Posted by Chuck on May 2, 2018
Gift Cards

Published on May 2nd, 2018 | by Chuck

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Gift Card Conversion at Best Buy is No Longer Working

Many reports are coming in that gift card conversion in Best Buy stores is no longer allowed by the POS system.

It’s long been possible to buy third-party physical gift cards at a Best Buy store by paying with a Best Buy gift card. Best Buy carries gift cards for eBay, gas, Disney, restaurants, iTunes and many more. [It used to even be possible to convert Best Buy gift cards into Visa gift cards, but that stopped that a few years ago.]

As of TODAY, 5/2/18, it seems no longer possible to buy third-party gift cards with Best Buy gift cards.

Reader C.B. tells us of someone who was told yesterday by a Best Buy cashier that this change would go into effect today, and they found that to be the case today that the system blocked it. Reader MoreSun also reports the same, except that they note it’s still working for some third-party cards but not others.

Based on the data points, I’m confident there was a change, question is if it affects everything or only some. MoreSun suggests that maybe it only affects variable-load cards. My guess is the change affects everything, with the possible exception of iTunes, XBOX and other electronic-related gift cards which they likely get from a different supplier.

Anyway, we need more data points to clarify the extent, but it’s not looking good. Still need data points on whether conversion of BBYR certificates into third-party gift cards is dead too. And whether consolidating multiple Best Buy gift cards into one still works.

Buying third-party gift cards online has never worked since you’ll get a quick cancellation. However, they have updated that as well so that when you have gift cards in your cart the system does not allow a gift card to be used at checkout.

This especially hits hard the free $10 Cashstar promotions which offer expiring gift cards and we always had third-party gift card purchase as backup method.

Updates:

  • It’s no longer possible to buy variable-load gift cards in amounts above $200. This is hard-coded by the system, regardless of payment type.
  • Some readers are still having success with conversion while others are being blocked even on fixed-value cards.
  • XBOX conversion is still allowed online – likely in stores will work too. And some other electronic-related brands might be in the same category.
  • I found the Best Buy gift card terms which do note that some third-party gift cards won’t work, so Best Buy does have some cover from a T&C perspective. That T&C terminology is an update from within the past year.
  • On the Best Buy Forums, they’ve confirmed that they are limiting how Best Buy gift cards can be used for third-party gift cards.
  • Seems like BBYR certificates may still be working to buy third-party gift cards.
  • Bonus expiring cards can still be used to buy Best Buy gift cards in-store.



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Dan
Dan

RIP Best Buy.

Jake
Jake

How about the gift certification in the BB accounts from BB points?

Ender
Ender

Can you still consolidate BB gc in store?

Justin
Justin

Assuming this still works when converting to BB GC’s?

Ernie
Ernie

No more BB gc’s needed

felix
felix

🙁
I have $1000 BB gift card in hand

Alex
Alex

Whole industry is cracking down. I also recently noticed that gamers club is no longer giving 2x bb points for all purchases that include at least one game. Used to be able buy a cheap or clearance game and get 2x points on your entire purchase. With elite plus, this amounted to 5% back in B.B. points. Must have changed within the past few months.

stece
stece

how much longer is bestbuy going to last for anyway? and i never got the ten dollar promotion fro the 300 dollars of cashstar gc bb purchase? is it going to come later?

Electroman
Electroman

Best Buy is doing very well, and it’s nowhere close to going under. Its stock is at or near an all-time high, and is about three times as high as it was four years ago.

So – how much longer is anybody’s guess, but it’s not headed to the door yet.

Klemhuzzah
Klemhuzzah

Yes, you’ll get 3x$10 via email on 5/29. You can only use it during 5/29-6/11. Hopefully, we’ll still be able to convert the temp stuff into something more permanent.

Galen
Galen

Found out it stopped working at my store on Monday. Big warning on the register of POSA can’t be bought with gift cards. Website has changed too as the gift card payment box is removed if there is any gift card in there. Remove the gift card and poof the box returns.

