If you have an HD DVD player and fear it will be collecting dust in your entertainment center, you have an option to turn the hardware into $50. Best Buy is accepting returns for any HD DVD product in return for store credit. You would receive up to $50 in store credit for the player and a few dollars for each HD DVD title you return through the Best Buy Trade-In Center.
You can even return HD DVD hardware and titles not purchased at Best Buy, but you’ll still receive a Best Buy gift card in return.
Additionally, Best Buy is automatically sending a $50 gift card to those who purchased HD DVD players at their stores. As long as your purchase is on the store’s records, you will receive this gift card in addition to any credits you would receive if you decide to trade in the player.
That’s actually not a bad deal. It’s rare that “early adopters” are afforded this courtesy.
Will you be trading in your HD DVD player? Or will you be keeping the device for the existing HD DVD titles and the player’s upconverting features for standard DVDs? Or will you be laughing at all of us poor souls who thought the lower price and better features would win consumers over in comparison with Blu-Ray’s larger storage capacity?
(Thankfully I hedged my bets and managed to find myself with a Blu-Ray player as well.)
Updated March 25, 2008 and originally published March 24, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.