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Old 08-21-04, 11:34 AM   #1
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Reward Zone changes coming

Just an FYI

No more 5,000 pts for signing up.

Purchase requirement goes up to $150 to get a $5 cert.

Changes begin at end of Aug, you will get something in the mail soon. You can return your reward zone membership. If you signed up after June 1, you get a full refund. Before June 1 is up to the discretion of mgmt.
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Old 08-21-04, 12:47 PM   #2
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Wow, what a terrible change. I think I'll return my card if I don't first get my $10 in certificates that I was promised when I renewed. I haven't been buying much at Best Buy recently anyhow. I don't think I've even been there since I renewed my card a month ago or so.
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Old 08-21-04, 01:04 PM   #3
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Glad I only used a $10 certificate to renew.

Now to see if they will refund that amount or balk . . .
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Old 08-21-04, 01:58 PM   #4
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Yet another reason why I don't shop at Best Buy anymore
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Old 08-21-04, 04:44 PM   #5
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Re: Reward Zone changes coming

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Originally posted by badlieut
Purchase requirement goes up to $150 to get a $5 cert.
What was the prior purchase requirment amount to get a $5 certificate?
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Old 08-21-04, 05:57 PM   #6
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Re: Re: Reward Zone changes coming

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What was the prior purchase requirment amount to get a $5 certificate?
$125
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Old 08-22-04, 10:20 AM   #7
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Interesting how they make these changes after the majority of their initial renewals are past.

Looks like this year will be my last. It's not the policy it's the MO that stinks.
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Old 08-22-04, 02:26 PM   #8
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Best Buy sucks all ass! Pay for a membership that rewards you spending money at their store. Never made any sense to me.
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Old 08-23-04, 02:06 AM   #9
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I renewed last month and it would be the last. $150 purchase for a tiny $5 reward, and in comparison they get all our purchase info and shopping patterns. F 'em!
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Old 08-23-04, 02:34 AM   #10
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I just checked my account and I got the 25,000 bonus points for renewing my membership with the coupon that someone posted a PDF of. That makes my renewal practically free.

Still F' em! I don't think I'll renew next year though.
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Old 08-23-04, 11:14 AM   #11
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Interesting how they make these changes after the majority of their initial renewals are past.

Looks like this year will be my last. It's not the policy it's the MO that stinks.
This is a very good point. I encourage everyone who renewed in the last month or so to demand their money back, if for no other reason than to let Best Buy know that changing the rules midstream is not a proper way of doing business.
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Old 08-23-04, 11:29 AM   #12
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As long as the membership is free (which it has been, so far), I couldn't care less. It's free money.
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Old 08-23-04, 11:34 AM   #13
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Oops, double post. Ignore.
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Old 08-24-04, 08:41 AM   #14
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To translate all of this mess:

Previously RZ gave $5 cert for $125 purchase = 4% rebate
Now RZ gives $5 cert for $150 purchase = 3 1/3% rebate

Are they going to a whopping 2% next year???

BB uses their "point" system to hide the actual discounted rebate to the customer.

Why can't they be upfront with what the actual discount is?
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Old 08-25-04, 11:57 AM   #15
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To translate all of this mess:

Previously RZ gave $5 cert for $125 purchase = 4% rebate
Now RZ gives $5 cert for $150 purchase = 3 1/3% rebate

Are they going to a whopping 2% next year???
Sorry, but even that is higher than reality. If it were this way:
$5 cash back for $125 purchase = 4% rebate
$5 cash back for $150 purchase = 3 1/3% rebate

But the RZ coupons have to be used in Best Buy. So instead:
Make a purchase of $125, get $5 in merchandise free. This means that for $130 worth of merchandise, you pay $125. So your discount is $5 off of $130.

