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Best Buy's "Upgrade & Save" $5 DVD Tradein Offer: 7/14/13 - 8/10/13

post #1 of 49
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Thanks to GPM for the heads up on this.


Official "Upgrade & Save" Offer:


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Movies-Promotions/Upgrade-and-Save/pcmcat278100050003.c?id=pcmcat278100050003


Terms & Conditions:


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Movies-Promotions/Movies+Upgrade+and+Save/pcmcat271900050030.c?id=pcmcat271900050030


Looks like this works pretty much the same as previous U&S offers. You can tradein up to 5 DVDs per visit. Each DVD tradein gets you a $5 coupon toward the purchase of a Blu-ray priced $9.99 or above. Only one coupon can be used for each Blu-ray. Make sure you get a separate coupon for each DVD traded-in, if you want the discount to be applied at other stores. (Stores in Douglasville, GA are excluded from the offer, per the Terms & Conditions above.)


Also, word "on the street" is that their may be a "movie pull" next Sunday 7-21, which basically means BB will pull or replace some of the staler items/deals in their movie section, which could reduce or change the selection of titles in the $9.99 price range for U&S purposes.


It could just be a rumor to get people in stores, but they've done "pulls" like this in the middle of U&S deals in the past... so my guess is it's probably true. The couple stores I visited in the last week were very well-stocked with a variety of stuff in the $9.99 price range though.


If I had to speculate which movies might be pulled, my guess is it's probably stuff on the red banner $9.99, $3/14.99, etc. deals racks, because those have been around for awhile and the 3/$14.99 offer is supposed to end 7-21. If you really want somethin from those shelves for $4.99 (w/tradein), then I'd try to grab it before 7-21.


My guess is that the $9.99 Sony "SaveStation" titles (rack with the blue banner) will stay put though, because those were just recycled a week or so ago. Ya never really know though.


I visited a store yesterday to pickup a few things on the 3/$14.99 list btw, and they still didn't have a 3/$14.99 banner up to identify which ones were eligible for that offer (even though it expires at the end of the week). So some stores are definitely doing a better job of staying on top of these offers than others (and it definitely pays to do some investigating up front). All titles on the 3/$14.99 list still rang up for ~$5 each though.... And most of those titles currently list for $9.99, so they'd also be eligible for U&S.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 11:02pm
post #2 of 49
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First U&S pickup for me was Gladiator 2010 (remastered, I hope!) Sapphire edition for $4.99.

 

Thought this might be the older version with bad DNR/EE at first glance. But the copyright notice in the lower-right corner on the back says: "2010 DW Studios LLC...", and the serial number on the disc says "R2", so looks like this is probably the newer remastered 1080p transfer. Will probably give it a look tonight to verify.

 

The store also had a pretty good supply of Lawrence of Arabia on hand, which is also currently $4.99 with tradein.

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First U&S pickup for me was Gladiator 2010 (remastered, I hope!) Sapphire edition for $4.99.

 

Thought this might be the older version with bad DNR/EE at first glance. But the copyright notice in the lower-right corner on the back says: "2010 DW Studios LLC...", and the serial number on the disc says "R2", so looks like this is probably the newer remastered 1080p transfer. Will probably give it a look tonight to verify.

 

 

Can't remember exactly what the older version of Gladiator looked like, but this 2010 version looks pretty good, so I'm guessin it's probably the remastered version.

 

I believe there were some copies of the remastered version initially distributed in cases with a 2009 copyright notice as well. So the best way to tell the difference is probably via the serial numbers on DISC 1. There are a series of numbers on the blank side of the disc, near the hole in center. And I believe some of those numbers should end with "R2" on the latest remastered pressing.

 

The serial numbers on DISC 2 (the "Special Features" disc) in my set have an "R1" at the end. So it looks like the studio only redid DISC 1, which contains the actual movies.

 

All the $9.99 Gladiators at the store where I bought mine had the "2010 DW Studios LLC" copyright on the back, so my guess is they probably all had the R2 pressings of DISC 1. YMMV though.


Edited by ADU - 7/16/13 at 2:28pm
post #4 of 49
I don't know if this was an isolated case, but it seemed like the location I visited had a lot more Blu-rays in stock this time than during the last upgrade and save sale.
post #5 of 49
Went to my BB this morning and had neither of the 2 that I wanted for $9.99. "Night at the Museum double feature and Pirates-Band of Misfits." Their BD/SD collection is so scrambled that I had to ask someone to help me. No wonder I never shop there, but for $10 for 3 movies, I couldn't resist...and again short changed!
post #6 of 49
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That is a bummer Inspector.

