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Promoted 01-21-2013 by Discombobulated 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 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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Last Edited by tenwinecans January 31, 2013 at 10:10 PM
If calling to make a complaint at 1-888-BestBuy, SPECIFICALLY request to speak with CONSUMER RELATIONS. Everyone else will give you the run around! Bestbuy will issue you a $50 GC via mail once they verify your receipt for a SINGLE ITEM purchase of $100+.

**I just spoke with the consumer relates dept. and they told me under no circumstances are they allowed to compensate anyone. This directive came down from the big wigs at HQ.** 01/27/13 15:36

Deal is DEAD! Promo was only good for ONE DAY, Monday January 21, MLK Holiday!

Original LINK finally removed from BB servers sometime on 01.23.13

Edit by ReanimationXP, 1/22/13 @ 12:24pm:
Deal is dead officially, but still working provisionally! YMMV.

A correction like this is false advertising! Don't let this one die so easily, SDers!

I just called 1-888-BestBuy and explained that the manager at the Camelback location in Phoenix, AZ was refusing to honor the deal of the printout I had, and warned this could bring about a false advertising lawsuit. She was very nice and helpful. I was trying to buy Amazon gift cards which she could not pull up online (I coudn't either), but she offered to mail me a $100 gift card and only charge me $50 for it. She also double-checked that I would be able to buy an Amazon gift card with my Best Buy giftcard once it comes in. YMMV, good luck!

EDIT: I just mentioned how they took care of the guy below me with the Keurig, and she sent me $150 gift cards for the price of $50 and express shipped them to me without me even asking! This is incredible! They really don't want a lawsuit Smilie



In the news:

Official Updated Coupon from BB Corp. as of 5:40PM CST:

Official Updated Inclusions and Exclusions List as of 3:30PM CST:

Directly from Bestbuy forum
  • The promotion is valid for TODAY ONLY, January 21, 2013.
  • The offer is valid on a single, regular priced item purchase of $100 or more.
  • iTunes, Amazon and other gift cards are excluded.
  • Limit 1 offer per coupon, per household.
  • See below for full list of conditions and exclusions: (read the Bestbuy forum link above for more info)
Ooops, we are losing way too much money, no freaking way are we running this for a whole week. We'd better cut our losses with "correcting" it to a 1 day sale, and while we are at it, restrict to stuff we don't lose money on.

Got $1600 for only $800.

PROOF: Apple TV for $45 (Woodbridge,VA)

$600 for $300

$2500 for $1250

READ the thread for latest info. Some people got denied when using the coupon.

What has been confirmed based on comment in this thread (WITHOUT manager override)
  • Doesn't work on sale items - Not true according to some but Bestbuy forum confirmed this. It is $50 off regular price
  • One Single item must be more than $100 - Not true according to some but Bestbuy forum link in the beginning of Wiki confirmed One item must be at least $100.
  • Doesn't work on GC - Confirmed to exclude gift cards by a Best Buy representative on Facebook, but YMMV

    Note from a Slickdealer about gift cards: "Bought the Amazon GCs and manager thought $50 would be statement credit, told me if I did not get statement credit to come back and he would adjust. Did not want to play that game so returned the GCs and got a printer. The manager had to call their support team, and they said that it does not work on any GCs at all. (YMMV of course). It did not take the $50 automatically on the GCs but did on the printer..."
  • Doesn't work on video games - Not true according to some
  • Doesn't work on Kindle Paperwhite WiFi without manager override
  • Doesn't work on Apple TV without manager override
To qualify for the discount, MasterCard must be used on a purchase of $100 or greater. Some people indicate ONE item need to be over $100, but multiple people have gotten it to work with no override on a combined purchase.

Per the facebook page:
Quote :
Hi Amy-

It has to be ANY Mastercard credit card. Mastercard gift cards would not be accepted.


Pre-paid master cards may no longer work if the manager is in the loop

* I paid CASH... but had a prepaid Walmart MasterCard($3 fee) in hand because after the cashier and manager were done doing the override,
they paid no attention to the $50 bill I handed over.Just rang it up and gave me the receipt. Smilie
I think the reason is that the coupon didn't scan on the 4 $25 Amazon Kindle gift cards
and they had to take off the $50 manually. If the coupon had scanned, it would probably
not accept any other payment except MasterCard. Smilie

Other important details:

Not valid on any order, including store pickup.

