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Best Buy Offering Store Credit in Return for HD DVD Hardware and Movies

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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.)

Best Buy HD DVD Action Center

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.

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avatar Kevin

That’s a great idea by Best Buy. I’d say those HD folks are getting a real deal because the technology will be outdated very, very quickly.

Then again, it’s like Best Buy is just giving you $50 off of a new machine, which they are making a healthy profit on.

Good job from BB.

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avatar Jesse

Id say do it, why keep an obsolete technology when you can actually get cash for it. Yeah it sucks to have some of the money down the drain, but its better than ALL the money down the drain.

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avatar Jim

Thats a pretty good from BestBuy really.

I have a Toshiba HD DVD player that I bought in December not too long before HD DVD died. It came with 5 free movies all of which I like. I checked the Best Buy trade in center and they quoted me a little over $49 for my player and 5 movies. Its not a bad offer but for me the 5 movies are worth at leaast that $49 to hang on to the HD player and movies.


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