Not that this will probably help much, but the 2010 Night at the Museum Collection is one of the more popular $9.99 titles, which was also part of the 3/$14.99 deal that began a few weeks ago. So that may be why it's already sold out some places. (Stores in my area have been running low on this as well.)

The last time I was at BB though, which was a couple days ago, I believe I saw another version of NATM 1 & 2 on a special Movie Cash display, with some other family-oriented titles. I can't find the SKU for it on BB's website to check the price though. Not sure what, if any, difference there is between the two versions.

If you're really desperate to get a particular title like this, then another thing you can try is ordering in-store via Express Lane, which requires the help of a (knowledgeable) customer service rep. It is a hassle though, and something I've never personally bothered with.

Hopefully you'll have better luck next time. I find that it helps to keep your expectations low, and to be somewhat flexible on what you're lookin for with deals like these though, because the popular titles can sometimes disappear rather quickly.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 10:46pm
post #7 of 49
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I don't know if this was an isolated case, but it seemed like the location I visited had a lot more Blu-rays in stock this time than during the last upgrade and save sale.

I tend to agree with you Phantom. Some of that could be an optical illusion though, because stores have blended together their DVD and Blu-ray sections. And many of the smaller stores have also reduced the size of their movie sections to make room for a new Samsung display area. So the movies they have are more densely packed together.

The family section did not seem as well stocked at the stores I've been to lately as some other sections though. And the selection at BB still pales in comparison to the movie section at Fry's Electronics.

At the moment though, BB does have a fairly good selection of titles in the $9.99 price range that they're pushing hard on several different display racks distributed around the stores. It's a little tougher to find what you're lookin for on those though (as Inspector alluded to above) because things are just randomly arranged. The "movie pull" (noted in my OP) which is supposed to occur on 7-21 could reduce/change the selection in those areas as well.

Don't think I ever thanked you for your kind comments on my Lawrence review btw (in the Best Catalog Transfers thread). I have a hard time stayin on top of things here sometimes. It was appreciated though.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 10:43pm
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Thanks Adu for all the info you impart in this thread!!!
post #9 of 49
Picked up Lawrence of Arabia on my first visit for the U&S deal. Just switched over to BD from DVD so my goal is to only buy BD's of movies I've seen and know are good, no speculating this time!

In addition to Lawrence, for the U&S I've got:

300
The Dark Knight
Blues Brothers
Animal House
Gangs of New York
Full Metal Jacket
Scarface

Most were $4.99 but I think two were 8.99 after the discount. I've got a bunch more stinkers on DVD to trade in so I'm definitely going to stock up on movies this round, I missed the last sale.

Casino is on sale right now for 7.99 so hopefully it goes back up to it's regular price of 9.99 so I can get the $5 off. Also considering The Godfather at $10 after discount, I have the DVD so I would really like to upgrade that one.
post #10 of 49
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Thanks Adu for all the info you impart in this thread!!!

You're very welcome.

The other Night of the Museum 2-Pack that I mentioned above can be found on the Percy Jackson Movie Cash display btw. It's actually a new 2013 2-movie set that regularly retails for $16.99, currently on sale for $14.99 (or $9.99 with a DVD tradein). And it includes $8 movie cash for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Aside from the movie cash (and slightly higher price), I'm not sure what difference there is between this and the $9.99 2010 NATM Collection.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 10:18pm
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Their BD/SD collection is so scrambled that I had to ask someone to help me.

 

I feel your pain on this btw, Inspector.

 

FWIW, my approach to these U&S deals has evolved over time. Since a lot of stuff is just randomly arranged, I'll usually just go through the entire movie section, including all the special display racks, and pull anything that seems a likely buy for me that day, regardless of the price (because the prices on the boxes are often wrong).

 

Then I'll either look up the prices on one of their customer computers, or take all the movies to a cashier and have them do a price verification. Some cashiers know how to do a "PV", and others don't. But all they have to do is scan each item, and then printout a receipt with the list.

 

After I get the correct prices, then I'll check out some reviews on AVS and blu-ray.com for titles that interest me most to see if there are better versions available (as with Gladiator), and try to narrow down my choices from there.

 

I generally only trade in enough DVDs to pay for the Blu-rays I intend to get at that particularly moment btw. It's sort of inconvenient to have to lug DVDs around each time you go to the store. But it's a bigger hassle if you get a grumpy sales/customer service person who doesn't want to honor tradeins from another store (which happens fairly frequently). Having the DVDs with you at the time of purchase just makes things easier imo.

