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Just recently received an e-mail titled Subject: Last call for TAX TIME TECH SALE—Get the most from your refund! Be a good Idea to wait for a Tax time sale for people to receive their Tax Returns. First of all IRS isn't processing or sending out returns till after Feb 15th, so this makes no sense to have a Tax time Tech Sale before people even can receive their Tax Returns.
I just unsubscribed from all Best Buy marketing e-mails, because they were causing my Microsoft Outlook to hang. Apparently I'm not the only one.
With the Nintendo Switch releasing on March 3rd, I thought it would be cool if Best Buy could get Nintendo and the Switch's 3rd party on board with this promotion. It would be nice to see Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, etc. all be a part of this promotion. There are also other 2017 releases currently not available for the Switch that would be nice to have added as well.
I do understand that it is not completely up to Best Buy. I am just posting this as a suggestion for Best Buy to try and reach out to the all of the developers with a 2017 title so their games can join this offer. I think it would be cool.
I am currently holding out on a Breath of the Wild preorder in case it is added between now and March 3rd. I can't wait to see what titles will be announced for this promotion in 2017.
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 have price matched several items after purchase, mostly video game titles subject to the Gamer's Club Unlocked discount. Of the last 10 times I've done this process, 9 of the associates and their supervisors either do not know what Gamer's Club Unlocked is, or how to properly implement it in a price match.
Just this morning I was told by a Postpurchase Support Associate and his supervisor that Gamer's Club Unlocked cannot be applied to a price match. I directed them both to bestbuy.com/pricematch and specifically the paragraph below:
My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked members can get 20% off new video games. For purposes of the Best Buy Price Match Guarantee, Best Buy takes the discounted My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked price into account prior to a price match request. For example, if Best Buy sells a new game for $59.99, a My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked member will be able to buy it for $47.99. The $47.99 price is the price we would compare for price match purposes. If a competitor sells the game for $49.99, there would not be a need for a price match as the Best Buy price is lower. If a competitor sells a game for $44.99, we would match that price and sell a My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked member the game for $44.99 with no additional discount. If Best Buy lowers our price during the return and exchange period on a My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked purchase, we will, upon request, apply the 20% discount on the new lower price. For example, If a Gamers Club Unlocked member paid $47.99 for a new game priced at $59.99 and Best Buy lowers the price to $49.99 during the return and exchange period, we will, upon request, price match the new price with the 20% discount and sell the My Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked member the game for $39.99.
When I'm not quoting Best Buy policies to Best Buy employees, I'm trying to follow the math used to arrive at the price being matched. I've received anywhere from 50% less than I should to 25% more in the match. I would love to know there is a knowledgebase available that contains something like this:
HOW TO GCU PRICE MATCH:
Verify customer is a Gamer's Club Unlocked member.
Subtract current GCU price from Product price on Invoice.
Apply balance to customer's original payment method (as appropriate)
I understand that sales tax can make things complicated, particularly if Reward Certs were used, but I think the majority of customers taking advantage of this would be happy with only losing a dollar or two as opposed to 5 or 10.
All that said, I do appreciate the option of now being able to do this via Chat, though I did ultimately end up with the same result of being shorted approximately 50% of the pricematch difference I was due.
The phone system for Best Buy has been an absolute nightmare this holiday season. Some bright person decided it would be a great idea to have individual stores play Customer Service call center for employees and customers and that ended up being a train wreck (especially for employees calling other locations to check for product) and now when I try to call customer service I keep getting re-routed to Geek Squad (this happened twice before I was finally just hung up on after being on the line for 15 minutes). If you're wondering why a certain competitor with an arc under their letter logo is eating your breakfast and lunch, your phone and chat systems are a disaster.
At a minimum chat should be available around the clock during the holidays and the advantage of chat over phone support, is agents can help more than one customer at a time and my favorite part is that I don't get routed to the same place multiple times - if I wanted Geek Squad I would have called Geek Squad.