Valid until 1/27/13

Email link: LINK

Link to PDF on Best Buy's web site: Here it is []


Let's see if I can post the URL as "code" and perhaps SD won't automatically bastardize it:

There ya go. Copy the link in the box above and paste it into your browser. The coupon is ON BESTBUY.COM.

BestBuy response on Facebook:

If you don't have a Mastercard, purchase a prepaid Mastercard from any store and use it. Read cashier instructions on coupon. Doesn't seem to have exclusions regarding type of Mastercard.

Slickdealers had problems redeeming the coupon at these stores:
Alpharetta, GA (3:30 PM)
Sunnyvale, CA (11.15 AM)
Manchester, CT 4 pm
Boston, MA (South Bay)
Dedham, MA - 1/21/2013 10:12 AM ET
Braintree, MA - 1/21/2013 3:41 PM ET
Fenway, MA - 1/21/2013 2:30 PM ET
Jacksonville, FL - Avenues Mall/Southside Blvd
Orlando, FL (Waterford lake) - 1/21/2013 14:00 AM ET, the manager is very rude and asked me to tell my friends not come with this coupon. I would tell my friends not to come to bestbuy instead...
Pembroke Pines, FL - 1/21/13 - 5:30PM ET
Overland park, KS -- Cashiers said this is a fake coupon
Seattle, WA (Northgate) 1/21/13 11:00AM PST -- Said it would only work for physical items.
Victor, NY 4:00pm - Manager stated corporate changed the policy and they would only accept on $100 or more purchase of one item totaling $100
Lynwood, WA 12:00PM PST -- Cashier said the coupon changed, no longer works for gift cards.
Atlanta (Perimeter)l-
Alpharetta, GA (N Point Mall) – No go, they wanted to see the actual email. This is a douche bag extraordinaire store begin with. So, was not hopeful at all.lSave your gas.
California, MD
Brooklyn, ny ceasars bay location, female manager said I need to show her the email received for the discount
West Nyack, NY - no gift cards, manager would not override
Monroe, NY - no gift cards, manager would not override. Worked fine on a new router though. <---Knew this. Did not even try. Manager is an A*hole there.
Tualatin, OR - No gift cards, $100+ on ONE item.

Slickdealers were successful at these stores:

Marlborough, MA @ 11:51 had 3 items totaling 110.77, 2 of which (corsair RAM) were pricematches to amazon manager expressed i was lucky and last one he would allow to combined the deals. I guess they consider pricematch a deal.
Long Island City, NY

Quote from JackD121 View Post :
Manager at Austin store (research blvd) refused to honor the coupon on ANYTHING... said no to GC's first then when i tried to buy some video games he said it will not be honored as it is a scam .. Frown
San Antonio, TX - 1/21/03 @ 1020 CST

Douglasville, GA - worked without manager approval. MIDI Keyboard, Cowbell, Batteries, candy wouldn't work.
Works w/exceptions
Waterfront, Pittsburgh, PA (Gift Card worked for first 2 customers but manager said all other sales had to be purchases of physical items)
Savannah, Ga - Accepted towards giftcard no override needed
Bloomington, Indiana - Did not work on gift cards. was able to use it on a Roku XS 2
Louisville, KY @ Outer Loop - Snagged a 20" Insignia monitor for $50. Required a manager override.
Kings Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
Manhattan, NY @ 23rd & 6th (closed now; manager is a d*ck)
Anaheim, CA @ Orangefair mall
Topeka, KS - 1/21/13 @6 PM CST -- bought 2 $50 kindle gift cards, 1st cashier scanned it no problem and manually gave me the discount. Went back 20 mins later, did it again w/ a different cashier and still np.

