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For this idea, I am envisioning some type of digital display in each section (computers, speakers, cell phones, etc.) that would allow the customer to easily compare two or more products based on features. The display would show a list of products and after selecting the ones to be compared, it would show a gridded list of features and reviews side by side so the consumer could make more informed decisions. This would also allow Best Buy to highlight certain products in each section by having a digital, customizable display. For instance, if there was a sale on a certain computer, Best Buy could have that computer pre-loaded on the display along with any of the physical marks of the sale in the respective aisle. This technology could be enhanced by having customers request help from Best Buy employees in certain aisles directly, rather than having to seek out an employee that may be on the other side of the store. This added concept is similar to how an airplane passenger can request help from the flight attendant to their specific seat. I think this would greatly increase the benefits customers receive in-store and would create a greater passion for shopping in stores, rather than shopping online.
I noticed that during the holidays Best Buy carried gift bags with stuffing paper and I think that with all the upcoming graduations, Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts that are going to be purchased it is a huge miss to not have these in-store anymore, as this would be the perfect compliment to most gift purchases and it would allow people to truly have a one-stop shop experience (not to mention not every BBY store has a place to purchase these kind of things in the immediate area).
Just to clarify - they don't have to say anything - the ones I remember seeing during the holidays were a Best Buy shade of blue and didn't have any branding or messaging on them but they had a to/from card attached to them and paper stuffing.
Best Buy has Express Kiosks at a number of airports. 3 in my local airport.
What I would like to see incorporated into the Best Buy web site or as its own site is something dedicated to the Kiosks.
Showing their locations and what individual machines carry. Not necessary a guarantee of an item being in stock but the fact that this or that machine carries this item.
Now it would also be great if it could be included in the app.
Example. I was traveling to a different city for a business conference. I needed a jump drive. I picked on up at the Best Buy Kiosk in Minneapolis Airport.
What would be slick if if your in that situation and you can pre-purchase the item from your phone and then pick it up at the kiosk on your way through the airport.
Best Buy has a unique, large assortment of products versus other retailers and it creates both a challenge and an opportunity depending on how well you follow and understand technology. During the holidays, I noticed that Best Buy had cards next to their price signs that indicated than an item was a hot gift idea or something to that effect. I feel like Best Buy should bring these back and run these for Father's Day and Back to School (since Mother's Day is about to pass maybe do this for Mother's Day next year in addition to).
This is a great way to call out what the new, hot gadgets that people are gifting, thereby narrowing down the number of items a person has to choose between.
Currently when you go into Best Buy and you're shopping the printer aisle, the tags focus strictly on the printer and the features. I feel like Best Buy should make all printers go to the longer fact tags with the options and in the options area put the compatible standard capacity and/or high capacity ink/toner (if space allows) catridges that are carried in-store that are compatible with the diplayed printer.
Here's where this is super helpful. When customers compare printers, one of the things customers care about most is ink cost. Currently, you have to pull each of the boxes to get the cartridge numbers and run over to the next aisle and get the prices. It would be so much easier to have the prices listed right there next to the printer price on the side. This would also be more efficient than trying to scan the QR code and pulling it up thru the BBY.com app.
At the cost of annoying some, I'd like to see something implemented into the website where on certain items, say the SNES classic, you have to input a captcha code, or have a code sent to your phone to verify that it is indeed you who want to purchase it. That way you thwart automated bots and give those who really want the item a fair chance to do so.
Although I already have the SNES Classic, I am open to feedback about this from other fellow shoppers and Best Buy staff.
Why cant I load my gift cards into my account so that I always have a balance to use vs. having to ensure that I have the cards with me when I travel. You are missing out on HUGE opportunity. I just used Amazon instead of Best Buy for this very reason. I was able to go right to my balance without having th physical card. GET INTO THIS CENTURY PLEASE!! IT IS A REAL TURN OFF TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOUR STORE.
a growing number of companies are offering various discounts e.g. senior citizen, veterans, etc. Understand senior citizens don't necessarily need discounts, but an Active Duty and Veteran discount would probable draw more customers and therefore more profit while helping us!
The 24/7 Elite customer service line is not helping anyone and only frustrating customers The line is limited to My Best Buy program questions only, which include the following as stated;
* Points Balance
* Reward History (Last 5+ transactions)
* Certificate Status
* Attach Missing Points
* Points needed to next certificate
* Spend needed to reach next tier level
Who has urgent questions about points balances, certificate status or spending amounts at 3:00am in the morning? All of these issues can be resolved during the day. The forums and moderators are already an excellent option to resolve anything related to these issues.
If keeping the 24/7 hotline and spending resources to maintain it then make it worthwhile so customers really appreciate it. Time sensitive items such as; Price Matching (we do shop at 3am in the morning!), questions on products or shipping/order status inquiries should be accessible.
If not able to provide help for these issues then get rid of the whole thing and replace it with a new perk that is actually usable to customers.
