Originally Posted by GPM
Thanks for the thread, though wish I'd of known this was going on since last year or I wouldn't have given [or thrown] away some DVDs already.
I believe the last Blu-ray trade-in offer like this was in January of this year. I'm still a bit of a Blu-ray newb though, and didn't notice this sub-forum existed until after the offer was over. And I agree, it can be a good way to get rid of old "junk" DVDs that may still be floating around your house. They run similar trade-in offers on games from time to time as well.
The deck is sort of stacked against the customer in these offers though, so if you're not paying close attention, you could easily end up losing on the deal (see add'l tips below as further examples.)
Hmm, in retrospect, what I meant was that I was only interested in the cheaper BDs, but was told that any BD was available in this T&S sale, including any from on-line and shipped to the store for pickup, though I got the impression that it would have to be ordered at the store also as part of the sale.
Good to know. And I think you actually made a good point about the cost of the Blu-rays in your previous post. Because if you can find the title elsewhere for less than what you'd pay at BB after the trade-in discount is applied
, then you're just throwing good money/credits and DVDs down the drain for no reason.
The last time around, most of the popular titles close to the $10 to $15 range got picked clean pretty quickly. And by the end of the sale, there wasn't really much left on the shelves worth buying (which is undoubtedly Best Buy's intention).
Best Buy has been losing money lately btw. And they're planning on downsizing and closing some of their stores as a result. I'm not sure when the closures will take place, but it might be something else to consider if you're ordering Blu-rays for later in-store pickup.
Since I didn't do any trading, don't know about the coupons, only that the one guy had a fistful, so assumed it was one for each DVD. Forgot to ask if they were only good right then or if they could be combined to buy fewer, more expensive BDs.
I don't know if they're doing things the same way this time, but in the last trade-in offer, the credits were transportable from store to store... at least in theory. Sometimes that was a bit difficult though, if your paperwork wasn't in order. And once you traded a DVD in, the credit was basically good until the offer ended (which would probably be until May 12th in this case).
In practice though, it's probably easier to complete the trade-in/BD purchase transaction all at one time/spot, to avoid any confusion.One more tip:
Be sure the Blu-ray you buy is really something you want and intend to keep. If you try to return it later on (esp. after the sale is over), you most likely won't get the trade-in credit back, which is more money/DVDs down the drain.