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Best Buy Drops will tell you about high-profile product launches, limited edition bundles, and deals before they drop

Tired of stuff selling out before you get your shot? This feature is about to come in clutch.
Best Buy Drops will tell you about high-profile product launches, limited edition bundles, and deals before they drop Credit: Best Buy / Mashable photo composite

When it comes to shopping, a scarcity mindset is just as convincing as that one friend who always enables you to buy something you don't need. It's why there's often a timer breathing down your neck from the corner of the screen during a sitewide sale. It's exactly why Amazon's invite-only Prime Day deals and Black Friday deals popped off, and why Walmart lets Walmart+ members get their hands on new groups of big shopping event deals hours before the general public can.

And it's probably why Best Buy conveniently announced Best Buy Drops just ahead of the holiday shopping season. We're pleasantly surprised that Drops turned out to not just be a holiday treat, though — it has solidified its spot as the middle tab of the Best Buy app, and we'll certainly be taking advantage of this unique shopping hack as long as Best Buy will let us.

Best Buy Drops is a shopping hack dedicated to giving shoppers a heads-up about upcoming high-profile items and deals in categories like gaming, cheap TVs, fan-favorite toys and merch, high-profile hair tools, kitchen gadgets, and more dropping at Best Buy in the next week. As long as you have the Best Buy mobile app, you can preview what's coming on what day so that you're ready to click "add to cart" when the item or deal goes live.

If a Drop is currently live while you're on the app, a status bar showing the percentage of inventory that has been claimed can give an idea of how fast you need to act. Once inventory for a certain Drop is gone, it's gone.

Drops can include a huge price slash on a popular item or availability of product that wasn't up for grabs before.
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The Drops tab also keeps a list of past Drops, which have included a limited-edition PlayStation 5 Marvel's Spider-Man bundle, Pokémon Squishmallows, a super cheap 50-inch TV, and the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Even if you missed these, you at least have an idea of what similar items could pop up in the coming weeks. To look ahead, check the upcoming tab.

For extra cushion, you can opt-in to Drop Alerts for an extra reminder right before the drop of a product you care about goes live. Joining My Best Buy Plus or My Best Buy Total will unlock even better discounts on Drops than what the general public is getting.

What's dropping at Best Buy Feb. 9 through Feb. 13

Best Buy is only revealing the names of the upcoming products — not their actual Drop prices — in the Drop preview tab, so any prices listed below are the current price of the said product as it is on Best Buy's site pre-Drop. Drops go live around 11 a.m. ET on the specified day (usually a string of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in any given week), and inventory is typically fully claimed by 5 p.m. that day.

Dropped: Feb. 9

Shark FlexStyle Blow Dryer and Multi Styler

The Shark FlexStyle is a fierce competitor for the Dyson Airwrap — the fact that you can buy two FlexStyles for less than the price of one Airwrap is a major flex for Shark on its own. Mashable's Bethany Allard dubs the FlexStyle and its twisting base mechanism as "way more affordable and worth it" than the Airwrap, with both stylers effectively channeling the Coanda air technique to achieve low-frizz at-home blowouts. This version of the FlexStyle comes with four attachments: two different c/tech/28056/best-buy-drops-will-tell-you-about-high-profile-product-launches-limited-edition-bundles-and-deals-b/urler sizes, a round brush, a flat brush, and a concentrator.

This $249.99 price tag for the Feb. 9 Drop is underwhelming once you remember the $199.99 that we saw when Best Buy first featured the FlexStyle as a Drop right after Cyber Monday. But $50 off one of the most popular hair tools on the internet is still $50 off, and we're still expecting it to sell out within the hour.

Dropping: Feb. 13

HP Envy Move QHD Touch-Screen Portable All-in-One PC

$999.99 actually wasn't that ridiculous of a debut price for a portable PC with a QHD touchscreen and Intel Core i5 processor. But if that did surpass your budget, Feb. 13 is the day you might see the HP Envy Move for a few hundred dollars off. (It's already $100 off at Best Buy pre-Drop.)

We've been obsessed with the Envy Move since it came out. While it's still a bit bulky for a daily hour-long commute, its magnetic handle, detachable Bluetooth keyboard, and generally compact build mean that you don't always have to constrain your work or gaming to a 15-inch laptop when you inevitably have to be on the road.

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