Best Buy Charging a “Halo Tax”: $3 add-on to certain Xbox 360 Accessories
Take a look at that picture right there. As you can see, one of these things is not like the others. You aren’t seeing things, either — that middle price is $42.99, while the others are $39.99. The top is Microsoft, the Bottom is Circuit City. So who is in the middle?
Best Buy, of course.
It seems as though Best Buy has been charging an extra three dollars onto certain items MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price). This “Halo Tax”, as has been coined by XBLRadio, certainly would seem conspicuous considering that Halo 3, a game that is certain to move not only consoles but accessories for those consoles as well, is on the horizon. However, I am afraid I have to break the news to everyone: This isn’t an issue exclusive to the Xbox 360.
Below are a few other items comparing Best Buy’s price to that of Circuit City. At the bottom is the suggested retail price from the manufacturer:
Logitech G15 Keyboard
Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000
Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP
Now, keep in mind that while I was looking up some larger items (HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Players, HDTVs, etc.) Best Buy actually charged LESS than Circuit City. However, it is very important to note that Circuit City never once went over the MSRP, as far as I could find.
So here’s the deal: Many are very, very pissed about this. I know I am. I’m so pissed that I even made a petition to voice our disgust towards Best Buy over this issue. Will it work? Probably not. But people love petitions, so why the hell not?
Seriously, it DOES say “suggested”. While I disagree with it, and it DOES piss me off, there really is little one can do. BUT, if you ARE wanting to voice your distaste, I DID make a REAL petition.
…why am I doing the ALL CAPS when I can just use italics, anyways?
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August 12th, 2007 at 5:41 am
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August 12th, 2007 at 10:36 am
When I bought my HDTV (at Best Buy), I wanted to upgrade to the VGA cable while I was at it. I was royally pissed that it was $42.99. I explicitly remember the MSRP being $39.99 at Xbox.com.
But, what was I going to do? I wanted it then and now.
Of course, Best Buy sucks in other regards. Namely, you cannot use Rewards Zone certficates at Bestbuy.com.
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