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Weekly RoundUp 3-12-2019

Discussion in 'Bargains and Deals' started by Mike Frezon, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Mike Frezon

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  2. Mike Frezon

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    Hey RoundUppers!

    I think it's about time Best Buy has fallen the way of Circuit City, Sam's Club, CostCo and so many other former RoundUp stores...and be removed from the weekly list.

    I'm not sure which retailer (likely online) I might add, but I would entertain suggestions. Maybe Deep Discount or BullMoose? I'm not sure if I want to go to the effort of adding another labor intensive (like Amazon) retailer. But I think it's an internal conversation I think I need to have.

    In the meantime, Green Book and Life in the Doghouse are on their way to me this week.
     
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    Thanks for the RoundUp, Mike. It's your baby so do with it as you will. We'll all enjoy your efforts no matter what you decide.

    I bought the UHD streaming version of Green Book on sale a week or so ago, so I think that will suffice for me for that title. Even though it got harsh reviews, I'll likely add Fantastic Beasts in some form or other. I already have all five of the Rocky & Bullwinkle seasons on DVD, so unless this new release adds something extraordinary, I'll keep what I have.
     
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  4. Malcolm R

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    Thanks for the list. As Matt says, you do this for free and it's your baby to run it as you wish, but I'm not sure why you wouldn't just add the Best Buy prices from their web site, maybe just for the major mainstream titles? Unlike the other former retailers you list, they are still in business, still selling physical media, and have physical stores located relatively near most people. I understand the lack of a weekly flyer is a pain and it would likely take longer to look up the online prices for the new releases. But I don't think Deep Discount or Bull Moose would be any less labor-intensive?

    In a week like this with a 3D title available, it might be helpful to know that Best Buy's Crimes of Grindelwald 3D is only $29.99 vs. Amazon's ridiculously priced, stripped-down version at $44.95.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald-3d-includes-digital-copy-blu-ray-blu-ray-blu-ray-3d-2018/6318732.p?skuId=6318732
     
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    Thanks as always, Mike!

    Crimes of Grindelwald will merit a rental for me, just because it's Harry Potter and I didn't get around to seeing it in theaters. If I like it, I'll pick it up at bargain pricing in a couple years.

    The final season of the "The Last Ship" on Blu-Ray is also a must, just to complete the set, but I'm going to wait for the price to come down again.

    If you've seen my diatribes about Green Book in other threads, you'll know I won't be picking that particular title up. I'll spare everyone a rehash of my issues with that movie.

    The only thing I would ask if you drop Best Buy from the grid is to keep informing us about any Best Buy retailer exclusives for the big titles. I continue to find that information below the grid really useful when deciding which store I'm going to buy from.
     
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    Thanks for the info, Mike. And like the others have said regarding Best Buy, it's your prerogative. I personally like having the Best Buy prices because Amazon, Target and Best Buy are still the places I buy most of my media from, but I understand if you drop it.
     
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    Thanks for your work, Mike.

    Whatever you decide regarding Best Buy is something I would support.

    The Crimes of Grindelwald is a stain on the Harry Potter franchise. It's awful. I'm not paying $24.99 for it and have no real desire to see it again.

    That being said, I might eventually pick it up for use in those occasions where I want to marathon the whole series, but that's the only reason I would ever use it. It will have to be at a low price before I consider that.
     
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    Of the Stores, I'd think Target would be one next to drop off as most stores have cut back to virtually 1 aisle. Even my worst BBY has several times more disc than the Target. Best Buy still has 4K, 3D, routine sales, relatively tons of exclusives, and mostly a full online access to most boutiques. Target seems to be dropping even online access to many of the boutique lines (no Allied Vaughn so none of the Warner Archives nor Sony and Universal MOD)

    From a practical point, Target appears to have finally found someone to replace Anderson at handling stock at their stores -- I asked, but didn't recognize the name the employee told me, but it wasn't Alliance. I thought Ingram has been handling the online/web orders for a while now, but that definitely wasn't the name used.
    Apparently Target still controls it's Disney items, but the 3rd party is responsible for the rest which may be why the online inventory checkers have become increasingly less reliable. The number of companies that can even do this is down to a couple. Ingram and Alliance are the only big names left now the Baker&Taylor appear to sold to Ingram.

    I would think it would be interesting to include one or two online only stores -- Bullmoose is at least unique since it's independent of Alliance and Amazon control. Adding Deep Discount as the Alliance Entertainment entity would certainly make sense.
     
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    I hope that you do keep either Best Buy or Target, since Amazon keeps having spats with Disney and it's good to know where else we can get good prices on Disney titles.
     
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    I'll pick up The Craft at some point.

    Thanks for the prices, Mike! :)
     
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    Good riddance to Best Buy, where I still can't find the 2001 4K, despite their website's claim that some of my area stores have it in stock.

    I like to shop Target, but most of their fields are blank, so it's almost like wasted space. Perhaps add Barnes and Nobles web prices, and I also like the Deep Discount idea; I've ordered from them though Amazon--great service!

