Best Buy? Not quite…

US chain Best Buy opened their second UK store in Hedge End last Friday. Because I can’t be arsed with crowds and queues I’d thought give it a few days before seeing what they’ve got stocked on their shelves.

First impression – it’s just like stepping into one of the newer Currys stores, only the staff are dressed in bright yellow shirts. The videogame section was slightly disappointing – new releases, such as Blur, were priced up at full whack (£39.99) while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – which is currently £24.99 at Game – was £44.99. For some reason one of the Kirby games on DS was a ludicrous £32.99.

Considering the store is called ‘Best Buy’ I thought that they’d be at least a couple of quid cheaper than the RRP. In fact, I’m willing to bet that many titles were cheaper in the Sainsburys across the road.

As reported by various news sites, Best Buy is indeed selling pre-owned games, which appeared to be formed at the moment out of old stock. All of the “pre-owned” games for Xbox 360 were actually all Ubisoft titles including Surf’s Up, TMNT and End War for £14.99 a pop.

I did see a few bargains though such as DJ Hero for £39.99 and Scribblenauts on DS for £9.99. The CD section was also pleasingly well stocked with CDs both new and old – many of which were part of a 2 for £10 deal – while the DVD section had plenty of movies for £2.99 each.

If you hear of a Best Buy opening near you, I wouldn’t get too excited.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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3 Comments

  • Actually visiting the Hedge End store was like stepping into Currys before they got a bit more mature. Staff claiming to be knowledgeable whilst pushing over priced HDMI cables, very loud and unpleasant sales floor – plus the bouncers checking your bags as you leave.
    I could walk there from home, but I wont be returning.

  • Well here’s the thing. Best Buy might not always have the cheapest price but we do have the best service. We stock HDMI leads for £14.99 and if that suits the customers needs then yes we sell those. If the customer asks why there are higher price leads then we explain the difference and don’t push them.

    That and we all wear Blue shirts. Not yellow, those are a different division of the store.

  • I just don’t understand who Best Buy are competing with – the prices aren’t competitive at all.

    I thought the philosophy of US mega-stores was to “stock it high, sell it cheap” but Best Buy seems more like “stock it high, still charge full price”.

    £14.99 for a HDMI lead reminds of the days when if you brought a printer from PC World they would try and sell you a USB cable for £9.99….which you could buy at Tesco down the road for about £2.99

    Or £1 in Poundland.

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