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Best Buy Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL $40/$30 Off (YMMV)


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#1 MochaRaf

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:00 AM

Before I begin I would just like to point out that this deal is very YMMV and will most likely only work in B&M.

I just picked up a 3DS XL at Best Buy and was able to get an additional $10 off the current $20 off promotion. I started searching for a 3DS XL for a decent price since I had just picked up KH 3D: DDD, so I simply typed in "Nintendo 3DS XL" into Google and the very first result I get on my iPad and iPhone is the Best Buy website with a promotion that says "Save $30 W/Purchase Of Nintendo 3DS XL At Best Buy┬«, + Free Shipping!‎"

When I stopped by my local Best Buy I asked the manager about it and he said he has no clue why it says that as the current promotion only offers $20 off, but he would be more than happy to take an additional $10 off from the already said $20 discount promotion going on at the moment. I am sure that the 3DS XL will eventually go back to $159.99 or perhaps even lower in future sales, but since I personally don't want to wait a few months for such a deal I decided that $30 off was good enough for me.

Also, if you type in "nintendo 3ds" the same promotion ad pops up on Google with $40 off 3DS purchase. "Save $40 w/Purchase Of Any Nintendo 3DS Handheld Console At Best Buy!". I recommend using your phone to search for the 3DS as sometimes it doesn't want to pop up, but the employee at Best Buy was able to pull it up on his desktop no problem.

Remember this is going to be very YMMV, but if you are like me and don't want to wait for the next sale this is worth a try since it is a Best Buy ad on Google afterall. Just don't wait too long, as Managers and supervisors are more willing to do an override for an additional $10 off instead of $30 off when the current $20 off promotion ends.

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#2 Duke

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:16 AM

The $30 came up on my desktop as well. That's a nice little find, well done sir.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:15 AM

The $40 came up on my phone as well. Will this work for an animal crossing preorder?

#4 MochaRaf

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:31 AM

The $40 came up on my phone as well. Will this work for an animal crossing preorder?


To be completely honest, I highly doubt it. The Nintendo 3DS XL with Animal Crossing: New Leaf is not just a regular 3DS XL but is considered a bundle package since it comes with the game Pre-installed and therefore has more value to it. But I suppose you could always give it a shot, worst case they will tell you no.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:37 AM

damn, i thought the regular 3ds was cheaper. thanks anyways. ^^

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:41 AM

Came up on my phone, but wasn't able to get it on the desktop.

I may try this out!

Thanks, OP!
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 03:41 PM

Crap, I thought I could click on it and get the deal. I don't feel like driving to BB...

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:37 PM

Going to try this out today! Wish me luck! ^_^

#9 Waggles

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:30 PM

Going to try this out today! Wish me luck! ^_^


yep, same for me, I think. Hope it works!

#10 rubbad

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:22 PM

Hmmmmmmm on my phone it says save $40 on 3ds XL, lets see if I can pull this off!

#11 karkyco

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

Now if only the $30/$40 could be deducted from the current sale price, mwahahahaha...

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#12 MochaRaf

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:51 PM

Came up on my phone, but wasn't able to get it on the desktop.

I may try this out!

Thanks, OP!


I am not quite sure what the determining factors are of it showing up, I was just glad that the Best Buy employees were able to pull it up on their desktop without any issues. Hopefully you will have the same luck if you do decide to try it out.

Going to try this out today! Wish me luck! ^_^


yep, same for me, I think. Hope it works!


Best of luck guys, let us know how it turns out if you end up going!

P.S. According to the Best Buy ad that Twitter posted in the deals section, it looks like the XL will be returning to $199.99 on 5/26 the latest. So if you plan on trying this I suggest you do so before Sunday.

#13 yanathin

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:46 PM

Anybody try this with a regular 3DS (not XL)? I see the $40 discount offer on my phone but can't get it on the desktop, which worries me about Best Buy trying to get it. I wonder if they'd do $40 off the $169 price of a regular 3DS...

#14 Chrushev

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:05 PM

Anybody try this with a regular 3DS (not XL)? I see the $40 discount offer on my phone but can't get it on the desktop, which worries me about Best Buy trying to get it. I wonder if they'd do $40 off the $169 price of a regular 3DS...


get it for 129$ from macys vending machines.

