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It would be really usefull (and an excellent add-on-sales tool, I think) if there were a "wallet" for me to log in every model number of electronics product I have; even if you don't sell it. You would know that I own a Nikon D800 and could tell me every time a new lens, accessory, or bundle goes on sale (or you could email me that the new D850 is coming). I wouldn't have to waste time logging on and searching for my camera, seeing nothing is on sale, then having to go on to the next piece, and so on and so on. I could see an entire currated shopping list of accessories that will definitely fit my products and even all the new upgrades available. Every comparable piece you have on sale could be in a correlated tab. I don't know, maybe that just seems valuable and efficient to me. I'm sure you have thought of this and have a reason it wouldn't benefit you.
I generally like to submit product reviews for the items I purchase--because I like getting the points boost--and followed the link in an email I got today to do so. My issue is that it took me to a page showing all my purchases for the past few months--even ones I'd already reviewed. I really think it would be useful to customers to have an easy way to figure out if they've done a review for an item, short of writing a review and having it get rejected as a duplicate after putting that time into it. Searching through some of the 120 reviews on one product like I did today isn't easy, either.
-On the rewards points history, include what product review the points are for. You could do a +/- dropdown box like for purchases.
-When taking customers to the purchase list via the email link, have text indicating whether or not a review has already been done for that product.
-Have a page within rewards that shows "my reviews/reviews I've submitted", just like Amazon does.
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.
I think that this is an idea that Best Buy should consider greatly. I am a hardcore gamer and probably purchase ten games per year or more from Best Buy and that is just for me. I buy plenty of games as gifts as well. So I would say I buy about 15-20 $60 games per year. That a lot of cash ($1000+). I have recently been considering taking my gaming business elsewhere due to the current state of GCU. It used to be such an amazing deal and a great way to reward your most loyal customers. You would get a monthly magazine and $10 for every $150 spent, not to mention the amazing "5 for $100" and "Victory Can Be Pre-Ordered" promotions. Now, the only thing of mention is 20% off new games. While this is an amazing deal, it also is not. Lets take a look. Lets say you buy 5 games per year. Under the old system you would pay $15 for the membership and get $20 per game in certs, plus an extra $20 for spending $300. That's $120 in certs - $15 membership cost = $105. Under the new system, you get $12 off per game plus $10 in certs. That's $22 per game or $110 but the membership costs you $120 instead of $15, so you lose money. Here are my proposed changes to the program. If I don't see a positive improvement to the program soon, I will be switching to Amazon most likely.
1. Change the membership cost to something a bit more reasonable and add a one year option. $59.99 per year or $99.99 for two seems fair. That way people are saving money by going with the two year option.
2. Get rid of the magazine. It is pointless now that it is no longer print. I mean, it was nice to get a magazine in the mail every month which is why I still subscribe to GI, but now that it is digital only, it is dumb. By the time the magazine is available, I have known all the "news" for weeks or longer thanks to the internet.
3. Extend the 20% discount to accessories.
4. Keep the $10 pre-order bonus for free My Best Buy members but make it $15 for Unlocked members. Why are the people that pay $120 for their membership getting the same bonus as those that don't? Also, add new games to this list on a regular basis. A good way to do this would be to add new games every quarter. So say, add new games for Jan-Mar, then April-June, etc. There are so many games that I would purchase if they were part of this promotion.
5. Give bonus points for pre-ordering and picking up ANY game within a week of release, not just the ones on the $10/$15 promotion. Say if a game isn't on that promotion, you at least get $5 bonus.
6. Bring back the $10 for every $150 or maybe even $5 for every $100.
7. Get rid of the ridiculous 3 game limit and only ban someone if they are clearly abusing the discount for resale purposes (i.e. you notcie them buying ten copies of every game that comes out). I don't want to have to keeo track of my game purchases and worry that buying a gift for someone might put me over my limit and get my account deleted.
8. Have prizes like GameStop does with their Epic Giveaways (signed games, chance to go to E3, etc.)
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?
