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28 Dec: 5 Things To Know About Using Those Holiday Gift Cards

Gift card burning a hole in your pocket?

Chances are, you probably received a piece of the $26 billion in gift cards given out this holiday season.

Gift cards for consumer electronics were among the most popular gifts this year. The cards are desirable because they’re convenient and let recipients get the things they really want.

But people don’t always take full advantage of them. An estimated $45 billion in gift cards has gone unredeemed since 2005, according to CardHub.

Here are a few tips for making sure you get the most out of your gift cards:

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26 Dec: Christmas Is Over, But The Deals Are Still Going at Best Buy

For some of us, post-holiday shopping can be stressful. But for many others, it’s all just part of the plan.

Forty percent of Americans — including 51 percent of parents and 75 percent of people between 18 and 34 — postpone gift giving for themselves and others until after the holidays to cash in on deals, according to a new survey from Best Buy1.

Their to-do lists include everything from shopping deals and redeeming gift cards to grabbing accessories for newly acquired tech gifts.

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23 Dec: Best Buy Gift Cards Through The Years

As one of the first retailers to offer shoppers plastic gifts cards 20 years ago, Best Buy led one of the hottest trends in gift-giving.

Back then, our wallet-sized plastic cards replaced cumbersome paper gift certificates.

It took a while for shoppers to embrace the concept of gift cards, but today they’re one of the most popular items for gift-givers and gift-receivers. In fact, the National Retail Federation expected total spending on the cards to reach $25.9 billion in 2015.

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21 Dec: Free Two-Day Holiday Shipping from Best Buy Ends Tuesday Morning

Time is running out to get the latest and greatest tech gifts from Best Buy delivered to your loved ones (and you) in time for Christmas.

You need to make your purchases by 10:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Dec. 22, to receive free expedited shippingso those presents make it under the tree by Christmas Day2 .

BestBuy.com will also offer overnight shipping options, at a cost, for those shopping on Wednesday, Dec. 23, but those orders need to be made by 10:30 a.m.

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17 Dec: Still Looking For The Perfect Gift? You’re Not Alone

Seventy-five percent of Americans say that just because they started their holiday shopping early doesn’t mean they’ll finish early, according to a new national study1 commissioned by Best Buy.

These last-minute shoppers pull out all the stops to get gifts in time for the holidays, including shopping online at work (24 percent), staying up all night (17 percent) and shopping on the way to a holiday event (13 percent).

As they consider their final shopping lists, 67 percent of Americans believe tech gadgets are easier to shop for than clothing as a last-minute holiday present.

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10 Dec: Treat Yourself: ‘Self-Gifting’ is a Popular Holiday Trend

They say it’s better to give than to receive — but why choose?

More and more Americans are indulging in “self-gifting” at the holidays, checking something off their own wish lists while out shopping for loved ones.

A recent survey commissioned by Best Buy found that nearly 85 percent of shoppers take advantage of sales or price discounts during the holiday season to buy gifts for themselves (or a group gift for themselves and their households). That figure is even higher, nearly 90 percent, for shoppers ages 18 to 34.

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09 Dec: How to Defend Doorstep Deliveries from Holiday Grinches

You ordered something online, but you’re not going to be home when it’s delivered. What do you do?

Free holiday shipping is a great perk for shoppers this time of year but, sadly, there are Grinches out there who will steal packages from doorsteps.

Fortunately, there are many options to protect your packages.

  • For starters, sign up for delivery-tracking notifications. That way you’ll know when you need to be home to get your package.
  • If you’re expecting something delivered by UPS, you can go online and designate whether a delivery person can or cannot leave a package without getting your signature.
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07 Dec: How Much Physical Activity Goes Into Running a Best Buy Store on Black Friday?

The holiday shopping season is officially here – so what does it really take to run a Best Buy store during the busiest time of year? Best Buy teamed up with Fitbit to find out.

To start, seven store managers from across the country were equipped with the Fitbit Charge HR – an advanced fitness tracker that lets you track your heart rate, steps, active minutes, calories burned and even your sleep, plus much more. The managers’ activities were tracked from Thanksgiving evening, when Best Buy stores opened, through the Black Friday weekend.

21 Nov: Holiday Low Price Guarantee

Below are details of Best Buy’s Holiday Low Price Guarantee:

If a customer purchases an item on or after Nov. 3 from Best Buy and then Best Buy, a local retail competitor store, or a product shipped from and sold by a major designated online retailer lowers their price through Dec. 24, 2013, we will match the price. All other current Low Price Guarantee terms still apply.

Below are details of Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee:

At the time of purchase, we will match the current pre-tax price for new, identical, immediately available products from a local retail competitor’s store and these designated major online retailers: Amazon.com,

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15 Nov: Best Buy Customers Wait All Night To Get New PlayStation 4 Systems

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Customers wait in line at the Best Buy store in Richfield, Minn. to be the first to buy the PlayStation 4 at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 (Photo Credit: Best Buy)

Gamers across the country waited in anticipation for hours, and even days, at Best Buy stores across the country to get their hands on the all new PlayStation 4 gaming system. Available for $399.99, the new gaming system was first announced in February 2013 and it’s been seven years since the launch of the last PlayStation gaming system – making gamers very eager for its arrival.

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12 Nov: Best Buy Announces Black Friday Deals

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Today, Best Buy announced “A Better Way to Black Friday” with the release of the 2013 Black Friday Advertisement.

The release is the beginning of a series of offers created for holiday shoppers to purchase when and where they want on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and throughout the holidays. The savings begin with weekly deals online and in-store, followed by special shopping events for My Best Buy members and online-only deals at BestBuy.com.

For shoppers who wish to save on Black Friday, there will be three waves of savings: doorbuster deals begin at 6 P.M.

08 Nov: Best Buy announces Black Friday store hours

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More than 1,000 Best Buy stores in 47 states will open at 6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving evening, giving shoppers an early opportunity to take advantage of Black Friday deals.  Stores will remain open until 10 p.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 29.

The key to Best Buy’s transformation is its singular focus on customer service, including giving consumers the opportunity to shop when and where they want.  Last year, millions of people made it clear that they wanted to shop on Thanksgiving evening.