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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.

Status: Acknowledged

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.

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks for the input on this idea.

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

Bloodborne

Uncharted 4

Kingdom Hearts 3

Metal Gear Solid 5

Borderlands The Handsome Collection

Just Cause 3

The Division

Scalebound

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Forza Motorsport 6

Crackdown

Quantum Break

 

Status: Acknowledged

The gaming team does review these requests, but I should say that it is not exclusively up to us as to what titles become part of this promotion, and often times it is up to the developer as to which titles become part of this promotion. Thanks for all the input on this idea.

Scalping has been a big issue so I'm happy that Best Buy has been taking action so that more legitimate customers instead of bot farms have been able to purchase hardware. I think the current system may not be adequate for how advanced software has become. The random nature of release times for hardware means that places like nowinstock.com are the only hope for regular customers.

 

Lottery System

In Japan they use a pre-order lottery system to sell high demand items. How this works is that customers can opt-in to a pre-order lottery. From that lottery, emails are sent out to winning tickets that allow them to make the purchase. 

 

How this can help combat scalping and be a better buying experience

  • Purchases will be distributed randomly instead of concentrated within a release window.
  • Even though some bots will get through, bot/scalper purchases will be limited naturally by random selection.
  • Right to purchase is determined randomly rather than speed of clicking or noticing when a button lights up, which bots are now able to do. 
  • Prevents massive server stock requests from bot farms scraping inventory. 
  • One ticket per account/per item/ per household limits physical scalping
  • Winning accounts will be flagged for purchasing, and customer will be emailed
  • Customers can then be allowed a wide window (24 hours) to purchase the item. Otherwise a new lottery winner will be chosen and that stock can go back into the general pool.
  • Reduces stress and stock tracking for customers and is more convenient based on their schedule.
  • By having a large lottery opt-in window (about an hour) more people can at least have a chance to purchase the items.
  • Lottery numbers are not chosen on the day the tickets are available, but rather later. This allows accounts to be flagged for botting or scalping.
  • The buffer for purchases created by a lottery will let Best Buy announce when new stock is received/email notifications to customers that won't be made false by rapid purchases minutes later. 

Let me know what you think. I've been trying to get a 3070 and 5600x for a while. I think a lot of people are frustrated by the current situation and would like more to be done about the situation. I wonder if something like a lottery could be tested out. 

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks for the suggestion. At this time we will not be implementing this.

Dark Mode on the Best Buy site

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by Community Veteran on ‎07-24-2021 05:49 AM

I like what you did here on the Black Friday in July sale promo on the main page. Any chance extending this color design to the whole site? Sometimes I like to look at Best Buy late at night just to see the latest deals and don't neccesarily like bright colors late in the night. Youtube respects the color scheme on my PC (Dark) and Facebook has a dark mode as well.

 

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I like this idea! Would anyone else like to see our website have a "dark mode" option? Make sure you vote for an idea if you like it.

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?

Status: Acknowledged
The team that would be in charge of this has informed me that this is not a possibility with this title.

Have a preferred store option

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by on ‎10-29-2020 07:34 PM

Hi! It would be really great if we could select a preferred/default store so we don't have to change it every time we log in. (I know that is supposed to be a feature, but it doesn't work. I select a preferred store, and it immediately reverts back to one about 30 miles away.) 

Thanks!

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Nice Idea! Would anyone else like to see this as a reality? Make sure to vote for an idea if you like it!

I love my gamers club unlocked account but I do not agree with the purchase limit of 3 copies of each title. I think that there should be a annual purchase limit of 3 per title per year and not not a permanent limit. Let's say you bought a multiplatform game such as Tomb Raider or Boarderlands. You may buy a copy for your xbox and ps3 then the inevitable Game of the year edition or &quot;definitive edition&quot; comes out for the next gen consoles or they release a handheld version of the game (Boardlands 2 is being released for the vita almost 2 years after it was released on the other systems. There are several more example Rayman Legends and Batman Arkham Origins are perfect examples. Batman still has a Wii U version that is supposed to be coming out but some people may have already played the game on three other systems so they won't get to enjoy the game on the wii u.<br>I am not saying that you are going to buy all these titles on day one but when the game goes on sale or a year or two down the road you pick it up during a Black Friday sale and then best buy closes your account? I think the limit should either be 3 per console per year (same as the video game trade in limit) or the limit should reset annually.
Status: We Did It!

Thanks for all the input on this idea. We have made the following changes to our Gamers Club Unlocked Memberships.

 

The limits for using your Unlocked membership will be three copies of a New (i.e. not pre owned) gaming software title per platform, per year. Collector’s and Limited Editions count toward that title limit. Game of the Year editions, usually released much later including additional content do not count toward that limit but would essentially start as a separate game and limit.

