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  1. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price February 2, 2008 at 2:18 am |
  2. Chris Jay
    Chris Jay February 25, 2008 at 7:41 am |

    I have totally opposite observation: their Kiosk now shows the highest price available between web and store. As of today (2/25/2007) most store has PNY 8600 GT video card on clearance, their tag price range between $40 to $107, but their Kiosk shows $183.99 in every store I went to.

  3. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price February 25, 2008 at 8:22 am |

    Hi Chris, there is a clear answer to why that’s happening. As the Kiosk states in that yellow-label-warning… the kiosk does not list clearance pricing.

    The $40 markdown (and I know exactly the card you’re talking about) is indeed on clearance. As such, the kiosk doesn’t list it.

    Are they required to list clearance pricing? I don’t think so… but it is certainly debatable. If something is on clearance, the goal is to mark it down directly at the point of presence (in the store). Also, there are technical limitations, since BestBuy.com (which the kiosks route through) are never fed clearance pricing.

    I don’t think it’s a big deal since that would only aid the clearance deal hunters. I’m one of them, but I’ve also shown everyone how to leverage RSS from the Employee Toolkit… so that shouldn’t matter to the savvy clearance hunter.

  4. Mott
    Mott July 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm |

    The reason the price are cheaper online is because they are outlet prices! They are open box items and stuff like that! That is why they are cheaper!!! It’s not a scam, Best Buy is an honest company with great employees to help the customer!

  5. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price July 17, 2009 at 3:51 am |

    Actually, Mott, most “outlet” items are just regular clearance markdowns. The in-store kiosks exclude c-class markdowns, regardless of if the items are new or used.

    This is mostly because different stores markdown prices at different rates. Thus, they don’t want people realizing that you can price match one store against the other on a clearance.

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