Best Buy

Future Shop Closed

Best Buy has decided to close all Future Shop locations throughout Canada to rebrand half of these stores.

According to their press release and web site, home deliveries from Future Shop’s site will continue through this transition and customers with items on layaway, reserved items and outstanding orders scheduled for store pick-up will be contacted shortly.

An additional investment of $200 million is expected and the company expects to “continue to have a strong store presence in all major markets in Canada” with additional staffing at the current and new locations to handle store to home deliveries.

Various Blu-Ray Offers

You’ve got until May 1st, 2014 to bring your old DVDs over to your local Best Buy and Future Shop to recycle them in exchange for a discount on Blu-Rays.

Basically you either get $5 off select Blu-rays or $10 off select 3D Blu-Ray combo packs, one discount per individual DVD trade in.

Of both offers I’d say the Future Shop offer is superior because not only do they appear to have more Blu-ray titles to choose from but they also give people coupons that entitles Cinemanow members to rent films online at half price.

I managed to get “Anchorman II” on Blu-ray by trading in an old DVD at my local Future Shop and got Cinemanow coupons on my receipt for every Blu-ray I purchased. This coupon will expire next month, on May 22nd, 2014.

You’ll also notice that like “Anchorman II”, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is also on sale for $14.99. And although that Blu-ray isn’t an eligible title for the trade in offer, some of the $14.99 “Amazing Spider-man” Blu-Rays include a coupon for $10 off the purchase of a theater ticket for the new Spider-man film.

That coupon is found on specially marked packages and includes a code that you need to redeem on the Cineplex website.

I found the specially marked Blu-ray on a display with several other films that include the coupon. And that purchase also resulted in a Cinemanow coupon being added to my receipt.

These offer may not be available nationwide so check your local flyers for details.

DVD Trade In / Gift Card Offers

Best Buy Canada has matched Future Shop’s Trade-In offers with their own selections.

The conditions and discounts are pretty much the same as Future Shop’s. The offer expires on August 15th, 2013 and the discount is valued at $5, $10 or $15, depending on what you are trading in the DVD for :

$5 off select Blu-Rays. $10 off select 3D Combo Packs. $15 off select TV Blu-ray sets.

BTW, Future Shop is also offering a 20% discount on iTunesicon $50 gift cards this weekend at participating stores.

That’s $40 for a $50 card. But that offer ends on July 28th, 2013.

Trade-In Your DVDs @ Best Buy

You can trade in your DVDs for a $5 discount select Earth-Related Blu-rays at Best Buy stores in Canada. This offer ends on April 25th, 2013.

Retail News – Future Shop/Best Buy/HMV U.K

Eight Future Shop and seven Best Buy stores are set to close though-out Canada as the company restructures their retail operations.

According to a January 31st, 2013 press release smaller retail operations will replace these stores :

Best Buy stores in Queensborough, Nanaimo, Victoria, Langford (Westshore Town Centre), and South Surrey, British Columbia; and Lachenaie, and Sherbrooke (SmartCentres Sherbrooke), Quebec.

Future Shop stores in West Kelowna, British Columbia; Montreal (Forum Entertainment Center), Laval (First Pro Ste-Dorothee), Quebec; Regent, Manitoba; Macleod, Calgary; as well as Ancaster, Barrie South and Erin Mills, Ontario.

Best Buy Mobile locations will expand whilst smaller Future Shop “web stores”.

On the other side of the pond, HMV U.K is also restructuring and is not currently taking online orders via their site.

Sixteen stores have been closed in Ireland and half of the 223 U.K stores are expected to close shortly.

Gift Cards On Sale At Best Buy

Bestbuy Canada is selling a $60 iTunesicon gift card multi-pack for $55 at their stores, starting today.

The multi-card pack includes four $15 gift cards and this offer will be available until December 24th, 2012. But unfortunately these are not available to purchase online from Bestbuy Canada.

You can send gift cards from iTunesicon itself though.