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It seems like Radio Shack is the only brick-and-mortar store that still carries any kind of hobbyist electronics, and even then more of their stores are being pushed towards primarily cell phones and toys.  I think it would be great if Best Buy carried a small selection of development boards and prototyping kits as well as some of the basics (soldering irons/solder, wire, breadboards, resistors, capacitors, etc).  I'm mainly thinking of the most popular items in the community, like Arduino/shields, Raspberry Pi, Little Bits, Lego Mindstorm, etc.  Also, an online shop would be nice, especially if orders could be shipped to store.

 

If they had them in stores, it would also be cool for Best Buy to hold community events where someone explains/showcases something that can be made with one of the kits.

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I'm not sure if that's the market we want to go into, but I would like to hear if others have any input on this idea. Make sure you vote for an idea if you like it.

To better serve customer service Best Buy should implement a live chat customer support feature on Bestbuy.com to help handle problems/general questions in regards to orders, adjustments, and price matches.

 

The phone support system is very dated and always problematic due to constant disconnects when transferred and then several reps not understanding what we are trying to explain in certain situations. And in regards to price matches and adjustments it would make the process more smooth, faster, and less painless for the consumer. There are several pros to having a live chat support feature on the bestbuy.com website:

 

  • It would give Best Buy another option to customer support taking some of the burden being completely on the phone reps decreasing wait time to customers.
  • Customers could reference specific pages or policies on bestbuy.com website to the live chat support rep by being able to link the pages in the live chat session.
  • Price matches and price adjustments process would be more efficient and less time consuming by the customer being able to post the best buy item product page and the product page of the store they are price matching much faster and more convenience by being able post the link of those pages inside of the live chat session with the best buy reps.
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I believe we did try this in the past, and for some reason we got rid of the feature. Would anyone else like to see this as an option? Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.

There is no way to compare ear bud sound quality side by side without buying them first.  The reviews are not all that helpful, sound quality can be more of a personal preference.  Also, I think customers would spend more on ear buds if they knew the sound was significantly better.  There is nothing worse than spending $100 on a ear buds to find out that they sound terrible.  I'm not sure how you could set up a demo area like the over/on the ear demo space, but if you could, it'd be a huge competitive advantage.

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Yes, due to health concerns we will never have earbuds that can be tried out prior to purchase.

Since the 20% GCU discount on new games does not apply to digital purchases, how about giving GCU members 20% back in reward points for digital purchases?  It keeps people buying games (or other merchandise) from Best Buy and doesn't leave them out of the rewards system for being a GCU member.  In a way, it kind of reminds me of the Shop Your Way rewards system they have at Sears/K-Mart, which is very popular amongst gamers, only it allows people to purchase their games the way they want.

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Dval

Redo the recommendation emails

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by Dval on ‎10-20-2014 05:34 PM

If you're a MyBB member and have made purchases, then you've gotten the emails a week or two later telling you to check out other related titles or to build your better experience.  Unfortunately, rarely are these any helpful.  The TV ones are decent as they recommend HDMI cables, surge protection, screen cleaners, GSI services, and the like.  Definitely good to have if you don't already.  However, a lot are terrible.  For my PS3 game purchases, it's recommending Google Play and WoW cards.  When I buy anime, it tells me that I might enjoy Saw and other bad movies (or at least ones that don't have any related genre).

 

My suggestion?  Have these emails tied to your purchase history to more accurately reflect items purchased on the same day/purchase (If I bought 4 HDMI cables, please don't tell me I might need more unless I bought 5+ HD sources).  For music, movies, and games, have the system recommend similar titles based off of genre, producer, studio, etc... 

 

Emails can pile up quick and I read through most all of them, but I usually delete these ones within 1-2 seconds because of how non-helpful they are.  Would love to see them change!

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I'm confident this is already our goal, and it's disappointing to hear we are meeting these goals. Has anyone else had similar experiences with these emails? Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.

Any chance you can do bigger packs that have more then 25 discs in them? I love the price but would love to see an offer from Dynex competitive to what other manufacturers of blank media have at BBY, 

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Keen

Add more detail to myBB pages

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by Keen on ‎09-26-2014 01:26 PM

Today the myrz.com website was shut down.  Now everything is folded into bestbuy.com.  However, in the new My Best Buy pages, the Point History page lacks the fine details the old myrz.com Points and Purchases page had.

