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Best Buy GCU to be discontinued 3-1-2021


#181 io   ... Super Moderators   24905 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 02 March 2021 - 03:36 AM

R.I.P. GCU.  Well, mine ran out a couple years ago.  And guess what?  I pretty much stopped buying games at Best Buy outside of BF deals.  So, good job I guess?



#182 Kristaps Schwartzingis  

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:31 AM

RIP GCU. It was a hell of a run. Sadly, I stopped buying physical media years ago, and when my GCU ran out, it was all digital all the time for me, and still is to this day. But man, I made out like a bandit during the Xbox One era. So many great deals....and the trade-in program was just comically amazing. I still have $450 in credit from those days banked on a gift card that I still haven't decided how to spend yet. I would say I wish someone would come up with a similar program for digital titles, but with Game Pass and how new'ish games are constantly being added faster than I thought they would be, there's really no need to. 



#183 n64ra   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3063 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 02 March 2021 - 05:21 PM

RIP, GCU



#184 kaydigi   BK All Day CAGiversary!   1597 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 08 March 2021 - 07:47 PM

Anyone get/ or heard about their checks yet?

#185 psunami   0118999881999119725.....3 CAGiversary!   3972 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 08 March 2021 - 08:17 PM

Anyone get/ or heard about their checks yet?

From what I recall, we're supposed to get them by the end of the month. 



#186 dabomb1991  

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Posted 08 March 2021 - 10:56 PM

Anyone get/ or heard about their checks yet?

I just got mine today.  They did say all check's should be out by the end of the month.  



#187 kaydigi   BK All Day CAGiversary!   1597 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 March 2021 - 02:18 PM

From what I recall, we're supposed to get them by the end of the month.


I just got mine today. They did say all check's should be out by the end of the month.


I just received mine today.... it’s going right to a digital mlb the show pre order for ps5

#188 redrum666   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1626 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

Posted 09 March 2021 - 07:08 PM

got my check today in the mail 



#189 Bobby777  

Posted 10 March 2021 - 07:33 PM

I just got my check from Best Buy in the mail today.

#190 psunami   0118999881999119725.....3 CAGiversary!   3972 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 10 March 2021 - 08:30 PM

I got my check yesterday. 



#191 soonerdoc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   935 Posts   Joined 18.0 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2021 - 05:37 AM

Got mine yesterday. Looking at Mario sales today. Wish I had GCU. 



#192 Lans   Walp! CAGiversary!   50 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

Posted 11 March 2021 - 09:07 PM

Got mine a few days ago, it's a shame it's over, but hey at least that $30 was free (for me at least thanks to their system glitching and giving me 4 years free).

 

Not to mention the thousands I've bled out of them over the last decade with that deal, and that's in addition to all the pricing goofs they've had over the years.



#193 malfcn   CAGalicious! CAGiversary!   2544 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 12 March 2021 - 05:49 AM

Got my check. It's been nice.
haven't had time to buy and play many games in the last few years. But the early days, what a rush.

#194 More Cowbell  

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 05:56 AM

I miss this program so much. I haven't bought a game from BB since then.

Me neither. They'll be the next Circuit City. Only a matter of time.
 



#195 Mattiful-Joe   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   3402 Posts   Joined 18.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 06:13 AM

Me neither. They'll be the next Circuit City. Only a matter of time.

Best Buy isn't going out of business because it's not selling you video games. It's going to be because other retailers are taking all the big ticket item sales - like appliances and smartphones - away from them.

Video games, like bluray movies, have been disappearing from the floor space, and soon will be gone anyways.

#196 inverted_fray  

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Posted 02 April 2021 - 07:15 AM

Wasnt there a dude on here a couple years ago that said BestBuy did something funky to his account that caused his GCU to not expire until 2037?



#197 GeeWiz   Cheaper than Cheap! CAGiversary!   2370 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 02 April 2021 - 07:39 AM

Best Buy isn't going out of business because it's not selling you video games. It's going to be because other retailers are taking all the big ticket item sales - like appliances and smartphones - away from them.

