Best Buy’s answer to Amazon Prime offers free shipping, discounts, tech support, and 2-year warranties for $200 per year

Amazon dominates the internet retail space, but a handful of bricks and mortar companies have been making moves in recent years to better compete. One strategy? Leverage your own strengths to launch an Amazon Prime-like service with features Amazon can’t currently match. Last year Walmart launched Walmart+ which offers free shipping for $98 per year, […]

Lilbits: Broadband access, electronics shopping moves online, and do expensive Chromebooks make sense?

Often when I write about Chromebooks, somebody chimes in with a comment about how they’re not “real” laptops, and people would be better off buying a Windows machine. When I write about a Chromebook that costs more than $400, someone will inevitably complain that it’s too much money to spend on a laptop with a […]

Daily Deals (2-02-2021)

Best Buy is running a 24-hour flash sale on hundreds of products including computers, TVs smartphones, headphones, and more. Meanwhile Amazon is offering the latest MacBooks (with Apple M1 chips) for up to $100 off, and OnePlus is running a Valentine’s Day Sale on select phones. Here are some of the day’s best deals. Computers […]

Daily Deals (8-02-2019)

Didn’t get a chance to pick up a $25 Fire TV Stick 4K, a $30 Fire tablet, or a $22 Echo Dot Mini on Amazon Prime Day? Best Buy’s got you covered. The retailer is running a 3-day sale on a whole bunch of products… but the highlight may be Prime Day-matching prices on most […]

Best Buy launches 48-hour Flash Sale (to take on Amazon Prime Day)

Today and tomorrow may be Amazon Prime Day, but competitors are countering with their own sales — and if you’re looking to score deals on mobile tech, it’s worth checking out Best Buy’s 48-hour flash sale as well — especially if you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership. Here are some of the mobile tech […]

Daily Deals (6-19-2019)

Best Buy is running a 24-hour flash sale on select products including laptops, tablets, storage, monitors, and TVs. The only catch? You need to sign up for a Best Buy member account to access the sale — but it’s free to sign up, so as catches go that one’s not too bad. As an added […]

AT&T and Best Buy cancel Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to hit stores on April 26th, but Samsung postponed the launch after multiple reviewers reported that the screens were easy to damage on their demo units. At the time the company said it would announce a new release date “in the coming weeks,” at this point it’s not […]

Daily Deals (7-27-2018)

The real Black Friday is four months away, but Best Buy is running a Black Friday in July sale today with some of the lowest prices I’ve seen on some gadgets like the 2018 Samsung Chromebook Plus, Insignia Voice smart speaker with Google Assistant, and Logitech C922 Pro Stream webcam. Here are some of the […]

Deals of the Day (6-07-2018)

Another day, another sale roughly designed to coincide with a holiday or two. This time Best Buy is running a 3-day Dads and Grads sale between today and Saturday offering discounts on select computers, phones, TVs, media streamers, and a bunch of other products. And if you missed out on eBay’s site-wide 20% off sale […]

Best Buy ditches Roku for Amazon Fire TV for its new Insignia Smart TVs

Best Buy and Amazon announced an exclusive partnership this morning that will have Best Buy selling Amazon Fire TV Edition smart televisions in its stores, with “more than 10” Fire TV Edition models coming soon from Toshiba and Best Buy’s own Insignia brand. The new TVs will be sold in Best Buy stores, at, […]

All 250 Best Buy Mobile in the US will close up shop this spring

Big box consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has about a thousand full-sized stores across the United States. But the company also operates about 250 smaller Best Buy Mobile stores that are located in shopping malls, urban areas, and other spots where a 40,000 square foot shop might not fit. Now the company plans to close […]