Things that works WITHOUT OVERRIDE
If it confirmed to work without override, put here. Note, some sore won't even scan the coupon. Read above or read the thread.
iTunes gift cards $100 denomination (Woodland Hills, CA) 2pm PST
itunes gift cards (Austin, TX, as of 1/21 1pm)
Steam gift cards (Savannah, GA, as of 1/21 7pm Eastern)
Amazon gift cards (Savannah, GA, as of 1/21 7pm Eastern)
League of legends gift cards (Savannah, GA, as of 1/21 7pm Eastern)
Cisco E2500 Wireless Router
IR blast Remotes
Logitech Harmony Remotes and PS3 Adapter
Any KEURIG coffee maker
Canon 50mm F/1.8 II worked without any manager override
Toshiba 3tb external hard drive
Seagate Internal Barracuda 2 TB worked without any manager override at Fordham Road Best Buy in NYC
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB
WD - Caviar Green 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive - SKU: 9234465 - North Haven CT []
Intel Series 520 SSD 120GB
Roku-2 XS (after adding some filler to make it 100+).
Conair Waffle Maker, Model: WMK600 SKU: 9826199
Sonicare Essence, 2 Handle Pack
EVGA GTX 660 Graphics Card
Vacuum Cleaners
Nike+ GPS watches
Epson Printer
Fitbit Aria
EVGA GTX 660 ti SC (Just bought a GreenDot Prepaid MC had to load 2nd time for the total amount of the item at BB because they said I have to use only MC to pay the total amount which is BS but oh wells. Extra work needed but it is $50 after all. FYI, they needed the BB Rewards # or else they won't honor it).
Apple TV, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1/21, 6PM

Visa GCs
Kindle GCs (usable for anything on Amazon)
Insignia 20" Monitor

Have any store pricematched this?
Pricematched to OfficeMax, worked on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 16GB. Paid in full with rewards for $300+tax. -xxraikoxx
OFFICE DEPOT pricematched. Willowbrook, TX. Receipt image on Post#3992 -pongaloids
Did another pricematch to OfficeMax on 1/24; Was able to grab a 16GB Nexus 7 (Display) for $118.49 after 15% discount and original coupon. receipt on #7107 -xxraikoxx

Things NOT confirmed to work WITHOUT manager OVERRIDE moved to here

Apple TV ( Had to add some filler to make $100+.)
Apple Airport Express (worked, even opened box)
Apple iPhone5 with contract renewal
Live Animals
Video Games
Blu Ray/DVD movies
Gaiam Yoga mats
Skittles laugh out loud
TVs not made by Samsung/Sony
Hard Drives/Computer components
Video Cards / EVGA NVIDIA GTX 660 []
Antec 1000W PSU []
eMedia - Teach Yourself Acoustic Guitar Pack (Steel-String) []

Worked : Canon 40mm f2.8 pancake lens []

Shop Status (Post what stores worked, semi worked, or refused. Feel free toupdate this!

Valencia - purchased multiple blu-rays. had the LOTR extended blu ray set for $45.99 so price matched plus bought Ted, Sons of Anarchy, Legend and Red Riding Hood. Manager override needed, he came over and knocked down the price of SOA and LOTR to reflect the $50 off. Cashier had issues with the coupon, had to be scanned first but still needed the override to work. paid with best buy card Smilie not mastercard.

Tustin - Wouldn't accept the coupon on multiple items, it had to be over $100 on a single purchase.

Marina - As of 4 pm, my wife was able to snag two Amazon GCs (cashier and manager didn't care). I was able to buy 9 x 16 K-cups, even though the coupon said ONE SINGLE ITEM. The Marina Best Buy is really lax. It's probably because it's in a small town.

Atlanta (Perimeter) - Not taking coupon *today* "due to error in BBY system"
Duluth - Worked with Roku 2 XS with mgr. over ride

Owings Mills - Gift Cards of any type - no good (manager said no), everything else is okay (minus exceptions) (1/21/13 @ 10:01)
Security Blvd - gift cards are considered "air time cards" therefore will not sell any product that requires "activation" with this promo, else products can be bought. (1/21/13 @ 11:20)
Frederick, MD (21703) - WORKED! needed mgr.. Wanted to buy 3 with seperate transactions, instead mgr took $150 off the canon 430 flash. (scooped for $111, down from $350 on sale for $255)
White Marsh, MD - The manager has asked all the associate to deny honoring the coupon because "the system does not apply the coupon correctly" . I talked to the manager and she refuses to do overrides even though I stood in line for 45 minutes.

St Cloud - I was able to buy the 24" LG LED HDTV Reg Price $229 SALE price $169-$50 coupon = final price of $119 + tax. I was THRILLED! They were very careful at first to make sure it didn't go against any of the restrictions but went through smoothly. I purchased at about 7:30p.m. Monday though. They weren't going to honor it any other day. There were signs all over the store and on the front doors.

