This comment focuses on Bestbuys Rewards Zone; In order to claim your reward payback (which is a $5 reduction in price for items you buy per every $250 you spend) you must allow them to put Tracking Cookies - which they call "web beacons" on your computer. This is the DEFINITION OF SPYWARE!!! - collecting information without your approval.
Here is a list of what they collect, copied and pasted from their "Privacy" Policy:
Information We Collect
Information You Give Us
We receive and may store any information you enter on our websites or give to us in our stores. For example, we collect information from you when you place an order, create an account, call us with a question, create a Wish List, write a review, or use any of our services.
The information we collect from you includes things like:
* Your name
* Your mailing address
* Your e-mail address
* Your phone number
* Your credit card number and other payment information
* Your driver's license number
* Credit application information, such as your Social Security Number
* Demographic and lifestyle information, such as age, personal interests and product preferences
It may also include information you give us about other people, such as the name and address of a gift recipient, or the name and contact info of a Friends & Family Pickup person.
Information From Other Sources
We may also receive information about you from other sources, including third parties that help us update, expand and analyze our records and identify new customers.
What possible valid reason could they have for collecting my driver's license number??? And " Demographic and lifestyle information, such as age, personal interests and product preferences" is used for targeted advertising otherwise known
Although a fairly good site for computer and electronics, their use of persistent cookie tracking technology Omniture and Foresee Results to track your movements across the internet earns them poor scores from me for Trustworthiness and Privacy.
I like Best Buy and all (bought iPod and digital camera there), but when I downloaded the "Best Buy PC App" from their site to see what it was, it was blocked as spyware by AVG Internet Security. Otherwise a great store.
A bit pricey at their stores (online and in the actual store), but an overall great company. I have had many good experiences with them. The best use for Best Buy, though, is the Geek Squad; even if you didn't buy the computer there, they will fix it (for a price, of course).
Sells overpriced electronics. Shoves warranties, antiviruses, and USELESS ''Optimization'' into the bill when you buy a computer.
More Info: http://gizmodo.com/5439590/best-buys-optimization-is-officially-a-huge-evil-scam