US chain Best Buy opened their second UK store in Hedge End last Friday. Because I canâ€™t be arsed with crowds and queues Iâ€™d thought give it a few days before seeing what theyâ€™ve got stocked on their shelves.
First impression – itâ€™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 (Â£39.99) while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – which is currently Â£24.99 at Game – was Â£44.99. For some reason one of the Kirby games on DS was a ludicrous Â£32.99.
Considering the store is called â€˜Best Buyâ€™ I thought that theyâ€™d be at least a couple of quid cheaper than the RRP. In fact, Iâ€™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 â€œpre-ownedâ€ games for Xbox 360 were actually all Ubisoft titles including Surfâ€™s Up, TMNT and End War for Â£14.99 a pop.
I did see a few bargains though such as DJ Hero for Â£39.99 and Scribblenauts on DS for Â£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 Â£10 deal – while the DVD section had plenty of movies for Â£2.99 each.
If you hear of a Best Buy opening near you, I wouldnâ€™t get too excited.