BEST BUY Upgrade and Save Promotion returns 4/22-5/12 -- $5 off Blurays with a DVD trade in,

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  1. David Norman

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    All information points to a re-run of January's version of the Tradein program with all 9.99 Bluray's being eligible for the program and not a selected few on a list
    like the 1st 2 sales. I expect the Music Blu's will be excluded as usual, but I haven't gotten a look at the full ad and exclusions yet.
    The sunday ad lists a few sale items:
    $5 Upgrade & Save Coupon:
    Bring in your original DVD (no burned copies accepted) with the original case to Customer Service and receive a $5-off coupon valid on any Blu-ray movie priced $9.99 and up. See a Customer Specialist or visit BestBuy.com/upgradeandsave for more details about the Upgrade & Save promotion. Limit 5 coupons per trip. A recycling receipt must accompany the coupon at time of redemption. Once you have received your coupon, if you do not find a Blu-ray, you are unable to get your turned-in DVD back. Not valid with any other discount or package. Markdown taken from original price. Your original DVD must have been commercially packed and with the original case. Adult content DVDs not accepted. Not valid with any other offer. Valid on in-stock Blu-ray movies only. No cash value. Offer valid 4/22/12 - 5/12/12.
    [New Releases for 14.99 After U&S coupon
    Contraband: Blu-ray Combo Pack
    Cinema Verite: .
    Dark Tide Blu-ray .
    The Wicker Tree Blu-ray .
    $4.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    Alien vs. Predator
    Pulp Fiction
    Batman Begins
    Crazy Stupid Love
    The Blind Side
    $9.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray 2-Disc Set
    Gladiator Blu-ray 2-Disc Set
    Gran Torino (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    The Social Network Blu-ray 2-Disc Set
    The Dark Knight Blu-ray 2-Disc Set
    $12.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    Super 8 (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    Hugo (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    The Rolling Stones: Some Girls - Live in Texas '78
    Scarface
    Warrior (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    $13.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season
    Nikita: The Complete First Season
    Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season
    $14.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    Tower Heist (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    Young Adult
    Footloose (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    My Week with Marilyn (includes DVD)
    Justified: The Complete Second Season
    $19.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    The Muppets (includes DVD)
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (includes DVD and Digital Copy)
    Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
    Weeds: Season Seven
    $44.99 with $5 Upgrade & Save coupon
    Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
     
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    Also an unofficial FAQ that was created by a member an another Bluray forum for the last sale answering a lot of common questions (copy/pasted with his permission)
    Again and as always, there is a lot of YMMV in this promotion and different stores will often operate under slightly different details.
    BEST BUY UPGRADE AND SAVE PROGRAM
    1) Trade in ANY DVD for a $5 credit toward purchase of any $9.99 Bluray in stock. Limit 5 per visit.
    -- Per visit is most often interpreted as 5 per day per customer, but many people have just walked out and come back in immediately or later the same say with 5 more discs. Plenty of people have done far more than 5 at a single visit as long as the store allows the exception.
    -- No stacking of coupons. A Single $5 discount coupon is allowed per Bluray
    2) Trade in DVDs do not have to be same title as Bluray
    3) DVD must be a commercially produced discs (no burned copies)
    4) No adult DVD that are specifically XXX content whether they are rated XXX or not.
    5) Discs are supposed to have the original case and artwork and the discs are meant to be at least presentable -- the disc at least should look like it can be played. Many stores require the UPC to be intact. Some stores check things pretty closely (right disc, right case, right UPC, disc condition) and others just toss the case into the recycle bin without any screening (some people swear they traded in an empty case). In reality discs in anything that look like regular case are often accepted by some stores including those is Blockbuster/3rd party cases with rental stickers and and nowhere near original artwork and UPC
    ** Are HDDVD or HD-DVD combo packs eligible. This has been a YMMV issue and some places people have been given credit for both type discs, others only if it was a combo, and some stores refused to consider it at all for the trade-in. If you run into this issue either try a different store or call 1-800 BESTBUY and see if they can clarify the issue for you or your Store Manager.
    6) Bluray -- so far indications are that are current and new release Bluray priced $9.99 or above will be included (may not include Music/Concert Blurays except those listed in the original Ad).
    7) Each store in the past had there own logistics of how to work the program. Most stores would make you stop at the entry and have your used discs stamped/marked/taped.
    -- Many stores had you bring the used DVD to the Service desk, check them out to make sure they met criteria and gave the customer a preprinted coupon(s) with a receipt attached to the coupon/barcode. Some stores gave the customer a Copied sheet of paper with the UPC bar code and attached receipt to 'activate' the sheet of paper. The coupon could them be exchanged at the regular register for the Bluray you were purchasing and the barcode automatically deducted the $5 at sale. This allowed you to take your coupons out of the store and purchase later. The expiration date on the official coupon was the last day of the sale (12 MAY 2012 for this sale). If you are given a coupon with a receipt attached do not detach them or your coupon may well be disallowed.
    -- Some stores required you to bring/leave your DVD at the Customer Service desk, then bring your Blurays to the Service desk to complete the purchase. No coupons were given out so you had to exchange and purchase the discs the same day.
    -- Some stores would allow you to trade your DVD for a coupon at the Service Desk, but each coupon was marked/Dated and you were told it was only valid for the date on the coupon and in that specific store.
    8) Discounts should be taken from the actual Selling Price of the Bluray on the day of purchase despite the fine print on the coupon saying "Discount taken from Regular Price." This has and will likely continue to be a contentious point until corporate absolutely clarifies the issue or changed the language. In the last sale there was a specific list with a specific before coupon price listed on with BB Web and the kiosk and still it wasn't always clear to everyone. The Sunday Ad has numerous titles listed both With and Without Coupon prices and in each the deduction is taken from the Sale Price and not the List/Regular price.
    9) Price matching and using $5 coupon is a big YMMV since this can be most certainly considered combining offers or double dipping much in the same way that PM and getting a gift card for purchase is often considered doubling up. This is one argument I actually find hard to argue with though it's worth trying.
    10) There should be absolutely no arguments about using Reward Zone certificates during purchase.
    11) Additional Manufacturers Coupons SHOULD BE allowed and should be considered the same as cash or a gift card on top of the $5 Promo. This doesn't mean it won;t be argued and it certainly doesn;t mean it will be accepted, but according the Best Buy own Corporate Reps, the use of MQ should never be questioned whether it's a sales price or pricematch or promo.
     
