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
It's a 'Best Buy' brand, so why can't we use our gift cards or store trade in credit with them. Same company, right?
Would be great to see this item on the long list of pre-order requests. this would be great for fans of the series and to receive the desk calendar as well. please add this to the website as soon as possible! i will cancel my pre-order from another vendor to go with best buy.
It would be great if there were an option to filter the view of products that were in stock at the local store(s) selected by the customer. That way, we wouldn't have to wade through pages and pages of product links in order to find out if you have in stock the product(s) we want at our local store.
Sometimes, (and by sometimes I mean most times) I would like to get a product that same day by just looking online at your website and finding what's available at my local store. Otherwise, what is the advantage of buying from you as opposed to one of the many other online retailers and to add to the mix, I wouldn't have to pay sales tax if I bought from an online retailer from out-of-state. If I have to have Best Buy ship the product I desire anyway, why not buy it somewhere else and save a little money.
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.
I would love to see Best Buy take on a more proactive approach to encouraging people to recycle used ink & toner. I understand that, as of now, Best Buy currently does offer a recycling program, but I would love to see them roll it into their rewards program to really encourage people to take advantage of it. This could implemented in a few different ways:
(1) Offer a coupon for an extra 5% off ink and toner for recycling. This would be the easiest to implement because if one is recycling ink or toner one would most likely be looking to purchase replacements, so for Best Buy this would offer the quickest ROI on this type of program.
(2) Offer 250 points for each toner or 50 points for each ink cartridge. This is based on the fact that ink cartridges need to be replaced quite a bit more frequently than toners and in most cases, people are replacing sets of 2 or 4 on ink cartridges, depending on if the machine is a tri-color or individual ink model. At the end of the day, every toner or 5th ink cartridge would equate to a $5 rewards certificate, which for most inks or toners is a very small discount, but it's still something to encourage people to do the right thing when it comes to disposing of used ink/toner.
Lastly, the largest benefit to either method you decided to implement would be that you would lock the customer into buying ink/toner from Best Buy and handily pull customers from office store competitors.
I understand that there's some risk and liability involved with the My Best Buy rewards program around issuing points without a grace period, but I think for your Elite Plus customers - your top spenders - you should post points faster so that they can get back into the stores and spend more money quicker - it just seems logical. I made a rather hefty purchase and we're at almost two weeks and I'm still waiting for points to post. I think if there was a policy where points would post within 72 hours - THAT would add value to the Elite Plus program and make more people strive to be a part of it (and let's face it, your Elite Plus members are probably not in the top percentage of returns generated either).
Just as I titled it: I think it would be great to have Geek Squad Protection on computer hardware such at processors, graphic cards, and so forth.
I have had personal experience where a warranty has saved my butt financially when a computer component has failed. Just a few months ago my power supply "blew up" in my PC and luckily it was insured- but when my power box went out, it damaged my graphics card which was not insured.
Now I am debating whether to buy a graphics card at Best Buy where I can get it cheaper than anywhere else thanks to being an employee but not having it insured... or spending full price on it and adding a protection plan with it from New Egg and covering myself in case it goes out. I'm a gamer and video editor in my spare time so graphic cards don't come cheap- it's a major bummer that my one is failing.
Adding a protection plan on PC hardware would be super beneficial in my honest opinion. I have helped many customers who were building or upgrading a computer and while my store doesn't have a great selection with components... having it insured in case something like what happened to me or others really takes a lot of stress off of our shoulders.
Sure customers could purchase their components elsewhere- but being able to have the product in hands and examining it while knowing you can walk out with it that very day can be a huge deciding factor- why not have them walk out knowing they can get a free replacement (If you purchase the protection plan for it of course) in case it fails?
In order for this to be profitable it would have to apply to a larger quantity of figures because of their price. However, the way people are grabbing them up that shouldn`t be an issue. This type of promo addition would certainly locked down the gaming figure sales at BB only there would be no competiton. I`d suggest making this a GCU only promo vs the open $10 promos since that revenue will surely add up 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?
As simple as the title says. Add more games to the $10 promo. Also, GCU members should get more than regular members. Either give GCU members $15 and non GCU members $10 or keep the amount for GCU at $10 and reduce the non GCU to $5. GCU seriosuly needs more value to be a viable service. Since the mag was discontinued, the only benefit is 20% off games, which if u buy most games at release, you get screwed when the price inevitably goes down within 45 days because you can't get 20% off of the price match so you would have literally been better off buying at full price as non GCU member and then price matched the lower price. You would have saved $100 on GCU, still gotten the price match and $10 reward certificate for preordering, gotten more rewards points since the original price would have been higher and gotten more towards your overall limit of keeping your Elite status. Having GCU actually costs me money in the long run. Please people, vote for this idea. We need this to change!!! I'm close to going to Amazon for all my games and movies which is the only things I buy at Best Buy anymore since they have made so many negative changes in the past couple years.
I went to pre-order the Borderlands: Handsome Jack Collectors edition and was sold out. can notifications be sent out in the future for customers that subscribe to a specific game or product? i think this may reduce the amount of unhappy customers who weren't able to pre-order that particular product. is there any chance as well to boost availability to elite plus members or an early pre-order event?? hope other elite plus members chime in on this idea!
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
It would be awesome if Best Buy Stores will stop putting price tags on the DVD/Blu-ray sleeves as they are a major pain to remove without ripping the sleeve apart. When ordering movies from sites online (including Best Buy.com), the price stickers are never on the sleeves. Other stores sometimes have stickers on the sleeves as well but they are nowhere as hard to remove as the Best Buy one. Another electronic retailer, Fry's Electronics, puts their price tags on the plastic shrink wrap of a movie instead of the sleeve which I think is an amazing idea when I found out about it. It's just a pain if someone has a movie collection and there's a giant price tag on it that can't be removed
If the idea of "My Rewards" is to reward customers for buying at Best Buy, how about accumulating 250 points then applying the discount to their next purchase instead of letting the discount expire. I'm the type of consumer that buys on an "As Needed" basis, so no matter what savings I'm going to achieve, I'm not going to rush to the store to take advantage of saving a whopping $15, $50 or $60 maybe. Most of your cashiers don't even understand or explain the program anyway. I know I've never had one explain it to me. I think most of us are smart enough to know that you're making the least amount of effort to offer us a discount. We have a 2 month window to take advantage of the savings C'mon.
Here is yet another collectors edition that needs to be on Bestbuy.com for pre-order. I know I want this along with many other customers. I hope this comes through as a pre-order sooner rather than later!