86
86

I noticed that months ago about not being able to buy third party gift cards online with a BBGC, so I think that’s been the case for quiet sometime. You have to go into a physical store to use a BBGC to pay for third party gift cards.

Darv
Darv

I did not know this was possible. Chuck, are you willing to post things like this so I can take advantage of them in the future? I probably would have converted gift cards at Best Buy if I had known.

Joey
Joey

You mean spoon feed you? If EVERYTHING was publicized they wouldn’t exist for very long in the first place.

Darv
Darv

I’ll admit, part of me was hoping for this response. It’s fascinating how we on the one hand believe all leaks should be published so everyone can share, we publish the best version of this offer or that one. But when something like this, converting gift cards to other gift cards at Best Buy is published, it’s not okay for me to be included. You know, excluded. How about you discuss this on a protected post then Joey?

I’ve contributed a lot to this site including valuable datapoints. I would appreciate knowing a few of the lesser known deals out there. I’ve earned it. Maybe that means spoonfeeding me a few.

I’m guilty of hypocrisy. I’m not perfect. I’m working on it.

Joey
Joey

What do you meant by you being “excluded”? There is not some secret newsletter that DoC sends out to only select individuals here. If there is, I’m not included either. Many “lesser known things” are not published on this site at all and you have to find it elsewhere, or you can experiment and do trial/error on your own. I can tell you there are a ton of loopholes/tricks not even published on this site and probably Chuck/DoC doesn’t even know. What you are asking for seems selfish and ignorant.

Darv
Darv

Selfish and ignorant? Wow.

I would have appreciated knowing. That’s what I’m saying. And I don’t think this one would have been a major revelation. Lots is published here and I’ve gathered that there is some selectivity on what is published–and that’s okay. And I don’t MS, other than bank funding, so I don’t need to know those tricks. But swapping gift cards at Best Buy? Yeah I’ve earned a nod for that one.

Try things on my own? Oh, yeah, I’ve done that. I’ve been the datapoint I want to be, taken the risks, and reported back here for others to benefit. I’m not a mooch here.

Have a nice day, sir.

Mike
Mike

Darv, you sound like an ass.

Also this. https://www.doctorofcredit.com/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-buying-gift-cards-at-best-buy/

Q: Can I use a Best Buy gift card to purchase a different gift card?

A: Yes. Even promotional gift cards which have an expiration work to buy third-party gift cards. This only works in-store, not online.

The details you want have always been available on DoC. ??

Are you happy now? Good day sir.

Darv
Darv

Nope, not happy at all. Because of your tone I have decided to ask Will and Chuck to delete my comments account. I won’t be contributing here anymore. If you can’t be civil, I’m gone. Cya

Electroman
Electroman

*His* tone? Psychologists call this “projection”. Buh-bye!

Martin
Martin

Darv, you shouldn’t leave because of how these people communicate. It’s becoming more of the norm and they are oblivious of it. There’s a discussion I had with Will on the Blockrize post that went bumpier than expected because of the same issue.

Darv
Darv

Thanks Martin. I’m all right and will stick around. Not everything I said was positive but for the stuff directed at me, I need to recognize that you’re right, social media can be quite negative and I just need to have a thicker skin. Thanks again

Eric
Eric

Did you happen to notice that when Joey called him “selfish and ignorant” he got upset but was still willing to post but now that Mike had the audacity to call him an “ass” he is done posting?

I wonder if it had something to do with Mike embarrassing him by pointing out that he was wrong and that his whole rant was pointless. What do you think?

Darv
Darv

Thank you sir for sending me the link. I can’t know everything here and I missed that and I probably didn’t need to make the original negative comment; these guys have a balancing act and do a great job.

William Charles

Joey, you could have made your point without the selfish and ignorant statement.