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    Glad to see this back because $5 is generally a better deal than I'll get on eBay for a used DVD.
     
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    That "original case" requirement kills me -- I moved tons of discs to library folders years ago. I can probably still find a few trade-ins though.
     
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    Many folks have reported finding $0.25-1.00 DVDs at Dollar Tree/Dollar General/99 Cent Store.
    Unfortunately I've never been that lucky locally and I'm low of any DVD;s I'm terribly interested in trading after the last 3 sales and a couple rounds at
    SecondSpin.com a few years ago.
    I do have my original Battlestar Galactica season sets on DVD that I've since replaced with Blu's that are 25 disc in 25 slim cases each wih it's own UPC
    which likely would work, but I almost hate to do it. The $125 trade in credit is far beyond anything I could hope to get for the DVD's, but it's just such
    a hard thing to let them go.
     
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    Plan to pick up the Hugo combo pack, but not sure what else at the moment.

    I'm hoping some new/recent releases like MI4 will see better sale prices before this deal is over.

    And thanks for the detailed blow-by-blow, David -- good to reaffirm here even though I pretty much knew most/all this already.

    _Man_
     
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    Picked up
    Justified Season 2 14.99
    Nikita Season 1 13.99
    Young Adult 14.99
    Mission Impossible 3 disc BBY exclusive 14.99
    My Week With Marilyn 10.99 ($5 U&S plus $4 Manufacturers Coupon from The Descendents)
     
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    I recently started keeping a short Excel file listing the DVDs I'm ready to get rid of, sorted on the current Amazon trade-in price (which DOES change, so you have to re-check them).

    Today I'm going to take in a few that are well under $5, and will happily walk out with a few BLUs. I don't go for high ticket items, because BB's price would still be way too high in comparison to Amazon. But I'm more than happy to grab a few $10 and $15 ones for $5 and $10, respectively.
     
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    I picked up Young Adult yesterday and will probably go back for Chinatown soon. Most of the titles I was looking for aren't carried in-store so I don't if I'll be using the deal as much as I did the last time around. That being said, I'm assuming that some more titles will be put on sale to promote the deal in the coming weeks so a sale and a coupon might make me open my stingy wallet. :)
     
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    Took three inexpensive BLUs, and decided to grab their last copy of Hugo 3D at a net price of $30. Totally happy with that. There are a few additional things I might return for, but I scored the things I knew I wanted.
     

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