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#1 BudzMcGee

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:53 PM

A new year, a new thread. You can view the previous thread here!

All Promotions are available in-store only, and they DO NOT stack!
Only the 10% Bonus from Gamers Club Unlocked will stack with these offers.
Please read FAQ below before asking questions!

Current Promos:
- 100% Bonus Trade-In Credit W/any trade in:
Get a 100% bonus when you trade-in any game (Offer valid 8/19 - 10/6 - Unconfirmed end date, 9/8 is the latest confirmed date)

General video game promotions link: http://www.bestbuy.c...17093&type=page (Promotions are listed at the bottom of the page)

Previous Promotions:
Promos that have expired:
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BEST BUY'S VIDEO GAMES TRADE-IN PAGE & VALUE ESTIMATOR

Check which BB stores do trade-ins here.
In-store trades are now done at the Trade-In Counter at the Gaming Dept.

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F.A.Q. Best Buy has a short FAQ here.

How does the get **% with pre-order bonus work?
The percentage is based on the final total of your entire trade in, so if the trade in is $100 and there is a 50% bonus your final gift card value will be $150. After trading in your games, the employee SHOULD then sell you the pre-order for $5.

How much is a pre-order at Best Buy?
Pre-ordering at Best Buy cost $5, in fact, you aren't supposed to pay any more than that (and most employees won't let you if you ask). Yes, you can use the gift card you just received from your trade-in to purchase the pre-order.

Can I cancel a pre-order and keep the bonus?
Yes, the trade-in and the pre-order are completely separate transactions. Nothing will prevent you from returning to the Best Buy canceling the pre-order and receiving a refund. Some users have claimed that they were flagged for doing this multiple times though and were denied, so be aware of how many pre-orders you are cancelling. Also keep in mind the obvious facts that this is not how the program is intended to work and over abuse will negatively affect the program long-term. Lastly, returns are tracked on a personal level by a third party. (Read: try not to cancel a bunch of pre-orders)

Do I have to cancel the pre-order at the same store where it was made?
No, this can be handled by any BBY. Don't be surprised if you get a customer service employee who says otherwise though.

Can I pre-order once and get the pre-order bonus on my next trade-in as well?
YMMV. Officially, the answer is no, but there is nothing that actually requires the employee to sell the pre-order in order to apply the bonus so if your blue shirt is in a friendly mood they may be willing. Doesn't hurt to get to know the employees at your store. That said, expect that you will have to pre-order another game and be surprised if you don't.

Can I combine a 3 games for **% and a pre-order for **% bonus?
No. Bonuses do not stack, and you must pick one or the other. The only bonus that stacks with other promotions is the 10% you receive if you are a Gamers Club Unlocked member.

How do I become a Gamers Club Unlocked member and get the 10% bonus?
Any video game section employee should be able to set you up with the GCU membership. It cost $15 and comes with a year subscription of @Gamer magazine. It will also get you a 10% bonus on trade ins and 10% off of used games (Make sure to point it out to the blue shirt doing your trade-in though as it is easy for them to skip, and they are still new to it). It can take 48 hours (or more) for GCU to show up on your Reward Zone membership.

Can I use my Best Buy gift card to purchase Amazon Kindle Gift Cards or Visa Gift Cards?
Yes, although some employees may not be aware of this and incorrectly refuse to do so. Visa Gift Cards have a $200 limit and a $6 activation fee. Amazon Gift Cards are available in $25, $50 and $100 depending on your store selection. IL does not sell Amazon Gift Cards. Yes, Kindle Gift Cards are good for anything on Amazon.

The value on the site doesn't match the store, why?
Sometimes the page may not update immediately. This is fairly rare though. The store's trade-in values are definitive though, so what they say is what you get. 99.99% of the time they will match up.

The value on the iPhone/Android app is way off, why?
The app sucks for updating values (and some games simply don't show up), don't rely on it.

The game I want to trade isn't on the site, what gives?
While rare, there have been some games recently not showing up in the online estimator. You can always check in-store to see if the price is in their system and simply not online, but that is unlikely to be the case. When Best Buy doesn't have a game on file they can offer $1 as a generic SKU, but that's it. New releases appear to be added on Tuesday evenings. Many new releases are taking upwards of a week or more to be added to the site.

How come the GOTY/complete version doesn't show up in the estimator?
Best Buy doesn't differentiate between the vanilla and GOTY/complete versions of a game. This is largely a cover-all policy due to the fact that many GOTY editions include the game's DLC and bonus content as one-time use codes; meaning that the game has no extra value on the 2nd hand market. So no extra TIV for your GOTY games. The plus side is that GOTY and vanilla versions sell at the same price, so if the DLC is located on disc and you find a GOTY version in-store it will be the same price as the vanilla one.

