Wirecutter usually finds that Amazon matches Best Buy electronics sales as they arise (if Amazon carries the product in question), but we work to provide our readers with Best Buy deals as an option because, variety and providing a non-Amazon option aside, Best Buy offers deals for products that Amazon simply doesn’t carry (like Google ecosystem smart speakers) and offers the option of curbside pickup. Keep an eye on Best Buy’s dedicated Black Friday landing page as the event approaches and monitor their My Best Buy Member offers and student discounts (if applicable).

Take advantage of Best Buy’s price matching policy

Whether you’re shopping the Best Buy aisles in person or virtually, keep an eye on competing sites: Best Buy will price match local retail competitors (like Target and Walmart), as well as any products sold by Amazon, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com, HP.com, and TigerDirect.com. Best Buy also matches pricing on their own website, so it might be advantageous to download the BB app to your phone if you plan to shop in-store—that way, you can scan and compare prices as you shop.

To price match, first make sure the Best Buy product is identical to the competitor’s, down to the model number and color. If you’re in-store, show an employee proof of the lower price; if you’re online shopping, use the Best Buy Chat feature to connect with an employee or call 1-888-BEST BUY to request a price match.

Not everything qualifies for price matching. Some exclusions include:

  • Contract cell phones
  • Items sold by third-party sellers
  • Prices available to select groups of customers—think deals only present to Costco members
  • Bundle offers and items included in bundle offers
  • Pricing errors
  • Prices only acquired through the use of a coupon
  • Clearance items
  • Out of stock and limited quantity items
  • Refurbished items
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Sign up for a My Best Buy membership for access to more deals

My Best Buy is a membership program that any BB shopper can join for free. Members will often get early access to Best Buy’s sales and exclusive member-only deals; they also get some other nice perks, like free shipping with no minimum purchase requirements and the opportunity to earn points for every dollar spent, which can then be redeemed as a reward certificate to spend at the store.

Best Buy has also unrolled another perk for My Best Buy members this holiday season. All members of the free loyalty program are eligible to receive a Black Friday price guarantee—meaning that if the Best Buy price drops even lower on any item you’ve purchased before November 28, you’ll be entitled to a refund of the difference.

Best Buy also offers two other forms of My Best Buy, which are also free: My Best Buy Elite and My Best Buy Elite Plus. To qualify for MyBB Elite, you’ll have to spend $1,500 or more during the calendar year; to be eligible for MyBB Elite Plus, you’ll have to spend $3,500 or more. Though not so helpful for casual Best Buy shoppers, those who do meet the minimum will have extra perks, like a longer return window (the standard is 15 days, but MyBB Elite and MyBB Elite Plus members get an extended 30-day and 45-day window, respectively) and the ability to earn more points per purchase.

Get your purchases the same day from Best Buy

Many Best Buy purchases can be collected the same day you’ve virtually swiped your credit card. All you’ll have to do is select store pick up and drive over to your local Best Buy. For folks who want to limit contact with others, Best Buy is still offering contactless curbside service at most locations across the country. Employees will bring items ordered on BestBuy.com or through the Best Buy app to shoppers’ cars. You’ll also be able to ask about additional products that they forgot to add to their order. As long as the item is in stock, Best Buy employees will head inside to get the item and sell it to you curbside.

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Best Buy’s holiday return policy

During the holiday season, Best Buy offers an extended return window for most products. Purchases made between Oct 13 and January 2 have an extended return period that stretches through January 16.
Items excluded from this extended policy include:

  • Anything purchases with a third-party contract, such as cell phones, tablets, wearables like smart watches, and Apple Care monthly plans
  • Holiday products like artificial trees, lights, and decorations
  • Major appliances

You can make curbside returns as well; you’ll need to bring your packing slip or receipt, the credit card used to make the purchase, your ID, and the item with all its original packaging. Instead of heading inside, Best Buy employees will collect returns right at your car. Shoppers will also be able to ask about additional things they’d like to exchange their item for; as long as the item is in stock, Best Buy employees will head inside to get the item and sell it to you carside.

Keep an eye out for deals for students

Best Buy often offers student-specific deals on laptops and Chromebooks, knocking anywhere from $100 to $200 off the price for qualifying shoppers. Previously, you needed to use an academic email address ending in .edu to claim the deals, but now Best Buy only requires you to identify yourself as a student to reap the savings. To take advantage of these deals, you’ll need to register for a (free) My Best Buy account and sign up for student deals—those deals will then populate on the “Member Offers” page of your My Best Buy portal.

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Look for good deals on bundled items

Best Buy often offers nice discounts on bundled smart home items, many of which are Wirecutter picks. In the past, we’ve seen deals on the Amazon Show 5 bundled together with an Echo Studio, and 2-for-1 bundles on the Amazon Show 8. It’s likely we’ll continue to see them this year.



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