#15 Mossygirl

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:04 PM

get it for 129$ from macys vending machines.


This ... this is a thing?

Also: Is there a way to find out which Macy's have them? Do they charge tax?

#16 Chrushev

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:15 PM

This ... this is a thing?

Also: Is there a way to find out which Macy's have them? Do they charge tax?


Yes, and yes they charge tax... see this post by me for all info you would need --> http://www.cheapassg...t=341354&page=3

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:25 PM

I got an Red/Black 3DS XL today for 159.99 ($40 off). The manager did a little investigation and in the end gave me the $40 off. He said he could only do it for the XL since the normal models aren't under any sale at the moment.

It was $171.xx with tax.
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 03:30 AM

Yes, and yes they charge tax... see this post by me for all info you would need --> http://www.cheapassg...t=341354&page=3


Thanks! I'm pretty sure I've seen these in malls before, but I never paid much attention to them.

#19 MochaRaf

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 03:32 AM

I got an Red/Black 3DS XL today for 159.99 ($40 off). The manager did a little investigation and in the end gave me the $40 off. He said he could only do it for the XL since the normal models aren't under any sale at the moment.

It was $171.xx with tax.


Pretty sweet deal, may I ask what state you are in? I think that this Google ad may change the value of the promotion depending on where you are. Or did the manager simply apply the $40 off from the regular 3DS to the 3DS XL?

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:20 AM

Pretty sweet deal, may I ask what state you are in? I think that this Google ad may change the value of the promotion depending on where you are. Or did the manager simply apply the $40 off from the regular 3DS to the 3DS XL?


I live in Pennsylvania. The ad said $30 for the XL yesterday, but when I checked today it said $40. He even checked on his phone and it said $40.
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:53 AM

Was able to get them to ring me up at $30 off, but no luck with $40. Not a bad deal, and if there are any sales this weekend for Memorial Day then I'll just return and price match for the difference I suppose.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:04 AM

didn't work for me :( still bought an XL after matching target's price of 175$, and used my welcome packet b2g1 on fire emblem, zelda, and mario land 3d. so I guess the combined discounts worked out after all :)

#23 MochaRaf

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:34 AM

Was able to get them to ring me up at $30 off, but no luck with $40. Not a bad deal, and if there are any sales this weekend for Memorial Day then I'll just return and price match for the difference I suppose.


According to the scan the memorial deal is buy a 3DS XL for $199.99 and receive a specific type of carrying case for free (Not sure which case it is exactly, but I believe it is valued at $14). Better to stick with saving $30 and buying the hard case for $15.99 IMO.

didn't work for me :( still bought an XL after matching target's price of 175$, and used my welcome packet b2g1 on fire emblem, zelda, and mario land 3d. so I guess the combined discounts worked out after all :)


Sorry to hear that you weren't able to get the deal, but at least you were able to PM the Target sale price instead of paying MSRP.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:40 AM

I think the case is a $9.99 value, but I'm not checking right now. Sorry.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:47 AM

I think the case is a $9.99 value, but I'm not checking right now. Sorry.


I just did, and you certainly are correct about it being the $9.99 valued one.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

According to the scan the memorial deal is buy a 3DS XL for $199.99 and receive a specific type of carrying case for free (Not sure which case it is exactly, but I believe it is valued at $14). Better to stick with saving $30 and buying the hard case for $15.99 IMO.



Sorry to hear that you weren't able to get the deal, but at least you were able to PM the Target sale price instead of paying MSRP.


Good thing I nabbed it then. Was last Blue XL on the shelf. Also signed up for rewards card, which took another $20 off.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:27 PM

Good thing I nabbed it then. Was last Blue XL on the shelf. Also signed up for rewards card, which took another $20 off.


You mean a credit card?

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:44 PM

You mean a credit card?


Store credit card I believe

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

Store credit card I believe


Correct. Not sure if it's a promo they're running, but if I remember right it was $20 off anything over $130 or something similar, don't remember exactly. Don't have any other credit cards (don't use them) so figured I may as well have one for emergencies. I'll probably never use it anyway :-#

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:41 PM

Good thing I nabbed it then. Was last Blue XL on the shelf. Also signed up for rewards card, which took another $20 off.


Awesome! Although dont let those shelves fool you, my Best Buy only keeps one XL model on the floor at a time and the rest in the back.