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Where do you buy physical releases?

Amazon 17 12.59%
 
Amazon with Prime 32 23.70%
 
Best Buy 14 10.37%
 
Best Buy with GCU 17 12.59%
 
GameStop 34 25.19%
 
Target 1 0.74%
 
WalMart 3 2.22%
 
eBay 2 1.48%
 
Other 15 11.11%
 
Total:135

**Note: This question is mostly aimed at North America users.

I'm not really big into e-shop type games (well, obviously for the smaller indie games, that's the only option available for buying those games), and so long as there is a physical version of a game available I will always choose that over a digital download. There are many reason for this (some personal, some more obvious), but my question is - where do most of you make your purchases?

I've been an Amazon Prime member for a long time (since they first introduced it), and have purchased most of my library over the years via Amazon - a few months ago, I discovered the Gamers Club Unlocked option at Best Buy and have been steadily moving my purchase options over to them instead. Has anybody found a better (read: cheaper) option for purchasing retail??

The ones I know of (and have been using so far) are:

 - Amazon Prime - 20% discount on most new games (Prime is $99 for the year but includes a TON of things, other than just videogame discounts)
 - Best Buy GCU - 20% discount on all new games (GCU is $30 for two years - I saved that much just pre-ordering CoD: Valor Edition)

What do you all use?



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Recently I get all my new games on Amazon due to my discount on Amazon Prime. Before I would get all my games from Gamestop. (Don't look at me like that. Gamestop is the only game store near me!)

If I want used games I go to Ebay,Amazon or Used gaming store.



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I get my games at GameStop, I got a Pro Membership almost free and so far they have given me good money for my trade ins. I know, I know GameStop corporate sucks and they are shady as fuck but it's convenient to me.




I use Best Buy with GCU. I never buy digital games because they're always more expensive than what Best Buy is offering.



killeryoshis said:

Recently I get all my new games on Amazon due to my discount on Amazon Prime. Before I would get all my games from Gamestop. (Don't look at me like that. Gamestop is the only game store near me!)

If I want used games I go to Ebay,Amazon or Used gaming store.

Have you looked into Best Buy, at all?

I was on the fence for awhile with the $30 membership fee, but it's for two years and I already saved that much on my first order - it's a CRAZY good program to join! Besides the 20% discount, I've also found that:

 - Best Buy includes the 20% discount on ALL new games, whereas Amazon only has the discount on most pre-orders and for the first few weeks after release. The Best Buy discount continues indefinitely - all new games, regardless of release date, are 20% off!
 - Best Buy includes the discount on "Collecter Edition" items, in addition to the standard releases! I pre-ordered Xenoblades Collector Edition at Best Buy for $79.99. It's a full price purchase ($99.99) on Amazon.
 - The GCU also includes a 'Rewards Program" - I think it's something like $.50 per $1 spent. I don't know, but whatever it is, it's far more than Amazon gives back because Amazon gives you NOTHING! I've already received $15 in "purchase certificates" from Best Buy, which I can apply to my next order.

I honestly don't see how you can beat the Best Buy deal at this point - seriously. I do understand wanting to have (and use) Prime, because of all of the extra stuff that comes along with that membership. But if you purchase a lot of physical games, I would suggest seriously looking into and considering GCU...



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darkrulier said:
I get my games at GameStop, I got a Pro Membership almost free and so far they have given me good money for my trade ins. I know, I know GameStop corporate sucks and they are shady as fuck but it's convenient to me.

Have you looked into any of the others? I know GameStop is definitely a powerhouse with their trade-in stuff (I won't get into the "they're killing the industry!!" opinion - LOL!!!), but do you purchase a lot of new games, too?

 

StarDoor said:
I use Best Buy with GCU. I never buy digital games because they're always more expensive than what Best Buy is offering.

I don't see how ANYBODY can beat BestBuy-GCU - I really don't. I'm sort of hoping somebody comes along in this thread and opens my eyes to another retailer that I am currently unaware of, but I just don't see how it could be possible to beat the value Best Buy is providing right now... 



TalonMan said:

Have you looked into Best Buy, at all?

I was on the fence for awhile with the $30 membership fee, but it's for two years and I already saved that much on my first order - it's a CRAZY good program to join! Besides the 20% discount, I've also found that:

 - Best Buy includes the 20% discount on ALL new games, whereas Amazon only has the discount on most pre-orders and for the first few weeks after release. The Best Buy discount continues indefinitely - all new games, regardless of release date, are 20% off!
 - Best Buy includes the discount on "Collecter Edition" items, in addition to the standard releases! I pre-ordered Xenoblades Collector Edition at Best Buy for $79.99. It's a full price purchase ($99.99) on Amazon.
 - The GCU also includes a 'Rewards Program" - I think it's something like $.50 per $1 spent. I don't know, but whatever it is, it's far more than Amazon gives back because Amazon gives you NOTHING! I've already received $15 in "purchase certificates" from Best Buy, which I can apply to my next order.

I honestly don't see how you can beat the Best Buy deal at this point - seriously. I do understand wanting to have (and use) Prime, because of all of the extra stuff that comes along with that membership. But if you purchase a lot of physical games, I would suggest seriously looking into and considering GCU...

Amazon actually changed the discount rule. You only get discounts on games you get on day 1 I think. Anyway I would use Best Buy but the nearest Best Buy is like 30 minutes away and I have to drive back :/ . At that point I am wondering if the money I save is worth the gas money that I will spend. 

I did buy Fire Emblem Birthright for $25 last Christmas so I will go back then every once in awhile. 




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killeryoshis said:
TalonMan said:

Have you looked into Best Buy, at all?

I was on the fence for awhile with the $30 membership fee, but it's for two years and I already saved that much on my first order - it's a CRAZY good program to join! Besides the 20% discount, I've also found that:

 - Best Buy includes the 20% discount on ALL new games, whereas Amazon only has the discount on most pre-orders and for the first few weeks after release. The Best Buy discount continues indefinitely - all new games, regardless of release date, are 20% off!
 - Best Buy includes the discount on "Collecter Edition" items, in addition to the standard releases! I pre-ordered Xenoblades Collector Edition at Best Buy for $79.99. It's a full price purchase ($99.99) on Amazon.
 - The GCU also includes a 'Rewards Program" - I think it's something like $.50 per $1 spent. I don't know, but whatever it is, it's far more than Amazon gives back because Amazon gives you NOTHING! I've already received $15 in "purchase certificates" from Best Buy, which I can apply to my next order.

I honestly don't see how you can beat the Best Buy deal at this point - seriously. I do understand wanting to have (and use) Prime, because of all of the extra stuff that comes along with that membership. But if you purchase a lot of physical games, I would suggest seriously looking into and considering GCU...

Amazon actually changed the discount rule. You only get discounts on games you get on day 1 I think. Anyway I would use Best Buy but the nearest Best Buy is like 30 minutes away and I have to drive back :/ . At that point I am wondering if the money I save is worth the gas money that I will spend. 

I did buy Fire Emblem Birthright for $25 last Christmas so I will go back then every once in awhile. 


Well, Best Buy does offer free shipping, too (I think it has to be over $25?) as well as free "release day" shipping - Mario showed up on my doorstep, Friday morning...  :)



TalonMan said:

Well, Best Buy does offer free shipping, too (I think it has to be over $25?) as well as free "release day" shipping - Mario showed up on my doorstep, Friday morning...  :)

Wait they do release day delivery? I thought it was pick up only. Hmmm you opened my eyes. I will have to check it out now. I only do Prime because of release day delivery and Student Prime discount. 



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