Last but not least call center agents need training in proper phone etiquette -- when handing off a customer, they shouldn't just throw me on hold, dial an extension and hit transfer -- they should do a proper handoff and explain to the other agent what's going on (either way this gets done, but sometimes if you let customers do it, they want to tell you their life story which hold times for everyone else in the queue are being dragged out). Just my two cents.
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
I think these are reasonable things to add to the current unlocked membership program. Shouldn't cost Best Buy much to implement and gives a little bit more reason to join.
Why has Best Buy taken away points earned for special financing? I made a purchase for $249.99 and never recevied points due to selecting 6-month financing. Why is Best Buy taking away points from its customers and not making the store employees aware of such a policy? This policy is not posted anywhere on the store fronts or by the registers. How is this ethical? Til this policy is made known in the store and online, points should be given to customers accordingly. This now makes me want to cancel everything I have with Best Buy move to buying straight from the manufacturers. Please fix this Best Buy, or show your customers the policy!
Currently, Best Buy Gamer's Club Unlocked members save 20% off new games. This is a great feature, and that's why I don't mind paying for the new (much more expensive) service. However, the exclusion of digital games makes me less likely to purchase more titles.
Since we're now paying $120 for a 2 year subscription, it seems logical to include digital console titles seeing as how digital is the future. Many of us gamers want to move away from having physical copies, and instead have digital copies.
Going with this, the amount of digital games for systems like Xbox One and Playstation 4 are extremely lacking. I'd love to see more games available, similar to how Amazon has done, so I may purchase more!
I know there are many other PS4 owners who would take advantage of this if it was offered.
Since The Last of Us and other PS exclusives were part of the similar $20 promotion last year it only makes sense for this title to be a part of this one.
Besides, if Xbox gamers can have Titanfall on this promotion, why can't Playstation gamers have Infamous?
So here are the only remaining titles available for this promotion.
I will be getting GTA V (midnight release I hope) and Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Victory Can Be Pre-Ordered is the best new release incentive hands down, no competitors even come close.
This can't really be the end of this promotion?
It's the main reason why I choose Best Buy to get all my new releases.
Not when there's still so many great upcoming titles to be released!
How about continuing the promotion for the following titles.
New Suggested Titles:
• GRID 2
Sorry for missing some PlayStation exclusives but I'm an Xbox man.
So feel free to suggest any titles I may have missed.
We did it once HERE, can it be done again?
My wallet sure hopes so!!! lol
Really taken back I was a paid member since day 1, year 1 but when I went to renew in Fall 2013, was in the "limbo" period.
Given a courtesy Feb extention but would rather have paid my $15 to have the magazine coupons until at least May.
Courtesy extention = $5.
One coupon is at least $10 and I missed out on Jan - May (5 sets of coupons...on average I would use 2 each month).
I was in the hardcopy format but was not even able to switch to digital....
Bring back the coupons!
I know I would like to see this for sure, whether it gets added to the "Preorder and Get $10 in Reward Certificates" promotion, or gets a free $10 gc launch week, etc.
Other games that have been relased multiple times on various platforms (GTA V, Halo) are getting the $10 Reward Certificate treatment once again, so why not for the Ultimate Evil edition, which is coming to some platforms (PS4, Xbox One) for the very first time?
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.
Finding items from BestBuy can be a pain when the item get de-listed from BB.com since you can no longer use the site to search local stores. This has been a consistant problem with video games & it happens alot on titles that are specifically part of @gamer coupon promos and/or Gamer's club exclusive coupons.
Yes, you can still call the store but since you have de-listed the item a non-BB savvy customer may not know how to get a hold of the SKU # or the rep who answers the call may have little to no knowledge of the item that is being requested. There's a big difference in the vanilla version and GOTY version but non gamers won't have a clue as to what GOTY means.
I see there's a way to research de-listed items being customer reviews but that only gets you the SKU # not the ability to look it up in stores. As a customer who drops into 7-10 different BestBuy's a month I see how big this issue is and too mahy times some stores have 2-3 stacks of items that are de-listed. Since it makes sense for you to sell them I'd assume allowing a cusomer to find the item would need to be made a priority.
I thinks it's been suggested before but a system update in general is probably past due.