Originally Posted by uwkid
This was not anywhere near so cal was it? For $6500 incl tax at BB (bc of 3 year no interest). I would buy today. Man I wish I had your luck.
Having worked at a Best Buy as a manager of several departments, I might be able to give some insight into working out a good deal (x5fd or otherwise) at one of their stores.
1. Managers are there largely to drive the revenue and margin of the store. They have incredibly detailed scorecards to compare themselves to previous months and other stores. Try speaking directly to them, letting them know you are ready to buy NOW (assuming you really are). They WANT to get big sales, making themselves and their stores look good in relation to other Best Buys.
2. Tell them who else is giving great deals on the set you want, but also let them know if the numbers work out, you would prefer to buy from them (reward zone, return policy, installation...whatever). Get them excited to make a great deal for you. If someone feels you're just making them jump through hoops to give you a number someone else will beat by $20, don't expect much.
3. Be OVERLY POLITE. I can't stress this enough. It's harder to say "no" to someone so pleasant. It's human nature. Speaking from firsthand experience, I can tell you I have intentionally not given discounts when I could have because the customer was so rude and/or ungrateful for my help.
If you know the amount you are prepared to spend, ask to speak to the manager about making a deal on your set. You might be waiting for a few minutes, but it could be time very well spent. (There's a few ways to play this, but I'm not here to write book) You could say something like: "Mr. Manager, I've been speaking with your associate Brian, and he's been a tremendous help. I understand you have the 70x5fd in stock and am ready to purchase it if the numbers work out. My budget out the door allows for $xxxx. If you can do this, you will have one very happy customer. If you can't, I understand, and I will just have to check the other local stores and Best Buys to try to stay within my budget. Can you authorize the sale now for $xxxx?"
Doing this shows him/her you're not an ungrateful jerk, you want to buy now, and hopefully they will go to bat as best as they can for you. It also is a subconscious reminder that If they don't make this $6k+ sale, there's a pretty decent chance one of their other local Best Buys will. They don't want to miss out on a big sale against someone they might be competing with for promotions within Best Buy, especially after getting first crack at it. They look good getting a big sale and look bad when losing that sale to another Best Buy. Sales managers/General managers are there to make sales and make the numbers look good. $6k+ tv sales make the numbers look good. If you plan on buying accessories and/or service plans, let them know, as it's only further motivation to make the interaction a win/win.
Hope this helps, and good luck.