 

Please add to the new Point History page:

 

  1. Expanded details for each transaction that show what we purchased.
  2. What the Order Number (and in store receipt equivalent) for each purchase is.
  3. The ability to print out these details, so we can essentially print out replacement receipts for our past purchases.

These are all features that existed on the myrz.com site.

 

Also add a new page that lists all My Best Buy promotions that are currently happening.  This was another feature of the myrz.com site.

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I did hear back on this and was informed that these features were added back on 10/1/2014. Thanks for the feedback.

As a consumer and frequent Best Buy customer I think it would be fair if BB could update their product inventory more frequently. In the search for the newest, most advanced, and safest products, BB is slacking, unless of course it is a new electronic device. When it comes to TV stands and accessories they only provide a limited, outdated, and overpriced selection of products. In my recent search for a shelf I found this Peerless Shelf as the cheapest product Best Buy online sells. This shelf is been discontinued, and is no longer being made. This tactic BB is using is outright decietful! 

 

Instead BB should update ALL of their products, like Video Games, Televisions, Computers, Phones, and Tablets, when the newest products become available. Or do not sell the product at all. Now I am forced to either use my BB rewards points for one measly, outdated, and discontinued shelf, or go to Amazon and buy a shelf made buy the same company with updated engineering, saftey features, and more shelving. Most of the shelves are also

 

Guess I will save my $15 in rewards for some candy and soda in the store and take my cash to Amazon. 

 

P.S. I am no English major, but this spell check does not work well.

P.S.S. Spending more money on products should not justify an extended warranty. 

 

 

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Thanks for the suggestion. I can assure you we are always working to have the most updated inventory possible.

I don't like how we have to retype our gift card number plus pin each time we want to use our gift cards for online purchases. Can you guys make a feature that will allow us to add our gift card balance like my best buy certificates automatically to our online purchases at checkout?

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Overall I do like this idea. I am concerned about problems that might arise by situations where a customer has given a gift card associated with their account to someone else. Would anyone else like to see this idea put into place? Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.

bobberuchi

Digital Download Delivery Kiosk

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by on ‎10-01-2014 01:16 PM

I try to avoid digital downloads of games/software.  In large part becuase sometimes the servers are very slow.  It can take a very long time.  Sometimes the download was corrupt and it goes belly up after a couple hours etc...

 

I have a good internet connection, but sometimes I simply takes a long time from a lot of factors.  I can download a 5 GB game directly to my Xbox in less than 30 minutes direclty from MS.  Cannot do that when downloading from BB or GameStop.

 

What I would suggest is that Best Buy stores have a Digital Download Kiosk. 

 

Customers can buy a game in the store and download it directly to a USB Drive or an SD card.  Along with the intall files it also sends a .txt file containing the Activation Code, which is also printed on the receipt and or sent in an email.

 

This could have other benefits such as extra sales of large USB Drive and SD cards.  Point of Purchase as it were.

 

Customers could have a hard copy back up of their software

 

A kiosk could be linked to Best Buys Servers via a T3 or faster for very fast transfers

A kiosk could be loaded up with thousands of titles for download.  

Best Buy could see increased sales of older games without taking up shelf space.

 

A Customer could purchase a number of games on line and then come into the store and get them all at once.

 

Now I don't know if you can install a game to PS or Xbox from a jump drive.  If you cannot then this would diminish the value.

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scotsrule08

Best Buy Supporting Apple Pay

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by scotsrule08 on ‎09-12-2014 11:35 AM
Today I was informed that Best Buy will not support Apple Pay at its retail locations. I am disappointed with your decision to not take Apple Pay. Please reconsider this, as the people who will use Apple Pay are the customers that we need. (Younger tech-centric crowd) These are the people that are ready to start shopping locally to have things instantly instead of waiting on shipping from online retailers. Now they just have another excuse to not come to our stores. Even if we just got them to come in once to buy something and use Apple Pay, I believe that they would see the 'New Best Buy' and realize that we are a valuable resource for their future purchases.<br><br>Goal of this. Enable Apple Pay at Best Buy locations. It is just prolonging the enevitable, wireless payments.
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During the Destiny release week BB offered a Gamer`s Club Unlocked subscription(GCU) for free with purchase of any PS4/Xbox One console. The promo was advertised very well thru BB.com and in the weekly ad but the in-store implementation left alot to be desired. Staff didn`t know how to correctly add it to the transaction & customers who weren`t aware of the promo weren`t advised when the on screen prompt came up either. This same situation happened when BB offered GCU for $60 several times earlier in the yr customers were better informed than the staff who even wrongly told customers the deal was over or promoted the $800 package instead.

