Taking a controversial page from Gamestop’s book, Best Buy and Target both are in the beginning stages of implementing a trade-in program for used videos games in exchange for store credit. Best Buy has revealed that it will start offering a trade-in program this week in 600 locations, and will begin selling used games “soon”.
Target’s Electronic Trade-In department is currently open in North Carolina, and will increase to 850 stores by December 2010. Unlike Gamestop where you can only trade in video games and their accessories to buy more video games and the like; Target comprises a much larger trade-in spectrum, allowing customers to trade in cell phones, iPods, and video games to receive store credit. This store credit can net you the many different items sold in Target, and is not just limited to digital devices.
This all comes much to the dismay of video game publishers, namely THQ CEO Cory Ledesma who recently discussed how used games “cheat” the video game industry. Despite this, it seems that Best Buy and Target intend to get away with some heavy duty cheating this holiday season.
Look for the Best Buy on Columbia Heights 3100 14th St NW to start accepting trade-ins by December.
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Continuing on with our coverage of Black Friday 2009 sales leaks, we’ve got the details on what Target is going to be doing to get you out of bed early for their 5:00am doorbusters. Wondering if they’ll have any great deals on gadgets and tech? How does a 1TB hard drive for under $60 sound? Check out the full list after the jump.
Yahoo and GoodShop have teamed to create GoodSearch, which allows you to donate money to over 70,000 nonprofits when you shop online. About 800 retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Apple are participating. Simply purchase through Goodshop and up to 37% of the purchase price goes to the user’s favorite cause. Prices are the same as on the partner’s site and there are often coupons and discounts added. Use the Goodsearch engine alone and about a penny goes to the cause as well.
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Target is offering a gift card that includes a 1.2 megapixel camera, or is it the other way around?. Available in denominations from $50.00 to $1000.00, it has 8MB of memory, runs on 2 AAA batteries and comes with a driver disk, USB cord, and a coupon that is good for 40 prints.
Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy has a gift card that doubles as a speaker. Use it for your iPod, MP3 player, or any other with the mini-headphone jack. The card is available for $15.00 up to $50.00. Shipping is free, there is no expiration date and the card can be used online or in retail stores.
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Apple must be positively giddy at hearing the news that the iTunes Store is now the #2 retailer of music, second only to Wally World. The company claims that it sold 20 million tunes on Christmas Day alone. Based on an NPD Group survey, the top four also included Best Buy and Target. The study also concluded that about 29 million consumers, ages 36 to 50, acquired music legally. They were those that had recently purchased (or received) MP3 players. That was an increase of 5 mill over the year before. That’s a lot of assuaged guilt.
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Psssst! Looking for electronics at a nice discount? Click on over to Target.com’s Electronics section and scroll down to the link called “Pre-owned Electronics.” There you’ll find an assortment of items that have been returned to the store in the past month…at reduced prices. For instance, they currently have a 52” HD rear-projection TV for $1000 USD, much less than its original price of over $1700. What else can you find? More Hi-def TVs, video cameras, iPods, and video game consoles. Target claims each item has been refurbished and inspected—and backs it up with the same 90-day return policy new items get. Can’t beat that, because Holiday season is here, people…
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Retrovo is another site that makes your Black Friday shopping easier. The newly revamped site now features a search bar, a picture wheel of categories, a value map by ranges of price and features, and ratings by other consumers. With thousands of comparisons, you can read reviews, and browse manuals. They are offering some Black Friday TV deals such as Target’s 37-inch LCD for $549.00, a 42-inch 720p at Circuit City for $799.00, formerly $1,400.00, and Best Buy’s 42-inch HP-LC4276N that runs 1080p for $999.00, also regularly $1,400.00.
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Most people associate October with Halloween, but did you know it’s also National Breast Cancer Awareness month? That’s why Target is selling a Special Edition pink iPod shuffle—packaged with an iTunes gift card worth $15. Considering you’re getting this for the same $79 USD that a regular shuffle costs (sans card), this is a great deal, plus a portion of the proceeds go toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, totaling $25,000. Interested? You’d better hurry, as this deal is only available at Target “brick-and-mortar” stores, and we suspect it will sell out fast…
It seems that Target is semi-following in Blockbuster’s footsteps as far as the next-generation high definition DVD format war goes, as they have made a move that solidly puts them behind Blu-ray this holiday season. Target announced today that it would start selling standalone Blu-ray players in their brick-and-mortar locations beginning this fall. This obviously leads into the holiday rush. Consumers will be able to purchase the Sony BDP-S300 at $499 USD, as well as have the option to select from an expanded selection of Blu-ray movie titles. This is the first standalone high-definition player that Target has made available in stores, but they do also sell the Blu-ray PS3 and Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on.
Back in June, Blockbuster announced Blu-ray exclusivity in it’s retail stores as well, citing that in test markets the format was rented far more than HD DVD was. They do, however, continue to rent HD DVD through Blockbuster Online and Blockbuster Total Access. Target will also continue selling both HD DVD titles and Blu-ray titles in stores, but we expect that Blu-ray section to grow a bit larger.
Target spokesperson Brie Heath told the Associated Press that this isn’t a political move. “We are not proclaiming one format vs. the other as the preferred consumer technology, and software will continue to be available to our guests in both the Blu-ray and HD DVD format,” said Brie. We’ll see how this all plays out in the fourth quarter.
A post on the IGN boards purports to be a listing of the Wii allocations of each Target store for the console’s launch. There are two lists, one list of allocations and another that lists which store number belongs to a particular location. For those that do not want to do the matching, another user has kindly coded a quick application that will let users search for the particular store that they are interested in. If true, this information combined with the previous guide to getting a Wii on launch day should help gamers decide where to spend their time camping out when the console is released on November 19.
Update: A member of Infendo’s forums details Target’s launch day plans here, and confirms that the allocation numbers are accurate. According to this information, stores open at their normal times, tickets get handed out at 7:00 AM for people in line. It is starting to sound like there are going to be tons of Wii consoles hitting the market on launch day, given Target’s fairly large allocations.
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