Where Can I Trade In My Old Electronics And Games For Fast Cash?

Where Can I Trade In My Old Electronics And Games For Fast Cash?

There are a lot of websites out there that are happy to take your electronics, games, music, and movies off your hands for a modest fee. You unload your stuff with a minimum of effort, and the buyer resells your old crap in volumes that regular consumers can hardly comprehend. Where’s the best place to unload your stuff, though? Does it really matter? [More]

Best Buy Sends Out Coupon That Excludes Most Things You Want At Best Buy

Best Buy Sends Out Coupon That Excludes Most Things You Want At Best Buy

In Kent’s city, Lincoln, Nebraska, Best Buy recently moved to a new building. To celebrate and let customers know about the move, they sent out this great coupon offering a gift card for 10% the value of your purchase. the problem: there isn’t a whole lot in the store that the offer applies to. [More]

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How A Best Buy Mixup Ruined A Great Hanukkah Present

No mere retail mixup can really “ruin” any holiday. Holidays aren’t about turkeys or iPods or even candles: they’re about bringing people who care about each other or who are at least related to each other together for warm memories and strained conversation. Reader L. is disappointed in Best Buy, though: their mixup means that he couldn’t give his family the great presents he had planned for Hanukkah. [More]

Insider: Everyone At Best Buy Dreads 6 P.M. Thanksgiving Day Opening

Insider: Everyone At Best Buy Dreads 6 P.M. Thanksgiving Day Opening

We’ve been writing a lot about major retailers’ plans to open on Thanksgiving Day. In case it isn’t clear, we aren’t fans of this phenomenon. According to to our poll data, our mailbox, and comments left here on the site, neither are our readers. We received a lengthy rant from an anonymous Geek Squad agent about how things look right now at Best Buy, and what workers at Big Yellow and Blue have to look forward to. [More]

Geek Squad Will Come To Your House And Plug In Your PS4 Or XBOX One For Only $99

Geek Squad Will Come To Your House And Plug In Your PS4 Or XBOX One For Only $99

Do you plan to buy a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One in the coming weeks, but aren’t sure how to operate an HDMI cable? Best Buy is ready to help you out. Their Geek Squad will come to your house, add your new console to your home wireless network, update the device, set up user accounts, and most important of all: plug it in for you. All for only $99. [More]

Best Buy Is Just Daring You To Use Their Stores As Amazon Showrooms

Best Buy Is Just Daring You To Use Their Stores As Amazon Showrooms

Last week, we mocked Best Buy’s ad campaign that frames the electronics chain as America’s “holiday showroom,” mostly because it’s close to the truth. For many people, Best Buy is a fine showroom for the online retailers they plan to really buy from. The company knows this, and the ad campaign is a sort of dare. “Come on in,” they’re saying. [More]

New On eBay: In-Store Pickup, For Toys ‘R’ Us And Best Buy

New On eBay: In-Store Pickup, For Toys ‘R’ Us And Best Buy

Exciting news from eBay! The site now lets sellers offer in-store pickup or ship-to-store, just like shopping on the sites of national retail chains. That should be no surprise, though: the first sellers to launch the new option are Best Buy and Toy ‘R’ Us. Wait, Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us sell on eBay? [More]

Maybe Calling Itself A “Showroom” Isn’t The Best Holiday Marketing Plan For Best Buy

Maybe Calling Itself A “Showroom” Isn’t The Best Holiday Marketing Plan For Best Buy

A showroom is a place where you go to look at stuff and think about buying it, but it may not necessarily be in stock or even available. In the e-commerce era, it has a slightly different meaning: the term “showrooming” means visiting a nearby store to check out an item in person, then buying that item online from a different company. [More]

Grand Theft Auto Display At Best Buy Prevents Smaller Thefts Of Video Games

Grand Theft Auto Display At Best Buy Prevents Smaller Thefts Of Video Games

It’s not an unusual sight for the hottest new games at an electronics store to be in a secure place, making it harder for baddies to walk off with them. It is ironic, though, to see such a thing for the new game Grand Theft Auto V, a popular life-of-crime simulator. [More]

Does Paramount See ‘Star Trek’ Fans As ATMs With Legs?

