April 2, 2008 1:28 pm

Did you bet on the wrong horse in the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray race? (InventHelp’s Invention Girl doesn’t like to brag, but she was hedging on Blu-ray all the way!) If you’re one of the unfortunate ones who bought an HD DVD player thinking that it would ultimately prevail, you may be able to recoup some of that lost investment if you shopped at Best Buy.

Following the lead of another electronics mega-store, Circuit City, Best Buy has agreed to give its customers a $50 gift card for the store if they bought the player before February 23rd from the retailer. The card can then be used to purchase anything in the store. You’re not required to return the player to get the gift card, and not all players will qualify for the rebate.

According to Best Buy, the gift card offer excludes “HD DVD-equipped computers and laptops, and so-called ‘dual-format’ or ‘universal’ high-definition disc player models designed to play both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD media.” Best Buy estimates that it will give out $20 million worth of gift cards. For more information on how to get your gift card, check out the full Best Buy announcement.

As I’ve openly admitted, InventHelp’s Invention Girl hasn’t purchased a next generation Blu-ray player just yet. But if you’ve purchased one that you love, let me know – I’m taking recommendations!

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