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Amazon just gave me $200: what's the catch?

bruceames
04-09-2008, 06:01 PM
They're doing the same $50 store credit for every player bought there, just like Best Buy. Since I bought four players, I get $200, which is basically like cash to me if I get to spend it on Amazon. So while I'm very thankful, something seems wrong. Does this mean they are also about to stop selling HD DVDs? Somebody is paying for this, and it's definitely not Amazon. So who is? If Amazon stops selling HD DVDs, where will they end up? I know there's still quite a few left to sell. For example, Paramount left Blu-ray last August and Amazon still stocks about 1/2 of their movies. So, what's going on behind the scenes here?

pjc
04-09-2008, 06:09 PM
I don't know. I didn't think about that possibility for Amazon, but I am extremely surprised by Best Buy and Circuit City just sending them back (or to a wholesaler) without just trying to unload them.

tcarcio
04-09-2008, 06:11 PM
Is this automatic or do you have to contact Amazon and ask for it?

bruceames
04-09-2008, 06:15 PM
Is this automatic or do you have to contact Amazon and ask for it?

It's automatic. If you bought a player there (not from a 3rd party seller), then you'll get an email with a code to use at checkout. The value of the code will be $50 times the # of players you bought. It's the same as a gift card, reusable and it expires in one year.

Joe_news
04-09-2008, 06:16 PM
Well its simple.

-HD DVD fails
-Customers mad
-Retails/e-tailers feel wrath
-Retailers to build customer loyalty offer $50 dollars back to get them to shop in their place again. And statistics they spend I believe its 2-3 times the amount of the gift card...I forget now...

Is the BDA behind this? ....I have a hard time believing it, but maybe. I just don't think they'd foot the bill for people buying the wrong formate, but then again they did offer a trade in program in some random country I remember reading about a few weeks back.

PFC5
04-09-2008, 06:34 PM
Well its simple.

-HD DVD fails
-Customers mad
-Retails/e-tailers feel wrath
-Retailers to build customer loyalty offer $50 dollars back to get them to shop in their place again. And statistics they spend I believe its 2-3 times the amount of the gift card...I forget now...

Is the BDA behind this? ....I have a hard time believing it, but maybe. I just don't think they'd foot the bill for people buying the wrong formate, but then again they did offer a trade in program in some random country I remember reading about a few weeks back.

Think of it this way. If Amazon sold say 100,000 HD DVD players this will be costing them $5 MILLION dollars for those $50.00 credits.

What would be the BUSINESS reason to do that on there own as well as BB & CC doing it also?

I think someone is paying for all these HD DVDs discs available still to just disappear and THIS is the way to try to offset the negative impact. I now think Amazon will be the NEXT big profile (no pun intended :D) HDM distributor/retailer to stop selling HD DVDs they already have in stock. :mad:

I guess it is time after 4/15/08 for me to start looking at any titles I may want in HD from Universal/Paramount/Dreamworks within the next year or two and buy them while I can. I do not think many of the previously released titles from those studios will be out on BD for a long time unfortunately.

Other than those HD DVD only titles, I had already planned to just buy BD when the option is available myself, but now it looks like I might not have a lot of time to do it.

anythingwt
04-09-2008, 06:38 PM
What does it matter to you if they stop carrying HD DVDs Bruce, you have them all already anyway, right? ;)

bruceames
04-09-2008, 07:03 PM
What does it matter to you if they stop carrying HD DVDs Bruce, you have them all already anyway, right? ;)

Actually, there's still quite a few I wouldn't mind having, for the right price. I've been buying primarily imports for the last two months, so the timing of this $200 credit is perfect since I haven't been buying most of the new releases this year. I just want to complete my HD DVD purchases from the proper sources. I should be about finished by July (except for Freedom 7 and anything else that may come out that I'd be interested in).

aaronwt
04-09-2008, 07:06 PM
Is there a way to verify the amount of credit you have?

bruceames
04-09-2008, 07:10 PM
Is there a way to verify the amount of credit you have?

