(Short version: Best Buy makes attempt to alienate the last few customers that they have left, and succeeds.)
Best Buy has a $50 off $100 coupon that is valid in-store only. You have to pay with a Mastercard, expires 1/27. BestBuy.com orders are not eligible, even with store pickup. There are many exclusions (see below), but amazingly gift cards are not excluded and Amazon or Amazon Kindle gift cards are sold at Best Buy stores. However, some store managers are denying them anyway without reason. Credit to SlickDeals.
Here is the e-mail that was sent out. Here is the original PDF coupon hosted on BestBuy.com. Here is a Facebook discussion (now deleted by Best Buy) where Best Buy agrees it’s legit, while simultaneously people report select store managers freaking out and rejecting the coupons. Good luck to those that decide to try it out.
Update: The coupon was completely neutered. “We printed the wrong things that were valid, the wrong things that were invalid, the wrong expiration date, the wrong everything.”
To qualify for the discount, MasterCard must be used on a purchase of $100 or greater. Coupon excludes the following: Home Theater: Bose® audio products; Polk Audio; Denon; Boston Acoustics; select Samsung home audio, TVs, Blu-ray DVD players; Sony home audio & headphones, TVs & 3D glasses, Blu-ray players, DVD players & set top boxes; Magnolia Products: Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players, Sony TVs, Blu-ray players and projectors, Sharp 90” TVs, Epson projectors, URC, Sennheiser, Sonance, Bowers & Wilkins, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Oppo and SpeakerCraft Audio and special order merchandise; Portable Electronics: Apple® iPods and Bose products; Digital Imaging: Sony camcorders, digital cameras, NEX cameras, DSLR cameras, lenses & flashes; Nikon DSLR & compact system cameras, lenses & flashes & P510; GoPro cameras; Phones: no-contract phones, broadband and airtime cards on all carriers, no contract airtime cards; gaming hardware; Pacific Sales products; Geek Squad®: C.O.D. Geek Squad services. Not valid on any BestBuy.com order, including store pickup. Best Buy employees are not eligible for this promotion. No dealers. No copies. No cash back. No cash value. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase.
By Jonathan Ping | Deals & Offers | 1/21/13, 11:02am