I'm not sure maybe I'm wrong. I would like to see if there are any figures showing how many customers have been helped by the 24/7 hotline. I'm assuming it is very costly to keep up such a service. I would hate hotline reps losing their position but move them to something else or give them access to resolve issues that really matter and/or are time sensitive.
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.
Searching for monitors can be a daunting task when there's over 300 of them and I had someone looking for a USB Type-C -based monitor and realized that under the filters there is no filter for USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 -based monitors. Is there a way to update this section? I know at a minimum the LG Ultra Fine's should be under there but if you didn't know about these before-hand you have to wonder how many sales/customers Best Buy has walked on these? And most major OEM's flagship devices support USB Type-C from Surfaces to Chromebooks to MacBooks.
Most other websites will tell you exactly in what city/store an open-box or floor model, etc. item is located. On bestbuy.com this is not the case. You have to randomly guess zip codes and cities, and maybe you'll get lucky and find the city/store where the item is located. This takes too much valuable time. It gets even more tedious and annoying when you want to check several different brands of the item. My brother travels a lot. He can pick up the item for me, but I can't tell him where it's located unless I spend all day trying to find which stores have the item. As stated previously, I have to search random zip codes or city names and cross my fingers. Ugh!
Please change this ASAP! Even Sears will tell you where the open-box/floor model item is located. You can do better than this Best Buy.
I'm noticing on a lot of items that have "pre-orders" there are already glowing reviews for the item, which is silly because there's no way you've had a proper opportunity to sit down with the device and really "experience" it when the item isn't even shipping yet. The speciifc item I'm referencing right now is the new Samsung Galaxy S8's, which weirdly enough all have 5-star glowing reviews even though no one has even received their devices yet. But it's certainly not limited to these, I've seen it in the past on pre-orders too.
There are a lot of customers out there that rely on these reviews to make "informed" decisions and a lot of these are your "not so tech-savvy" people that would rather rely on, what they perceive to be honest and informed, opinions [living vicariously comes to mind] and this not only taints the review pool but it also makes people question the validity of other reviews on BestBuy.com as well and you'll recall there was some major fall at a large online marketplace seller over this, this past year that resulted in the them completly over-hauling their review system where it now hides un-verified reviews and only shows them after you specifically click to see them, among other strict changes (i.e. there's a very strict minimum amount of characters and they use bots to scan reviews to make sure they're relevant - i.e. about the product, not the shipping experience, etc. etc.).
It is that time of year when membership resets, and while this has been mentioned before, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. I have even written the CEO with "Who was the marketing genius that dreamed this up" as from a corporate side (marketing tunnel vision) seems would push people to buy more, but in reality may have the exact opposite effect. What I am referring to is the practice on January 1 of netting all rewards purchase balance to zero. The suggestion is...just subtract $3500 or $1500, depending on level established for the year, but let the customer keep the excess above the $1500 or $3500 level, as a start for the year. In other words, if a person has $3800, they are able to start the new year with a $300 balance rather than a $0 balance.
Why does the current method actually work against the best interests of Best Buy? If I am going to lose the excess, after I reach $3500, where is my incentive to buy a major purchse vs defer the purchase for next year (or avoid sales tax and purchse elsewhere with a 'rewards' credit card. As an example, while this year didn't hit the $3500 until September, but have reached it as early as April. From that point on, there is no incentive to buy anything, other than incidentals like ink, from best buy. It becomes a time to "test" items you want to buy with full intention oof returning, then actually purchase after the first of the year after Best Buy nets the account to zero. Had you actually purchased the iten the prior year, you would have lost the value, but now you make it count with the current year purchase. I am not the only one that does that as talking to a Magnolia employee today as looking at sone B&W P7 headphones, he noted that he does the same thing...and it was a practice he picked up from another customer.
I know that MyBestBuy rewards has gone digital now, but please please please let people go online or on the app and request a physical card. Maybe if you're an elite or eliteplus member even have a special one that thanks you and reminds you that you have a 45 day return policy. Why? I use it all the time (I'm an employee) and we have frequent flyers that I have to ask their phone number every time or they still have their old card and will never give it up. It takes the "do you have a rewards account with us?" Question out of a lot of my transactions if the customer is familiar with Best Buy. Enrolling customers with physical cards in store would slow the transactions down for sure, but if customers (and/or employees) want physical cards, I believe there should be an option. A Best buy employee told me that you can request a physical card online and I know I'm not the only person that was told that. I now know that this is not the case, if it ever was. Give us the option, please. If you could tie orders into that, that would also expedite the pick-up process (ID check would come with that of course and that may cause problems). Please consider, and make sure people can see these forum posts. I know that employees get asked for their phone number as well for transactions, and it would make it much easier on us, it would make the customers that want one satisfied and would expedite transactions for those that frequent Best Buy, thanks.