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Fry's 20% Off Coupons

For the last five days Fry's has been passing out 20%-10% off coupons to the first 75 customers (first 25 get 20%, next 25 get 15%, last 25 get 10%) at opening. They exclude Sony, LG, Samsung and Bose if I remember correctly other wise you are good to go. You can still use their promo codes which are deducted after the 20% discount. Better yet you "might" get them to price match and then apply the 20% discount - since it doesn't say it's excluded on the coupon. I did just that and grabbed...

ASUS RTX 2080 Dual OC - Newegg had it for $709.99 (Fry's was $829) and after the 20% ended up $567.99. Another example...

Sony UBP-X800 - Fry's had it at $228 after the 20% it was $162.40 (including $20 promo code). Just an example of how the promo code works.

Your item must be greater than $199 (before any discounts) to use the coupon. And frequently various Fry's deals are even better than 20% off however video cards aren't often discounted (to any degree) so it might be a good opportunity to pick one up. Especially if you manage to get them to price match a "great" deal elsewhere before the 20%.

Supposedly the coupons were to end Sunday but as of today they keep rolling them out...

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At first you say Sony is excluded then you list a deal you got on a Sony product?

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At first you say Sony is excluded then you list a deal you got on a Sony product?
Yep. The disclaimer states "some" Sony, etc... I'm guessing it's the high-end TVs and such. The UHD player was good to go. Here's the asterisk...

Excludes some Sony, Bose, Samsung, POSA cards and other items.


They were out of stock on the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones or I would have given them a try.
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Good price on that 2080.
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Good price on that 2080.
Yeah - I'm trying to decide whether I want to keep it. Last graphic card I had was a 1080 Ti (water cooled) which I sold during the mining craze. I'm not a gamer and I'm currently using the i7-8700K for video. For what I do it works fine with 4K60p via Windows Pro 10 and Ubuntu 19.04. I might do a Threadripper build down the road so I'll need some type of video card. Going to see how the Radeon VII specs before I decide as I like its "looks" and being AMD it just fits better. As long as it has a zero fan mode and is close to the same power consumption at idle I'll probably lean that way.

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Save an additional 10-20% off Thursday, use the secret word "TechThursday20"

This Thursday in every Fry's Electronics store, upon opening, the first 25 customers will receive a 20% off coupon, the next 25 customers will receive a 15% off coupon and the next 25 customers will receive a 10% off coupon. Minimum purchase is $199 and up.

For those customers that can't beat the early birds, 15 more 20% off coupons will be available beginning at 5:30PM local time

To get one of these lucky coupons, mention the secret word "TechThursday20" to the Fry's greeter at the entrance of the store.*Coupon not valid for some Sony, Bose, Samsung, LG, Nikon products, all Point of Sale Activation Cards and Gift Cards. Speak with a sales associate in store for further details.

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FYI: I was told Friday will also have coupons. That is the last day... as of right now.

Take an additional 20% off Friday, in-store, use the secret word "FrysDay20"

This Friday in every Fry's Electronics store, upon opening, the first 30 customers will receive a 20% off coupon, Minimum purchase is $299 and up.

For those customers that can't make it tomorrow morning, 30 more 20% off coupons will be available tomorrow beginning at 5:30PM local time in every Fry’s store.

To get one of these lucky coupons, mention the secret word "FrysDay20" to the Fry's greeter at the entrance of the store.

*Coupon not valid for some Sony, Bose, Samsung, LG, Nikon, Tempurpedic products, all Point of Sale Activation Cards, and Gift Cards. Speak with a sales associate in store for further details on how to save money.

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Yeah - I'm trying to decide whether I want to keep it. Last graphic card I had was a 1080 Ti (water cooled) which I sold during the mining craze. I'm not a gamer and I'm currently using the i7-8700K for video. For what I do it works fine with 4K60p via Windows Pro 10 and Ubuntu 19.04. I might do a Threadripper build down the road so I'll need some type of video card. Going to see how the Radeon VII specs before I decide as I like its "looks" and being AMD it just fits better. As long as it has a zero fan mode and is close to the same power consumption at idle I'll probably lean that way.
Seems like the intial VII reviews are not great. Curious if you are not a gamer why so much GPU horsepower?