Celia
Celia

I didn’t know for the longest time that it could be done. I find out most “tricks” when reading threads. I couldn’t understand why people would buy so many BB gift cards but soon learned it was to convert. Sometimes you need to read past the surface and you can pick up a lot.

Darv
Darv

This is a helpful comment. Thank you, Celia

86
86

Just to be clear, it wasn’t secret or discouraged in any way that you could by some third-party gift cards in-store. It was stated in their terms on their website, discussed openly by representatives on their forums, and confirmed by employees in-store when asked. If these reports are true, then the real trick here is that BB sold people gift cards and changed the terms of sale without notice, IF THIS IS TRUE. If it isn’t the case, then people are jumping to conclusions.

Phill
Phill

+1

William Charles

Hi Darv,

We try not to post too much about things like this as they are a bit fragile and if they get too much publicity they tend to die. Best Buy was a bit of an ‘open’ secret in that it was usually discussed in the comments whenever we posted a Best Buy GC deal.

It’s hard finding the right balance between giving readers as much information as possible and also killing deals. For what it’s worth I think the comments replying to you are unnecessary and inappropriate.

Eric
Eric

I haven’t bought 3rd party gc with Best Buy GC or Rewards in a while but the last time I did I literally handed the cashier my Best Buy Reward certificate. He scanned it with no issue.

I wasn’t under the impression that I was breaking any kind of rule. Are you saying that it wasn’t actually allowed?

While I agree that name-calling is not okay I don’t really think Darv was entirely innocent in this matter.

William Charles

BBRC =! BBGC. I’m glad we both agree that name calling is not okay, two wrongs don’t make a right. Darv probably could have responded differently and has openly said as much. Either way name calling is neither helpful or necessary

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

I think we all need to complain like we did when ebay made the change overnight. I have no problem with them changing the terms for the future, but they should give people who bought the gift cards under the old rules an opportunity to use them before the change goes into effect. remember, when we all complained by ebay, it forced ebay to actually give a 1 month grace period to use up the gift cards.

Michael B
Michael B

On a related note, has anyone seen VGC lately at their Best Buy’s? I haven’t seen them at any of the 4 in my area in 4-5 months and wondering if it’s nationwide or just my area. BB is becoming useless for MS.

Ben
Ben

still had vgc at my local best buy today

MoreSun
MoreSun

Variable load doesn’t seem to be a factor. People buying fixed denominations have confirmed being denied. If you have some you need to convert I would try ASAP. Saw reports a couple people still got it to work from different locations today (others did not get it to work) it’s very ymmv. (I’m JUST guessing but if it’s an update to the system maybe it’s possible a store might still work today but not tomorrow.)

H XU
H XU

what about bb gc buy bb gc?

Dustin
Dustin

You can’t buy a BB GC with a BB gc. A few years ago that worked but not anymore.

Mike
Mike

Incorrect. It’s been long possible to combine GC by buying, say $100 BBGC, with (5) $20 BBGCs… Did this quite a bit in Jan/Feb; admittedly have not tried in ~3 months.

Dustin
Dustin

Right you could combine. I was thinking along the lines of using a $100 BB gc to buy a $500 or using a $100 rewards to buy a BB gc.

daniele
daniele

i went two best buys today in nyc and converted a $100 bb gc into 4 fixed $25 chipotle gcs.

Ben
Ben

Of course i just bought $600 of the latest deal FML

Ben
Ben

Possibly a positive DP or maybe it just hasn’t hit my local store yet. I just purchased $600 worth of shell and Exxon gift cards with Best Buy gift card as well as $100 shell gift card with Rewards.

NinjaX
NinjaX

thats good. so using BB reward cert (NOT a BB GC) worked? i guess the true test is tmrw or even next week when systems have been updated.

Ben
Ben

correct had a $90 certificate that worked towards the $100 in shell gc’s that I bought today.

NinjaX
NinjaX

thanks man. hope this doesnt impact the certs going fwd and only GC. it limits the hit a little.

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