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If you head over to Best Buy's Store Exchange & Return Policy page, you'll notice that the electronics chain limits the return window for computers, monitors, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, iPads, tablets, and radar detectors to 14 days. All other products carry a 30-day return/exchange windows, and 45 days for all products if you're a Reward Zone Program Premier Silver member. That all may be about to change. Tuaw claims to have heard from a "Best Buy insider" that the electronics chain is getting ready to increase its return/exchange window to 30 days for all products, including iPads and Macs. The site even posted a supposed screenshot outlining the change. Image Sources: Flickr... Read more...
Best Buy recently sent out a consumer survey that, among other things, asked participants a series of questions about a 42-inch Apple TV for $1,499 with iOS baked in. This being the age of the Internet and all, it didn't take long for a screenshot of the survey to leak online, which prompted speculation that such a TV not only exists, but might be nearing release. After all, we've been hearing rumors about an Apple brand HDTV for some time now, but a Best Buy survey ranks as the strongest indicator yet that it's going to happen. Or so it seemed. Best Buy says the Internet community shouldn't read too much into the survey. "The customer survey was a routine offer effectiveness survey conducted... Read more...
Best Buy has been sending out consumer surveys asking for people's opinions on potential products and services that could be released. It's a common practice for retailers to do this and normally no one would bat and eyelash at such a survey, but the fact that Best Buy is gauging customers, in detail, about an Apple brand HDTV has people wondering if the oft rumored panel might finally be nearing release. The survey, which was tipped anonymously to The Verge with a screen capture, presents a potential ad for a 42-inch Apple HDTV at Best Buy for $1,499. "Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do," the ad starts off. A recent Best Buy surveys gauges consumer opinion about a 42-inch Apple brand TV... Read more...
Would you miss Best Buy if the electronics chain suddenly shut its doors for good the way Circuit City did awhile back? The knee-jerk reaction by many tech enthusiasts is to answer "Hell no!" followed by a Best Buy horror story or three, but such incidents aside, would you really be happier if Best Buy no longer existed? Regardless of your answer, the time may come when you'll find out firsthand if the world is a better place without Best Buy in the picture, and according to Larry Downes, a contributing writer with Forbes, the time will come. Mr. Downes gives Best Buy "maybe a few more years" before the seemingly inevitable happens, and he supports his notion by pointing out a few key metrics.... Read more...
Still looking for a last-minute gift? What about two gifts? How about a gift for you, and a gift for someone else? You really do deserve a gift for being so thoughtful on Christmas Eve! Today only, Best Buy stores are offering up a pretty insane deal on a phone that is typically impossible to find a deal on: Apple's iPhone 4. The company is selling the 32GB model on Verizon or AT&T in a BOGO arrangement -- in other words, buy one get one free. You'll sadly need to visit a local store (no online deal, sorry), and it all ends at 5PM. You'll have to agree to a new 2-year contract on each one, too. But still, if you were looking for the next-best iPhone to get, you won't find a much better deal... Read more...
The holidays bring enough stress as it is, such as dealing with the in-laws, fighting through crowds and bumper-to-bumper traffic, and even what to wear. For some, Best Buy is piling even more on by letting an untold number of customers know the electronics chain will not be fulfilling their orders, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The alerts come just a few days before Christmas, and during a year when online sales are up 15 percent to $32 billion for the holiday season so far. Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy told WSJ that the cancelled orders a "hiccup" for Best Buy, adding that the chain was already "kind of behind the curve building our their online channel." While the cancelled... Read more...
Multiple crooks wedged their way beneath the security gate at a Best Buy brick-and-mortar store in San Carlos, California, and made off with at least 125 iPad tablet devices. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene in quick fashion at 11:50 PM on Thursday night, but in the minute it took them to get there, the suspects had already fled the premises, iPads in tow, CBS San Francisco reports. Deputies say the thieves lifted the security gate and slid underneath it. No small heist, the retail loss of goods is estimated to be more than $100,000, which would put the average selling price of all 125 tablets at $800 pop. Apple's iPad 2 devices sell for anywhere between $500 (16GB,... Read more...