The combination of product shortages and scalping has made it nearly impossible for the average customer to purchase Graphics Cards and Next Gen Consoles from BestBuy. These items come in stock every so often but seem to be sold out within minutes (if not seconds). I have a few ideas that I believe can help reduce frustration for your customers and prevent scalpers from buying up all of the product that drops.

 

1. Pre-order options:

 

This would reduce customer frustration as they won't have to constantly monitor the product only do be disappointed when they aren't quick enough to snag their desired GPU/Console.

 

2. Link GPU/Console purchases to some form of photo ID (driver’s license):

 

This would more effectively allow BestBuy to limit the number of these high demand products that a person can purchase in a certain time frame. It prevents people from using multiple accounts and names to make these purchases. It would also make it much harder for bots to buy the stock within seconds.

 

3.  Make high demand items like these only available for purchase/preorder in store or on the phone:

 

As stores are now open for in person purchases, this would make it impossible for bots to buy all the stock. It would still provide people who cannot come into the store a way to purchase.

 

These are my suggestions, hope it can help.

 

*I am an employee. I know that BestBuy wants to be "customer obsessed" and help their customers in every way possible. I feel like these ideas can help BestBuy to assist our customers who are trying to obtain these hard-to-find items. 

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks for your thoughts on this! We truly do appreciate it!

Its been a very hard for the avrager perosn to get there hands on a Nivdia 30 series GPU. Giving My Best Buy Elite/Elite Plus memberse a timed window, lets say 5~8 hours to buy the stock before the general public could when new stock becomes avalible when be a novel way to: fend of scaplers, given more of an avrage working joe time to get a card, grab some postive prasie from the from the online communtiy.and help encorage shopping @ BBY to keep youre level up.

 

Can definitly say, Evga implamernting there queuing system has bought a lot of good sentiment to the company during this crazy release. 

 

Feels bad to miss the drop for the cards by 30 min~ and then turing around and see them imidelty relisted on eBay agian.... 

 

Would assuyme also there would be some limit 1 30 series card per houshold / account during this timned window and if you hand already oreded 1 you would no longer be eligable for hte timed window during hte next stock drop.

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks for the suggestion. We truly appreciate the input!

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.
Status: Acknowledged
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.

Adding a "Silver" tier to the Gamers Club

Status: Acknowledged
by on ‎03-28-2012 02:52 PM

Although I like the new gamers club unlocked program there were several perks sacrificed that used to make me get games day 1. I was able to become RZ silver based on mainly gaming deals but with the loss of the consistant $10(500 RZ points) pre-order bonuses & $10 RZ for every $150 spent on gaming I've done less & less of purchasing day 1. I know in order for these deals to continue there has to be a better give & take for BB to remain profittable so my suggestion is to offer a 3rd gamers club option that can be achieved/earned in more than 1 way.

 

If you were to buy 1 $60 release week game per month you'd spend $720 per year which is a large chunk of money to invest in games.

 

A-So say if you spend $1000 on games/accessories in 1 yr you would become GCU silver & a new set of benefits would be available.

 

B-Another way to become GCU silver would be participate in 12 pre-determined GCU/GCU Silver deals in 1 yr that would also warrant an upgrade since you would be supporting the program throughout the year.

 

C-The final way to earn GCU silver status would be to participate in 2 five for $100 deals in 1 yr with 1 major adjustment. We should be able to select the 10 games thoughout the year instead of just a list of 15. Several top notch titles would be excluded based on suits instead of customer demand which happens quite often(remember Batman Arkham Asylum was an underdog smash hit that lead to AC being blockbuster). The 5 for $100 was very very sound but the process(pre-order, issuing of $100) needed upgrades.

 

EditSmiley Frustratedince the current GCU can be purchased then GCU Silver status should also be allowed but since the benefits are very generous the GCU Silver should be $30 per yr if not earned through the means above. Offer both GCU & GCU Silver for $40 so more people would do this vs paying $15 for GCU & another $30 for GCU SIlver.

 

Some perks I would like to see would include

1-A coupon book for GCU silver members

2-Special "sponsored" editions of the @gamer mag with coupons that would be directly tied to specific AAA titles.

3-Emailed deals just for CU silver members

4-An additional 10% off ALL gaming products & the ones that can be discounted should net either an instant BB giftcard or RZ points equal to the 10%. This 10% should stack with the current GCU 10% as you would've paid $15 for the 1st & earned the Silver status through above measures.

 

I know there's more perks that I missing hopefully other gamers can contribute.

Status: Acknowledged

We won't be adding tiers to the Gamers Club Unlocked membership at this time.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Status: Acknowledged

We will not be moving forward on this idea.

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!

