viral", a higher-up beancounter got reports back (feedback) from various managers who put the brakes on various abuses to the original terms of the coupon. Promotions cost money, BB expected that much. They just didn't count on SD threads with posts such as this one's #6 to open the minds of fellow SDers (and lurkers alike) to a whole realm of possibilities of how to get maximum value out of this promo.

I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly, however as someone up above said, BB by revising the terms and issuing a new coupon while maintaining the liveliness of the original (online), they have (at least for 01/21) performed your classic 'bait and switch'. IMO, anyone who was denied a purchase in-line with the terms of the original coupon as a result of the revised coupon would be well within their right to make a claim....

Once the original coupon got sent out, BB was in a position of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" on honoring the original coupon's terms. Unfortunately for many here, with inconsistent store policies prevailing, many were turned away with little to no success in having their coupons honored. That, IMO, is BB's worst defect; their inconsistency in adhering to a uniform policy as a corporation. (To me, it demonstrates poor leadership or lack thereof straight from the top, and a weak and/or diseased corporate culture to boot.)

Anyway, it's 6am EST here and I kind of forgot/drifted from my point if I had one to begin with... Big Grin My favorite BB excuse and what would have been there 'Ace-In-A-Hole' lie to avoid max collateral damage on this promo was that the typo was the absence of another zero, e.g. "$50 off $1000" ...that could have saved them a few million on 01/21 and allowed them to run the promo in a "save face" fashion as opposed to changing terms, changing duration, etc..

Bait and switch
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Bait-and-switch is a form of fraud used in retail sales but also practiced in other contexts. First, customers are "baited" by merchants' advertising products or services at a low price; then customers discover the advertised goods are not available. Other products are "switched" for them; however, these items are often costlier.
There was no product, or service promised. Only a promotion. The terms of promotions often change (see cell phone companies handset upgrade program), and sales often change quickly when there is a mistake/misprint (see the lobby of most stores on Sunday after a mistake is made in the paper)

This is 2013, if you don't think stores know about how Slickdealers swarm on sales/mistakes like locusts you are sadly mistaken.
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#5666
Quote from shadowshopper View Post :
completely true





completely false

If the CP was not incorrect when originally posted they have to honor it. Contract and advertising Law does not allow them to change the terms just because "they don't like it"

There is no law "of the land" that allows you to change terms midway just because you don't like the way the deal is going. It's just sad young internet hipsters think there is a law that allows that.

I normally try to stay out of conversations like this, but after reading this thread for the past ~30 minutes, I am dieing to understand why you're being such a douche to so many people on here?

You have a high rep, which generally indicates you positively contribute to these forums, but your attitude is so condescending its not funny. You say things like "young internet hipsters" which should imply you're mature and maturity normally encompasses patience, guidance and understanding. Why so negative? What gives?
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#5667
The people who got in on this deal who are regular BestBuy shoppers
vs
The people who got in or abused this deal and are regular Amazon/online shoppers
vs
The people who went to the store, didn't get in on this deal and feel bait-and-switched, to rethink shopping at BB in the future

Somehow I get the feeling that this promotion did way more harm than good. Corporate should have just terminated the coupon instead of modifying it and issued bonus RewardZone points for people who tried to claim it after termination. What is wrong with BestBuy management?
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#5668
Quote from shadowhawk2020 View Post :
Bait and switch

There was no product, or service promised. Only a promotion. The terms of promotions often change (see cell phone companies handset upgrade program), and sales often change quickly when there is a mistake/misprint (see the lobby of most stores on Sunday after a mistake is made in the paper)

This is 2013, if you don't think stores know about how Slickdealers swarm on sales/mistakes like locusts you are sadly mistaken.
I would rather not speculate on schemes. All I am saying is...it is my belief from the stories I read in this thread that should some SDers choose to litigate a claim against BB, the employees involved, etc. for costs/damages associated with their attempt to procure merchandise at BB under the terms of the original coupon that were denied, they could/would receive award for damages in a civil action AND possibly have the court force BB to honor the terms of the original coupon.
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#5669
Bummer. I had already purchased a $100 prepaid card and the $5.95 activation fee that went with it. Never got to use coupon so I'm out $6 bucks. Oh well.
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Quote from NewtonFine View Post :
It is my belief from the stories I read in this thread that should some SDers choose to litigate a claim against BB, the employees involved, etc. for costs/damages associated with their attempt to procure merchandise at BB under the terms of the original coupon that were denied, they could/would receive award for damages in a civil action.
You are watching way too much reality court TV programming.

The only expense that I can see is the fuel cost.
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