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In a blow to gamers who like scoring brand-new game titles at better prices than the norm, Best Buy has decided to cancel its popular Gamers Club program. To many, Best Buy may not have seemed like the de facto place to pick up the hottest new console or PC game, but the company's Gamers Club made sticking with the company a no-brainer, or at least it used to. With the simple $30 annual membership, gamers could save 20% off of any new game, which means that the card would be quickly paid off after only a few purchases. Beyond that, the card enabled a 10% trade-in bonus, 10% off pre-owned games,... Read more...
Best Buy and Amazon are fierce rivals in the electronics market, with the former having a big presence in the brick and mortar side of things, while the latter absolutely dominates the online sector. The two companies are now joining forces to sell new Fire TV Edition smart TVs in a rather interesting arrangement. The two companies inked a multi-year partnership that will see Best Buy as the exclusive retailer for Insignia- and Toshiba-branded Fire TV Edition smart TVs. These sets will be sold at both Best Buy's brick and mortar and online stores. In addition, the TVs will be sold via the Amazon... Read more...
Huawei might be one of the largest smartphone OEMs in the world, but the company is having a very hard time breaking into the U.S. market. The reason for the difficulty is that Huawei has very close ties to the Chinese government, and the U.S. government is balking over fears of spying that could compromise national security. Huawei has now taken another significant blow in its plans to enter the U.S. market. The largest big box electronics retailer in the U.S., Best Buy, has ceased ordering new smartphones from Huawei and plans to stop selling Huawei products altogether over the next few... Read more...
Huawei has found it difficult to make inroads in the U.S. smartphone market. Some of the company's troubles have to do with the U.S. government fearing that Huawei, a company with close ties to the Chinese government, might use those devices to spy on Americans. That fear has led to government pressure that has stopped both AT&T and Verizon from selling Huawei phones directly to consumers. Huawei opted to sell its devices directly to customers via retailers like Best Buy and others. Reports now indicate that Huawei is soliciting fake reviews via a private Facebook group to get fans to post... Read more...
In what can be considered a sign of the times, Best Buy has reportedly told music supplies that it is phasing out sales of physical CDs. Interestingly enough, the electronics chain will continue to carry vinyl records, a music medium that predates CDs but has seen a resurgence in recent years. Best Buy will merchandise vinyl with turntables, or record players if you prefer the old school term. Besides vinyl, streaming music is where it's at these days. Spotify is the top streaming music service globally and still boasts the most paid subscribers in the United States, though Apple Music is on pace... Read more...
When it comes to AI smart speakers currently on the market, the two dominant players on the market are Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo family and the newly expanded Google Home family. During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales bonanza, the "original" Google Home was available for as low as $79, which is a $50 price break from its normal MSRP. However, Best Buy is far surpassing those deals with its current two-pack offer on the Google Home. The $129 price that you would normally pay for a single Google Home will instead get you two for the same price. So, you're essentially pay $65 for each Google... Read more...
If one of the big gift items for someone on your Christmas list is the SNES Classic Edition, here is another chance to get your hands on one. Best Buy will have the SNES Classic Edition in stores only today. The stores are opening at 9 a.m. local time on Saturday and limited quantities will be available for folks to fight over. Anyone trying to get hands on one of these consoles had better show up early, they are being sold on a first come, first served basis. Just as it did when the SNES Classic launched, Best Buy is using a ticketing system, if you get a ticket you get a console. Only a single... Read more...
Many of the juiciest deals on Black Friday are often deeply discounted technology products, making Best Buy a seemingly obviously destination for anyone trying to score a deal. But will the electronics chain live up to expectations? It very well may—Best Buy's Black Friday advertisement lists some enticing deals, including $300 off any of Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones, those being the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8. The discount requires "qualified activation" with a wireless carrier. Best Buy specifically lists Verizon and Sprint on its advertisement, so it looks like AT&T... Read more...
Paying $699.99 for the Essential Phone? Ain't nobody got time for that. If you shelled out the full asking price of the smartphone on pre-order or early at launch, the bad news for you today is that the price of the smartphone has gone down again, with Best Buy chopping anther $50 off the asking price for the phone as it tries to move stock. With the additional $50 off, the smartphone is now selling for $449.99. The father of Android, Andy Rubin, and his company, Essential, certainly didn’t expect to be here with the fancy new device. The smartphone launched as a Sprint carrier exclusive, which... Read more...
Best Buy did not earn itself any brownie points by overcharging customers for Apple's newly minted iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X handsets, each of which carried a $100 premium for the privilege of buying one from the electronics chain instead of direct from Apple, and its explanation as to why it has now pulled the unlocked SKUs from its store shelves is just lame. Summed up, the marked up phones did not sell in part because of "noise in the media" and "confusion" with its customers. Really, Best Buy? "Although there was clearly demand for the un-activated iPhone X, selling it that way... Read more...
Earlier this morning at 12:01 AM PST, Apple opened up pre-orders for the highly anticipated iPhone X. But as is often the case with a new Apple flagship, actually securing one for delivery on launch day was difficult for some customers. The online Apple Store and the Apple Store app were inaccessible for some fans for extended periods of time, and by the time they did get to order, shipping times had slipped from launch day delivery (November 3rd) to "Ships: 2-3 weeks". Those looking into place an order now will have to end up waiting a month or longer for their fancy new iPhone X. Going to Apple's... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday when Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was released, promising to take on the big names in the Android smartphone market like Samsung, LG, HTC and Google. With its slim bezels and odd cutout around its front-facing camera, the Essential Phone definitely turned a few heads when it was first announced. However, not many people were particularly enamored with its $699.99 price. Well, if you were sitting on the fence because of the price tag, Best Buy has a deal that just might get you to make the final leap. The electronics retailer has slashed $100 off the price of the smartphone,... Read more...
Today marks Nintendo's launch of the highly anticipated SNES Classic Edition, which interestingly has the same hardware inside as the NES Classic Edition that came before it. This scaled down console brings 21 retro video games that many gamers grew up on and crams them into one package with no need to sling cartridges like back in the day. Nintendo has promised higher production levels of the SNES classic than the previous retro NES offering that was so hard to find. More production doesn't necessarily mean that the new console will be easy to find. We are going to run down all the places you... Read more...
If you didn't bite on the pre-order madness for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles a while back, now is your chance to pre-order the standard version of Microsoft's latest console hardware. Pre-orders kicked off today at 10 AM PT at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop for the standard Xbox One X (system ship November 7).  GameStop fans also have some cool deals to go along with the pre-orders for the console bundles. Gamers can get a $200 credit toward the Xbox One X if they trade in their current console. Odds are there are caveats to that, but those are unclear. There... Read more...
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