Seems like a mid range xx60 card would be more than enough. I would love to do a threadripper build for my server. Can't justify the money but maybe one day. I currently have a Ryzen 2600x in my main rig and like it very much. Looking forward to Ryzen 3. If they really do a 16 core 32 thread chip I would not have a reason to go threadripper. Even the 12/24 chip would be sweet.
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Seems like the intial VII reviews are not great. Curious if you are not a gamer why so much GPU horsepower?
So far the driver appears to need a lot of work... lots of crashes and whatnot. However performance (when it works) seems close on gaming and exceeding the RTX 2080 in a lot of workstation tasks. I would probably swap my RTX 2080 straight up for the VII..

Regarding overbuilding I tend to build what I get good bargains on or simply what I like versus matching the "performance" to any actual need. As you can see from my last two builds (not counting a couple of spec builds) I more or less get a "vision" and build to it. After a while I typically sell the PC or part it out. Bottom line if you pick the right pieces and get them at a good price you'll more than break even. At least I have over the years.
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The coupons keep coming... over the weekend and starting into this week.

Take an additional 20% off Monday, in-store, use the secret word "AlwaysAtFrys20"

This Monday in every Fry's Electronics store, upon opening, the first 25 customers will receive a 20% off coupon, Minimum purchase is $299 and up.

For those customers that can't make it Monday morning, 25 more 20% off coupons will be available Monday beginning at 5:30 PM local time in every Fry’s store.

To get one of these lucky coupons, mention the secret word "AlwaysAtFrys20" to the Fry's greeter at the entrance of the store.

*Coupon not valid for some Sony, Bose, Samsung, LG, Nikon, Tempurpedic, GoPro products, all Point of Sale Activation Cards, and Gift Cards. Maximum discount $1,000.

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So far the driver appears to need a lot of work... lots of crashes and whatnot. However performance (when it works) seems close on gaming and exceeding the RTX 2080 in a lot of workstation tasks. I would probably swap my RTX 2080 straight up for the VII..

Regarding overbuilding I tend to build what I get good bargains on or simply what I like versus matching the "performance" to any actual need. As you can see from my last two builds (not counting a couple of spec builds) I more or less get a "vision" and build to it. After a while I typically sell the PC or part it out. Bottom line if you pick the right pieces and get them at a good price you'll more than break even. At least I have over the years.
Those rigs look nice. Looks like it's time for a hard tubing build next time.

If you got the money to spend than by all means for it. It's nice to have the power when you need it.
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The coupons keep coming... today it was 20% off for the first 40 customers. Items over $299 before promo codes or coupon.

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Looks like it's time for a hard tubing build next time.
It became a bucket list thing for me. After several flexible tubing builds it felt like I was taking the easy way out. Thinking about workbench or rack mount for my next build so I might be back to flexible with quick disconnect.

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The coupons keep coming... today it was 20% off for the first 40 customers. Items over $299 before promo codes or coupon.


It became a bucket list thing for me. After several flexible tubing builds it felt like I was taking the easy way out. Thinking about workbench or rack mount for my next build so I might be back to flexible with quick disconnect.
Those sound like cool ideas. I have always wanted to do a sweet test bench build. Praxis wet bench would be sweet with quick disconnects to swap out hardware. Maybe one day.
I got into watercooling with one build about 8 years ago but I swap stuff out too much, so I went back to air.
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I got into watercooling with one build about 8 years ago but I swap stuff out too much, so I went back to air.
There really aren't any rational reasons for custom loops. Now closed loops do make sense in many cases and to a large degree no more "hassle" than air cooling. However I will say often one advantage is noise. The hard line tubing build pictured above can't be heard from a foot away even under heavy load. Bench wise I have looked at Praxis and Steacom (which is hard to find). I thought Gamers Nexus sold them and I probably would have purchased one to support them but I think they dropped it.

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Coupons are still passed out daily (as of today). I heard they might well keep going for quite a while... at least that is how I understood it. No guarantee of course.

