04-28-2012 04:57 PM #16Member
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I've looked but there doesn't seem to be a list of approved titles anywhere. I'd rather have a list so I can show them physical proof because I'm nearly 99% certain that If I go into one of these stores, that no one there is going to know what the hell I am talking about. What's everyone else's experiences been like? Did it take long? Did you get a lot of bewildered looks? Was it fast and easy? Even if it works I'm not sure I'd be willing to go through the hassle due to potentially uninformed staff.
04-28-2012 06:39 PM #17Member
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- Feb 2012
In some googling, I found that Best Buy's site actually keeps the ads from the previous times they've run it, which did restrict the titles.
This morning, I went through my DVDs. I picked out any titles I would consider moving to Blu-ray with. Then I made a quick spreadsheet-
the movie, Amazon's price, and Best Buy's price.
The general result was, from 20 titles:
7 titles had the same price from both. An 8th title had .75 difference.
1 title, Best Buy had the better price (that was Goodfellas, with a savings of .50)
Then there 3 titles where Best Buy's price was much higher - $5 or more. Those were Aliens, and Dead Alive, and Rocky Horror. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was close, with a $4 price difference.
Ultimately - if you look into it, you should be able to save a passable amount, usually 2-4 dollars apiece.
The real benefit is that you get rid of the DVD copy at the same time.
When I came in, they put a sticker on the front of each of the DVDs. I went over to customer service, and they printed off a receipt, and handed me a coupon for each DVD I brought in. They didn't check the titles or anything.
Then I went off to the Blu-ray section and looked around.
I realized just now that since I'm not tethered to getting what I sold back, I can sell back titles that I've already upgraded!
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04-29-2012 10:37 AM #18Member
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I haven't had any problems with Best Buy. I spend Sunday morning going through Best Buy's site looking for Blu-rays that are 14.99 or less and that are in stock at my store. Then I pick out DVDs to turn in. I got Three Amigos for $7, Crazy Stupid Love and Ferris Bueller for $5. Not bad.
Although, you have to be watchful, because you can lose special features. The Ferris Bueller Blu-ray doesn't have the John Hughes commentary on it, so I held onto the DVD and moved it into a double-disc case with the Blu-ray.
I think the trick is to shop by price, not title. You'll never find exactly what you want, but you can get those fringe titles that you've always considered getting if the price was right.
It's getting much better. It used to be that it was really restrictive. Each time they do this they loosen the rules. Last time, they said no music titles. I had to convince the clerk that From The Sky Down was a documentary about U2, but not a music title, because there was barely any music in it. Today, I see a Foo Fighters title in their ad, so they must have fixed this too.
04-29-2012 04:32 PM #19
Beats what most disc exchange shops will pay. I was able to get Saving Private Ryan, Big Lebowski, Eyes Wide Shut, Blazing Saddles, and To Catch a Thief for $48 tax included. It would be nice if it worked like a $25 discount, but their game, their rules.
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04-29-2012 09:17 PM #20Member
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I went to a different Best Buy today, and got Kick-Ass, To Kill a Mockingbird, 40-Year old Virgin, Mission Impossible 3, and Shakespeare in Love. Total cost was also roughly around 50.
I'd actually advise looking through their selection before trading the discs in. There are plenty of other movies I would have been glad to get, but they didn't have any of those discs.
04-30-2012 11:36 AM #21
04-30-2012 11:43 AM #22
I thought this deal was lame last year, I still think it is lame. It sounds cool, but if you have a ton of DVDs to get rid of, it sucks because you can only use one coupon per movie. I was still working for BB last year and this guy traded in nearly 100 movies (not at one time, but throughout the first month), but there were onluy like 60 titles that were actually part of the promotion, and the manager told him there was nothing he could do about the remaining 40 coupons except rebuy the same movies again to use them. I was not too happy when I heard that. And they wonder why they have to shut down 50 stores."...somewhere out there, michael bay now has the basis for his next film...and it's all your fault." - project-blu
04-30-2012 12:03 PM #23
04-30-2012 02:25 PM #24
How long are the coupons good for? Just the same day you are there? Maybe I'll end up buying Chinatown at Best Buy after all for their inflated $21.99 price.
04-30-2012 03:32 PM #25
04-30-2012 07:25 PM #26
Looks like they're good until something like May 12. I used mine immediately though.
05-01-2012 01:58 AM #27
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05-02-2012 11:30 AM #29
Apparently the program is rather popular and has resulted in Chinatown being sold-out in all Best Buy stores in the area. There was one left when I got mine on Monday.
05-03-2012 08:11 PM #30Member
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I sure wish Fry's did something like this, but then again their prices are almost/always better than BestBuy!
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