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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 06:55 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 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 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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#7051
Quote from isobro View Post :
Hey guys, can I use the coupon on gift cards?
Best Buy's store manager might call the cops on you.
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#7052
Quote from adas View Post :
Overall, this whole 'incident' has been a great advertisement for SLICKDEALS with articles all over the web and in printed media mentioning the site. YEAH!!!
Not actually good for us SDers, because that means more lurkers that will ruin the deal for everyone.
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#7053
Quote from jrbdmb View Post :
Some of us have a life which includes work, school, etc. and cannot just drop everything to sit outside of BB at 10AM to take advantage of a great coupon. Some of us with lives *did* get the coupon and planned to use it by the 27th as stated on the coupon.

I am pissed that instead of just tightening up the exclusions to prevent obvious abuse and fraud, BB instead decided to cancel the coupon altogether. They didn't need to do that. I don't shop at BB much to begin with, but this whole fiasco reminds me why I avoid them whenever possible.
No offense, but you've been here since 2006 also. So lets be honest, are you really surprised that a $50 off $100 Best Buy coupon was short lived or that it was heavily abused? You're going with the "i have a life" excuse, but it was a deal that lasted an entire day which is much MUCH longer than most mistakes. So as a veteran out here then you have to accept some responsibility for missing out on a 10a-9p deal.

Obviously youre upset, but rather than lashing out into a computer then why not just give BB customer relations a call? You got the email so you have a good chance to get the compensation that all these non-email people got and maybe you'll score a $50 gift card for a store you claim to not even want to shop at.
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#7054
Quote from gaijin4life View Post :
Hp Touchpad deal and the Horry County Chronicles was MUCH bigger (63 million views). How could you forget Lawson?!

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php#q=%22HP+Touchpad%22&sort=views
Who is Lawson
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#7055
Quote from pickapeppa View Post :
Who is Lawson
It's a long story, and all documented in that thread. Pretty hilarious/weird sideshow in the TouchPad frenzy.

Quote from outofstock View Post :
No offense, but you've been here since 2006 also. So lets be honest, are you really surprised that a $50 off $100 Best Buy coupon was short lived or that it was heavily abused? You're going with the "i have a life" excuse, but it was a deal that lasted an entire day which is much MUCH longer than most mistakes. So as a veteran out here then you have to accept some responsibility for missing out on a 10a-9p deal.

Obviously youre upset, but rather than lashing out into a computer then why not just give BB customer relations a call? You got the email so you have a good chance to get the compensation that all these non-email people got and maybe you'll score a $50 gift card for a store you claim to not even want to shop at.
Word.

Any veteran SD'er knew this would be a race against the clock the second it was posted on SD the night before. I think my post the night before was "this will be epic". It's actually shocking it sort of lasted 1 day.
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Quote from gaijin4life View Post :
It's a long story, and all documented in that thread. Pretty hilarious/weird sideshow in the TouchPad frenzy.
Haha by the pic I coulda guessed that. Can you possibly give me a range of posts to read? Or cliffs?
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#7057
Why da heck is BB selling Amazon gift cards? It's like Dominos giving out coupons to Pizza Hut

Damn I'm hungry now
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#7058
Quote from pickapeppa View Post :
Haha by the pic I coulda guessed that. Can you possibly give me a range of posts to read? Or cliffs?
Too long ago to give you exact posts. Basically some guy running a "business" out of his double wide trailer in the sticks off a dirt road took a MOUNTAIN of orders for fire sale $99 TouchPads he could not possibly deliver and kept stringing people along with outrageous stories about how they were still coming, while sucking paypal dry of the money people paid in advance. Someone found priors for check fraud in the local court records there, and his "CFO" posted crazycakes pictures of herself looking...well, crazy, right before (or just after, I forget) she committed herself to mental health and resigned from the business. Then she was BACK again like a week later. It was the best sidestory during the TP frenzy. Some awesome photoshop jobs, too.