If you've been on the fence about whether or not to spring for a Nintendo 3DS console, this might make you jump off. At least one retailer, and possibly two or more, are going to carry a special edition themed 3DS console commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. The Zelda bundle will include a themed 3DS console and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time game. GameStop is already advertising the bundle in its flyer as part of its Black Friday bonanza. If you have a DSi XL to trade in, you can pick up the bundle for as little as $100 (a Mario 3D Land bundle will also be available), $120 with a DSi trade-in, and $130 if you swap your DS Lite. Otherwise, the regular price is $200.... Read more...
Intel's Ultrabook concept is having a tough time winning over customers, not because people aren't interested in a thin and light notebook that's both powerful and attractive (the MacBook Air proves otherwise), but because of the price. Many of the early models are hovering around the $1,000 price ceiling Intel said it would like manufacturers to stay under, and some have even gone over. Toshiba's 13.3-inch Portégé, on the other hand, will be much cheaper. A full $200 cheaper, to be exact. Best Buy has a listing for Toshiba's $800 Ultrabook model with free shipping, and even after paying sales tax, you're still looking at an Ultrabook that's around $850. Pretty reasonable, but how... Read more...
Best Buy appears to be having a bit of trouble pushing its mega store mentality over in Europe and has decided to shutter all 11 of its U.K. pilot big box stores. The electronics chain crunched the numbers and came to the conclusion that it makes more financial sense to refocus its efforts in Europe on its installed base of 2,500 small box stores. "Best Buy Europe launched a big box format test in the U.K. in April 2010, ultimately resulting in 11 stores. Based on challenging economic conditions and profit expectations of these stores, Best Buy Europe is announcing that it plans to close all 11 of these stores effective at the end of the calendar year," Best Buy said in a statement. "As required... Read more...
Hewlett Packard created a lot of interest for its cancelled TouchPad tablet when it slashed the price to $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model, and it didn't take long for the OEM and its retail partners to run out of stock. That's old news. But did you know you can still buy a discounted TouchPad? You have two options for picking up a TouchPad on the cheap, and both come with caveats (and one with a time limit). Your first option is to head over to BestBuy.com and shop a bundle deal. Best Buy currently has stock of an untold number of 32GB TouchPad models, and the electronics chain is selling them on its website and in Best Buy mobile stores for $150 with the purchase of a qualifying... Read more...
In a bid to attract parents who always buy the wrong thing, Best Buy on Sunday will exclusively offer the new Motorola Xoom Family Edition tablet. The fun part will be in convincing the iPad-wanting munchkins at home that this is even better than an iPad 2 because it comes packed with kid-friendly applications worth nearly $40. And if you raised them right, they'll pat you on the back and tell you how much they appreciate you tightening your belt in these tough economic times as you save for their eventual college education, and that they're looking forward to rocking Android 3.1 on a full sized tablet. So maybe that's a stretch, but if you're buying a tablet for the whole family to use, the... Read more...
CinemaNow may not have the same ring to it as "Netflix," but now that Intel's involved, might you be paying closer attention? That's right -- CinemaNow, Best Buy's digital entertainment service, and Intel Corporationare teaming up, and for the first time, the former will be able to offer 1080p HD movies for rental and purchase on 2nd-gen Core processor-based PCs with Intel Insider technology. Previously, only standard-definition movies had been available from CinemaNow on the PC. CinemaNow has now added several hundred new releases and popular catalog titles in HD from 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for people who have Intel Insider on their desktop, laptop or Ultrabook.... Read more...
Rhapsody announced plans to purchase Napster from Best Buy. Although the full details of the deal have not been released, we do know that Best Buy will retain a minority stake in Rhapsody. The deal is expected to close on or around November 30 of this year. As a result of the deal, the subscriber bases of the two largest on-demand premium music services will be combined. Rhapsody is co-owned by Real Networks and MTV Networks. Rhapsody to Acquire Napster America's largest on-demand music service to add Napster's subscriber base to extend leadership position SEATTLE, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rhapsody, the nation's largest premium on-demand music service, today announced that it has signed an... Read more...
There's lots of competition in the tablet space these days. With the recent announcement of the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, it seems that manufacturers and retailers are thinking more and more about lower-priced tablets. Earlier this year, the fire sale on the HP TouchPad had these tablets flying off the shelves. We've also watched prices fall on the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook recently. In July, Motorola cut the price on its entry-level Xoom tablet to $499 from the original selling price of $599. In addition to price cuts, we've also seen more tablets launching with lower price tags. Now, the HTC Flyer tablet is also getting a price cut. Recently, Best Buy slashed the price of the 16GB Wi-Fi... Read more...
