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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have forwarded this idea onto the business team for review.

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.

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This idea has been brought up in the past, but there wasn't enough interest for it to be moved forward. I personally really like the idea, and would love to hear from others on this. Make sure to vote for an idea if you like it.

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. 

 

 

Status: We Did It!

We should already be providing our stores the fastest possible WiFi available in their area, and the real problem is most likely the sheer number devices connected to each store's WiFi.

 

We did recently upgrade our Point of Sale Systems.

I was wondering if there was any way to implement a filter to hide the used video games that are not available for shipping.  3,400 games at 50 games per page takes an extremely long time to click through, especially when the majority of the games say they are not available for shipping.

 

A checkbox under "Narrow Your results" that says "In Stock For shipping" and pulls all the BBY.com in-stock items would be greatly helpful and would most likely boost sales from others who also dread scrolling through all 68 pages of used games.

 

 

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks for the suggestion.

$3500 is a lot to spend throughout the calendar for the average consumer in one store.  I've seen topics that gave the idea of an annual membership fee for certain tiered memberships.  It would be a great idea to see dollars spent carry over to the next year if you happen to max out the $3500 this year.  I know that this year in particular I will max out the $3500 for Elite Plus and the money that is spent during Christmas time will not count toward dollars spent for next year.  This would be a great benefit to entice customers to keep spending and a piece of mind knowing their dollars aren't going to waste toward tiered memberships.  I hope other customers and My Best Buy members agree!

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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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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.

I noticed on the website that 1000s of items have free 2-day shipping.  why not offer your elite and elite plus members better discounts and offers throughout the holiday season such as free overnight shipping.  perks should be different than that of offering standard customers the same perks as your high spending customers.  high spending customers deserve better perks than whats offered to the general public.

 

maybe send a survey out to elite plus members to what major perk they'd like to see and other seasonal benefits.

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I can't imagine any Elite or Elite Plus member disagreeing with this idea. Any additional thoughts on this idea? Make sure you vote for an idea if you like it.

Best Buy really needs to be more competetive here. Think about it; "Get the best new games... a day or two after you would get it from any other retailer!"

 

How does that sound from a marketing stand point?  Currently this is what Best Buy is doing. These games are typically in your warehouses at least a week before release and yet even for Elite Plus members you aren't shipping till late Monday afternoon for Tuesday releases (I recently posted in the gaming forum about issues of Best Buy not even shipping expedited for Elite Plus members who have chosed it as well).  

 

Even if this was only an additional "perk" to being a Gamer's Club Unlocked member (paid membership), this is something that Best Buy should be looking into to significantly improve their standing compared to other retailers. 

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Thanks for your thoughts on this, and I would like to hear from other customers if they have any thoughts on this idea. I can tell you that when we can ship a new product out is not always a decision that is ours to make.

Expand 10% Back in Rewards Promotion

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by gadgeteer on ‎05-31-2015 02:50 AM

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). 

 

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We're always looking for new, better, and more exciting ways to reward our customers. Who else would like to see enhanced benefits such as these for My Best Buy Elite Plus members?

 

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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).

 

 

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Product Availability on Web Pages

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by shorawitz on ‎02-19-2015 05:27 PM

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.

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I believe a version of this idea has been posted in the past, but I would like to hear if anyone else would like to see this as a reality? I should point out that you do have to pay taxes on purchases made through online retailers; the taxes are collected by the online retailer, but you are responsible to pay the taxes on these purchases when you file your taxes. Make sure you vote for an idea if you like it.

I want to buy a laptop, and I found the exact one I want on the Best Buy website.

 

However, right now, it says "Coming Soon" and I can't order it yet.

 

Two things:

 

1. I would like to know HOW SOON this item is going to be coming out (is it days, weeks, months?)

2. I would like to be able to enter my email and get a notification when the item is actually available for purchase on the website.

 

Also, as a side note, I think it's ridiculous I had to sign up for another login/password to be able to post this message, when I already have a Best Buy login. The two aren't connected at all.

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At least print about them on the reciepts! Store #364 don't have a clue about them and I'm sure the other stores follow suit. I thought companies were supposed to know all about the inner workings of their companies but some do not?

 

I hope I'm making sense, perhaps integrate the forums experience into part of their training and make them aware that these forums exist and what their purpose is. 

Status: We Did It!
Hi hockeycanuckjc, Since launching Best Buy Unboxed in 2008, I have worked to champion the Community among business teams, our retail locations and customers. The Community annually assists millions of customers and has had over half a billion messages read on it. Best Buy posts information on the Community about our latest products and answers customer questions; superusers like you help drive a lively and robust conversation. To help raise awareness of Best Buy Unboxed, I attended an annual company event and spoke with hundreds of BlueShirts and Geek Squad Agents about the Community and how they could “Be a Link” in the online customer experience by joining the online discussion. Our internal communication team also has published several Employee News articles, and last month in our internal magazine, we had an article about how employees can be more involved in the Community. In June, during trainings that occurred at all our stores, information about Best Buy Unboxed and our other social media channels was highlighted to all BlueShirts and Geek Squad Agents. My team and I will continue to work with internal partners to message the importance of Best Buy Unboxed to our business, employees and customers. Thank you, hockeycanuckjc, for all the work you have done in the Community over the years. You have had over 4,000+ posts, read over 68,000 messages and been 100% awesome. Gina

Media (video games/movies) is being shipped from BestBuy.com in plastic bags that offer zero protection during the shipping process.  The chances of items arriving to the customer in rough shape are pretty high.  At least, many of my orders arrive with beat up slipcovers and creased artwork. 