 

If you prefer to go the other route though, and trade in your (up to 5 per visit) DVDs all at once, then make sure you get a coupon for each DVD you trade in, and keep them all with your receipt. (Most stores will ask to see both the coupons and the receipt.)


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 11:32pm
post #12 of 49
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The other Night of the Museum 2-Pack that I mentioned above can be found on the Percy Jackson Movie Cash display btw. It's actually a new 2013 2-movie set that regularly retails for $16.99, currently on sale for $14.99 (or $9.99 with a DVD tradein). And it includes $8 movie cash for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Aside from the movie cash (and slightly higher price), I'm not sure what difference there is between this and the $9.99 2010 NATM Collection.

 

You could also try the old: "well, you're out of the cheap one I wanted, so how bout cutting me a break on the more expensive one?" approach. Sometimes that also works.

post #13 of 49
Thanks ADU for all the information. Really appreciate it.
post #14 of 49
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You're welcome mo949.

 

If you've been followin chatter on the web, you probably know that the X-men/Wolverine movies (incl. 1st Class) are discounted, and also include movie money for The Wolverine, probably on a special display somewhere. (Some of those will probably go fast.)

 

The remastered Gladiator (SKU 7388339) is still $4.99 + tradein as well. I took a closer look at the transfer on that last night, and it is fantastic. The grain sometimes looks a little noisy, but detail is amazing for a Super 35 film.

 

Lawrence of Arabia (another astonishingly good transfer) is also still $4.99 + tradein, as are a couple of the Treks (the 2009 Star Trek and Wrath of Khan), Close Encounters (not my favorite transfer, but a great film), and Heavy Metal (very nice transfer for an older adult/animated film).

 

I picked up the new 2013 Universal edition of Charade (with A. Hepburn & C. Grant) for $7.99 with U&S a couple days ago, and should be posting a review of that soon. There's a 2010 Criterion edition of this as well (also currently on sale for $19.99 via Barnes & Noble's 50%-Off Criterion sale). Based on the screencaps, the PQ looks similar on the two releases, though the color appears slightly more "tweaked" on the new Uni version, giving facial tones a somewhat more reddish hue than the Criterion release. May have a few more thoughts on that in my review.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 11:27pm
post #15 of 49
So I just got the Gladiator / Troy one last night - still not sure if that's the 'remastered' Gladiator or not, it just says extended but I'm looking forward to it. I really wanted Lawrence of Arabia but it was out at the store I went to. I also wanted 'the postman' ( i know many don't like it, but it satsifies my post apocolyptic itch pretty well). Picked up the notebook to scrore major WAF points (and did biggrin.gif). Looked for star trek and they were out of it.

Do you know if anyones managed to get them to honor the trade in on a special order by chance?

Time to go sifting through the list again biggrin.gif

Thanks!
post #16 of 49
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So I just got the Gladiator / Troy one last night - still not sure if that's the 'remastered' Gladiator or not, it just says extended but I'm looking forward to it.

 

There's nothing obvious on the case which indicates, but based simply on the 2013 release date, my guess would be remastered. You might try poking around the recent Glad or Troy threads though to see if anyone else has already checked.

 

Only way I know to be certain is to look at the serial numbers on the disc (which means opening the box). The disc in the Glad/Troy combo pack is probably the same as Disc 1 in the 2-disc Gladiator BD edition. There should be a series of numbers around the hole on the blank side of the disc. If a couple of those numbers end with an "R2", then it's most likely the remastered version.

 

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I really wanted Lawrence of Arabia but it was out at the store I went to.

 

Bummer. The few stores in my area that I've been to recently all had LOA in stock. Did you ask a salesperson to check their inventory? Maybe they've got LOA (and Trek) hidden somewhere special. If they don't have it, then ask em to check the inventory at other stores nearby.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 10:21pm
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All the $9.99 Gladiators at the store where I bought mine had the "2010 DW Studios LLC" copyright on the back, so my guess is they probably all had the R2 pressings of DISC 1. YMMV though.

I went through this hassle last year after I'd bought it, though it cost me $9.99 + DVD, which was typical of just about every UG&S movie I bought last year. Some were even cheaper during the Holidays. I was really surprised to see how many popular older and some then new, releases had < $5 sale prices!

Anyway, FWIW, blu-ray.com lists the Gladiator/Troy BD as having the remastered disc.

GM
post #18 of 49
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Do you know if anyones managed to get them to honor the trade in on a special order by chance?

Well, yesterday I ordered U-571 and The Thirteenth Floor BDs with UG&S and ship to home if that's what you mean by 'special order'. I've done it for out of stock also. Last year, they let me order any on-line that were on sale, but not in-store, i.e. price match, but this time they 'stonewalled' me.

