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« on: September 12, 2006, 03:20:51 PM »

Any reward zone members out there?  Is the new structure better or worse?

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With one point for nearly every one dollar spent as a Reward Zone program member, it's easier than ever to keep track of your rewards.

Eligible Purchase Points Reward Certificates
$250 250 $5
$500 500 $10
$750 750 $15
$1,000 1,000 $20
$1,250 1,250 $25
$1,500 1,500 $30
$1,750 1,750 $35
$2,000 2,000 $40
$2,250 2,250 $45
$2,500 2,500 $50
 

You now get $5.00 for every 250.00 you spend or 2% back.  Previously, as best as I can tell (math is my achilles heel), it was better...but I can't get my head around the math as I can't remember what the point to dollar values used to be...

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006, 04:37:58 PM »

It used to be $5 for every $150 spent, minus the $9.95 yearly fee
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 04:57:36 PM »

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 04:37:58 PM

It used to be $5 for every $150 spent, minus the $9.95 yearly fee

Yup. But now (as stated) it's free to everybody, so if you're a low spender, it might be a better deal.
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 06:31:54 PM »

I actually paid my $9.95 back in May.  I'm ahead of the game but I am annoyed that the reward certificates come in $5 increment coupons which I was told you can only use one at a time, and only for items over $10.  (I'd rather hoped I could've combined the 3 I had for a CD or something)  EDIT: Laner pointed out that, well, I'm wrong here.  There is no fine print saying only one per order, just that the order must be over $10 to use it.

If the program is free to join now though, and you'll spend over $500?  Probably worth them tracking your purchases.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006, 07:02:48 PM »

Quote from: JLu on September 12, 2006, 06:31:54 PM

I actually paid my $9.95 back in May.  I'm ahead of the game but I am annoyed that the reward certificates come in $5 increment coupons which I was told you can only use one at a time, and only for items over $10.  (I'd rather hoped I could've combined the 3 I had for a CD or something)
You can't use more than one at a time?  That certainly wasn't the case with the old plan... I've used $200 worth of reward zone coupons at a time.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006, 07:23:02 PM »

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 07:02:48 PM

Quote from: JLu on September 12, 2006, 06:31:54 PM

I actually paid my $9.95 back in May.  I'm ahead of the game but I am annoyed that the reward certificates come in $5 increment coupons which I was told you can only use one at a time, and only for items over $10.  (I'd rather hoped I could've combined the 3 I had for a CD or something)
You can't use more than one at a time?  That certainly wasn't the case with the old plan... I've used $200 worth of reward zone coupons at a time.

I made perhaps the mistake of asking the clerk before he tried to convince me to buy the protection plan on the XBox Live Arcade points card I was buying (kidding)...  Had to run out to the car to re-read the fine print -- it does specify $10 or more must be spent but it did not specify only one per order.  My bad -- thank you for clarifying that one!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2006, 08:14:24 PM »

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 07:02:48 PM

Quote from: JLu on September 12, 2006, 06:31:54 PM

I actually paid my $9.95 back in May.  I'm ahead of the game but I am annoyed that the reward certificates come in $5 increment coupons which I was told you can only use one at a time, and only for items over $10.  (I'd rather hoped I could've combined the 3 I had for a CD or something)
You can't use more than one at a time?  That certainly wasn't the case with the old plan... I've used $200 worth of reward zone coupons at a time.

That's the first I've heard of it too. I've got a bunch saved up for my impending Wii purchase...
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2006, 08:15:37 PM »

Here's what my original plan states (back from 2002) :

  • For every 12,500 Reward Zone points you earn, you will automatically receive a $5 Reward Zone certificate.
  • Earn 100 Reward Zone points for every $1 you spend on DVD and VHS movies, recorded music, games or PC software.
  • Earn 500 Points each time you show your Reward Zone program membership card or state you are a Reward Zone member.

I suppose it's gotten worse with the amount of money you have to spend and I think they got rid of the 500 per visit perk, but shortly after it started they opened it up to any purchase instead of just movies, games and music.  It's nice that it's free, but I feel less inclined to spend my money there since the points required has gone up unless I'm buying something big.  
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2006, 08:23:56 PM »

All I know is that I used to receive those $5 "checks" a lot more often than I do now.  My one per month has become one every 2 or 3 months.  My recent game and accessories binge probably netted me one, though. smile
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2006, 11:20:00 PM »

Check to see if they expire too..CC his a similar program but only by using their credit card....5 dollar increments, one coupon only and only good for like 60 days...a total waste of paper really.

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From the BB Zone site: 

Remember each Reward certificate does have an expiration date.

BUT it does sound like they are stackable:

 Certificates are coupons for discounts off future in-store purchases and may only be redeemed for a discount off purchase amounts equal to or greater than the amount of the sum of the Certificates presented for redemption at Best Buy retail stores, excluding tax.
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2006, 11:50:44 PM »

They are stackable.  My co-worker bought a refrigerator and received a buttload of certificates.  He then used about 12 at once to buy an answering maching for cheap.

I've used multiple certificates at once too, but not as much now that I receive less of them.
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2006, 02:16:54 AM »

Quote from: Destructor on September 12, 2006, 04:57:36 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 12, 2006, 04:37:58 PM

It used to be $5 for every $150 spent, minus the $9.95 yearly fee

Yup. But now (as stated) it's free to everybody, so if you're a low spender, it might be a better deal.

So this is free now?  On the website it still says that it costs $10 per year. 
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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2006, 02:34:40 AM »

Yeah they made it free a while ago actually, I reupped it, gosh 18 months ago, and got a letter saying that they were extending my membership for life for some stupid reason or another, and then I saw that it was going to be free anyways.
You used to get a 3.33% return, because it was 150 dollars of spending netted you 5 dollar coupon. I don't really care anymore as I rarely go into Best Buy anymore.
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