 

I understand that these plastic bags probably exist as a means for cutting shipping costs.  The number of people complaining about smashed slipcovers or creased artwork is probably miniscule (many people probably just throw away slipcovers).   While I would love for everything to be shipped in cardboard mailers or boxes, I would at least like the option to upgrade the packaging to ensure the item is protected during transit and arrives looking like it would if I were to pick it up at the store.  I know that's a slippery slope since you almost have to admit to poor packaging to offer an upgrade to decent packaging. 

 

The competition isn't doing much better in the packaging department for me (Amazon varies by fulfullment center and the fulfillment center that I'm stuck with is terrible).  If any retailer starts to show some care for how the item arrives to the customer, I'll end up being loyal to that retailer. 

 

I have tried ordering multiple items together in the hopes that it would force them to be shipped in a box since they would not fit in the envelopes together.  Unfortunately, the order was split up so that each item was shipped individually in it's own plastic envelope.

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Expand Best Buy Price Match Guarantee

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by gadgeteer on ‎05-31-2015 02:23 AM

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). 

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 Who else would like to see Best Buy's Price Match Guarantee include these online retailers?

 

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RZ points at checkout

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by andysamland on ‎12-22-2012 07:39 PM

So we all know how many hoops you have to jump trough to get RZ certificates, and as an employee I can't even count how many times I've been asked if I can look up their points mid transaction.This leads me to the idea that since we can look up their rewardzone account info to get them the points, then why can't we also instantly use their 'points as well instead of having to print out paper copies or having to scan their phone. I feel as though it would be to more use as the consumer and also streamline the process at the register. If there's a prompt for using the Bestbuy credit card, so why not the RZ points as well Smiley Happy just a thought from both a consumer an an employee alike

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@bobberuchi, thanks for posting here. I forgot there multiple ideas on this. As I stated in the other thread on "I am glad to report that Reward Zone members can now automatically redeem their reward certificates at the register without having to print them out in advance. Members would still need to generate their certificate in advance, from the points they have acquired, but do not need to print them out. Thanks again!"

Gamestop does that, they automatically attach the pre order bonus SKU to the game. A lot of confusion can be resolved.

 

The customer service staff in Chesterfield MO is so friendly, but when I preordered Borderlands 2 and asked them about the pre order bonus, they said the code would be emailed to me. Sure enough, the code was never emailed because it was not attached to the game and Best Buy had no record of it. It took me raising hell to get a resolution and I am very understanding of customer service people.

 

It is not the fault of the customer service reps because their job is varied among returns, geeksquad, and because Best Buy is not just a game store, it is easy to see how they would not remember or understand how to put the pre order bonus on the item. Game stores, however, focus only on games which means that their staff is also only focused on games. It would be one thing if a game store employee forgot to add a pre order bonus because that is one of their main jobs to take down pre orders. But Best Buy needs to automate the process and not make it fall onto the shoulders of the customer service people because they have more important things to do than to attach pre order SKUs to games.

 

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I guess this one got lost as we have been doing this for a while now. Thanks for the idea!

I review nearly every purchase I make on BestBuy.com.  From time to time I check random reviews I've written and other buyers have become "verified".  Although this hasn't been explained to me, I feel myself and other buyers should become "verified".  Changing the "reviews" tab on every item page, should make buyers put in the customer service pin and select the items they'd like to review based on their recent purchase.  This should make the buyer from BestBuy.com a "verified" purchase rather than have "trolls" post useless reviews on the site.  I believe this change or correction should avoid any negative feedback from the vast customer community of Best Buy and evade internet trolls at the same time.  Hope this idea is considered by many!

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Elite, Elite Plus... Elite Standard/Prime?

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by htz on ‎02-24-2014 01:50 AM

Why has Best Buy still not offer anything to compete with Amazon Prime?

 

Elite Standard *Probably need a better name*

  • $29.99 per year
  • 3X RZ(MY BBY) Points for all in store purchases
  • No minimum requirements for shipping
  • 3-4 days delivery
  • Discount on Expedited/Express Shipping on a per item basis
  • A dedicated phone number to report damage or late delivery

Elite Prime *Probably need a better name*

  • $59.99 per year
  • 5X RZ(My BBY) Points for all in store purchases
  • No minimum reqruiements for shipping
  • 1-2 days delivery
  • Discount on Express shipping on a per item basis
  • A dedicated phone number to report damage or late delivery

Elite Standard are for those that don't need their orders in a hurry but still want to make purchases without having to worry about meeting the minimum $25 to get free shipping. They will also have the option to get discounted Expedited or Express shipping on a per item basis.

 

Elite Prime are for those that want their orders in 1-2 days. They will also have the option to get discounted Express overnight shipping on a per item basis.

 

I have also added some additional bonus My Best Buy Points for in store purchases. This is because Best Buy will save shipping cost on in store purchases but the 3X and 5X bonuses should also give incentive for Standard and Prime members to shop in your stores.

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I can't imagine we have not already considered launching a program with all of our competitor's programs. I like the specifics you provided, and would love to hear from others on this. Remember to vote for an idea if you like it.
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