Best Buy Is Making This Man Destroy A Vintage NES Deluxe Set [Update: Saved!]

Best Buy Is Making This Man Destroy A Vintage NES Deluxe Set [Update: Saved!]

Reddit user ipoopinthesink, an employee at Best Buy, says he was handed a rather strange item to recycle as part of the retailer’s “Renew Blue” program, where people’s old electronic gear can be brought in and disposed of properly. It’s a very fancy, very desirable NES Deluxe Set, a vintage limited edition package which included not just a Nintendo Entertainment System but two controllers, a Zapper and ROB.

Under company policy, the item is to be destroyed, so ipoop’s going to extreme measures to save it, hiding the item out back, and, after his store manager told him he couldn’t rescue it, contacting corporate HQ.

Best of luck, ipoop.

UPDATE: Common sense prevails and the NES is saved.

“We are in the process of retrieving the robot and gaming system from the store so that we may put it on display here at our corporate headquarters in Richfield,” Best Buy spokesman Jon Sandler told Yahoo. “A bit of nostalgia that our employees and visitors alike, are sure to enjoy!”

“We recycle virtually any consumer electronic device out there, but as you can imagine an item like this is fairly unusual and we can see why it captivated our employee’s imagination.”

I work at best buy. Somebody brought this into best buy for recycling. My boss told me I would be fired if I took it home (corporate policy). I almost cried. [Reddit, via Go Nintendo]


  • Its great that it was saved, but what a cop out that its going to end up gathering dust in a glass case at Best Buy headquarters where probably nobody will understand the nostalgic value or probably even know what it is.

    • Because this was probably living in some 60 year old women’s attic since 1991 and she has no concept of value for whats in that box.

  • At least someone had the sense to try to save it. I can’t believe someone would hand it in to be recycled. If they no longer wanted it, then they could have sold it to someone who does. I’m guessing the person who took it in wasn’t a gamer though. If they were, they would have either kept it, or sold it.

  • That really is in mint condition, most NES units I see are a bit yellowed and I don’t think I ever saw a complete ROB.

  • Jesus. If someone brought that in to me, I’d say screw company policy and just take it. Screw the job, this is way more important 😛

  • His store manager told him he couldn’t rescue it?! what a dick. That would go for roughly $400 on eBay as I’ve seen one in considerably worse condition sell for $200, which I believe was a steal.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!