Manassas (20110) -Worked on Canon lens
Sterling/Dulles - Worked with xbox 320 GB hdd upgrade without any problem
Reston - picked up the last 3TB WD Green. Manager was needed to process the order, but gave me no trouble about the coupon. Got it for $104.99 after tax.
Chantilly - picked up ANOTHER 3TB WD Green. This time for some reason, they gave it to me for $99.74 after tax! Apparently when the manager overrides the price, the result can be different depending on how they do it.
Woodbridge (22193) -Worked on Apple TV w/ Manager Approval at 3pm. Went back and they won't give any discounts to Apple products as of 6pm.

Bloomington (47404) - Did not work on gift cards. was able to use it on a Roku XS 2
Columbus (47201) - Worked on 2x $50 Amazon GC's - overridden by cashier w/out manager approval. Crappy store. Refused to honor the coupon.
Mishawaka - Worked on a sale Brother laser printer without manager approval. Cashier mentioned some people had tried GC's and managers were approving sales but stopped.
Lafayette - Worked on a Nike+ Fuel GPS Watch which was on sale by giving you an extra $10 BB GC at time of purchase.

Coralville - 1/21/13 8PM would not work for GC and was told "only one coupon per customer." Purchased a 3tb Toshiba external hard drive. $129.99 - $10.00 (on sale) - $50 = $70 + tax Manager override not required. Used Walmart GC MC.

Cascade Station - manager had to override on AGC, but seemed to be aware of the coupon and was honoring the terms.

Whitehall - did not work on gift cards, manager would not override.


Austin(78704 on Ben White Blvd) - did not work on gift cards, manager would not override.

Willowbrook(77066) - worked on Intel 520 120GB SSD drive. Coupon wouldn't scan but worked on manual entry.
Edit: They have stopped any GC purchase with coupon here in Willowbrook store. They are NOT doing manual override anymore. Whatever scans will be allowed only. Had to buy a kids DVD on top of Roku-2 XS to bring it above $100. Even school supplied or candy won't work Frown.

Washington : Bellevue and Tukwila are no longer accepting purchases for gift cards

Florida: Jacksonville (St. John's Town Center) - Apple TV will not work. - Other items work
Palm Beach Gardens - iPhone 5 upgrade for ATT

New Jersey
Brick - 10am: worked on Amazon kindle cards with manager override
Brick - update 10 minutes before closing: Wouldn't let me buy a giftcard but said I can use it on ANYTHING else that's regular price. I opted for a zumba game, headphones and a bunch of HP ink. Coupon still wouldn't take but manager (different from the am, obviously) came over and fixed it no problemo. Smilie
Woodbridge - worked 2 min to closing, but they held firm to exclusing/inclusion list. Poor cashiers were hammered today, so I conveyed to them a heartfelt thanks
Howell - Didnt work on giftcards but I got 2 aqua pure filters for Samsung refrigerator for $100 - $50 total being $50 plus tax. Manager had to override but it worked and still a decent deal.
Howell - around 8pm had signs all over the door that it must be on ONE item equally 100. I walked out empty handed. Frown

Anchorage AK
Bought a Roku 2 XS and a Snickers bar to put me over the $100 mark. Total came to $51.48. Needed manager override.

Fairfax, VA
Tivo Premier and M&Ms for $52 and wife grabbed a WD 2TB for it for $62

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Quote from kennyminot View Post :
Holy crap! I don't know why I'm so absurdly fascinated by this thread.

People act like a coupon has some sort of transparent message that should be spelled out exactly in the terms.
The thing is, it DOES need to be spelled out exactly. That's how coupons work. People are not mind-readers. You can't make a coupon and then say "that's totally not how I meant it, so you can't use it that way". Best Buy regularly puts out coupons that are extremely specific. That's why this coupon stood out: the terms were very lenient.

Quote :
Let me give you an example: the coupon says $50 off $100. Here's one way you could have interpreted it: $50 off every $100 your spend. So: you could have stuck a 4,000,000" TV in your cart, drove up to the counter, and then presented 50 coupons (presumably, because the television cost $5,000). But nobody even tried to do that. Why? It doesn't say you can't in the coupon.
The coupon actually does say you can't do that. Your situation would not work because even if you bought a $5000 TV, the coupon says "$50 off $100 or more". $5000 is more than $100, so you'd only get $50 off. It does not say "$50 off every $100 you spend in store" or something similar. Most people realize that and didn't even try it. They knew it wouldn't work based on the specific terms on the coupon.

Quote :
Rather, we know because of the conventions of coupons that $50 off $100 can only be used once on a single item. Otherwise, it would have just said 50% off everything in the store.
The thing is, which convention would you assume? There have been coupons that apply to only 1 item (see Bed Bath and Beyond 20% off 1 item coupons), but there are also coupons that apply to your purchase (10% off your purchase coupons). If they intended it to be used only on a single item, they would say that. They HAVE had coupons in the past that specifically say that it can only be used on 1 item. This coupon specifically said you just have to spend $100 or more in store (not online) to get $50 off. That means you could buy 20 $5 DVDs, and still get $50 off, and in fact some people did just that.

Quote :
So . . . what the hell do you think "no copies" means? It certainly doesn't mean you can't print it off! You have to think about the intentions of the people that originally wrote the coupon.
No copies means just that: no photocopies. As you say, it doesn't mean you can't print it off, and it doesn't say you can only use 1 in store, so if you print off 2, you could ostensibly use 2. Again, quite clear from the coupon terms.

Funnily enough, that phrase ("no copies") does come back to coupon conventions. That phrase has remained on internet coupons because back in the day, when coupons were printed in magazines or newspapers, or only available in stores, the stores wanted to control the number of coupons available and thus would say "no copies allowed". Best Buy could easily have limited the number of coupons in circulation by only allowing you to print 1, and by having the coupon code be unique. They have done this in the past. They chose not to in this case.

Quote :
They obviously meant that you can't print a bagillion copies off and use it to buy a bagillion things. Otherwise, why would they have even bothered saying it? Your arguments to the contrary are merely exploiting a technicality.
And your arguments are making massive assumptions about what a large corporation was thinking. Mine are based off of very specific words that they communicated to me through the coupon, i.e. what they actually stated. If they didn't want you to use a bagillion copies to buy a bagillion items, they would limit you to 1 use of the coupon per house, visit, person, etc..., and they have done that in the past. Why would they not say that if they only wanted you to use it once?

Like I say above, that phrase "no copies" is a carry-over from when coupons were only available from specific places.

Quote :
And then you accuse the coupon writers of being "unclear" when they are being perfectly clear. You're just playing dumb to make a quick profit.
No, I never said that. They were quite clear. No copies, but you could use multiple coupons per visit, household, or person. Gift cards are not excluded. iPads were not excluded, and so on.

Quote :
Some ambiguity will always exist in any coupon. Dealers rely on our knowledge of how coupons work and our own integrity to avoid abuse.
Have you looked at some coupons terms and conditions? Sometimes the terms are in 4 point font, and go on for a page and a half. The whole point is to be very specific to prevent abuse. It would have been VERY easy to limit the coupon to the uses you are assuming they intended. 3 more lines: 1 use per household/visit/person, valid on a single item of $100 or more, and not applicable to (insert item here). They do that regularly for their other coupons. They did not for this one.
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Quote from themanofpa View Post :
Canton OH one is taking them just fine (I was the third person to go through).

Hi can you tell me which coupon you used? The OP's original or the corrected one?

The corrected one, has a date of January 21 only. Thanks for the clarification. I'm in Toledo.
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Quote from shadowshopper View Post :
No it's not. Did you not read what I said about the mis-labled record set?

This was done at the store level. The corporation does not have the power, under CA law, to say that it was incorrect and retract the price.

The same applies to the Coupon in question.
I finds this quite difficult to believe. If Best Buy puts out a flyer in CA that incorrectly lists the price of a Samsung 60" LED TV as $9.99, or some dopey blue shirt puts on the wrong price, the store is legally obligated to sell the set for that price? They may do it as a token of goodwill for something small, but can't imagine the state of CA would force them to take a loss like that.


Now as for this coupon, it was obviously not a typo, just that BB changed their minds. So BB got the worst of all worlds - lined the pockets of a bunch of SDers and pissed of a bunch of regular customers who show up and find out their coupon will not be honored. Shame that the wrong company (Circuit City) went out of business a few years ago ...
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Quote from Rattor View Post :
Exactly. It means copying the original, and for an online coupon, the original is any coupon printed from the original source. As long as you print each coupon from the original source, you have no copies, only originals.

