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Spin off the Best Buy trade program into it's own chain

Status: Acknowledged
by on ‎06-16-2012 08:19 PM

In order to better compete with Gamestop and any other companies taking game trades currently, Best Buy must find a way to be able to get on the same ground as Gamestop and those companies. In order to do this, Best Buy must get their trade in program seperated from the rest of the company and set up independently as a specialty chain. That is what allows places like Gamestop to immediately put the games, systems and other items that they take in for trade out on the shelves for sale without having to adhere to pawn laws. Albeit there may be exceptions to this depending on the jurisdiction and the prevailing laws there.


I have noticed that every single game I have purchased pre-owned from Best Buy has been resurfaced/cleaned before being repackaged and sent back to the stores as there is a distinct swirling pattern that you will notice if you fog up the bottom of the discs by breathing on it. In my opinion, this is wholly unnecessary and a very wasteful process unless the games are in poor shape to begin with. Not only that but this delays games getting sent back to stores while they are waiting their turn in the machine.


Moreover, games for the Playstation 3 system typically would not need this buffing/cleaning due to the hard scratch resistant coating on the discs themselves. Unfortunately once that coating is removed and unless it's somehow resealed with the same type of coating, those discs are worse than a normal CD and scratch very easily.


Anyway, it is my opinion that if Best Buy were to spin off their trade in program into a seperate chain that they could gain the status as a specialty retailer and circumvent the restrictions that are causing them to lose precious time by having to ship out everything they take in and hold onto it for weeks/months right now.


Hopefully someone higher up in the company can see this as well and will consider green lighting this idea.

Status: Acknowledged
Thanks for all the input on this idea.
on ‎06-16-2012 08:24 PM

Idea has some merit, but I wouldn't say that there's currently enough business for the gaming area to warrant stand-alone stores or their own branch.  Could see it happening as marketshare increases, though.

on ‎06-16-2012 10:33 PM

can't happen in this retail climate but they could maybe "work" the system & have the section in-store like their leased out. But don't know how BB could explain that they're leasing space to the games section to the same company(itself). It would need a real slick lawyer to pull something off.

on ‎06-16-2012 10:43 PM

I don't know either, Enuf. But it's definitely worth a shot. I'd like to see them take some marketshare from Gamestop, since even their used prices are better than GS many times.

on ‎06-17-2012 11:27 AM

To be honest, I could work with the BB & retool the gamers club in 2-3 month from the ground up store level & web. The results would be superior, profits/sellouts would be plentiful, customer support/service will have greatly increased & pre-orders would be thru the roof. I'd focus on the simple things that they get wrong 1st along with adding new ideas/strategies that they've never thought off. It's amazing how big a company they are but don't fully use it to their advantage to simply crush the competition. To me it's better the be the one setting the trends & having everyone else follow then being the company that's adjusting for the competition.

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist
‎06-18-2012 12:31 PM - edited ‎06-18-2012 12:32 PM
Status changed to: Tell Us More

I have to say I found this idea interesting, and can honestly say I see some value here. I'm not sure if we're ready to start a whole-new company, but I could see us maybe doing standalone gaming stores in malls (much like we have for our mobile business). Any other thoughts on this?


If you like this idea vote it up!

on ‎06-24-2012 04:22 PM

Um huh?


But anyways, maybe with the new standalone BB mobile stores BB could add games too & it would be a "speciality store" which may gives them the needed freedoms to compete

on ‎06-26-2012 04:06 AM

That's a possibility, enuf. I wonder if that would work though.

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist
on ‎03-26-2014 02:26 PM
Status changed to: Acknowledged
Thanks for all the input on this idea.
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