I've attached a couple of the crazy pics "Brandy", the "CFO", posted.
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#7059
It has been quite the tumble for best buy over the past decade and it does seem to have roots in what was posted earlier with BBY trying to weed out demon shoppers. That mentality has directed their stores and employees. What's most puzzling to me is the lack of refusal to learn from repetitive mistakes. It must be hubris.
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Quote from gaijin4life View Post :

I've attached a couple of the crazy pics "Brandy", the "CFO", posted.
Wow awesome thanks. So people on SD were buying from him? What happened to him in the end?
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Quote from pickapeppa View Post :
Wow awesome thanks. So people on SD were buying from him? What happened to him in the end?
Paypal account was frozen, the "company" MagicJack phone line taken out, lost track. Dunno what the final result was. If anyone knows, I'd love to hear.

EDIT: Here's his Horry County mugshot (LAWSON, TIMOTHY JOE ) from May 2012! Priceless. Charges are not listed, so this COULD be the arrest for remnants of the touchpad fraud for those that didn't get refunds.

EDIT2: Actually, looks like it was a DUI arrest.
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Quote from taiwan View Post :
I hope those who scored really big on giftcards on Monday will tell your children this:

"Kids, daddy want to tell you what daddy did in January of 2013. Best Buy had $50 of $100 coupon. Daddy didn't get invited. But daddy found this great SD site that posted it. The coupon was too good to be true because it had no restrictions. It said "No copies. No dealers" but didn't say anything about 1 coupon per customer. So daddy printed out lots of it and went to Best Buy in early morning. The store was stupid enough to take it. So daddy scored $6,000 worth of giftcards for half price until Best Buy stopped taking them. Damn Best Buy! The coupon had no restrictions! How could they do that to me? Best Buy later said it was a mistake. Fvck them! It's their fault. Anyway. daddy found out Best Buy lost 50 million dollars that day. The following year Best Buy closed for good. Daddy was so proud to have played important role in bankrupting Best Buy. So kids, if you see something that's too good to be true, try it anyway. If it works, repeat as much as you can until the stores can't take them anymore. Daddy only made a few grand from that deal, not enough to take our family out of this $hithole called home. But if you see a deal on SD daddy will make sure we hit the stores before they realize what hit them."



laugh out loud
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Quote from adas View Post :
Overall, this whole 'incident' has been a great advertisement for SLICKDEALS with articles all over the web and in printed media mentioning the site. YEAH!!!
can't wait to see all the ugly the media attracts to the site. Frown
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can't wait to see all the ugly the media attracts to the site. Frown
Touchpad thing brought a LOT more since it had 60x+ more views. Quite a bit of the "ugly" you're talking about arrived more than a year ago.
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Quote from Rattor View Post :
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.
My argument is that it's impossible to exactly spell out the terms of a coupon, and at some point people need to rely on common sense in order to precisely interpret the terms. Let's keep that in focus as I move on to the next point . . .

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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.
You're relying on an interpretation of the word "or more." I could simply argue that I wanted to break the one $5000 transaction into 50 separate $100 transactions, and there is nothing in the coupon that precisely says this is impossible. After all, this is also how people bought $5000 in gift cards; they broke up the transaction into 50 separate ones.

The point is that you interpreted "or more" in that way because of your experience being a customer. You know that transactions on large items can't be divided into smaller parts. But I could march down to Best Buy right now and make that demand simply because "it doesn't explicitly say you can't on the coupon."

[QUOTE]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.[/QUOTE}

How could you possibly think this is what it means? It doesn't have "no photocopying" in the phrase, and it's pretty worthless to include a "no copies" provision to prevent people from making copies of a printed copy. You're making some pretty big assumptions that the coupon writer inserted this language just because of "coupon conventions" and not deliberately to avoid certain abuses.

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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?
Whenever you make any kind of interpretation, you have to make assumptions about the writer's intentions. Like your claim about "no copies": your claim that it is "clear" what that means is obviously false, given that many of us disagree with you and think it means something else. And who do you think is more correct here? I'm basing my interpretation on the fact that gift cards operate under an absurdly low profit margin, and so Best Buy never would have deliberately wanted a coupon to be used to purchase massive quantities of gift cards. You're just insisting - once again, when there is ample evidence that the terms of a coupon are always ambiguous to a certain degree - that a company has to spell out EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING in the coupon terms; otherwise, you have the right to do whatever you want with it, and the company is somehow being unethical if they deny you some weird combination that they never considered when crafting it.
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