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Best Buy Brings Back Black Friday Contest

11/02/2009 04:20:18 PM Eastern

Minneapolis,
Minn. - Best Buy has begun accepting entries for
its second annual Black Friday VIP contest, which gives winners first crack at
its day-after-Thanksgiving promotions and a $1,000 gift card to pay for them.

Customers are invited to
tell Best Buy what they are most excited about this Black Friday in 250 words
or less, and winning entries in 25 markets will win VIP treatment that morning.

The prize package
includes the aforementioned gift card, plus limousine transportation to and
from the 25 participating stores. Winners and three guests will get "special
seating" outside the stores, and will gain entry 30 minutes before the doors
open to the general public at 5 a.m.

Winners will also receive
a 2.3MP Insignia digital camcorder to record the experience, and those who are
also premium silver-tier members of Best Buy's Rewards Zone loyalty program
will receive $150 in Geek Squad installation services for their purchases.

Best Buy has also created
a Black Friday shopping tips page at www.bestbuyvipcontest.com/tips,
where, among other things, the retailer recommends warm clothes, comfortable
shoes, lots of patience, and "a big smile in case you end up on local news
coverage."