Does Paramount See ‘Star Trek’ Fans As ATMs With Legs?

Earlier this decade, Paramount successfully rebooted the entire “Star Trek” universe as a blockbuster movie franchise. Great news for them, but the release of the second film, “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” on Blu-Ray disc is kind of crappy news for the obsessive fan. That’s because a dedicated special-feature-watcher has to collect at least two different copies of the disc. [More]

Best Buy Shoppers And Employees Save 9-Year-Old Girl From Violent Attacker

Best Buy Shoppers And Employees Save 9-Year-Old Girl From Violent Attacker

It isn’t just every parent’s nightmare: it’s the nightmare of every human being with a functioning soul. Police in Florida say that a stranger attacked a 9-year-old girl in the ladies’ rest room of a Best Buy store on Friday night while her mother was paying for her purchases. Another customer heard her screams, and witnesses say that employees and other bystanders rushed in to save the child. [More]

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Geek Squad Accused Of Stealing, Distributing Customer’s Naked Photos. Yes, Again

Many years ago, we published an article based on information from Geek Squad workers where they explained to us exactly how they found and swiped customers’ porn from their computers. That kind of thing never happens anymore, right?  According to another lawsuit filed recently in Alabama, nope: two years ago, they were still at it. [More]

Best Buy Forgets That Quebec Is Actually Part Of Canada

Best Buy Forgets That Quebec Is Actually Part Of Canada

Quebec, as you may know, is the fiercely francophone province of Canada that has held two failed secession votes and somehow still remains part of Canada. The question “is Quebec a part of Canada?” is loaded with centuries of history and ton(ne)s of baggage. So, of course, Best Buy Canada stepped in the middle of it in the interest of selling some TVs. [More]

Used Games Are Great, But Not Worth An Extra $25

Used Games Are Great, But Not Worth An Extra $25

Okay, it can be kind of inconvenient to deal with the original packaging, security tape and plastic wrap and all, for a brand-new video game. That privilege might be worth something…but it probably isn’t worth $25. [More]

Best Buy E-mail System Really Wants To Make Sure I Know Store Is Closed

Best Buy E-mail System Really Wants To Make Sure I Know Store Is Closed

Victor gets it, Best Buy. He ordered a Vita memory card for in-store pickup, but the store is closed. He got the message the first time, but Best Buy decided to keep reminding him. Well, that, or their e-mail system has some kind of bug, but it’s fun to think about the system checking every five minutes or so to be sure: “nope, still closed.” [More]

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Best Buy Handing Out iPads Customers Didn’t Order Again

Ryan ordered an iPad camera connection kit from Best Buy for in-store pickup. The employees of his local Best Buy store apparently only read the first word of any order now, and instead packed up an iPad Mini. It sounds wacky, but Ryan says that he somehow missed this discrepancy, picked up his order, and went home. He sent an email and got a form letter in return. [More]

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Hey Best Buy, If You Want Us To Shop There, Try Selling People Stuff

Michael is buying his mother a new computer for Mother’s Day, because he’s a good son and she’s moving away soon. As long as he was buying a computer, he wanted to get some reward points from Best Buy on his credit card. Only he couldn’t. While the product page bragged of “free shipping,” Best Buy was not willing to ship the item. At all. [More]

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What Are America’s Most Damaged Brands Right Now?

How mighty brands fall. Bad leadership, bad planning, a run of bad products: any of these can damage a brand in a short amount of time, and it can take years to recover: if, indeed, the brand recovers at all. What brands are the most battered in the United States right now? 24/7 Wall Street rounded them up, based on which publicly-traded major companies are currently dealing with aggressive competition, reputation disasters, and a lack of direction. [More]