    Thanks for all your hard work.
     
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    Have you tried to order 2001 for in-store pickup do they still not have it -- better yet as part of the 3 for $50 promo? Do they cancel it and still say it's not in stock. The last couple times I've been in stores it's been is a designated Standup with the other 3/50 titles (one store it was well separated from the other 4K discs) and in one store is was on an endcap with those same 3/50 items. Make them find it for you or cancel if it really not in the store hiding on a stand or in the back somewhere. If I was in a bad enough temper, I'd keep ordering it for pickup until they removed it from the website


    Why not just order it shipped to you?
    If you need FS, just order 2 and return one to the store. Guarantees at least one will be in stock.
     
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    Malcom, thanks for the Best Buy tip for 3D Grindelwald. I didn’t see it in a theater, so wondering if it is worth the extra for 3D, but definitely not at Amazon's price.
     
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    I have Fantastic Beasts in 3D ordered from Best Buy for instore pickup, as they had the best price on it. They have greatly declined as a store for movies but unless you want to send them some sort of message by taking them out (similar to how you excluded pan and scan releases) I don't know what good that would do. If they actually DO have something in stock and on sale, I'll buy it there.
     
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    Thanks for the prices, Mike. Nothing for me to purchase this week. The Green Book will be a rental instead of a blind buy. I didn't like the first Fantastic Beasts film, so have no desire to see this one. I love Rocky & Bullwinkle, but already have the season sets on DVD.

    As for Best Buy, this is your baby so I support whatever you decide. I do hope you keep their prices, though, as they are still one of the best alternatives to Amazon when the latter doesn't have a decent price on a release.
     
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    Mike, I check the RoundUp religiously every week and I appreciate you work week in and week out, though I don't say it often enough. I buy 90% of my disks from Amazon , occasionally from Best Buy for the Disney flicks, and once in a blue moon to Deep Discount. So if you just include Amazon I'm happy. If it's easier, maybe just include a check mark with an embedded link for the other retailers if they even have the title; then we can check those on our own - you know, thrill of the hunt and all that. Also, have you even let the sites know what you do and ask them if they could provide the information in a useful format for you? I know, small chance in hell, but it might be worth a shot.
     
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    I love Best Buy and do most of my shopping at my local BB which is a great store. Target is terrible for new releases and I’ve never heard of Bull Moose.

    Mike, why such disdain for Best Buy? I’ve noticed your displeasure with them in many of the Roundups. Just curious?
     
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    Disney mostly through DMC and Best Buy exclusives
    Almost anything I buy Week 1 is likely to come from BestBuy since they're going to be the same price as most anyone else and I'm protected from price drops for 6 weeks
    TT via SAE
    Criterion -- direct or via Barnes & Noble
    Warner Archives via BN sales, DD, or occ WBshop if they ever have a 4/44 that includes anything
    Arrow -- direct or BN sales
    Kino -- usually direct

    3D -- mostly international or BestBuy since Amazon doesn't even carry real 3D releases anymore
    Target and Walmart get a few scraps and a few things from one of the big Ebay sellers when they have Ebay 15-20% coupons that stack with their own 15+% discounts (ebay not had one of those codes in a few months now)

    AmazonUS not selling Disney and now Warner, virtually never have a sale that isn't directly from someone else and several days late even when they do deign to match, now selling stripped down items at 30-50% premiums over standard releases, packaging is atrocious, zero post purchase price protection unlike my 60 day Target and 45 Day Best Buy at least indirect protection, they've pretty much abandoned any pretense at Black Friday, and their Prime Day is a joke for Media. Why would I want to buy anything there since they've abandoned Media far more so than Best Buy and others? I think 1-2% of my purchases have come from AmazonUS over the last 3 years .
     
  19. Mike Frezon

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    Wow. What an interesting array of responses. Kinda all over the board. Based on what I'm seeing right now, I guess I'll keep Best Buy right where it is for the time being.

    Not disdain. It's just that it's gotten to the point where it's an event if they print a Sunday flyer to advertise their new release prices and any sales they've got going on catalog titles. I'd rather work off a print flyer than go to bb.com to start cataloguing prices. If I had to do for Best Buy and Target what I currently do for Amazon, it would be too much and would take too much of my time.

    As you folks might suspect, getting the Amazon prices for each week's new titles and then transferring that into a clickable link (to benefit the forum) is the most time consuming part of the process. I'm not really looking to create more work for myself by having to duplicate the price search for another online retailer...but the entire point IS to provide some kind of useful information as to whom has the best prices any given week on new releases. Another thing I've noted recently is that is has become actually quite rare that there are major price differences between Amazon and the other retailers on the high-profile new releases.

    So, THANK YOU for the responses about what y'all think and how you shop. I'll keep mulling this over while I weigh my options. And it will still be quite helpful if anyone wants to add anything to the discussion.
     
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    Mike I’m sure any of us would be willing to help in any way we can. Just ask.
     

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