Yes, put items in your cart totaling near your credit, and enter the code at checkout (without hitting the purchase button, of course). That's how I did it. Now I'm going to go back and take my time choosing what I want to buy.

aaronwt
04-09-2008, 07:19 PM
Yes, put items in your cart totaling near your credit, and enter the code at checkout (without hitting the purchase button, of course). That's how I did it. Now I'm going to go back and take my time choosing what I want to buy.


All mine does is subtract from the total. I did just call them(I guess actually they called me) and they verified that I do have $150 credit. Now I need to make sure I get my $150 to $200 credit from BestBuy. What a deal! This will go along ways towards getting a Panasonic BD50 to replace my BD30.

Cowboy X
04-09-2008, 07:49 PM
I got mine, sweet. I don't care who sponsored it. I am sorry I did not buy another player just before Toshiba threw in the towel. All of those free discs, a very cheap player and now $50 back.

kamspy
04-09-2008, 07:55 PM
How come Wal-Mart is the only place actually requiring you to return the player? I feel left out:o But no way I'm returning my A3 for $50

PFC5
04-09-2008, 07:59 PM
All mine does is subtract from the total. I did just call them(I guess actually they called me) and they verified that I do have $150 credit. Now I need to make sure I get my $150 to $200 credit from BestBuy. What a deal! This will go along ways towards getting a Panasonic BD50 to replace my BD30.

Good to see you posting here. :hithere:

HD-X2A
04-09-2008, 08:09 PM
Just curious...how far back does the Amazon offer extend? We bought the our X2A in sept. 07. Wonder if we qualify?!?

loganhunter200
04-09-2008, 08:36 PM
Just curious...how far back does the Amazon offer extend? We bought the our X2A in sept. 07. Wonder if we qualify?!?

Yes. I called them and they gave me mines. I bought mine back in March 07.

bruceames
04-09-2008, 08:40 PM
Just curious...how far back does the Amazon offer extend? We bought the our X2A in sept. 07. Wonder if we qualify?!?

I bought the add-on from Amazon in November '06, and it qualified. In fact, Best Buy stops considering players purchased before that time because they say that's when they started to 'promote' the format. (yeah, right. :rolleyes:) I bought the A1 in April '06 from Best Buy and it doesn't count. :what:

Dr. Jones
04-09-2008, 09:05 PM
Well I just emailed them so we'll see what they say. Thanks for the heads up.

mshulman
04-09-2008, 09:29 PM
Are they only including players bought before a certain date? I haven't recieved anything yet, but I bought an A3 sometime after the announcements of WB and I think even Toshiba's announcement.

Bravestime
04-09-2008, 09:32 PM
After sending a email to Amazon requesting the $50 "rebate", they just emailed me the coupon code for $50. :thumbsup:

Thanks Bruce for the heads-up. ;)

bruceames
04-09-2008, 09:34 PM
Are they only including players bought before a certain date? I haven't recieved anything yet, but I bought an A3 sometime after the announcements of WB and I think even Toshiba's announcement.

Any player bought from Amazon.com before Toshiba's announcement qualifies. Here's a copy of my email:

Dear Amazon.com Customer,
As someone who purchased an HD DVD player from us before February 23, 2008,* you might like to hear about a special offer available from Amazon.com.

New technologies don't always work out as planned. We at Amazon.com value our customer relationships more than anything and would like to support customers who purchased these players by offering a credit good for $50 off any products sold by Amazon.com.** Just use promotional code CJMH-59U7P9-NN27LR when checking out. The code is valid through April 9, 2009, so you have plenty of time to use your credit. Purchases from third-party merchants on our site are not eligible.

In addition, we'd like to share some of our top offers on Blu-ray discs , HDTVs , and other high-def technology and remind you that the Amazon.com Marketplace is available to sell items you might not want anymore as you upgrade to new ones. Also be sure to check out our monthly Amazon.com Early Adopters Delivers e-mail to find out about the latest technology.

