Richdmoore

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It looks like Best Buy is now selling an $100 8gig iPhone (This week only). It is $149/$249 for their normal Reward Zone Members, and $99/$199 if you are one of their Silver Reward Zone members.

(I wish I hadn't spent enough at best buy to actually make it to silver, but my iPhone in December pushed me over the threshold into the Silver status :).)

For Silver Reward Members:
8 gig iPhone $99
16 gig iPhone $199

For Normal Reward Zone Members:
8 gig iPhone $149
16gig iPhone $249.

Link to page: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat168900050002&type=category

Credit to Justin42 at http://www.cheapassgamer.com for pointing out an $10 xbox 360 game that made me look at the entire ad on the best buy web site and notice the iPhone deals.
 

Michael CM1

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On the week of my birthday? Damn these people for tempting me!

Luckily, I don't have $250 and I didn't hold out on an iPhone 3G this long to get only an extra 8GB. Hopefully this is a move to shovel out old inventory for the new summer models.

Sorry to go off topic a little bit but does that BB Silver Status thing stay permanent or do you have to always spend that much every year to have that status?

I can't find my BB Reward Zone card, and I'm pretty sure I have an account online (can't figure out the password yet) I just want to double check if I can buy one of these discounted iPhones especially the $99 for Silver Status.

Good question. I read the terms and it didn't really say. At least they're not charging you some extra fee to do that. If you spend $2,500 with 'em, that's a pretty nice kickback. I wish other stores would do more stuff like that. Shoot, I wish AT&T would do stuff like that.
 
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Richdmoore

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Sorry to go off topic a little bit but does that BB Silver Status thing stay permanent or do you have to always spend that much every year to have that status?

I can't find my BB Reward Zone card, and I'm pretty sure I have an account online (can't figure out the password yet) I just want to double check if I can buy one of these discounted iPhones especially the $99 for Silver Status.

It is good for a little over a year. If you can log onto the web site, you will see a date that you go back to a normal Reward Zone membership.

They have a complicated chart that explains it, basically you get one full year, and then it renews if you spent enough, if not it reverts back to a normal membership.

Here is a cut and paste from the Best Buy web site:


https://myrewardzone.bestbuy.com/premier/programRules.jspx

Benefits of Premier Silver status continue during the year of qualification through the end of the following calendar year and will terminate at the end of the following February. In any subsequent year, a Premier Silver member requalifies for Premier Silver status when the member spends $2,500 on eligible purchases at Best Buy stores or online at Bestbuy.com during that calendar year.

If a member does not requalify for Premier Silver status in the second or subsequent year, Premier Silver status will expire at the end of February in the third or subsequent calendar year and the member's Reward Zone program Premier Silver membership will revert to a standard Reward Zone program membership. (See Membership Cancellation, Modification, Expiration and Termination in the full Reward Zone program Rules for details about what happens when a standard Reward Zone program member does not make any purchase in a single calendar year.) (See chart below for example.) Any return within 30 days that makes total eligible purchases less than $2,500 may void Premier Silver status.

Year of becoming Premier Silver member Time period during which you are a Premier member and may requalify for Premier Silver status Date upon which Premier Silver benefits end, and standard Reward Zone program benefits resume if requalification does not occur
Calendar Year 1 (Jan-Dec) Calendar Year 2 (Jan-Dec) The end of February in Calendar Year 3
 
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Richdmoore

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Do you work for BB? Or are you their #1 Silver Premier Customer? :p

The funny thing is that my FULL PRICE $299 iPhone actually pushed me over into the silver status. Now I could get the discount when I don't need it.......

Only reason I have silver status was that I purchased a new LCD tv, router, printer, xbox 360, iphone, printer ink etc. all last year. I doubt very much I will spend that kind of money in the near future (esp. with this economy!)
 
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Resist

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Why do these sales always happen AFTER the return period on things I buy? :mad:
 
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cameronjpu

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Why do these sales always happen AFTER the return period on things I buy? :mad:

Funny how that happens, isn't it? It's almost like BB wants you to buy MORE stuff from them, rather than just trading stuff you didn't want for stuff you do ;) I wonder if they actually have highly paid executives who decide the timing of these things... ;)

Surprised the talk here hasn't focused more on WHY BB would be reducing inventory at this point in the product cycle ;)
 
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blindzero

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Well, I bet we see refreshes to the iPhone line sooner than later now...

I know the rumor is June, but you gotta wonder...
 
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Cravendale

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Would this suggest they are shifting the remainder of the current model to make way for the new?
 
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casik

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ya here in canada we are at about 2800 over three years.... we don't have it available on a two year
 
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MurphyM

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Well, I bet we see refreshes to the iPhone line sooner than later now...

I know the rumor is June, but you gotta wonder...

Agreed. They at least need to leak some details of the refresh. People who bought the first iPhone in 2007 will be free of their contracts. Better to get them interested in another iPhone asap before they have time to start looking at iPhone alternatives.
 
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jav6454

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And for all of those awaiting an iPhone nano, dream on. Here is the real thing. You remember all that squable about the $99 priced iPhone with lower features. Not going to happen, however, retailers can price the iPhone at whatever price point they see fit. Ergo, Best Buy has filled that gap.

Bad thing, this is starting to become the RAZR scenario.
 
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hsk

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And for all of those awaiting an iPhone nano, dream on. Here is the real thing. You remember all that squable about the $99 priced iPhone with lower features. Not going to happen, however, retailers can price the iPhone at whatever price point they see fit. Ergo, Best Buy has filled that gap.

Bad thing, this is starting to become the RAZR scenario.

I don't really see the big deal between $199 and $99. That $100 just does seem like a big deal to me when you factor in the contract. But consumers are not always the brightest.....

As for BB moving inventory, could be they just want to push iPhones instead of Blackberry's this week. I remember they were out of Curve's for Sprint & Verizon back in December and eveyone was assuming the new CDMA Curve was coming. Well that ain't happening anytime soon - and Curves are back in stock.
 
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