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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 03:22 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Good One...
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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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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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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'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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Quote from taiwan View Post :
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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