Status: Acknowledged
Thanks for the input on this idea.

@Gamer is a great magazine with great coupons & it's come along way from where it started but there's no reason to get stale/complacent.

Because of the limited # of coupons(8) whole systems get completely ignored & others are severly limited but BB sells all the systems so it makes no sense not to promote them all. My solution is simple

1-Increase the total # of coupons to 18-20.

2-Make sure there's a coupon that can attract any gaming customer so they feel there's value ever month even when there's a month that they're not interested in anything.

3-Expand the coupons to deals for systems(Hardware) to help spur more GCU memberships.

 

Here's an sample monthly breakdown

3-4 Coupons dedicated to present gen HD systems(PS3/X360/Wii)

3-4 Coupons dedicated to new gen systems (WiiU/PS4/X720)

3-4 Coupons dedicated to PS Vita handheld(this will help increase sales of the vita & software)

3-4 Coupons dedicated to 3DS handheld

3-4 Coupons dedicated to PC games(severly overlooked segment in GC/GCU)

3-4 Coupons dedicated towards used games, accessories, "other" gaming related items & consoles.

 

You also might wanna consider added a "special" coupon that can be used universally w/an  extended valid period or doesn't expire at all. This will give value to previous outdated mags full of expired coupons which will just get recycled. Just make sure the coupon has deals that are not offset by the $5-$10 mag price.

 

Status: Acknowledged

Thanks for the input on this idea.

I'd like an "alert me" link under sold-out items that we can click that will pop up options to be e-mailed, texted, or both when the item becomes available.  

 

Also, within that message have a link to the product saying something like, "Buy it now."

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Interesting. Would anyone else like to see this? Make sure to vote for an idea if you like it.

The XBOX Series X and PS5 pre-orders were a total disaster. The pre-order was plagued with bots ordering multiple systems, and prevented consumers from making the purchase. The item status would go from add to cart, to sold out, to coming soon, and eventually, all sold out.

 

Launch day was a total debocal too. I was insanely angry because I stayed up late, the timer expired, status of coming soon did not change until at least 5 minutes after the countdown expired, then immediately goes to sold out.. WHAT? how does something sell out in 1 second? Either the bots won, or there was absolutely no stock, and we all waited for nothing.

 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE... put in place captcha and 2 factor for launch days, limited items, major holidays when actually making the purchase. Make people not only sign into their My Best Buy, but also captcha, and 2-factor when actually checking out.

 

If not for special events, holidays, etc...Then make it for any purchase exceeding a certain dolar amount like say, $199 and above require captcha and 2-factor at checkout

Status: Acknowledged

From what I understand we will not be changing how these are processed at this point.

I fully understand why it WAS necessary to have to wait 30 days for RZ points to post but there's a simple way for this to be resolved without putting BB at risk for fraud/exploitation.

 

Add an option to the MYRZ.com site that would allow a customer to forfeit the ability to return it completely in return for the RZ points posting immediately. Also, there should be a way to complete this in-store as well. Exchanges however should be allowed but only for the SAME PRODUCT & it would have to be DEFECTIVE. In cases where the defective item is no longer in-stock it would still require a managers override anyways so they would need to use good judgment in both protecting BB & providing good fair customer service. Store credit towards for an equivalent product for an even exchange or towards an upgraded product in which the customer would be responsible for covering the additional remaining balance would suffice. But since the managers SHOULD have been trained correctly in the matters of customer service this really shouldn't be an issue should it?

 

The system should require NO LESS THAN 4 CONFIRMATIONS(2 to begin the forfeit process & 2 more to accept the RZ points). This way there's ZERO EXCUSE that can be made of a person accidentally completing the forfeit process & not being aware of what they were doing.

 

I think this fairly protects BB's interest along with offering another reason to shop @ BB for convenience, customer service & overall value..

Status: Acknowledged
Thanks for all the input on this idea. We will not be moving forward on it.

Elite Plus PS5 Event

Status: Acknowledged
by on ‎02-04-2021 02:10 PM

Would you please consider allowing Elite Plus members exclusive access to the purchase of the PS5?

 

Either hold an event that allows confirmed Elite Plus members only to make their purchase or allow Elite Plus Members to pre-order, while you vet that we are not bots, you can release the units in order that they were placed.

 

I don't have time to monitor twitter for drop notifications and then come to the BB site and fight with bots, I'd simply like to have a personal link for me as a confirmed Elite Plus member that I can use to place my order.

 

Please consider this to calm some of the madness for your most loyal customers.

 

Status: Acknowledged

I hear you on this, and we appreciate you idea here. I can assue you we are always considering ways to provide a better experience for our customers.

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?

Status: Acknowledged
I did hear back on this and was informed at this time we would not be moving forward on this idea.
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