Best Buy Makes 'Buy Back' Program Free Through The 12th

Best Buy Makes 'Buy Back' Program Free Through The 12th

The Super Bowl broadcast tonight actually served to be quite revealing in the technology space. Motorola's XOOM, the world's first Android 3.0 tablet, was finally introduced in a crazy '1984'-like advertisement, and Best Buy also used a bunch of celebs to showcase their new Buy Back Program. The company is getting into a market that has been around forever, and it makes perfect sense for the biggest CE retailer in the U.S.


Best Buy is spinning this new program as a way to "future proof" your purchases, but as we all know, you take a hit when selling back electronics. Just look at GameStop; they'll buy your old games and controllers back, but at just a fraction of the purchase price. The program itself was actually launched last month, but it's just now getting big time acclaim. But unlike models used at GameStop, this one actually sounds like it could really benefit consumers who love to flip gear: Best Buy customers may purchase the Buy Back Program when buying a new product at Best Buy and redeem it at a later time, for up to 50 percent of the original purchase price paid in the form of a Best Buy gift card, as long as the device is in good working condition and includes all original parts.

Of course, that'll cost you up front, but not on gear you buy through the 12th of this month. The Buy Back program will be free through then on the complete range of consumer electronics covered by the Buy Back Program, including post-paid mobile phones, laptops, netbooks, tablets and televisions. Ordinarily, the cost of the Buy Back Program varies by product category, with protection for any laptop, netbook or tablet, for example, being $69.99. It's definitely a gamble to buy this plan up-front, but it also provides a layer of security that you'll at least get something back. The video below is pretty outrageous, but if you're in need of a laugh and you missed the Super Bowl, check it out.

Best Buy to “Future Proof” Tech Purchases with Buy Back Program at No Cost Through Feb. 12

Customers can buy new gadgets with added confidence from an upfront re-purchase schedule, instant payment on redeemed gear

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) has launched a multi-media campaign to promote its new Buy Back Program and a special week-long offer to “future proof” technology purchases for free. Beginning with tonight’s Big Game commercial featuring star appearances from Justin Bieber, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, the campaign encourages customers to take advantage of a special offer to receive the Buy Back Program at no cost when purchasing gear at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile through Saturday, Feb. 12.

    “We have abundant evidence that one of the biggest barriers to buying new tech devices today is fear of obsolescence”

Best Buy officially launched Buy Back in January as a solution for customers who want to keep up with the greatest gadgets but are concerned that their gear will become obsolete. Best Buy customers may purchase the Buy Back Program when buying a new product at Best Buy and redeem it at a later time, for up to 50 percent of the original purchase price paid in the form of a Best Buy gift card, as long as the device is in good working condition and includes all original parts.

“We have abundant evidence that one of the biggest barriers to buying new tech devices today is fear of obsolescence,” said Brian Dunn, chief executive officer of Best Buy. “We don’t think that should get in the way of benefiting from all that today’s technology has to offer. So to celebrate the arrival of this program, we’re offering it free on everything from mobile phones and laptops, to tablets and TVs. The Buy Back Program is not only unprecedented for Best Buy, but we believe it can transform CE retailing as we know it today.”

Best Buy is waiving its upfront Buy Back Program price from now through Saturday, Feb. 12 on the complete range of consumer electronics covered by the Buy Back Program, including post-paid mobile phones, laptops, netbooks, tablets and televisions. Ordinarily, the cost of the Buy Back Program varies by product category, with protection for any laptop, netbook or tablet, for example, being $69.99.

The multi-media promotional campaign that launched on tonight’s Big Game broadcast continues February 7 with full-page ads in national daily newspapers, and throughout the month with additional TV commercials, Best Buy cover insert ads and a robust website featuring details about the Buy Back Program, complete with instructional video and longer-form TV spots at www.bestbuy.com.

The campaign reinforces how Buy Back delivers a level of assurance, transparency and convenience that distinguishes it from other options like trade-in programs or reseller markets. With Buy Back, Best Buy customers don’t have to wait for payment, and can immediately apply the value of their Buy Back product redemption to the purchase of new products at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store.

Better yet, consumers know what they’ll be paid up front, with a schedule that is available at the time of Buy Back Program purchase and is based on duration of product ownership. Best Buy will buy back qualified products anytime within two years for laptops, netbooks, tablets and post-paid mobile phones, and four years for televisions.1 Customers may receive up to 50 percent of the product’s original purchase price paid in the form of a Best Buy gift card if redeemed within six months of the effective date.2 The gift card may be used to purchase new products of their choice. The percentage back is based on the purchase effective date.

Electronics redeemed through the Buy Back Program are evaluated by Best Buy’s built-in team of Geek Squad Agents, and distributed among Best Buy’s aftermarket, trade-in and recycling programs. To learn more about the Buy Back Program and find the Best Buy store near you , visit www.bestbuy.com. 
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Does best buy resell them after?

Im curious what they do after they buy it... i'm assuming they do sell it.... but i'm wondering if theres a decent market for it?

I mean sure, i dont mind a used laptop, but if that machine is 3 years old... and best buys sells it for like $100... i dont know if i'd purchase that. I dont know whats wrong with it, how it was used, or abused.

Or even tv's...i wouldnt buy, especially an lcd tv, used if its more than a year old. SImply beacuse i dont know how that tv was treated.... how long the backlight has life etc... was the tv turned on and off, was it placed in a humid area etc.

I guess there is a market out there as BB is invest in it... but.. hmm.

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My wifes 3 year old laptop goes for about half of what i paid for it, $500. So unless you plan on keeping things a lot longer or buy very expensive things it doesn't really make sense. However im speaking as a eBay guru, most people upgrade, and have a bunch of old things they don't sell. So this would come in handy for most people

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