What Exactly Can You Buy With This Circuit City Coupon?

Reader Michael wants to know what exactly he is expected to buy with this Circuit City coupon? It’s for 8% off purchases over $199, but it excludes, um, lots of stuff.

I was looking for cheap t.v.’s online and was happy to come across an 8% off coupon for Circuit City through my AAA membership. I figured I’d have a fat chance of being able to use it on a cheap Vizio t.v., but I was still surprised to find so many exceptions on the coupon.

It excludes, among other things, “advertised specials, notebook and desktop computers, software, monitors, music, movies, games, game hardware, hard drives, [and] select MP3 players…” The “advertised specials” exclusion sounds especially problematic given the fairly voluminous Circuit City ads I get with my Sunday paper.

I guess I’ll have to use it for a camera strap. (So long as it’s not a Sony camera accessory, because those are excluded too!

…and as long as the camera strap costs over $199…

Here’s the fine print:

Restrictions: This offer is good for 8% off $199 or more. This coupon is good for one (1) use only and applies to total qualifying purchase on a single sales receipt dated between 05/01/2008 and 12/31/2008. Not valid on previous purchases. Offer excludes advertised specials, notebook and desktop computers, software, monitors, music, movies, games, game hardware, hard drives, select MP3 players, Olevia, Element, Toshiba televisions, Vizio, Nikon digital cameras, Bose, Apple, select Polk models, Kicker, all Sony DSLR cameras, all Sony camera accessories, all Sony XBR televisions, Verizon, Outlet, firedogSM, Circuit City Advantage Protection Plans, pre-order/backorder products, SON KDSR60XBR1, SON KDSR50XBR1, SYM SC520FDF, SHA LC20B8US, HIT 51F59, SYL 6620LCT, SDK SDMX31024A18, SDK SDMX44096A70, HIT 51F59A, SHA 32SC26B, GMN SP2720, GMN SPC330, GMN SPC340, GMN SPI5, TTM GO300, GMN NUVI780, GMN NUVI5000, GMN NUVI260W, ELA 014633159110, ELA 014633159110, ATV 047875951235 and gift card purchases. Delivery fees, shipping charges and sales tax not included in total purchase calculation. Not combinable with select Circuit City offers.

Too bad, too. We were really interested in that SHA LC20B8US, and the SON KDSR50XBR1…