HookedUpStang's Guide to BF at Best Buy
Last year was my first BF... great success... this year im looking for a bigger score. with bigger profits.. less cash spending.. and more fun!
I have put together this thread to share my experience and to help people on their first time out.. PLEASE DONT PUT BANTER HERE!
Last year I had spoke with 2 friends who were willing to skip thanksgiving, for a price.. that being said, one wanted a lappy (250 toshiba) and the other wanted some camcorder (225 i think)... I promised it to them...
They arrived at 1pm on thanksgiving with a tent(buy one and return it after!), and were the first there... I arrived at around 4pm and there were around 20 people behind them already...essentially killing the SD for anyone showing up later...keep a watchful eye on ANYONE who is "talking to a friend" especially if you are in front as the difference between the 10th and 11th guy in line is HUGE... people WILL attempt to cut.. be PRO-ACTIVE... squash their idea before it hatches!
I parked my car next to the tent infront of the store and was able to sit inside for most of the time and listen to music....
I wore layers, 3 pants and tops... (ny is cold, but yes i went to an NJ store and saved $500 in tax!)
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There are some things you need to do BEFORE the madness begins...
At some point they will hand out tickets(3am), starting at the front of the line, one ticket for each of the door-busters, you can get 1 of each, but not 2 of 1...
There are many SDs that arent door-busters (a $15 mp3 player was a SCORE last yr, sold them all for $50, and there was no limit, i got around 20 of them)
THE SANSA MP3 PLAYERS WILL BE A GREAT RE-SELL PROFIT MAKER!!! GRAB AS MANY AS YOU CAN!!!
1. FLOOR PLAN -they will have some of the "grab-n-go" deals scattered, you need to know where to run to first, then 2nd.. and 3rd.... Its best if you have friends so you can split up and take everything...
2. STUDY-make sure you know all the deals, and their ebay value before you get to the store if you are planning on reselling
3. PLAN- plan on it being too long, too cold, and too boring.. bring plenty of stuff to keep yourself entertained, along with a tent, umbrella, poncho, calculator, multiple CC's, RUNNING SHOES, a cell phone, and water... NO COFFEE (it makes you poop and leave the line!) BRING A TENT.. setup EARLY... bring bottles to pee in like the Aviator... (idk what to tell you ladies out there) but having a friend with you is CLUTCH
4. TRAVEL- I live in NY, but i camp at a store in NJ where theres less competition, and the tax is 2% less, it saved me $480 bucks! (this year i will be staying on LONG ISLAND because of the lack of deals.. the tax stinks anyways tho)
ALSO.. THERE IS NO DELIVERY AVAILABLE ON DOOR BUSTERS.. so dont get excited and wait for a 50" plasma unless you can take it home yourself!
I will update this thread based upon my oppinions on the quality of BB BF deals as they come out... Just because its a doorbuster doesnt mean its cheaper than ebay...
quote Originally Posted by zohyeahz View Post
If you only want the items there are vouchers for (generally the best deals) I've found that you can just take your voucher, run to another less popular BF sale (like Big Lots or Macy's or something) and still get in on their deal before you have to be back at BB to redeem the voucher. The line is going to be 2 hours long by the time you've shopped for even 10 minutes and they usually have those darn "voucher" lines where you HAVE to use them, so might as well try to get in on another deal in the meantime.
I dont sugguest this zoh... a ticket doesnt mean anything, and if they sell your item, you are out of luck... try sending a complaint to mgt lol...
You MAY be able to kill 2 birds with one stone, but if you leave and get beat, well then you get nothing! In addition, the biggest profit margins i made were on NON-TICKETED items!
HERES WHAT IM BUYING.... I WILL GET AS MANY AS I CAN OF EACH...
All Sandisk 2mb's
I may pick up some others like...
Panasonic minidv for 150
Kodak 6mp cam with digital frame
its a much different game than last year... theres a LOT less stuff worth buying... but i know ill be able to trade tickets... remember to make friends on the line...Theres only 15 of the panny 42"s... people will want them... TRADE TRADE TRADE... get all the tickets you can...
DONT FORGET TO ASK IF STUFF WASNT PICKED UP!
They can sell it without tickets at around 11am i believe... i will update more... as i see fit..
ITS FINALLY HERE... AND LIKE LAST YR... IT WILL BE RAINING ON MY TENT!!! I wish i lived in warm weather...