There`s still two pretty big console releases coming this yr the Xbox One COD and Sunset Overdrive bundles not to mention some they may not be announced yet. I`d like to see BB make good and redo the deal while being better prepared when the deal goes live that way the boards are littered with upset customers that didn`t recieve the best customer experience BB wants to provide.

Also, is there a chance other consoles could also be included like the New/old 3DS, PS Vita, PS3, 360 & Wii-U. If you can score the console purchase you also score the warranty and add ons that come with new console purchases. And since GCU is BB only no other retailer can match the deal.
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I am confident our store employees were made aware of this promotion, and if they were having issues setting up the purchase correctly they should have support to resolve those issues. Would anyone else like us to re-launch this promotion with upcoming releases? Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.

srlepapa

Don't Keep "One Day Sales" a Secret

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by srlepapa on ‎09-27-2014 12:42 AM

If you want to really have a positive response to your "One Day Sales" you might consider promoting them a bit differently so as to inform the perspective buyer of the sale before the day of the sale instead of the day of the sale. More than once I have checked my email to see that Best Buy has offered a "One Day Sale" and it was yesterday or a couple of days ago, that doesn't make the customer, me, real happy to know that I have possibly missed out on a sale item that I have been wanting to purchase. In fact, it really makes me rather frustrated to find out that Best Buy is waiting to the last possible moment to tell me of a sale. Why? So they won't sell as much? I really don't know. I see no purpose to not promoting your "One Day Sales" earlier other than a great opportunity to irritate your customer base. Job well done! Mission accomplished! "New Idea", bring on the "You Missed the Secret Sale" and don't list the date.

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Having the ability to return items for an extended period during the holidays is great & always welcome. But this presents another issue that was certainly correct for elite/elte plus members. Price matching BB prices during the same time frame. It would make things a whole lot simplier to be able to price match an item I buy @ BB on Dec 12 when it goes on sale @ BB on Jan. 8 vs having to return/rebuy the item instead. I know from reading alot of customer feedback about being refused a price match so they simply returned the open item for a full refund then proceeded to buy a brand new one on sale.

This can`t be good since BB now has to sell the open box item at a loss no matter what condition it`s in b/c it`s not "new". Customers are too smart & it`s not worth the hassle to make them jump thru extra hoops especially during the most aggressive/competitive time of year for retailers.

The 2nd change would be allowing competitor post purchase price matching during the same time frame. Last year, Walmart made big press by stating they wanted to win the holidays & they went all out to reach that goal matching everybody. I`d like to see BB match the current major online retailers/local B&M retailers post purchase during the extended holiday return period that way I can lock up most of my purchases headache free. I understand price matching during Black Friday(Brown Thurs) thru Cyber Monday on`t happen which is fine but I`m sure you`l see plenty of sales in Dec and purchases using giftcards in January which all adds up too.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I don't believe we have actually announced whether we would be having an extended holiday return or exchange period this holiday season, but my guess is we will be. Who knows maybe this year’s holiday return or exchange policy will include this suggestion. Would anyone else like to see this added this year? Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.

Pretty sure $10 offers are done for the 2014 release slate but 2015 should provide a new set of amazing titles. MKX should be either added to the $10 pre-order/purchase list or a $10 instant giftcard promo. Several of the last MK games had good BB promos attached would love to see the trend continue.

April 14 2015 Finish Him/Finish Her
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Keen

Better handling of pre-orders

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by Keen on ‎09-10-2014 02:48 PM

Pre-orders are currently a pain, and there are several things that could be done to make them better.

