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I was trying to find an SSD that I purchase from a near by Best Buy store the same day. Unfortunately, after fishing around for a while trying to find one that was in stock in a near by store, I gave up and ordered one from Amazon. I had it the next morning. If there had been a way to limit my search to only items available at stores near me, I would have just gone to the store picked it up. I would prefer to support my local store, but it is currently time consuming and difficult to tell what is actually on the shelf at a particular store.
Earlier today I placed an order online for our company and was happy to see a quick eMail stating the store I had specified for in-store pickup was currently closed, and to wait for a follow up eMail that the order was ready for pickup.
About 1:20 later I received this follow on eMail stating the order was ready for pickup at the store. So I drove over only to find it was yet to open for another 45 minutes. So I sat in my car for 45 minutes with nothing to do and trying to support our company from my phone.
You have a great pro-active idea in notifying people but its not being correctly implemented in a way that leads to good customer satisfaction (which I'm assuming is the motive for the notifications in the first place.) If you going to tell people to wait, then tell them its ready, the implication is that they can in fact pick it up if the order is "ready for pickup."
With Best Buy being a Electronics/Technology/Media Store, a Customer Service Department dedicated specifically for gaming needs through it Toll-Free Phone Customer Service that deals in only Gaming should be created and established. Since Video Games are always a high selling products and with Best Buy having the Gamers Club Unlocked Program, it would be a way to push it more. This Department could help Best Buy Customers in many ways and help fix problems such as:
Any problems with Pre-Order bonus's or other digital orders/items (EX: Codes not received)
Price Adjustments of video games when best buy lower the price, especially with keeping GCU Discounts in mind on top of the adjustments.
Problems with GCU Activating correctly at purchase or not applying to games correctly
Problems with Pre-Order $10 Certificates not showing up on accounts when they should
Any potential Trade-In Problems
Not receiving Welcome coupons from GCU when signing up
Any Gaming Promos not applying correctly to a order
A big one is also the hassle of dealing with a majority of both phone reps and in store reps who after a year still does not know the in and out of the GCU Program
It will help keep the work off of the Forum mods since a majority of the problems on here are for adjustments problems and also GCU not apply discount right and the normal everyday phone reps and in store reps are giving false or informed information since it not there specific department.
and many many more reasons
Others customers probably can also input very good reason to make this happen. Especially since due to the normal everyday employees who have not much knowledge of many of best buy special programs especially GCU there is more frustration and problems that the customers must burden with constantly having to keep trying over and over until they get that single employee who is informed.
There are quite a few games that could be added to this promotion. These are just some ideas. Granted, not all of them are going to come out this year but at least five are going to for sure.
The Order 1886
Kingdom Hearts 3
Metal Gear Solid 5
Borderlands The Handsome Collection
Just Cause 3
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Forza Motorsport 6
The $10 certificate for preorders should apply to Fallout 4. Since it's a highly anticipated game, this would increase the preorders. In fact, I'm waiting to see if it's added before I preorder it here.
i have an item in my wish list that is currently backordered 4 to 7 weeks. it would be great to see a "notify me" when the item is in stock and ready for purchase, maybe even a notification sent your phone from the best buy application saying that, "this item is available for purchase!"
i don't know if anyone else has brought up this idea or not, but would be great to see this feature implemented on the website as well as on the smart phone application(s) across iPhone and Android.
hope other customers agree and make this happen! especially around the holiday season.
I would like to see Best Buy copy the program they have up in Canada at FutureShop for video game steelbooks. It would be great to get more exclusive video game steelbooks as pre-order bonuses. Best Buy here in the USA does offer steelbooks for video games but it is only on rare occassions.
Upcoming Steelbooks from FutureShop
Lightning Returns Final Fantasy Xiii
I would like to start this rant by acknowledging that Best Buy does not have to offer a rewards program and I appreciate the fact that they do, but they have all but removed all of the value out of the rewards program over the years. Before MyBestBuy, you would receive 2% back for top spenders (this has now been reduced down to 1.25% back in rewards); 60-day returns and price matches (this has now been reduced to 45 days); and you had other perks like a free home theater consultation or calibration, online backup and even rewards members only event nights. Most of the latter have been discontinued or are non-existent. Yet the amount you have to spend to be in the top tier increased $1,000/year.
