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I understand why Best Buy doesn't match Amazon Prime deals, but why not follow suit with "Elite Plus Member" deals and Price Match in some sort of way?
If you're a person that spends thousands of dollars at BB every year (Elite Plus Member), why not piggy back on members that spend money at the store to benefit from the deals and still recoup the money we would ultimately spend with Amazon?
For example, the Harry Potter 4K collection is $80 on Amazon & $100 at Best Buy today. I would much rather give my $80 to Best Buy for this collection, rather than throw money at Amazon.
Just a thought. Thanks.
I think Best Buy should really look into the idea of "stacking" gift cards in an account like Amazon allows you to do. That was I could have an avaiable balance sitting in my account ready to go. This would be much easier for when you have multiple small gift cards before you have to get the combined in the store.
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?
A rewards program that is actually worth something. The rewards expire in like 60 days. I just had a $60 rewards certificate expire. It's crazy. Most rewards programs I have don't have an expiration period of less than a year. It makes me not want the credit card and not want to shop at Best Buy. Anything Ican get at Best Buy can be bought for the same price or cheaper on amazon. So, it would be nice to at least have a rewards program that made me want to shop at Best Buy. It actually is more frustrating than not having a rewards program at all. Most things I purchase there are larger ticket items, so what is the point of getting a $10 rewards certificate that expires in 60 days? Maybe that's part of why Amazon's stock was at $171 5 years ago and now is at $596 and Best Buy's went from $34 to $27 over the same period.
I know this idea has been listed before, but I am asking for it again. There has to be a way to have a Media Club that makes money like Gamers Club does. Pre-order with In-store pickup to your local desired store would also be welcome to heavy media consumers, especially when they buy the high end media types. This should also help with knowing popularity and possible inventory needs.
My spouse goes to Best Buy every week for music and movies has for years. Best Buy has serious issues with keeping these sorts of customers happy. Buying on line has produced 100% broken CD/DVD/BlueRay/4K/3D disk cases from Best Buy delivery, therefore he will not buy on line (also mentioned on this site by someone else the idea to have better packing). You can't order for in-store delivery either, the app will only point you to stores that have the item you want many miles away from where you are but will not let purchase for pickup to your desired store. You know what happened next? He went across the street and bought the items from Barnes & Noble. I would say that is happening a lot.
I have to hear every week about the failures of Best Buy in this category. Either Best Buy competes in this space orget out, but this cannot be the standard. We buy highend Magnolia gear which we cannot get any media to play on any of it at Best Buy, very, very frustrating. Please Help!
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.
Idea: post an email address where you can be reached. I don't have the luxury of stepping away from desk during business hours to make phone calls. An email address is the most expeditious way to communicate. If it is not available, Idea #2: remove the text you add at the bottom of my order page that says "contact us ... by email" - it's a waste of time trying to search for an email address that does not exist.
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 can't tell you how many times I've found out about a specail edition release only AFTER it's sold out. The most recent is the Destiny Ghost Edition. How about an alert for GCU members that not only tells you when new games are announced but also as soon as Special Edition versions are available? As far as I know, no one else is doing this.
Everytime I go to bestbuy.com I always get a store that is not local as my "preferred store". It's usually a store way out of my zip code. If I select a preferred store when I sign in, why isn't it automatically my store when I log in? Please update your website for Preferred Store to be the default store automatically rather than ALWAYS having to change it.
Example: Being in North Jersey, I should have the Rockaway NJ Store be my closest store, not Whitehall PA. When I sign in, Rockaway is my preferred store, but Whitehall PA is defaulted.
Please fix this! This is pretty annoying to deal with every time you log into the website.
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!