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Coupons are still passed out daily (as of today). I heard they might well keep going for quite a while... at least that is how I understood it. No guarantee of course.
So what are the exclusions? Do you know how this works? Is this something that you want to be there when it opens? I am going to be in the area of a frys next week and have been wanting to get a RTX 2060. Trying to undrstand if it would be worth it to try, and how things work.
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So what are the exclusions? Do you know how this works?
Pretty much... I have used their coupon a half dozen times or so. Over the weeks they have added a few more exclusions. Currently sitting at (I believe)...

Excludes all Apple, Game Consoles, Point-of-Sale Activation Cards & Gift Cards
Excludes some Sony, Bose, Samsung, Nikon, LG, Tempur-Pedic & Go-Pro
Maximum discount $1,000
Price Match Promise considered after discount has been applied


They change the minimum purchase amount with it typically being higher during the weekend. From $199-$399. At my local Fry's you can show up at opening and be sure you'll get one of the coupons. They typically offer 25-40 coupons at 20% off.

First I would make sure they have what you are looking for in stock... especially video cards. If they do you could always order it online the day before to guarantee it will be available. They will just have to do some paperwork to process the coupon. If you don't pick up an online order within x days they automatically refund the purchase. I think I have only seen EVGA and MSI RTX 2060 cards here and they go rather quickly.

If you are looking for a certain model the odds are pretty low you'll have any luck. I think recently they priced their cards a little higher than online prices and since you can't price match (before using the coupon) I think a good chunk of the discount disappears... so it might be worth your time/effort.

Oh I forgot... they have a secret word (same word for everybody) to use to get the coupon which they email to you the night before. You have to be signed up for promos. Some times they don't bother and I'm sure you could listen to the person "in front" of you... or find it via Google without any problem.

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Pretty much... I have used their coupon a half dozen times or so. Over the weeks they have added a few more exclusions. Currently sitting at (I believe)...

Excludes all Apple, Game Consoles, Point-of-Sale Activation Cards & Gift Cards
Excludes some Sony, Bose, Samsung, Nikon, LG, Tempur-Pedic & Go-Pro
Maximum discount $1,000
Price Match Promise considered after discount has been applied


They change the minimum purchase amount with it typically being higher during the weekend. From $199-$399. At my local Fry's you can show up at opening and be sure you'll get one of the coupons. They typically offer 25-40 coupons at 20% off.

First I would make sure they have what you are looking for in stock... especially video cards. If they do you could always order it online the day before to guarantee it will be available. They will just have to do some paperwork to process the coupon. If you don't pick up an online order within x days they automatically refund the purchase. I think I have only seen EVGA and MSI RTX 2060 cards here and they go rather quickly.

If you are looking for a certain model the odds are pretty low you'll have any luck. I think recently they priced their cards a little higher than online prices and since you can't price match (before using the coupon) I think a good chunk of the discount disappears... so it might be worth your time/effort.

Oh I forgot... they have a secret word (same word for everybody) to use to get the coupon which they email to you the night before. You have to be signed up for promos. Some times they don't bother and I'm sure you could listen to the person "in front" of you... or find it via Google without any problem.
Thanks for all the info, I have looked on the web site and see stock is slim to none for the 2060's. I will probably just take my chance and see whats in stock.

I signed up for the newsletter so I can have the secret word or whatever, thanks for the tip there. 20% is a huge discount for a new gpu, very rare to get a deal like that. I know how frys is with stock though so we'll see...

Thanks man

EDIT** Signed up for the emails but not seeing a secret word, I got a promo code for the ad sales but thats just a number like 2288. Am I missing it or maybe it will come tomorrow.

EDIT 2## I looked in an old email that still gets the frys ads and don't see anything about a 20% coupon.

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I ended up getting the email this morning, I may just try to see what's available when I drive by. Right now I show zero stock.
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Right now I show zero stock.
Today I looked at the local Fry's and the NVIDIA 1050 Ti and AMD 570 were tops in stock... anything higher were about 20 feet of empty shelves. That's the worse I can remember. One thing I don't understand is why there isn't a ton of 10 series cards. NVIDIA reported massive 10 series overstock (quarterly report - main reason their stock tanked) and how they were going to make their partners "eat" them. I figured the market would be flooded with them... boy I was wrong. At least they never made their way to Fry's.

I'm still debating on keeping the RTX 2080. I don't need it at the moment however it was such a good deal...

