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Thursday, January 13, 2011

How Much Are You Willing to Pay for Future-Proofing?

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/01/1...r-your-gadgets/

"Best Buy just announced their latest program, designed to protect your investment. Instead of being stuck with an item, Best Buy will buy your item back from, providing you with in-store credit on a Best Buy gift card. There is an additional cost when you originally purchase the item, which varies based on the purchased. It’s also only available on certain items like laptops, netbooks, tablets, and items of that nature."

I looked at the details and I can't see a single situation where this would make much sense except to the laziest of consumers. For laptops, netbooks, and tablets, the program costs $69.99 and what you get back ranges from 50% for the first 6 months to 20% after 18 months. So, going low end, buy a $400 netbook. At 6 months you'd get $200 back, factor in the $69.99 you paid to enroll in the program and only net $130.01. At 18 months you'd get $80 back, factor in the $69.99 you paid to enroll in the program and only net $11.01. Or try going high end and buy a $2,000 laptop. At 6 months you'd get $1000 back, factor in the $69.99 you paid to enroll in the program and only net $930.01. At 18 months you'd get $400 back, factor in the $69.99 you paid to enroll in the program and only net $329.99. In all these cases I'd think you could easily do better reselling the item yourself. Heck on the netbook at 18 months, you'd probably do better at a pawn shop than you would with this deal.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Help Me Win $1250 for Kids Who Need It This Christmas

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 03:00 PM

Hi everyone! I need your help to win an unboxing contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook, and it’s for a good cause. Since I do a lot of those, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we’re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense – so I’ve publicly committed to donating half of the prize ($1250) to kids involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. My mother works for that organization, and I’ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it’s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I’ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).

I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!

Here’s how you can help me, and the kids, win – oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!

  1. Log into Facebook, and visit the Best Buy Unboxing Day Contest Site. Click Allow when the app asks for your permission. I’ve noticed there’s a weird bug with Internet Explorer 8 where it loops the process for almost a minute, so you may want to use Firefox or Chrome if you run into trouble.
  2. Find my Samsung Focus video (see above) and click on it, then click on Vote in the window that pops up. You’ll need to fill out a little form; if you live outside Canada and don't qualify for the gift card, just put in whatever bogus information you want.
  3. Return to that contest site every day to vote – you can vote once every day up until December 31st.

The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I’ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii’s I purchase.

(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Under the Covers - CinemaNow is Best Buy

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/18/...h-under-the-ci/

"Best Buy...will start selling movies sans-disk to web connected devices later this month, starting with LG Blu-ray players and home theater in a box systems, followed by Samsung's internet connected home theater equipment and of course the house Insignia brand. As planned, it will have "first run" movies for sale as soon as they arrive on DVD, with rentals for $2.99 - $3.99 per movie and purchases at $9.99 to $19.99, including HD titles and some available in 1080p. Apparently the name game is how Best Buy plans to sneak boxes with its store embedded through other retailers, we'll see how Wal-mart / VUDU, Amazon and the rest respond to the challenge."

For some of us, the disassociation of the service with Best Buy is probably for the best. I don't thing there is much of a concern that other retailers will avoid selling this product just because of the built in service. After all, it is not too difficult to find Netflix enabled devices at retail and on-line from a variety of retailers.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Best Buy Serving the Student Market

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...3&type=category

"Best Buy asked college students what they wanted in a laptop computer, and then partnered with leading PC manufacturers HP, Toshiba, Dell & Sony to create the Next ClassTM line of personal laptop computers - available exclusively at Best Buy."

I'm not sure if they quite hit their objectives in all the areas. One of the desired features was long battery life. The best of these offerings succeeds at 6 hours, but the worst is at 3 hours. But, this is good as a one stop purchase that has everything most students will need already on and ready to go. However, I think if you are going to college, you should know how to do things like install software without having your hand held.


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