So if I sign my name digitally on my computer and someone prints it out, is it an original or a copy?
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Quote from iRabbitt View Post :
So if I sign my name digitally on my computer and someone prints it out, is it an original or a copy?
Show me anything remotely similar to a digital signature regarding this coupon, and your point may have some validity. But that would also mean the original was only digital, and the only way to use the coupon would be to show the coupon via a digital medium, such as a smartphone.
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Quote from ecsa0014 View Post :
You are either a Best Buy shareholder, employee or just plain delusional. I live in Georgia, in which Amazon collects no taxes, and Amazon easily gets 100x the purchases that I give Best Buy (and it has absolutely nothing to do with Amazon not collecting taxes). It all has to do with pricing. Amazon prices ALMOST ALWAYS beat BB's by a large margin. I will also say that since many of my friends and family have seen how much money I'm saving, They are also ordering from Amazon more and more. Best Buy is only reserved for their occasional deals or when I need something right now and no one else has it.
I think you're wrong, because most average joe's I know tend to go to Best Buy because they can see all the models, ask dumb questions, and pick out a Samsung w/ a 3 year accident forgiveness warranty.

The more informed crowd, the Amazon crowd, is still the minority overall.
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Has anyone filed a complaint with the BBB regarding this and received any resolution?
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I received a $50 gift card after speaking to consumer relations once I asked for a manager. The regular rep wouldn't budge. I did ask why they offered people free items they didn't have a real response other than they are trying to nail down a broad based solution. Oh well it's not a free item but I got what I was originally looking for $50 off as promised. Plus I got the item I wanted on ebay for the same price I would have paid with the $50 off so I'm fifty ahead. Hells yeah.
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Never trust a CSR's words when it counts. That being said why would Amazon cancel the GC unless forced to. They will get 90% or whatever the going rate is for the full price of the gift cards. Great day for them. $millions in EXTRA gift card sales that day and get to stick it to BB at the same time! Definitely worth the 10% to get people to buy things from them at their competitor's store!!! "Gonna go pick up some walmart GC at Target"!!!!

Quote from James1221 View Post :
I was able to purchase $100 in Amazon gift card on Monday. I have already applied it to my account.
After reading some earlier post about possible cancellation of gift card from best buy, I contacted Amazon to check if there is any way Best Buy can cancel this gift card without my authorization?
They assured Amazon won't allow this, without their customers authorization.
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Quote from taiwan View Post :
I don't think most people care about class. I refuse to exploit Best Buy's mistake and hand them thousands dollars of loss. The guy who bought few thousand dollars worth of Amazon giftcards knew that the original intent of the coupon wasn't so he can print hundreds of them and use them to buy giftcards. The guy also knew Best Buy would lose big money doing that. It's sad that someone would be proud of himself for putting Best Buy out of business sooner.

Best Buy is losing money every year. I don't know how many people scored on giftcard scam but if enough people do it, Best Buy could lose millions and millions of dollars selling giftcards at 50% off. A lot of us don't like Best Buy. But it's not our job to rip off Best Buy so they will go out of business sooner. Amazon and Target can compete with them and put them out of business.

Exactly right. I was going to purchase one $100 gift card, if allowed. I wasn't allowed, so instead I picked out a 3DS XL, which was approved.

The idea that you could even be naive enough to believe that they would allow unlimited $100 gift cards for $50 is so moronic it's not even worth responding to people who continue to defend the idea. It would make anyone an instant-Millionaire and put Best Buy instantly out of business.
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Quote from taiwan View Post :
But anyone with real common sense will ask the question when they see "No copies. No dealers" on the coupon, why would it matter if I print extra copy from pdf or use zerox machine to photocopy another print-out? In most cases photocopy and printer print-out are indistinguishable. Something must be wrong!

We've been thru this yesterday. Two types of people will emerge. Some people (including me) will think Best Buy probably forgot to mention one copy per customer or something like that. I know this group is the minority because it's more profitable to think the other way around. More people will say "lets print out hundreds of coupons. They are from original and they are not copies. Let's use them on giftcards so we get 50% off and make a killing".

