Don’t Do This: Best Buy Gift Card MP3 Player Can Be Returned

Reader “C” writes:

Suggestion: You mentioned that Best Buy was selling non-ipod MP3 players and offering a $50 gift card to boot. [We mentioned that here. -Ed.] I bought one and then found out the person I bought it for had just that day got one. So I returned it. Which left me with the $50 gift card. It puts me in a bit of an ethical bind as I’m not sure whether or not that’s stealing. But the less ethically challenged might want to think about doing that. Or that may be a bit beyond suggestions you are willing to make.

Yes. That’s going a bit far, even for us.


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  1. RowdyRoddyPiper says:

    I think it’s all kosher if you use the $50 towards one of the XBOX 360 Bundles they try and force on you.

  2. Sounds like an endorsement to me :P

  3. Josh says:

    I think this may be more of a fluke than standard procedure. Ussually BB will require the return of any item received free or discount the amoutn refunded by the value of the free item.

    Are we sure the card wasn’t de-activated?

  4. HINKShopper says:

    Come now, guys. Integrity and mutually fair treatment are the reasons for a site like this. If the gift card was tied to a purchase, then it should be returned if the original purchase was returned.

    Is there a chance the card was voided, and they simply didn’t tell you?

  5. Aaron D. says:

    What is your return policy on purchases that include a free gift?

    You may return items for which you received a free gift in accordance with our regular Return Policy.

    Please note: You must also return the free gift in order to receive a full refund. If you are unable to do so, the value of the free gift will be subtracted from the purchase price of the item being returned. You will be refunded the difference. The value of the free gift is based on the price it was regularly sold for on the date of your original purchase.