Best Buy could really add some value to the top tier of the rewards program by making the 10% back in rewards promotion an everyday promotion for Elite Plus members purchases totaling $599 and up on a My Best Buy credit card or 5% back for any other form of payment with non-credit rewards account. In my experience working for Best Buy a few years ago, these kind of promotions would spark a lot of people to impulse buy and it also indirectly is a way for Best Buy to compete with places like the Army & Air Force Exchange where customers don't pay taxes (which is equivalent to a 8-9% savings in my state) or even Employee Purchase Programs offered thru various manufacturer's directly to certain employers. It also led to increased attachments because people will spend more if they know they're going to get more back in return (that's the whole value prompt in financing in the first place if you're just going to pay it off).
The Best Buy price match guarantee should be updated to include products shipped from and sold by Mac Mall and Adorama. Both Mac Mall and Adorama have aggresssive prices on Apple computers and accessories. Adorama has a sales alliance with Amazon.com in a deal to broaden Amazon's selection of camera products and accessories and both are two growing segments of Best Buy's business (considering the recent influx in installs of new Apple and Camera Experience Shops in local area stores).
This is probably a long shot, but here goes:
Best Buy is the leader in consumer electronics but the technologies that Best Buy utilizes in its stores suggest anything but. If Best Buy wants to be the leader in technology and showcasing it to customers you need to commit to it fully by investing in supporting infrastructure:
(1) Better WiFi bandwidth and infrastructure in-stores. My closest Best Buy is located in a rock quarry. Simply put, cell phone signals don't exist. When employees activate phones, they have to go outside and up the side walk to get reception so you rely heavily on WiFi, which is atrociously slow in this store. Whether it be mobility, home automation, home theater, etc. Everything that is big in technology right now requires significant WiFi to work and as such, Best Buy should provide significant WiFi bandwidth to give its' employees the capabilities to demo these solutions to customers, effectively.
(2) Update/refresh kiosks and registers. It still amazes me to see these clunky registers all over Best Buy (my local Best Buy store still has beige registers to give you an idea) - meanwhile, I go to the local mall and every other store has eliminated the register space in favor of tablet or phone-based point of sale solutions. I would love to see Best Buy consider giving each department several tablet-based point of sale units and maybe keep registers up front only for cash-based transactions. This would create a better shopping experience for customers and employees alike and force Best Buy to update their antiquated POS software - if you've ever been in a Best Buy store when a register goes down, I need to say no more, but it takes an embarrassingly long amount of time for the systems to restore and they do go down quite a bit. Yes, this would be a sizable investment, but if help desk tickets went down as low as even 25%, there's a significant ROI on this too.
Other retail sites are offering this for pre-order, can Best Buy get this on the website sooner rather than later for pre-order?
Suggestion for product management - consider a process for "special orders" of items you do not carry from existing suppliers.
I.E. I want to buy a certain GE through the wall air conditioner that you do not normally carry. I went to my local store hoping to order it for in store pickup. It can't be done.
Couldn't somebody in appliances product management (the AC / GE buyer) call GE and order it as a one-off item. GE has them in stock. Doesn't seem like a big deal to me to add this special order service for pre-paid orders like this.
I think Best Buy should really look into the idea of "stacking" gift cards in an account like Amazon allows you to do. That was I could have an avaiable balance sitting in my account ready to go. This would be much easier for when you have multiple small gift cards before you have to get the combined in the store.
You could do it as a once a month e-mail sent out to GCU members. They could be some of the usual ones from the former @Gamer magazine(that ended in May 2014 ) as yet another perk of being a GCU member. You could have the usual ones that became(unfortunately) a staple of the magazine's coupons towards the end like the extra percentage off pre-owned coupon.
As it stands the Gamer's Club offers that the company is releasing as of late are nowhere near on par with the offers we used to get.
Right now the ONLY Gamer's Club offer on the page I have bookmarked for it is 50% off a headset audio controller for the PS4:
Not only that but when these Gamer's Club offers pop up if they're for games and are a flat $X off said game(s) then the coupon and the current 20% discount perk don't stack correctly.
So how about it? Bring back the @Gamer styled coupons to stack with the 20% game discount? It might actually spur me to buy something gaming wise from Best Buy for the first time in 2015.
I use BestBuy.com to build quotes for clients and it's really annoying that you have to sign-in or create a guest account to be able to get a complete total with tax. As a Best Buy employee, I would use BestBuy.com to calculate totals with tax for customers as well so I can see where this could be hindering employees in-store too (this was faster than running to a register and doing it and allowed me to stay with the customer too).