Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by Prowl, Aug 7, 2009.
IGN: Best Buy Testing Amazing Price Match Policy
I'm game if they end up bringing this to Texas.
"yeah, GS has this game for 35, and you guys got it for 60. what can i do?"
'nothing. we also never had the RotF soundtrack in our stores.'
I swear at my Best Buy a few games (New and old) were marked down #5-$10
Yeah Yeah I know, but who wins here? We do. If I can get new games for what the nasty bubblegum sticky used ones at GS sell for, that would be nice.
Now if Best Buy would sell wings.
Sounds like a retaliation to Gamestop (usually) tending to get the best pre-order bonuses and incentives. Best Buy doesn't seem to get that many, if even at all.
i heard of a store called Ultimate Electronics that been say this kind of thing for years now.
though i never believed it.
but ill wait to see how this goes.
Well I know that for movies, their price matching kicks ass (if you know to ask). I have gotten away with showing them an (honest) Amazon page with a Bluray listed for 10 bucks less and they will sell it to me for that price.
can someone copy and paste the text.. can't read it at work from IGN
at U.E.? OOOOOoooooOOOOO i gotta go.
Best Buy Testing Amazing Price Match Policy
Company serves a plate of ownage to Gamestop and Game Crazy.
by Jim Reilly
August 7, 2009 - A Best Buy store in Utah is testing a new price match policy to help compete with lower used price sales at Gamestop and Game Crazy.
The policy, which was recently implemented, will allow customers to purchase brand new games for the used prices at those competing stores (seen below via Cheapassgamer).
A Best Buy representative confirmed to IGN, however, this is only a market test for that particular store. The company could not comment on the chances of this offer becoming nation-wide. Individual stores are allowed to perform their own market tests, separate from Best Buy's corporate strategy, the spokesperson said.
IGN reached out to Gamestop as well, but we were told the company could not offer a comment at this time
What does this offer mean to you, the consumer?
it means i can get both ghostbusters and a liposuction on the same day.
The selection at the Best Buys here can't compete with Gamestop's selection.
man that's awesome. i hope it goes to every best buy.
Not really that exciting in my opinion. Best Buy's price match policy is already asinine. If there's a way to weasel out of honoring their own policy on it they will find a way. They're supposed to call the other store and verify both the price and that it is in stock. If this becomes big Gamestop is going to get inundated with calls from Best Buy checking prices. What's the incentive to Gamestop to comply? One call every once in a while is one thing, but this will become constant. I could see them blocking Best Buy phone extensions, thereby cutting off Best Buy from it's own policy, which would then enable BB to deny the customer the price match.
Also keep in mind the vast bulk of Best Buy's inventory is recent releases, which Gamespot would sell used for $55. You're going through a bunch of hassle to get $5 off. Not really worth it in my opinion. On older inventory it's already somewhat common to find stuff at Best By that's already cheaper than Gamestop's used prices.
its a good policy but I prefer to buy my games online anyhow. save big bucks!
how much does BB buy the games at?
They wouldn't have to call. All they would need to go is just go to gamestops website and look at the used games there. It have the same price as it would in stores.
That's what they would do if their goal was to convenience you. But that isn't true. Their current policy is to call the local store and verify inventory. Can't do that on a website...even if they have an inventory by store lookup on the competitor's website, it's not updated in real time. The local Gamestop might have sold out of their used copy hours earlier, and there is no reason for Best Buy to match Gamestop's price if Gamestop doesn't have it available for you to buy. Best Buy's intent is to lure you into the store with an attractive promotion and then once you're there, figure out a way to not honor it. Because 9 times out of 10, the customer will still buy it anyway since they're already there. They might be annoyed, but Best Buy know that customers have short memories about that sort of thing...especially in a retail category where they don't have much competition anymore.
You think I'm joking? I was a supervisor at Best Buy once upon a time. I went to their internal management conferences. Not only do they knowingly do it, this is among the least of the shit they plot behind closed doors.
Maybe its just here, but I have never had a BB employee call a store when PM, they have simply looked at the website, or ad. I have PM at least 8 times.
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