GM
post #19 of 49
Thanks for the additional tips ADU and GPM. I didn't explicitly ask on LOA, but I had asked on a few others - I probably shoulda. It's possible there was an impulse buy rack I might have missed. If they do the upgrade with ship to home then I'm going to do that next trip.
post #20 of 49
You're welcome! FWIW, LOA was in the regular Drama rack, the $9.99 Drama sales rack and a 'Summer Sizzler's' or some-such rack loaded with several different price point BDs on the left and DVDs on the right. It was 'hidden' behind all the others, so almost missed it and where I found the [3] 'elusive' PotC movies.

Good luck with 'special' orders, we found out last year that it's very store dependent. Ditto using UG&S for music BDs, which is explicitly forbidden, but apparently the managers have some leeway as I got [7] during the one last Summer, some of which were non-stock in store.

GM
post #21 of 49
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Welcome aboard, GM.

A few more titles, in addition to Charade, that are currently $7.99 with tradeins...

Baraka
Samsara
Jack Reacher
The Sting
Jurassic Park 1, 2, or 3
Star Trek 1, 3, 5 or 7

Haven't seen most of these on BD yet, except a couple of the Treks, which had fairly bad DNR. And JP 1 & 2 looked pretty bad on DVD imho (3 was ok). So I'd check some reviews and screencaps, before biting (pun intended) on some of these films. (I believe the Trek films were all $4.99 in the last U&S as well, so $7.99 isn't quite as good a deal on those.)

In-store supplies may already be dwindling on some of these btw.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 9:55pm
post #22 of 49
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Casino is on sale right now for 7.99 so hopefully it goes back up to it's regular price of 9.99 so I can get the $5 off.

^ This must be the 2013 "1990's Best of the Decade" version (SKU 9528472) that you're referring to, which is currently $7.99. Not that it will help much, but the 2008 version of Casino was actually $9.99 last week (now $14.99), so it would have been eligible for the U&S discount. (I noticed it late Saturday night while browsing through the now defunct 3/$14.99 section at my store.)

There are actually 3 different editions of Casino on Blu-ray, a plain vanilla 2008 version, a 2012 "Universal 100th Anniversary" edition, and the 2013 "1990's Best of the Decade" version. Dunno if there's any difference among the three, other than the packaging. Maybe the 2013 version will go up to $9.99 though before U&S is over. (Really makes it tough to keep track of things with all these different versions.)


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 9:56pm
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^ This must be the 2013 "1990's Best of the Decade" version (SKU 9528472) that you're referring to, which is currently $7.99. Not that it will help much, but the 2008 version of Casino was actually $9.99 last week (now $14.99), so it would have been eligible for the U&S discount. (I noticed it late Saturday night while browsing through the now defunct 3/$14.99 section at my store.)

There are actually 3 different editions of Casino on Blu-ray, a plain vanilla 2008 version, a 2012 "Universal 100th Anniversary" edition, and the 2013 "1990's Best of the Decade" version. Dunno if there's any difference among the three, other than the packaging. Maybe the 2013 version will go up to $9.99 though before U&S is over. (Really makes it tough to keep track of things with all these different versions.)

Yes, it was the the "Best of the '90s" version and still at $7.99. I agree with the multiple versions and could care less with extras or special packaging as long as I get the version with the best transfer.

I did pick up Fight Club which is on sale and can be had for $4.99 with upgrade, last week it was $17.99. This is the 10th anniversary edition with the cardboard slip cover which went right in the trash as it added nothing IMO. If you've seen the slip cover you'll know what I mean.

Off topic but I just don't think all the added features of special additions (director/actor commentaries, production notes, documentaries, etc.) are that great of a selling point anymore.
post #24 of 49
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Yes, it was the the "Best of the '90s" version and still at $7.99

Thx for clarifying (and sorry I wasn't able to catch the other version sooner, before it went back up.)

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Off topic but I just don't think all the added features of special additions (director/actor commentaries, production notes, documentaries, etc.) are that great of a selling point anymore.

I tend to agree, and usually buy for the movie more than anything else. Sometimes I'll check out the extras as well though, on certain titles. And for some folks that is one of the major advantages of buying discs over something like streaming.


Edited by ADU - 7/27/13 at 9:59pm
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The remastered Gladiator (SKU 7388339) is still $4.99 + tradein as well. I took a closer look at the transfer on that last night, and it is fantastic. The grain sometimes looks a little noisy, but detail is amazing for a Super 35 film.