When do trade-in values update?
No one knows for sure, but updates can and do happen at any time. Sometimes an update will happen randomly, such as when GameStop has an advertised sale for a game well below Best Buy's trade in price.

What will be the TIV of Game X tomorrow/next week / next month/ etc
Nobody knows.

If I locked in a trade online, and the value drops, will I still get the locked in value when I mail it in?
Yes. You will get the locked in TIV as long as the item is received within 14 days of you locking it in (and the item is in the condition you described it as).

Can you lock in the price online then trade it in-store?
No.

Is there a limit to how many games I can trade in?
Officially, Best Buy only accepts 3 copies of a game, per system (i.e. you could trade in 3 copies of a game for Xbox, 3 copies for PS3 and 3 for Wii). This is for sure the online policy, but it varies in stores. Some people have reported being banned for trading in more than 3 copies of games, others have done so frequently without issue. Obviously it is YMMV, but do so at your own risk.

Lately some people have been told the policy is 1 game per system (i.e. you could trade in 1 copy of a game for Xbox, 1 for PS3 and 1 for Wii), and have been actively turned down when trading in more than one copy. Whether this is actually something they are banning for or if it is just what employees are being told to follow to limit multiples is unknown. Trade multiples at your own risk.

Can I trade game disc only, or do I need the case and manuals, too?
Best Buy accepts disc only games (for the same value as complete games). The trade in will take longer though as the employee will have to look up the games individually. Yes, this also applies to DS, 3DS, PSP, etc. If you have the manual and artwork you should trade it in though anyway to improve the quality of the selection for people who may want to buy the game in the future (you can't know if the game will be complete when you buy online for example).

Can I trade in games that say "Not for Resale" on the back?
Yes, since the only thing that matters is the disc. Some employees will fight this though, and in that case, just trade the game in as disc-only. Employees have gotten much better about knowing this policy though.

Does Best Buy accept game hardware?
Currently Best Buy only accepts various versions of the Nintendo DS in store, and some stores apparently accept consoles as well. Call ahead before bringing it in. That said, the TIV for most hardware is lower than competitors.

Does the **% bonuses apply to game hardware?
No, games only.

When I do a in-store trade, I am asked: to be fingerprinted, to have my photo taken, how much I weigh, etc. What's the deal?
Pawn shop laws regulating trade-ins and resale of used goods varies from state to state or even city to city. It is not Best Buy's rule, and varies from store to store depending on where you live. At a minimum you'll need a (United States) state issued ID or passport.

I went to a store to do a trade-in and they asked for a Best Buy receipt. WTF?
Some stores are required to have receipts to accept trade-ins, again this is due to local Pawn shop laws and could vary from city to city. You can always check if the store(s) near you require a receipt on Best Buy's trade-in site.

Can I trade sealed games?
Yes. You must present your receipt for the sealed games you are trading in. It is ok if the purchase was made from another store. You do run the risk of drawing extra attention to yourself as trading in sealed products is often a sign of theft. Do not be surprised if this is questioned by an employee, or you are asked to leave, open the items and return. You might even be flat out denied by the employee or manager despite the official rule.

Remember, all trades are technically at the discretion of Best Buy and they can refuse to accept a game for whatever reason they want (outside of you being black, woman, Jewish, etc.).

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#2 BudzMcGee

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#3 handsomepete

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

50% you say? With any trade in you say? No preorder shenanigans you say? I'll have to do a little looking. Thanks for the shiny new thread!

#4 Friend of Sonic

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:10 PM

Yeah, no preorder shenanigans makes me happy. I hope there's some tasty flips discovered.
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#5 crazedracerguy

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:14 PM

Mmmm... New thread smell! Thanks for all your work, Budz! Gotta find some decent stuff to trade in with that 60% bump!

#6 sgaldis

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:16 PM

Sweet! I can get someone else to do some trades I've been sitting on this week (in case I'm banned), can get the 50% bump, AND they don't have to preorder anything!

#7 bagwelljeff

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:18 PM

I posted this in the other BBY trade-in thread that was just closed:

Found a good GS to BBY flip - Venetica (X360) at GS is $9 used and $10 new - BBY is giving $12 base which works out to $19.20 after 50% bonus and 10% GCU - Don't bother with the PS3 version as BBY is only giving $4 base

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:27 PM

I posted this in the other BBY trade-in thread that was just closed:

Found a good GS to BBY flip - Venetica (X360) at GS is $9 used and $10 new - BBY is giving $12 base which works out to $19.20 after 50% bonus and 10% GCU - Don't bother with the PS3 version as BBY is only giving $4 base


Thanks !

