Like a lot of people, Best Buy has always been my go to place for all things electronics.
I’ve bought TV’s, game consoles, and even a laptop computer there.
Just the other day, I was walking around their aisles looking for a new digital camera when I saw a guy in the aisle across from me in an Army uniform.
Since I’ve already written about several other places that offer military discounts, including restaurants like IHOP and Red Lobster, it got me thinking…
Does Best Buy Offer A Military Discount?
Unfortunately, as of May 2019, the answer to that question is no.
OMK spoke directly with our local Best Buy, and they informed me that they have not had an official military discount available for several years.
This is supported by a forum post I came across on the official Best Buy website, which stated the same. (more on that below)
Lastly, a reddit post that has several Best Buy employees chiming in also supports the notion that they don’t offer anything.
Click here to skip all the fluff and get right to the student deals.
But, I’ve read somewhere else that the in fact DO offer a discount. What gives?
Like most things on the internet, you always have to consider the source.
Sure, there’s a few websites that claim Best Buy offers a military discount.
However, I’ve noticed in my research that much of the info is outdated and the discounts no longer exist in many cases.
For example, this Business Insider article notes that Best Buy offers 10% off at select locations, and 50% off Geek Squad services.
However, that same article also notes that Home Depot offers tax exemption to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate family’s.
If you click on the link they provide, it takes you to the “Tax Exempt Purchases” page.
It’s not until you start reading the details of their policy that you realize there’s no discounts for military veterans.
The only discount applied is for Government Buyers ONLY, not your everyday vet.
It turns out that Home Depot in fact DOES offer a discount for active duty and reserve military personnel, just not the kind that Business Insider is claiming.
Best Buy Forum Post On Military Discounts
On another note, I was researching through the Best Buy forums to see if any military discounts were available.
In response to a question posed by one of the forum members, here’s what the Best Buy rep had to say:
Welcome back to the Best Buy forums! It’s true we do not have an official military discount currently in place, but not having a formal policy in place doesn’t stop us from making sure our customers find the best deals out there to help them save some money. We have promotions which last all week to some that only last for an hour so be sure to adjust your account settings to receive the most current and up to date sales!
Any discounts outside of policy would be left to the store’s sole discretion. I truly hope you are able to take advantage of one of the many sales we offer here soon and never hesitate to reach back out to us if you have any other question, comments, or concerns!
So clearly they do not have one.
With that said, there are a few other ways you can save with your next Best Buy order.
Here’s a few of them:
Best Buy Student Discount And Deals
Best Buy offers deals to students who are currently attending a college or university, are planning on doing so, or are the parent of someone attending school.
Obviously this is not a military discount.
With that said, the best part about Best Buy’s student discount is…
You don’t even need to be a student! (you’ll find out what I mean later)
Best Buy doesn’t exactly offer a specific % discount for students and their families.
What they do offer is weekly student deals that could literally help you save as much as $10 – $200 on your order.
Here’s how to access your Best Buy student discount step-by-step:
Step 1: Click Here to visit the Best Buy student hub page.
Step 2: Click the button that says ‘Sign up for deals’
It will look like this on desktop:
And this on your phone:
Step 3: Sign In / Create A Best Buy Account
Once you click that button, you’ll then be redirected to a page that asks you to either login to your Best Buy account, or create a new one.
For the purposes of this article, we’ll create a new account.
Step 4: Create An Account (optional)
Simply fill out the form and click ‘create an account’:
Step 5: Sign Up For Student Deals
Once you’ve either created an account or logged in with an existing one, you’ll then be redirected to a page that allows you to sign up for student deals.
The cool thing is, you actually don’t even need to be a college student to access the deals.
When you select the dropdown for “Which describes you”, you’ll see several other options, including:
- I’m going to college within the next year
- I’m a parent of a college student
- I’m a parent of a K-12 student
Once you click ‘sign up’, finally you’ll click the button that says “Get your student deals”.
Once you click that, you’re in!
Best Buy offers all sorts of items at a significant discount, including:
- Dell Laptops
- HP Laptops
- Sharp TV’s
- Audio systems
- Wireless headphones
- and much more
What’s The Fine Print?
Obviously, no deal or discount comes without the fine print, and Best Buy is no different.
The biggest fine-print item is the fact that these deals exclude ‘open-box items’.
Open-box items are exactly what they sound like…
According to Consumer Reports, they are items where someone previously bought the product, opened the box, and for whatever reason returned it to the store for a refund and / or store credit.
With that said, generally speaking, ‘open box’ items are usually in very good to excellent condition.
Not quite new, but pretty close!
Here’s the rest of the fine print, taken directly from the Best Buy website:
*Markdowns taken from regular prices or Was prices. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons, unless otherwise stated. Markdowns for offers that may be combined will be taken from current prices. Excludes special order, clearance, open-box, refurbished and pre-owned items. Products must be purchased on the same receipt to receive bundle or package savings, free item or gift card. Offer can be used only one time and must be redeemed by offer expiration date. Offer subject to validation. Offer invalid if already redeemed. Cannot be replaced if you cancel or return your order. Offer selection varies by store. Online and in-store offer may vary. Not valid at Best Buy Express™ kiosks. No dealers. No cash value. Offer subject to withdrawal prior to redemption.
So there you have it.
While there is no such thing as a Best Buy military discount, if you’re a student, you could be in line for some big savings.
We’ll be updating this page with other discounts, coupons, and special offers on a routine basis, so be sure to check back frequently.
And if they ever end up offering a military or veterans discount, you’ll be the first to know!
Does Best Buy have a military discount?
While some sources claim they do, OMK reached out directly to Best Buy and confirmed that they do not offer a military discount.
Which stores offer a military discount?
While Best Buy doesn't offer a military discount, several other major brands do. Those include stores like Home Depot, Apple, Verizon, and more.
Do they have a student discount?
Yes! Best Buy offers special deals via their student hub page. The student discount will entitle you to savings on Macbooks, Dell laptops, and more.