Best Buy grand opening deals

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I wondered what big box store could fill the cavernous space of Oshman’s Sporting Goods on the third floor of Mall of America, near Nordstrom. Turns out, it’s Best Buy, opening at 6 p.m. Thursday.

What’s in it for you? The first 50 customers recive a free 8GC Sony MP3  player. The second 50 receive a $20 gift card (one freebie per person 18 and older). The mall store offers a smaller appliance department but a number of high-end exclusives available only at MOA, including Olympus DSLR cameras, the Canon EOS 1DS Mark II camera ($8,000), Nokia N71 Smart Phone ($459), Panasonic HD digital camcorder ($999), and the Sonocaddie Golf GPS ($400).

I’m guessing that a manager at a store as new and shiny as a freshly minted penny isn’t so willing to haggle on Day One, but don’t forget to shop around online and ask a Best Buy manager to match or lower a price (bring a printout with the online price).

Have you had success haggling at Best Buy or Circuit City? Anyone? Anyone?