$5 off of $130 = 3.846%

After the change it will be

$5 off of $155 = 3.226%

With this change coming up, I'm glad I didn't bother renewing. (My first year was free, and the renewal coupon was "Renew for $10 and buy $250 of other stuff, get an extra $10 worth of certificates." No thanks.)
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Old 08-25-04, 07:44 PM   #16
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and the renewal coupon was "Renew for $10 and buy $250 of other stuff, get an extra $10 worth of certificates." No thanks.) [/b]
No, the coupon was "Renew for $10 and get $10 worth of certificates."
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Old 08-25-04, 11:50 PM   #17
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No, the coupon was "Renew for $10 and get $10 worth of certificates."
There were at least two coupons floating around. One was to renew for $10 get $10 back in certs. The other was to renew AND spend $XXX and get $10 back in certs.
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Old 08-26-04, 12:10 AM   #18
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There were at least two coupons floating around. One was to renew for $10 get $10 back in certs. The other was to renew AND spend $XXX and get $10 back in certs.
Then I agree, the latter coupon sucks balls. I used the former.
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Old 08-26-04, 03:16 PM   #19
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Wow. How can they just change the system like that? Why don't they just let people be grandfathered in and change it as they go along. To me that shows how deceitful they are. I signed up for it with no benefits, just $10 and 5,000 points. I haven't really made that much on it either. I definately will not be renewing, unless I make a very large purchase.
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Old 08-26-04, 05:34 PM   #20
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They get away with it by having statements like "Your Membership is non-transferable and subject to present and future program rules." as you will find on your program rules page. The whole future program rules part basically gives them the ability to change what they feel like and you can't dispute it since you agreed to those rules when you signed up. Pretty crappy but I think you'll find many things you sign on a daily basis contain statements like this that basically mean they have the right to screw you over and there's nothing you can to do about it.
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Old 08-27-04, 12:38 AM   #21
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When and how did they announce the changes? I didn't receive any email from them, nor did I notice any announcement when I logged onto my account.
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Old 08-27-04, 06:56 AM   #22
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eau...the changes haven't been officially announced. You'll get something very soon
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Old 08-27-04, 08:56 AM   #23
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No, the coupon was "Renew for $10 and get $10 worth of certificates."
Anybody have a link to this coupon or the other? If I am going to renew I would at least like to use these coupons. If I didn't have so many points left out there I would not renew but that would be like losing money. I swear Best Buy is actually trying to alienate there customers. "lets see how far we can push them till they stop coming to our store."
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Old 08-27-04, 10:46 AM   #24
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Anybody have a link to this coupon or the other? If I am going to renew I would at least like to use these coupons. If I didn't have so many points left out there I would not renew but that would be like losing money. I swear Best Buy is actually trying to alienate there customers. "lets see how far we can push them till they stop coming to our store."
Hehe...wait til they implement shopping assistants. For the customers spending a lot of cash, this person will follow you throughout the store and help you pick out everything you need monster cables, gold USB cables, etc. This is on the horizon.
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Old 08-28-04, 04:36 PM   #25
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I just called the Best Buy Reward Zone and the rep who answered had not heard anything about these upcoming changes. As far as she knew it would still be 12,500 points for a $5 certificate, and she said this was probably a rumor. It would've been nice if I had had some proof to point her to, but she didn't consider Internet chat adequate proof. Besides, you'd hope that the people who run the program know what's going to happen before we do.

In early August I renewed my membership which expires August 31st, 2004, with a coupon giving me 25,000 points. I'm afraid that if this change is true (even if the Reward Zone people don't know it) and it takes effect at the end of August, my 25,000 points which will hit in early September will give me less than the $10 in coupons I was counting on to cover the renewal cost. I will not pay anything for renewal, especially if they are making the plan worse. $5 for $125 in purchases was bad enough. Lots of times I bought things at other stores rather than drive to Best Buy because the gas costs more than the tiny dribble I get from the Reward Zone (as I'm not a big spender... it usually takes me a couple months to spend $125 at Best Buy).

If there is any official written documentation on this change, please post a link. I guess I'll just have to wait until my credit hits and if I get gipped on the points, then I will raise a major fuss and if Best Buy wants to make me even madder over a couple dollars I guess that's their choice. They will lose more in sales than those couple dollars. If Fry's weren't twice as far as Best Buy, I'd never go anywhere but Fry's.

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