#9 style_unseen

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:28 PM

I posted this in the other BBY trade-in thread that was just closed:

Found a good GS to BBY flip - Venetica (X360) at GS is $9 used and $10 new - BBY is giving $12 base which works out to $19.20 after 50% bonus and 10% GCU - Don't bother with the PS3 version as BBY is only giving $4 base

Thanks for that, now to convert some of my Gamestop credit to BB. :bouncy:

First time trading in Best Buy, wish me luck.

#10 SonictheHedgehog1337

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:29 PM

Thanks OP

#11 VincenteX

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:42 PM

Fantastic. I'm looking forward to another great year checking out this thread now and then. Thanks!

#12 ijustw1n

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:04 PM

Thanks for the heads up I love it when people actually spread the knowledge rather than hoarding. Also 1st page!!


Translated: Thanks for spoon feeding a newbie who can't open 2 browser windows and look games up.

#13 AdmrlBalls

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:48 PM

Nice. Might go trade in some games tomorrow for bonus credit. Thanks, OP.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:25 PM

I posted this in the other BBY trade-in thread that was just closed:

Found a good GS to BBY flip - Venetica (X360) at GS is $9 used and $10 new - BBY is giving $12 base which works out to $19.20 after 50% bonus and 10% GCU - Don't bother with the PS3 version as BBY is only giving $4 base


Crap, this one is going to tank by Tuesday now. Better get them in.

#15 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 11:29 PM

Translated: Thanks for spoon feeding a newbie who can't open 2 browser windows and look games up.

:rofl::applause::applause::applause::applause: Well said. Well said.

As for me I think I'm gonna see if I can dump some of my backlog I haven't touched with this 50% promo and make a lil scratch to start my flipping cycle again. I cashed out on BF by buying a tv n some games, but I wanna keep some cred on hand so I'm not spending cash anymore like I did today on some pre-owned games.:-#

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#16 crazedracerguy

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:17 AM

I cashed out on BF by buying a tv n some games, but I wanna keep some cred on hand so I'm not spending cash anymore like I did today on some pre-owned games.:-#


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#17 herpderp118

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:52 AM

add me to the banned list

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#18 slowdive21

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:14 AM

WHAT?????? IATCG actually bought a TV???? My God - that is front page CAG news!!! :lol:


Don't get too excited, it was a 32" CRT that pennied out. ;)

#19 Zeus_Thunder

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:54 AM

is it 50% Bonus per game traded in ?

#20 herpderp118

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:16 AM

yes

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:49 AM

yes


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#22 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:02 AM

WHAT?????? IATCG actually bought a TV???? My God - that is front page CAG news!!! :lol:

;)Even though I bought an HDtv, I bought it with flipping credit. My whole Black Friday transaction($400+) cost me $20 n change in real cash out of pocket. The rest was all gaming credit(that only cost me about $150 to make;)).:D

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#23 renique46

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:59 AM

Translated: Thanks for spoon feeding a newbie who can't open 2 browser windows and look games up.


Translation: I just made a worthless contribution because i can yay me!

Anyway 3rd birthday can net a a couple of dollars of profit if people give a shit about it since gamestop sells it for 9.99 and the trade in is 8 at bestbuy before promos.

#24 crazedracerguy

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

;)Even though I bought an HDtv, I bought it with flipping credit. My whole Black Friday transaction($400+) cost me $20 n change in real cash out of pocket. The rest was all gaming credit(that only cost me about $150 to make;)).:D


What size did you get? I keep thinking about getting another one, but I figure I'll just wait until one of mine dies. Between the BBV credit and giving BB their own new games back, I spent about $80 on mine. Wish I had known about Duke Nukem a few weekends ago - I'd be looking at a much nicer model ;)

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#25 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:18 PM

What size did you get? I keep thinking about getting another one, but I figure I'll just wait until one of mine dies. Between the BBV credit and giving BB their own new games back, I spent about $80 on mine. Wish I had known about Duke Nukem a few weekends ago - I'd be looking at a much nicer model ;)

I ended up grabbing a 32" model from Panasonic. It was like $320, but even so the credit I used to buy it cost me only $150 to make.;)

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#26 mrclutch

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:18 PM

BBY still takes games without an original case don't they?

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:23 PM

Yep, they'll take disc only

#28 mrclutch

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:30 PM

Yep, they'll take disc only


Cool. I think I'm swinging by to get my $5 Medal of Honor and my $10 Crysis 2. I've almost picked up Crysis about 5 difeerent times but never pulled the trigger so today is the day.

The Coupons say one per but I could buy another mag and get another copy for a friend couldn't I?

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:08 PM

Be careful their trade in values are so bad now its a joke. A lot of games only net $1-2. I did notice most Kinect games get good trade in values. That is about it.

#30 Velo214

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:28 PM

it's odd. lots of older, unpopular games have better tiv's than new/hot games cuz they have had sales on those, etc. like i have to plat n get rid of rogue warrior which is 6, but acr/sr3 etc are so low cuz of sales i guess. idk

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