Video games, like bluray movies, have been disappearing from the floor space, and soon will be gone anyways.


The new Best Buy that opened up in the mall I work at has no physical movies of any kind (even 4K Ultra Blurays) on their floors and gaming is a shell of what other stores normally have. It's not a big moved for them as much as it used to so they use the space for stuff that actually moves relatively quicker than them.

#198 Jodou   Infamous CAGiversary!   15839 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 04 April 2021 - 12:12 AM

They're still good for side-hustling pre-order codes and steelbooks, though. ;)



#199 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   20381 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 06 April 2021 - 03:36 PM

I mean who would I buy from another store when I can get a free steelbook case?  And since I am Elite I just did a price adjustment so I got $20 back with my Persona Striker with steelbook.



#200 SpraykwoN   the Chef CAGiversary!   4142 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 06 April 2021 - 04:09 PM

They're still good for side-hustling pre-order codes and steelbooks, though. ;)

Sure are lmao

I've made so much money from pre-orders and Steelbooks it's stupid



#201 tubtub   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   902 Posts   Joined 17.9 Years Ago  

Posted 07 April 2021 - 02:03 AM

Didn't realize it was $30 for every year left. Got a nice check today. Still had 3 years left.
Should have extended more back in the day when they had that free promo buying a phone .

#202 Strider Turbulence EX  

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 04:34 AM

They're still good for side-hustling pre-order codes and steelbooks, though. ;)

......Go on!!



#203 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   20381 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 07 April 2021 - 07:25 AM

......Go on!!

Just sell any preorder code and steelbook on ebay.  The Persona 5 Striker steelbook case more than pay for the game.



#204 Jodou   Infamous CAGiversary!   15839 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 07 April 2021 - 10:08 PM

Sure are lmao

I've made so much money from pre-orders and Steelbooks it's stupid

The MHR codes were selling for $20 over the weekend lol. All for "pre-ordering". ;)



#205 Starcrest   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1073 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 12:28 AM

Deathloop delayed again; that will probably kill my GCU preorder discount.

#206 BeyondKnight   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   530 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 04:44 AM

Deathloop delayed again; that will probably kill my GCU preorder discount.

Discount applies even after GCU expires but only if you don't have a CC expiring on the order before the game releases



#207 Jodou   Infamous CAGiversary!   15839 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 11 April 2021 - 07:03 AM

Discount applies even after GCU expires but only if you don't have a CC expiring on the order before the game releases

Not if BB can cancel it first! Had that happen with an old pre-order and they refused to reinstate it saying I could just order it again. Coincidentally, I haven't bought anything from them since. . .

 

Oh and the reason was it was "unavailable". No other reason at all. Monkeys.



#208 Deleroth  

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 06:34 PM

Not if BB can cancel it first! Had that happen with an old pre-order and they refused to reinstate it saying I could just order it again. Coincidentally, I haven't bought anything from them since. . .

Oh and the reason was it was "unavailable". No other reason at all. Monkeys.


I believe this happened with Digimon Tactics; it was unlisted for a while, then brought back. My GCU expired in July of last year, so I got on with customer support and they reinstated the 20% discount for this game, due to it not being canceled by me.

#209 indieman  

Posted 04 May 2021 - 02:57 AM

since this got bumped, and for historical purposes, I'll share my GCU story. I got my GCU membership online and it never worked... well, it worked ONLY on the initial purchase. I called best buy, spoke to managers for days, even went into a brick and mortar store (unless if that store was made out of wood), and nobody could get it to work. They gave me $30 in best buy money and told me to buy another membership. That still didn't work... I ended up somehow buying the membership AGAIN but with cash. That time, the membership stuck to my account. They never refunded me for the second cash purchase, so I had 4 years with everything considered stacked on my account. I was upset, but whatever.

 

My membership was suppose to end the last day of Feb 2021, 1 day before the official end of the program... I got an e-mail saying that I'll get a refund for each membership. A month or so later, a nice $60 check from BBY showed up in my mailbox . I was happy.