Best Buy increased the price of several Xbox 360 accessories at $3 above the manufacturer suggested retail price raising suspicions that the retailer is hoping to make some extra money on increased sales expected from Halo 3.
I stopped shopping at Best Buy.
Their staff sucks, their return policy sucks, their price matching sucks and their prices haven't been the greatest lately either.
I started going to Circuit City much more, in my opinion they have done a complete 180
BTW since the beginning of July they have a 10%off gaming discount card on all new games and accessories.
the only thing worthwhile about bestbuy is the replacement warranty that i will use to upgrade to an xbox360 elite once then put in the 65nm chipsets....thanks bestbuy, you get to eat some of the money you are trying to take from us!
might as well throw the name best buy outta the window
Thats why I shop at Target and Wal-Marts for stuff like this.
the best buy I go to is actually fairly good.
And the closest circuit city to me is like over an hour so its either that or walmart, and usually i choose best buy.
If i want cheaper stuff usually i just go to eb games.
Then its their fault.
There are shoppers that shop around, and there are spontanious shoppers
This really isn't that big of a deal. Best Buy is not the only game in town. There are limitless other places to buy these items.
Don't like Best Buy's prices? Buy somewhere else.
This would be a big deal if Best Buy had a monopoly on certain XBOX accessories.
Two words: Price match. A good BB store will gladly take your business rather than let you go to the competition. The bad BB stores--and other bad stores, for that matter--don't give a s#it no matter what you do.
do comparison shopping. I got a HDTV from BB a month ago. They did 60 day price matching for HDTV's. The TV I got has dropped price twice and they gave me money back twice.
Best Buy sucks... always has, and always will..
Remember when they had that fake website up to fool customers oh yeah they still do have that fake site running....it's so customers get different prices then what they say on the net because the store has it's own fake site.. Priceless..
and don't get me started on Geek Squad (proof that robbing the customer blind is the number 1 store policy)
"and don't get me started on Geek Squad (proof that robbing the customer blind is the number 1 store policy)"
Nothing is Truer in life.
dare they try to take my $3.
"Price gouging" is the wrong term. If Best Buy can sell a product at a higher price, that's good business. But Best Buy has been known to have cheap prices, hence the reason for their success.
i seem to also remember a special deal going on around halo 3 launch.
Correct me if im worng please becasue frankly i don't remember, but wasnt it something lioke you get a free 360 accessory with a halo 3 preorder or something?
Maybe it was only in my area or something.
...is that if you pre-order Halo 3 (online), you can get 1600 MS points for $4.99.
I'll probably pre-order Halo 3 online just to have those points.
but I usually do online shopping
Best Buy trying to gouge the consumer? Who woulda thunk it?? I work close to BB, CC, walmart, compusa, target, etc. Unfortunately, their stores have the better setup and selection (typically). Although 4 out of 5 times I go there I swear I'm done shopping at BestBuy...I keep going back. The staff treats you poorly, the prices are always too high, the "rewards" program is a joke, some of their practices are questionable, at best, and so on. Gotta run, time for my weekly trip up the street to BB...I'm a glutton for punishment.
simple things like the microsoft headset is 3 dollars more than anywhere else.
Their extended warranty is bull. I bought a $2000.00 plasma from them with the $399 articulate arm wall bracket and extended warranty.
Its broke twice in 1 month with blue pixels appearing on the left side and this time when it came back from the service center in chicago it had dents in the back casing and the side space a/v jacks had the plastic molding smashed in.
Best buy wont replace the t.v under the lemon law thats stated in the extended warranty unless it goes out and comes back with a separate service number per incident - this service company keeps putting the same service number on the trouble tickets each time eliminating the chance to get the t.v broke - gee i wonder if best buy might have asked them to do that - now they have to order parts for the pieces they broke on my t.v - garbage.
Amazon.com for me.
Over here on Guam. Gamestop and local stores sell games and accessories well over $5. Consoles are sold at msrp which is odd. Kmart is the only store to honor the msrp on all goods. Standard 360 games go for $62.99-$65. Limited editions that run for $70 regular are usually $75-$80.
Best Buy is the worst electronics store their is. Geek Squad is a JOKE! They know nothing whatsoever and lie to every consumer, sorry lying is not good company policy. My roommate had his laptop break 8 times in a 3 year period (Sony Vaio) and they refused to give him a new one because it was the same sh*t everytime or because "it wasn't a massive hardware failure" bullsh*t! I think keys breaking, the screen breaking, the battery going out and not charging, new motherboard, head jacks breaking, mouse pad breaking etc...is PLENTY to get a new computer! Plus their warranties suck, he paid $2000 for his Vaio and 2 1/2 years later they told him they would give him "comparable" tech that didn't compare at all. The laptop they said he could have was like $750 and it was crap and than they denied the claim for a new computer anyways. Oh and like I said a few times last week on here...their workers lied to me and a customer and my friend face to face about the 360's price drop. Saying it was happening in "2 months" and it was happening the next day. They're stupid, incompetent, liars, rude and try to screw you for every cent possible!
some really bad experiences.
I bought my laptop at best buy a few years ago and when it broke they fixed it without any issues.
I guess i'm really lucky.
But yeah if i had an experience like that i wouldn't keep going. Since the circuit city closest to me is really far away, my only real alternative is well walmart, and well no.
I'll chime in on my horrible experiences with Best Buy...
- I've tried buying a TV from them TWICE. Once, they had it in stock but couldn't find it in the back...they told me to drive 30 miles to another Best Buy. The other time, the guy just disappeared and never came back when I asked to buy the TV. You really have to beg them to sell you a TV.
- Girlfriend takes her computer to Geek Squad to simply install a new HD and load Windows XP. Easy job for anybody who knows what they're doing. It took them 3 weeks (they promised it would be ready "tomorrow" for everyone of those days), they lost her install discs and had to special order them from Dell. They apologized for the time and offered here a $20 gift card for her troubles (which she never received).
- Just last week I was bringing in my iPod for warranty repair. I wait in line for 15 minutes and then I'm told by the person behind the counter I need to "Go around the corner to Geek Squad for that..." So I wait another 25 minutes in line at Geek Squad. They only have one person helping customers on a weekend so it's taking forever. When I get to the front, a woman is complaining to the manager that they brought their computer in for a system restore...they got it back with a broken DVD drive 3 weeks later. The worst part was the manager was unapologetic and offered her nothing for her troubles, as if this is what every customer should experience.
In summary, I'll NEVER purchase another electronic device from Best Buy again. Even if they become the only game in town....
Here's my post from a related story on this site from a few days ago:
"3 - These are NOT new prices
I work for Best Buy, and after Christmas last year, all of those accessories listed changed in price to what is currently on the website. In other words, those prices are MONTHS old.
This is NOT an attempt at price gouging with the Halo 3 release, but they ARE charging more than suggested MSRP for some 360 (and other) accessories."
This isn't new pricing just for Halo 3. Had they raised the prices recently, or within the next few weeks, then there could be a case made for price gouging as related to the Halo 3 release. But as it stands, these prices are many, many months old. Yes, they ARE charging more than MSRP for those items, but they have been for a while.
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