As you all know, there is an AMEX offer at Best Buy right now. Well, let me tell you how I just got banned from my local Worst Buy store.
Monday lunch time at store A
On Monday, I went to Best Buy store A at lunch time and bought 4 x $500 of BB GC’s for a total of $2000. This store is weird because just the other week, I tried to buy Ebay GC’s there and the front line supervisor or whoever he was told me the limit was THREE CARDS. These were $50 cards mind you and I had something like 5 in my hand (their entire stock.) I asked him why the limit. He said it was a state law. FACEPALM! I wanted to tell him that that was such bullshit, but decided not to. When he left, the cashier gave me the “Sorry I know that made no sense” look. This is the same store another buddy told me a cashier told him the limit was $6K of BB GC’s per day. So, it’s truly YMMV. I wish they would make up their minds on what the real policy is, but anyhow, back to my store, I did buy the $2K of BB GC’s just fine.
Monday night at store B
That night, I went to store B looking to buy more BB GC’s, but actually found them stocked with VGC at the CS desk. I went and asked to buy 5, but the cashier X told me the limit was 3. He then radio’ed to a manager who said I could buy 5. So I went ahead and bought 5 just fine. I asked cashier X if that was the limit – 5 per day and he said yes.
Wednesday night at store B
I got back to store B last night and wanted to buy 5 more VGC. This time clerk Y was at the CS desk. Quick aside – if you haven’t walked into a Best Buy store lately, let me tell you it’s a GHOST TOWN… at least at my store. So it’s not like they can be picky with business. Anyway, clerk Y rings up the first card and then someone is radio’ing him. Then 2 minutes later, the manager and cashier X from Monday walks up. The manager points to me while looking at the cashier and going, “Him?” The cashier nods his head. Mind you I’ve never seen this new cashier ever before.
The manager then tells me I can no longer shop there. Confused I ask why. He says, “Because you and your household” have been going around to multiple Best Buys circumventing gift card limits. I told him, “Huh? I’ve only been here 2 times in MONTHS.” I then point to the clerk from Monday and ask him, “Yeah I had him on Monday.” He then says, “Yeah under [wife’s name.]” I was so shocked that he remembered my wife’s name that I just gave up.
I’m even trying to figure out what happened. Did cashier X somehow pull up my wife’s account’s purchase history to have seen the store A purchase when I left on Monday night? Why did the manager point to clerk Y to identify me and clerk Y nodded his head when I had never seen him before? My guess is another Asian must have been coming in and buying gift cards since the manager said “you and your household.” This is actually the 2nd time I’ve heard of an instance like this. My Asian female friend got banned from a BBY in the Bay Area because her friend had come in earlier in the day and they assumed it was her.
Did I break some rule? It’s because I don’t know what the limits are because each store, cashier, and manager makes up their own rule. Can I buy 3 cards or 5 cards? Can I buy $6,000 per day per store? I HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE! How am I abusing limits when I don’t know what they are. Since I bought from store A, which has a different limit than store B, how did I break store B’s limits when one store limits by $ amount and one limits by card count?
Whatever. It’s not like I shop at Worst Buy anyway. Nor any other people in my area seeing as how no other customer was in the store. Yeah, go ahead and ban your AMEX Offer and resellers Best Buy since we’re the only ones shopping in your store!