Suggestion for bestbuy.com when shopping for a laptop. Many of them say “Note: DVD/CD drive not included” and yet there is no way in left side selections to exclude these. In features CD and DVD are not choices.
When searching/browsing BestBuy.com, I would love to see an option to be notified when the price changes on an item. Too many times (in-store), customers come in and have no idea that sales run week-to-week and it's usually on Sunday after the price has changed that they've decided to come shop. I think it could be a way to help curb this as well, increasing customer loyalty and promoter scores.
Best Buy should consider secure smartphone charging stations as a customer amenity. The smartphone "power gap" is real. Snap, tweet, pin, igram, Facebook, Vimeo, youtube, games and shows all on a smartphones make it so. Incremental traffic, longer dwell times and bigger baskets may be a by product and those are good things.
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.
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.
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.
This past Black Friday, I had over $30 in pending points that I really would have liked to use on my purchases, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I undertand that BB makes you wait for your points to be redeemed so that people don't just use rewards points and return the item. But that wait time is very inconvenient for people like myself who barely ever return anything. Loyal customers should have an option to speed things up.
I think it would be great if BestBuy.com had an option that allowed you to forfeit your return/exchange privileges for certain items in exchange for redeeming your points faster. Every time you make a purchase and it shows up on your BB account, you should be able to click an option that gives you your points instantly, but also doesn't let you return/exchange the item.
Best Buy already has something similar built into their policy: when you open a product, you forfeit your return privileges (though you can still exchange). I think for this idea, exchanges should be excluded too, just so people don't abuse the system. I also think this should be an earned privilege, so that's why I said Elite & Elite Plus only.
I think this would be a HUGE improvement, and would make me shop at Best Buy much more and other stores much less. This past BF, there were a good number of items that I purchased at Target instead of BB because Target's 5% Redcard savings were instant. Had my pending points been available to me instantly, Best Buy would have been the only place I shopped this Black Friday.
Really hope you strongly consider this Best Buy!
The "Privacy Dot"
What is it?
Very inexpensive to produce and a semi-consumable. Small black sticky dot that coveres camera on your phone (front/back or both depending on privacy level desired), tablet, wearable device, laptop, TV, child's phone or tablet, etc.
Why another camera 'cover'?
This one covers it all, nearly zero weight or profile, can be used on ANY device, can be different sizes or colors. Once removed it will need to be replaced (semi-consumable) and anyone can use it. Protect against identitiy theft, privacy invasion or predator / theif to confirm you are not at home, child device protection. Package in small amounts (most people have multiple devices with cameras built in) say 3 to a package for $1.99, driving more traffic when replacements are needed.
Geek Squad Branded... maybe even cheap launchpad for Geek Squad Branded Protection offerings (after all that is what we offer ). Surge protectors- power, USB, network, cable (coax), charging; Smart Sensors- water/moisture, heat/cold/freeze, door, window, power, light, dark, motion; speaker protectors, wire protectors to prevent damage, crimping, stress relief, pet attacks; Cooling pads/fans (technology & personal), eco friendly materials to draw away heat (#1 electronics killer); user protection- computer glasses (glare and blue light filtering), screen filters, touch screen ready gloves; Ear protection- noise cancelling headphones, radio/BT earmuffs, headphone beanie...etc.
Geek Squad Protecting You and Your Devices!
These are all very inexpensive to produce, can be used by nearly everyone and likely more than 1 sale per individual. Hope you find value here. Thank you
Simply put, I'd like to see a return of the surveys and activities on Best Buy's Facebook page that paid out RZ/MyBB points for doing them.
They were another way that one could earn RZ/MyBB certificates and stay connected to Best Buy and any sales/promotions that you guys had going on.
I have a different login for the bestbuy.com site, the bestbuy credit card, and the bestbuy forums. I should not need to remember 3 different usernames and passwords just to do business with one company.
It's the 21st centuary and you guys are supposed to be a technology company.