 

1. Set a pricing policy for pre-orders.  Something like "you'll pay the lowest price from when you place the pre-order to when it ships".  Then make the changes on BestBuy.com's back end to make the policy work reliably.

 

2. Under an account's Orders page, add an 'Open Orders' or 'Pre-orders' filter, so we can easily find and manage all our open pre-orders.

 

3. Adjust the Price Match policy.  Currently, we can only PM when placing an order.  For a pre-order, this means we're expected to cancel the existing order and place a new order with the PM in place.  Make it easier for orders that haven't shipped yet to be PMed.

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Here`s the 2014 videogame release calendar & the current list of eligble $10 pre-order/purchase titles. http://www.cinemablend.com/m/games/2014-Video-Game-Release-Date-Calendar-61787.html

http://forums.bestbuy.com/t5/My-Best-Buy-Gamers-Club/My-Best-Buy-quot-Get-10-quot-Gaming-Pre-Order-O...

I`d love to see many more titles added to the current list like Dragon Age, Halo Master Chief & The Last of Us PS4 I`m sure I`m not alone. We`ll keep posting the titles slated for 2014 release that we`re heavily interested in purchasing giving you the chance to gauge interest/feedback level. Hopefully, this will result in a major increase of new titles being added. Several of the existing titles slated for 2014 release have been pushed back into 2015 so these newer add ons will help fill in the gaps.
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I guess I spoke too soon. After hearing back that we wouldn't be adding new titles to this promotion they must have come back to this and decided we could add some new titles. It looks like we have now added Halo: The Master Chief Collection to this promotion.
thymer

Early access for Elite Plus Members

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by thymer on ‎08-16-2014 08:46 AM

Being an Elite Plus member since it's implementation, I have enjoyed the benefits of early access Black Friday. However, the event itself has been a struggle at times with site freezing/crashing due to online congestion. I have missed out on some items over the years due to these problems. I was also disappointed that Elite and Plus members were allowed to invite 3 (Non Elite) people to participate in the early access event. I understand that this was meant as a perk but, it really diminished everything that Elite & Eite Plus members have done to reach this status. On top of that, it only added more congestion to the website on early access day.

 

I have a few suggestion:

 

1) Cancel the 3 invites to people that haven't earned Elite status.

 

2) Reward your Elite Plus members with an earlier access than Elite members. If even for a few hours, this would lower the congestion to the website during the regular event PLUS, show appreciation to your customers who reach the highest loyaly status.

 

3) Even though there are some GREAT deals during the early access BF event, there is always a shortage of new or big ticket items. I would love to see a couple deep discounted 4K TV's (65" or 55"), Curved TV, Apple (w/gift cards) e.t.c

 

 

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Mindphaser

Release Day Delivery for GCU members

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by Mindphaser on ‎09-11-2014 01:38 PM

Release Day Delivery (similar to what Amazon offers with Prime) should be a perk of Gamers Club Unlocked membership. I understand you want to drive foot traffic, but offering only slow or expensive shipping is a poor way to drive store foot traffic from a customer satisfaction perspective! Surely you must realize this.  I'd be willing to pay even more for GCU if it included guaranteed Release Day home delivery.

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DimitriGatsiopoulos

Pre-Order Overview for Games

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by DimitriGatsiopoulos on ‎08-29-2014 06:44 PM

Hey guys, I have this idea that there should be a "Pre-Order Overview" Page on BestBuy.com and My.Bestbuy.com. It is similar to the Points overview but instead it keeps track of all your online and in-store pre-orders of games and products. I currently have 14 games pre-order. A few I pre-ordered last year after E3 and these games are set to release sometime in 2015.

 

I think there are some games I have pre-ordered but can't remember which. I now have to go search my Points Overview and figure out what games I have ordered and which have not released yet. By having an area dedicated to pre-orders I could view and keep track of games and products that I have already recieved and games that I have ordered and their release dates when they are announced. Having the release date is a must becaues so many games are getting delayed it would be useful to know if a pre-order has moved.

 

Organize it from whichever game is about to release to the games which are furthest away or have no date announced yet. This would be the 2nd most useful tool to me besides my points overview. Even making it a Gamers Club or Gamers Club Unlocked tool would work. Just make it already!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

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