Best Buy is now accepting preorders for Samsung's Series 7 notebook. Sporting a robust feature-set with plenty of modern hardware and a thin and light design, these 15.6-inch laptops pack a performance punch and aren't lacking in sex appeal. About the only thing this particular model Series 7 is missing is an Ultrabook stamp, but considering it rocks an Intel Core i7 foundation and barely weighs 5 pounds (thanks to an aluminum body), will anyone really care? The specific model Best Buy is pushing is the NP700Z5B-W01UB, which is the least expensive Series 7 in Samsung's lineup. It includes: Intel Core i7 2675QM processor (2.2GHz, 6MB cache) 6GB DDR3 RAM 750GB hard drive AMD Radeon HD 6490 graphics... Read more...
RIM has experienced a few setbacks with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Although the tablet has received some positive press including being approved for Federal use, the tablet still isn't selling as well as retailers or RIM hoped. As we recently saw with the HP TouchPad, price can make a big difference in how well a tablet sells. Best Buy recognizes that price matters to consumers. The retailer is offering a nice discount on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Although the $150 discount doesn't begin to compare to the fire-sale prices of the HP TouchPad, it's still a significant discount. Now, you'll be able to pick up the 64GB PlayBook for $550. To compare, keep in mind that Apple's 64GB iPad sells... Read more...
With Hewlett Packard scrapping plans to take over the mobile world with its webOS TouchPad (and other devices), the tablet market just became a little less crowded, and your list of potential slates a little shorter. And if you're now stuck deciding between Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, maybe Best Buy's upcoming promotion will help. Starting Sunday, August 21 and running through Saturday, August 27, Best Buy is including a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 device with select Samsung HDTVs. Be prepared to go big or go home empty handed, because the select models in question are a 46-inch LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV for $1,500 and a 55-inch Samsung TV with a 3D Starter Kit for $2,000. That's... Read more...
True story: I ventured down to my local Best Buy and stood in line the day Apple launched it's iPad 2. It was a longer line than the one I waited in during the original iPad's launch, and this time around, Best Buy employees tried their hardest to create a buzz for a product that really doesn't need it. There were excited pre-release announcements over the PA, there was music, and there was a blue-shirted employee standing on top of a ladder yelling to the crowd in an attempt to drum up excitement. It was over the top, and it was unnecessary for a product that virtually sells itself because, let's face it, Apple knows how to market itself. What's my point? Well, maybe Best Buy should bottle up... Read more...
BestBuy Canada has sparked rumors of an early-2012 release of the PlayStation Vita today with the posting of a Vita pre-order release date of March 30, 2012. The pre-orders apply to both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models that Sony is releasing. Sony confirmed just last week that the handheld would be releasing in North America and Europe in "early 2012," with a Japanese release arriving first, in the coming holiday season. The official release date has yet to be released, and will not be until this September, so it would be wise to take BestBuy Canada's posting with a grain of salt. Sony's previously mentioned release window does line up with the posted date, however, so a little bit of excitement... Read more...
Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile have announced that stores are now offering the high-end Android 2.3 Nexus S for absolutely nothing on three different U.S. carriers, so long as customers sign a new two-year agreement. It's available on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and will be offered free as a new phone or upgrade two-year activation at all Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, and online at BestBuy.com/Mobile. In fact, the sale should already be on for those that are interested.  One-Day Exclusive Offer: Best Buy Mobile Offers All Versions of Nexus S from Google for Free on Aug. 3 Available on AT&T, Sprint and T Mobile at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online. Offer... Read more...
Today, TiVo announced a partnership with Best Buy's in-house label Insignia to ship a Connected TV with TiVo. That's right; an Insignia TV with TiVo technology within. Pretty crazy to see that name instead of Sony or Samsung or LG, but Best Buy has some pretty serious pull in the supply chain. Insignia Connected TV customers can enjoy broadcast and online movies, shows, and music, but they'll have access to a TiVo guide. There's no built-in DVR, so users can't actually store shows on the TV for watching later, but it's certainly a bold start. The new Insignia Connected TV will be available in 32- and 42-inch models for $499 and $699 respectively, on BestBuy.com and at Best Buy stores nationwide.... Read more...
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