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Today I looked at the local Fry's and the NVIDIA 1050 Ti and AMD 570 were tops in stock... anything higher were about 20 feet of empty shelves. That's the worse I can remember. One thing I don't understand is why there isn't a ton of 10 series cards. NVIDIA reported massive 10 series overstock (quarterly report - main reason their stock tanked) and how they were going to make their partners "eat" them. I figured the market would be flooded with them... boy I was wrong. At least they never made their way to Fry's.

I'm still debating on keeping the RTX 2080. I don't need it at the moment however it was such a good deal...
That sucks. I think the main 10xx card they were stuck with was the 1060, last I heard the 1080ti was basically gone as far as new cards go.
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Today I noticed my local Fry's received a large shipment of video cards. Plenty of GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 cards to choose from if you like EVGA or MSI. Several AMD midrange cards too.

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Today I noticed my local Fry's received a large shipment of video cards. Plenty of GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 cards to choose from if you like EVGA or MSI. Several AMD midrange cards too.
Yeah I made it out there this weekend. This store also had a decent shipment of 1660ti's to 2080's. This Frys was in pretty bad shape, I guess they always are, hadn't been in a while. I had already grabbed a 2060 from EVGA so I was mostly window shopping.
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This Frys was in pretty bad shape, I guess they always are, hadn't been in a while.
Over the years I have noticed their buyers are pretty disciplined per se. They want a certain margin and if they can't negotiate such from a manufacturer they will simply go without stock. A good example is my local Fry's has been out of stock on AMD motherboards for months. I asked the department manager what's up with that and he stated the buyer and manufacturers haven't come to terms... yet.

Now with video cards I completely understand their lack of inventory. There is very little margin and being retail I'm sure they need "some" margin to make it worth their while (profitable). They tend not to price gouge (to any degree) so when supply is short which drives the wholesale prices up they simply do without. Another area is RAM. The majority of their stock is older discontinued RAM which I'm sure they picked up for a good price.

All and all I find the company itself rather interesting... with promo codes they typically (well) beat online pricing and since they price match online dealers they never offer a higher price. All the time being (mostly) a retail chain one has to wonder how they do it...

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Over the years I have noticed their buyers are pretty disciplined per se. They want a certain margin and if they can't negotiate such from a manufacturer they will simply go without stock. A good example is my local Fry's has been out of stock on AMD motherboards for months. I asked the department manager what's up with that and he stated the buyer and manufacturers haven't come to terms... yet.
Yeah a lot of that makes sense. And I am always happy to have a brick and mortar store for this type of stuff. Not many left. The store I went to just felt kind of sad. Busted up cases on display. They are good for accessory type things like adapters. This store had the same issue with and motherboards. All they had was the Meg Creation because it's like $550 lol.
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The store I went to just felt kind of sad. Busted up cases on display. They are good for accessory type things like adapters.
By the way coupons are still flowing...

As I stated before I find them rather interesting. Since they are a privately held company I'm guessing it's rather hard to learn much about what's up per se. Since opening here (Fishers, IN) until about two years ago or so they seemed to have changed very little over the years. Stock and personnel appeared to be quite constant. At that point personnel appeared to change rather dramatically from the top down and inventory began to fluctuate wildly. As an example power supplies might be virtually nonexistent for weeks to eventually having an endless supply of one/two manufacturers/models. More or less as their motherboards are today.

The 20% coupons confuse me as well. I can see a promotion to get (new) people into the store and increase cash flow. However it appears to be semi-permanent at this point and one has to wonder what margin is typically left after the coupon. If you are already selling at the lowest possible price (via retail store/Internet price matching) to some degree you are only under cutting yourself and your potential profit. Although I have purchased a couple of items I probably wouldn't have other wise. It comes across as a money grab which on the surface doesn't appear healthy or sustainable?

Now I wish them nothing but the best and given the opportunity I'll purchase from them whenever possible. More so because I can receive the best deal than my love for Fry's.

As a disclaimer I have no inside knowledge or a working relationship with Fry's.

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They neutered the coupon to only 10% off on video cards & CPUs. However they did add a few "categories" like Apple and gaming consoles which were excluded previously at the 10% off as well.

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