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#1 freebird  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 13, 2012 - 1:30 pm

I need some advice on how popular Xbox 360's are on Black Friday and whether or not Best Buy usually has a lot in stock. The combo deal I'm referring to is here http://blackfriday.g...idayBundle.html
I live in Lincoln, Nebraska, home to about 262,000 people. I like to think that the demand will be evenly spread across other stores for the Xbox because everyone (Target, Walmart, Sams Club, Toys R Us) are having combo deals on Xbox 360's. I've never been to Best Buy during black friday but from what I read on here, it can get a little testy. I would assume that most people go for the TV's and the more expensive items but I was thinking about lining up around 4p.m. for the midnight opening. I am fully aware of the ticket system (read the FAQ on here) but if I can just get some advice on obtaining an Xbox 360 during black friday, I would be very appreciative. It's not like Best Buy has a show stopping better deal, it's just that walmart and practically everyone else is doing Kinect bundles and I don't want a kinect.

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Posted Nov 14, 2012 - 8:04 am

I know that last year the Xbox 360 and PS3 became tickets items while I was in line. First, the guy stated that it wasn't going to be a ticketed item. However, he came back and stated that he changed his mind. I believe Bestbuy had 50 of each consoles bundles last year.

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Posted Nov 14, 2012 - 8:14 am

Thanks for that tip about 50 consoles. That's offers me a breather cause I thought they might only have 10. I can imagine they are ticketed items because of their popularity but 50 of each console is good news!

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Posted Nov 14, 2012 - 12:35 pm

The BB that I shopped at last year had at least 100 of the 360 and PS3 bundles.

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Posted Nov 14, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Anyone have any advice on what time I should arrive at best buy and whether or not they're a hot commodity?

#6 burgmules660  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 5:03 am

Depends on where your shopping at?

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 6:08 am

I'm shopping at best buy in lincoln nebraska which I stated in my original post. We only have one best buy but we also have 5 walmarts, 2 targets, Sams club, shopko, and more places that sell consoles that I hope will alieviate the pressure off of best buy

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 12:37 pm

I wouldn't rush to get in line at any particular time then if you have all of that around you, but take this how you want. BB has the BEST deal on a 360 out of everybody, they are the only one offering a 250Gb system :) Goodluck

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 2:46 pm

I'd say be there when the doors open or shortly there after. If you don't talk to the manager and see how many they actually have for bf. The system has been out for awhile so there may be some demand, but I'd think they'd last awhile.

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 5:40 pm

In response to both of your posts, I'm fully aware that best buy is the only one selling the 250gb version, that's actually the reason I'm getting it! I don't want a kinect but I hope everyone else does because every other store is doing kinect bundles. I was thinking about getting there around 4 but maybe that's to early? I still might get there at 4 to be safe

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 5:42 pm

I heard rumors Gamestop will have a great deal too. Hoping ad is leaked! Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk 2

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 6:00 pm

In response to both of your posts' date=' I'm fully aware that best buy is the only one selling the 250gb version, that's actually the reason I'm getting it! I don't want a kinect but I hope everyone else does because every other store is doing kinect bundles. I was thinking about getting there around 4 but maybe that's to early? I still might get there at 4 to be safe


Count me as another that doesn't need a Kinect; I need to replace our 360 and we actually already have a kinect. I also need both a 4gb and a 250gb system but I am sure I'm not doing Best Buy Thursday night.

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Yeah I'm waiting to see gamestops deals but our GameStop is in the mall and is VERY small and I can guess they might have maybe 5 consoles at best. Even if they had a good deal, I wouldn't take the chance. Best Buy might seem chaotic but with their ticket system, everything should go smoothly.

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Yeah I'm waiting to see gamestops deals but our GameStop is in the mall and is VERY small and I can guess they might have maybe 5 consoles at best. Even if they had a good deal' date=' I wouldn't take the chance. Best Buy might seem chaotic but with their ticket system, everything should go smoothly.


Yea, everything is location dependent. My Best Buys are always madhouses; there's 3 all within 15 minutes of my house and they will all have long lines; I could be there for several hours for 1 game system.

I cannot even count how many Game Stops are within 15 minutes of me. If they are having a decent sale then I will head to one of the ones off the beaten path. Good luck!

