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danawhitaker
Space...The Final Frontier
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join:2002-03-02
Urbandale, IA
reply to stonhinge

Re: Game shopping (BB RewardZone vs GS PowerUp)

That doesn't surprise me at all about employees, they were into the preorder pushing when I had friends that worked there years ago. I have my doubts Best But is much different about pushing their extended warranties though, and upselling people on expensive HDMI and USB cables they don't need. I'm sure the people who are good at that magically get more hours too.

Best Buy also has a "better" version called Premier Silver that you get into once you spend at least $2500 a year.

»myrewardzone.bestbuy.com/silver/benefits

And yes, with the GameStop membership, it depends on what kind of gamer you are. My friends collects a lot of old games that you can't buy new anymore. Well you can, but buying them new usually means hitting up eBay and trusting sellers to be honest about their sealed copies, and paying a lot more for the item than you would used at GameStop. And in that instance, it's not like buying a new copy benefits the publishers or developers anyway. That $150 goes quite quickly for him.



stonhinge
Premium
join:2003-07-28
Topeka, KS

Agreed on the extended warranties. But for cables and such, they've no way to track that to an associate (unless the manager's watching). They just push those to help the bottom line because part of the time, they'll need the cable anyway. Probably not such an expensive one, but Average Shopper generally doesn't want to wait a few days or so for a cable so he can use his new printer. that's if he knows where to look in the first place.

The only thing I go to Best Buy/GameStop for is if I *need* to have it right now. For GameStop, that's pretty much never. for Best Buy, it's generally only if something on my computer has crapped out or isn't working properly. Otherwise, it gets ordered online.

The only good thing about the GameStop program vs. Best Buy is that the GS points don't expire.
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C0deZer0
Oc'D To Rhythm And Police
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join:2001-10-03
Tempe, AZ
reply to danawhitaker

I'm not sure I would go that far on the warranties... depending on the device, some I've come to use rather frequently.

Up until they changed their policy regarding handhelds and consoles, it was a boon for consoles, especially the Nintendo DS. Also used it with the Xbox 360, to allow me to have the model I have now. And thanks to my rather rotten luck with bluetooth earpieces, same deal there.

If it's something you expect to be using every day and want working, and depending on the terms, it can be worth your time. If ever something does go wrong, at least you can exchange quickly, which is a plus.
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danawhitaker
Space...The Final Frontier
Premium
join:2002-03-02
Urbandale, IA
reply to stonhinge

said by stonhinge:

Agreed on the extended warranties. But for cables and such, they've no way to track that to an associate (unless the manager's watching). They just push those to help the bottom line because part of the time, they'll need the cable anyway. Probably not such an expensive one, but Average Shopper generally doesn't want to wait a few days or so for a cable so he can use his new printer. that's if he knows where to look in the first place.

The only thing I go to Best Buy/GameStop for is if I *need* to have it right now. For GameStop, that's pretty much never. for Best Buy, it's generally only if something on my computer has crapped out or isn't working properly. Otherwise, it gets ordered online.

The only good thing about the GameStop program vs. Best Buy is that the GS points don't expire.

Actually, GS can expire as well. From their FAQ:

"Do my points ever expire?
Yes, they can. If there is no account activity posted to your account for one year (12 consecutive months), the account is subject to closure and termination, including forfeiture of all accrued points. "Activity" is defined as making a purchase or a trade at GameStop or GameStop.com or making a purchase of Kongregate Kreds on Kongregate.com."
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