Thanks for posting the SKU. All I was seeing previously at my BB was the steel case version ($19.99) but today I found this one out of order on another shelf and verified the SKU. There was only one so I picked it up.
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I picked up the new 2013 Universal edition of Charade... the color appears slightly more "tweaked" on the new Uni version, giving facial tones a somewhat more reddish hue than the Criterion release.

Speaking of red-hued faces, I should probably also mention that the color on the remastered Gladiator is heavily filtered, which some may like, and some may not. Not sure if the color filtration was this pronounced on other versions of the film (though I do recall a debate here about whether the dog was "blue" on the DVD editon*), but the palette on the remastered Blu-ray tends to favor pretty strongly saturated blues and red-oranges in most scenes, and rarely strays too much from that basic color scheme.

I'm not a big fan of this kind of heavy-handed filtration as a rule. (Think the only other film I own that looks this noticeably filtered is probably Bruce Willis's Surrogates.) Had to make an exception for Gladiator though. (The detail on this is pretty impressive in most scenes btw.)

 

(*Edit: http://www.avsforum.com/t/973935/gladiator-is-the-dogs-face-blue/)


Edited by ADU - 7/28/13 at 11:27am
post #27 of 49
I just went on a 2 day Blu Ray buying binge! Got rid of/upgraded a ton of stuff!

Today I called them up and asked if I could price match from Amazon AND use the coupon. The guy said first that no, that was a double dip and took it below their sale price, and so I asked so long as the adjusted price after PM is still over 9.99 can I use the coupon and he said yea, that would be fine. Even double checked and asked again. When I got there, they told me no, that's against the rules, and even when they found the guy who told me that, he just denied it and said all he told me was no, it was a double dip and wasn't allowed. Store manager DID ok it though, thankfully since I wouldn't have made today's trip had he not said yes. BB is hit or miss, but good service this time IMO. I only had 2 titles I was doing the double dip on, so it wasn't like I was trying to exploit some secret loophole or something, and he knew that.

I now own...

Batman Begins (5 bucks)
Final Fantasy : Advent Children (5 bucks, replaces my DVD)
Shawn of the Dead/Hot Fuzz combo Blu Ray (5 bucks, replaces 2 DVDs!)
Jurassic Park (8 bucks)
Gladiator (5 bucks, replaces DVD)

and trip 2 I got...

Dark Knight Rises (6.50 after PM and coupon!)
Inception (Steelbook) (5 bucks after PM and coupon!)
Serenity (5 bucks)
(I also grabbed Terminator 2 : Skynet edition off Amazon a couple days ago for 5 bucks, so I'm set for watching material!)

BTW, for those wondering about Gladiator, yes it is the remaster that they are selling. They changed all new ones they put out to the remaster, so all these that say 2010 on the back, even though they do say "2 disk set" like the old bad ones did, they are still the new ones. Also the number code on the inside of the disk itself will end in an R2. I watched it, looks stunning!

So far, I totally am impressed by Batman Begins, Gladiator and Hot Fuzz (great audio!). Final Fantasy I wish looked a bit better, almost looks like an upscaled DVD in spots. And Jurassic Park...great audio, but is this really supposed to be this grainy? I know film grain is authentic, so maybe I'm over reacting, but it seems a bit excessive on this blu ray.

I may go back for more since I want my DVDs gone. Black Hawk Down maybe?
post #28 of 49
where do you guys buy your dvd's to trade at for cheap?

i go to the 99 cent store or dollar tree for 1 dollar crap movie dvd's to trade in for the blu's....

anybody else got any other places they go?
post #29 of 49
As I usually do when BB does this dvd/BR upgrade deal, I trade in a few dvds, not buy anything and depending what area I'm in over the following few weeks while the deal is still on, check out that local Best Buy to see if I find anything. However, this go-round just in the past week it seems like most Best Buys have drastically reorganized and even further downsized their Blu-ray inventory AND have drastically cut down the number of titles that are discounted in the $10 - $15 range. The mostly older catalog titles I'd consider previously, I already have so there's nothing for me personally to choose from. Add to that, this month there's very little worthy new releases I'm after... that BB would stock. That last one during late Spring was pretty good as BB had a lot of 3D BR titles knocked down to $15 with a $5 credit so I bulked up on a lot of those. Not so this time around.

It looks like I'll wind up using my two discount credits for the two Star Trek NG releases coming out next week.
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where do you guys buy your dvd's to trade at for cheap?

i go to the 99 cent store or dollar tree for 1 dollar crap movie dvd's to trade in for the blu's....

anybody else got any other places they go?

I haven't run into this problem yet as I still have a lot of junk DVDs to trade. Try a pawn shop or garage sales, I'm sure you could pick something up for 25 cents.
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