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Yeah around me gamestops outnumber BB. Our BB are part of malls so they will be crazy. Thankfully I will be at standalone BB out of town. Good luck! Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk 2

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Posted Nov 15, 2012 - 8:14 pm

I have the exact situation as you guys. We only have one best buy and one gamestop in lincoln but the gamestop is in the mall which will be crazy. There will be diehard gamers at gamestop buying new consoles and new games (Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 JUST game out) so gamestop would be a bad idea especially since they always have a low stock of items due to store size. Best buy carries other electronics and most people will be there for TV's, stereo systems, etc. There may be a few gamers there looking for consoles but at least they have 50 consoles of each. Both BB and gamestop are about 15mins away except BB ISN'T in a mall which is also another plus. I plan to go to gamestop to sell the 2 games that come with my xbox bundle (forza 4 and skyrim) but that will be later friday night after everything cools down at the mall.

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Posted Nov 17, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I'm in the same boat as your freebird. This is the one Black Friday deal I want. I'm a BB Premier Silver member and I'm hoping this is one of the items on the early access sale that we get that starts on Tuesday.

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Posted Nov 17, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Yeah I saw you guys get 3 days early access! I wouldn't mind going to target or Sams club but I REALLY want a 250gb Xbox.

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Posted Nov 17, 2012 - 1:33 pm

The BB Silver reward member sale is on Monday starting at 11am est not Tuesday. Preview is tomorrow to know what they will have.

I'm in the same boat as your freebird. This is the one Black Friday deal I want. I'm a BB Premier Silver member and I'm hoping this is one of the items on the early access sale that we get that starts on Tuesday.



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Posted Nov 17, 2012 - 4:34 pm

The BB Silver reward member sale is on Monday starting at 11am est not Tuesday. Preview is tomorrow to know what they will have.



Thank you!! I don't know why I was thinking the 19th was Tuesday. You definitely saved me!

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Posted Nov 17, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Anytime.

Thank you!! I don't know why I was thinking the 19th was Tuesday. You definitely saved me!



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Posted Nov 21, 2012 - 11:32 am

This is one deal I really want as well. My husband wants the 250gb version and Best Buy is the only place that seems to have a deal on it. Unfortunatelly, we will be driving back from the in-laws on Thursday evening late so I probably won't make it to best buy until midnight or 2am.

If they don't have it still I'm thinking of trying to price match it at Walmart. Anyone have any suggestions if I end up having to give that a try?

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Posted Nov 21, 2012 - 12:13 pm

This is one deal I really want as well. My husband wants the 250gb version and Best Buy is the only place that seems to have a deal on it. Unfortunatelly' date=' we will be driving back from the in-laws on Thursday evening late so I probably won't make it to best buy until midnight or 2am.

If they don't have it still I'm thinking of trying to price match it at Walmart. Anyone have any suggestions if I end up having to give that a try?


Just remember it has to be the EXACT same bundle that BB has, a lot of time each store will have something different in their bundle to make it "unique" from the others. Goodluck though :)

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Posted Nov 21, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Just remember it has to be the EXACT same bundle that BB has, a lot of time each store will have something different in their bundle to make it "unique" from the others. Goodluck though :)


If I go to Best Buys online add and grab the product number it matches the one at walmart.com.

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Posted Nov 21, 2012 - 6:00 pm


If I go to Best Buys online add and grab the product number it matches the one at walmart.com.


Good work!!!

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Posted Nov 22, 2012 - 4:13 am

Well the deal on the Xbox showed as available this morning online so I went ahead and ordered it. I sure hope there aren't any problems with orders getting canceled or anything.

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Posted Nov 22, 2012 - 6:16 am

It's still available on line. As a Premier Silver member I can get free shipping, but I think I'll just wait until around midnight at head over to my Best Buy and get it there so I can use it right away instead of waiting a week for it to be delivered. May pick up Need for Speed for the PS3 while I'm there.

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Posted Nov 22, 2012 - 6:37 am

It's still available on line. As a Premier Silver member I can get free shipping, but I think I'll just wait until around midnight at head over to my Best Buy and get it there so I can use it right away instead of waiting a week for it to be delivered. May pick up Need for Speed for the PS3 while I'm there.


You are risking not getting it at all by doing this. I would order it, then if I find it at Best buy, cancel the order as they will not even start the shipping process until tomorrow.

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Posted Nov 22, 2012 - 6:43 am


You are risking not getting it at all by doing this. I would order it, then if I find it at Best buy, cancel the order as they will not even start the shipping process until tomorrow.


Your taking a huge risk there, I bet you miss out on it!!!

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Posted Nov 22, 2012 - 10:12 am

Your taking a huge risk there, I bet you miss out on it!!!


It's still available in my cart. I may pull the trigger if it's still available closer to 8:00. With this many available online I would assume there should be enough for me to get one at the store at midnight. This is a decent deal, but not a great deal (since you can find it at Amazon and other retailers for $249.00 outside of Black Friday). With the tax that Best Buy will charge me, I would only be paying $38.00 to get it from Amazon and I can get it with 2-day shipping.




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