Clearly Best Buy made a mistake. But I refuse to play a part in dealing millions and millions of dollars worth of loss on Monday. It's not my job to put Best Buy out of business early. Amazon and Target can do that.
Even if they did mean 1 per customer, they didn't communicate that to anyone until after they revised the coupon. The original made no mention of it. You're assuming to know the intentions of a large multinational, multi-billion dollar corporation.

Where do you draw the line? At what point does a deal become too good in your eyes, that you won't partake? If a car dealer offers $5000 off a $20,000 car, would you decline because you feel it's too much? The pure facts are as follows: Best Buy put out a coupon with very lenient terms, and people used the coupon as the coupon states it can be used. Period. You can sit there on your soapbox and assume to know the intentions of a faceless corporation, but Best Buy has stringent review processes for coupons. Just look at any previous similar coupon. The terms are very specific, and very stringent. This one wasn't. You assumed mistake, I assumed super lenient coupon. Why is my assumption wrong and yours right?
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Last edited by Rattor January 23, 2013 at 09:27 AM.
Jesus H. Christ people, it's one deal out of many that you didn't get to abu, er, use. Get over it, and move on.
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You are either a Best Buy shareholder, employee or just plain delusional. I live in Georgia, in which Amazon collects no taxes, and Amazon easily gets 100x the purchases that I give Best Buy (and it has absolutely nothing to do with Amazon not collecting taxes). It all has to do with pricing. Amazon prices ALMOST ALWAYS beat BB's by a large margin. I will also say that since many of my friends and family have seen how much money I'm saving, They are also ordering from Amazon more and more. Best Buy is only reserved for their occasional deals or when I need something right now and no one else has it.
I'm neither a BB shareholder, employee, nor delusional. We're just different type of shoppers. I agree if you want something that's not on sale, Amazon's price always beat BB's price. If I want some random Canon printer or DSLR, I look up Amazon and BB and Amazon always wins. But I don't buy things if they are not on sale. I buy mostly movies and only when they are on sale. On the week Ted Blu-ray was released, Target sells it for 22.99, Best Buy 19.99, and Amazon 19.99. But Amazon didn't have it priced at $19.99 until the item was released on Tuesday. But you always get next week's Best Buy ad Wednesday or Thurdsay of previous week, so Best Buy already told you they were going to price it $19.99 from Tuesday to Saturday. After the sale ends, price went up to $24.99 on Sunday for Amazon, BB, and Target. So who is matching whose price? Another example, I bought Game of Thrones collector's Blu-ray for $60 from Amazon. Few weeks later Best Buy had it for $40. Amazon also dropped the price to $40, but because they wouldn't give me back $20 I just returned the item. All I can say is that if Best Buy runs some sale, Amazon always follows and match the price.

Like I said we're probably totally different type of shoppers so we see things differently. The biggest item I bought from Amazon last year was a electric rechargeable lawnmower. I save on tax and the trouble of carrying it from Lowe's or Homedepot to my house. I know some guy who bought tons of equipment because he's a contractor in construction business. He loves Amazon to death.
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In 2010 I spent 3 times the money in Amazon than I did in Best Buy. But in 2011 I spent 4 times in Best Buy as I did in Amazon.
IMO, anyone who hates Best Buy or wants them to go out of business simply dont know how to shop.

Im not trying to defend BB because I'm glad they exist but I'm also not in love with them. But that doesnt mean they don't serve a purpose for a savvy shopper. They often have good sales. Theyre a decent showroom. Reward Zone. Local purchase and returns. And when it comes to situations like this coupon then I just dont understand the level of anger towards them.

If any SD veteran got the email then they likely planned their day around getting into BB as early as possible because a deal like $50 off $100 was clearly too good to be true. So if they hit a best buy for $200 in GC's and then hopped to the next BB to get a hard drive and Apple TV then I have no problem with it because thats how the classic SD effect works. Diligent cheapskates get the best deals.

But where I have a problem is when these people who never got the email start crying foul because at 8PM then new rules were established to prevent the coupon from being overused. Sure, you can whine for days on end about how "CA law states..." or scream "I'll never shop at this store that i never shop at!" but lets be honest. The moment ANYONE saw the deal then they knew it wasnt going to last so why act like such turds about a situation playing out exactly as expected?
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