* On February 23, 2008, the last manufacturer of HD DVD players announced it was ceasing production of those players.


** Offer cannot be used to pay for special-order titles, e-books or downloadable e-content, wireless service plans, gift certificates, gift-wrap, taxes, or shipping and handling charges. $50.00 promotional credit is per HD DVD player purchased prior to February 23, 2008--up to 10 units for a maximum credit of $500.00.

You are receiving this e-mail due to your purchase of a qualifying HD DVD player from Amazon.com. Canceled or returned orders of eligible HD DVD players are not eligible for this promotion.

If you are ordering items to be shipped to more than one address, a separate order will be created for each address. The promotional offer will be applied to only one of the resulting orders.

Some promotional certificates and offers may not be combined with other claim code-based offers. Offer's cash value is 1/10th of one cent. Offer is not for resale and is not redeemable for cash. Offer cannot be applied to orders already placed with Amazon.

mshulman
04-09-2008, 09:38 PM
Thanks Bruce! It turns out I qualify as I bought mine a few days before that! :D

Nikopol
04-10-2008, 02:15 AM
That is pretty awesome. I should write a mail to Amazon.de, where i bought my player, asking if they want to do the same thing.

MikeRox
04-10-2008, 02:26 AM
Wheres the love for UK refunds? I paid a whole $240 for my EP30 in Jan :p I want a rebate! :p looks like someone is paying to have HD DVDs destroyed, now my money really is going on the BDA, if the HD DVDs aren't there to be bought cheap, peoples only option is full price BDs (when they get released). It no longer really makes any sense (particularly financially) for it to have been anyone else.

It could just be amazon following suit, but it'd be a very expensive gesture. Especially when it's blatently apparant many of those HD DVD player sales weren't followed through with disc sales.

Cowboy X
04-10-2008, 04:53 AM
Bruce I hope that you used your code already.

bruceames
04-10-2008, 07:37 AM
Bruce I hope that you used your code already.


I did, and besides the one I posted was altered. ;)

off topic: Is HDD working for anyone? The forums there have been down for me since yesterday afternoon.

Nikopol
04-10-2008, 08:04 AM
I did, and besides the one I posted was altered. ;)

off topic: Is HDD working for anyone? The forums there have been down for me since yesterday afternoon.

They are preparing the merger with HDF.

I keeed, i keeed... :lol: ;)

Cowboy X
04-10-2008, 10:36 AM
I bought 2 PC drives on February 20th. Do they count?

HD-X2A
04-10-2008, 06:56 PM
Thanks to Bruce et. al. for info about the $ offer

neal77
04-11-2008, 11:59 AM
I got the email from Amazon as well. I bought 3 players so I got $150.00 off. Just so happens my laser printer went out so I got a new for like 50% off. Gotta love it. :)

The_Omega_Man
04-11-2008, 03:49 PM
HD DVD
Good for the economy? :p

Cowboy X
04-11-2008, 08:18 PM
I bought 2 PC drives on February 20th. Do they count?


Answer :

"Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.

I'm sorry, but it appears that you are not eligible for the HD DVD promotional offer.

Please note that only the below mentioned items are eligible for this promotion.

- RCA HDV5000 HD DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-A20 1080p HD DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-A3 720p/1080i HD DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-A30 1080p HD DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-A35 1080p HD DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD Player
- Toshiba HD-XA2 1080p HD-DVD Player
- Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

If you placed an order for any of the above items before February 23, 2008, please write back to us, so that we will apply the promotion to your account.

While we are planning a variety of special discounts with the items that we do offer and other promotional offers, I am unable to share these details.

I encourage you to check back on our web site in the next few weeks.
Any special offers will be advertised on these items throughout our web site.

Thanks again for your keen interest in our promotions. "

TheArtOfRuin
04-14-2008, 12:15 AM
awesome! thanks bruce, i never check my email unless i'm expecting something. i just pre-ordered GTA IV for my 360 for only 9.99 :) :yippee: