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Amazon’s deals crush the competition

Amazon has always been a great place for gamers to shop. Their prices blow away the competition. The winter months are slow for new games, which leads to fantastic deals on older releases for console and PC games. GoozerNation has a list of games currently on sale that are worth picking up through Amazon.

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MAJ0R1183d ago

Steam definitely has competition now.

At this winter sale Valve wasn't very competitive with their prices, but I've noticed that since then, they have had much better daily deals other than the typical puzzle game.

zeee1183d ago

I love Amazon as well but then state of Texas cut a deal with Amazon to charge tax. I used to prefer Amazon buying everything but now I can simply walk in Bestbuy and have the price match the same thing and walk out of the door without waiting for it even though Prime only takes 2 days (which is freakin' brilliant if you ask me). But still, if there is an option for me to get the same game for the same price on the same day, then bestbuy it is! Especially now when I have to pay taxes on Amazon too. It's just simple math.

But there are things that you can find on Amazon that you just can't find anywhere else. I got this very decent quality car Aux cable from Amazon for $2.50!!! Try to find something remotely close to that in Target or Bestbuy! Same goes for batteries, chargers and a lot more stuff! It's just that when it comes to video games, AMAZON at least in my case is not the same as before. Yup, tax makes that much of a difference now!

dealzon1183d ago

Well said. Amazon digital deals this winter was many times equal, if not significantly better than Steam pricing (especially since most games are activated on Steam anyways).

The same applies for Green Man Gaming, which often gives Steam sales a run for their money too.

From our view, Steam wins either way given they're the platform of choice now.

Krew_921183d ago

@zeee

It's the same in California. They just made distribution centers all over Texas, that's why they charge tax.

Just like Newegg, I have to pay taxes because they have warehouses in California.

guitarded771183d ago

Yeah, I buy almost everything aside from groceries and auto fuel from Amazon. With Prime it's free two day shipping, and everything is cheaper. I only wish they could get their pissing match with Nintendo over with. They have to sell Nintendo consoles and some Nintendo first party items through third party, which often don't have Prime shipping because Amazon and Nintendo have something in their past. I tried to find out what the problem between the two is, but it's just speculation on the net... neither party have said what the problem is. Heard it was they couldn't get the same deal that WalMart gets, and boiled over to some bad blood. Anyway, I'm rambling... going to bed.

Reverent1183d ago

What exactly does Prime offer? I've always been curious because I got a month of Prime for free and during that period, I had ordered Battlefield 3, Dead Island, and Dark Souls, but nothing really seemed to be any different than if I were to order any of those normally. Then again, they may have been third party, but even so, they all only took 3 days to get to me, which seems to be the normal for me when I order anything from Amazon.

Other than that, I didn't really delve too much into Prime.

cogniveritas1183d ago

With Amazon prime you get free two day shipping. But by "free" it means you kind of just prepay the shipping with the yearly fee of $79 and you get free shipping on eligible products which are most of the popular items. If you order alot it can be worth it, and you get access to their video streaming service Amazon Instant.

guitarded771183d ago

With Prime you get free 2 day ship and free release day ship on pre-orders. You also get access to some free Amazon Instant Video... kinda like Netflix, and other various benefits.

If you are a college student, you get the first year free. After that, it's $39 (I think) a year for college students. It is $79 (I think) for non-college students. But even at $79 I would have saved enough in shipping alone to make it worth my wild. Amazon also offers the standard free shipping on orders over $25, but with Prime it's 2 day shipping free with no minimum purchase.

showtimefolks1183d ago

the only people who think amazon still put on good deals are the ones who don't know that bestbuy and newegg has consistently beaten amazon in last 12-18 months

visit cheapassgamer daily bases its like a addiction to buy games and so hard to pass on a good deal

amazon about 2 years ago use to set the standard for what great deals should be like but now they are not even in top 5 when it comes to gaming deals.

cheapassgamer.com is a site run by gamers for gamers, never miss another deal and never pay full price because if you vsit that sit you will alawsy find a deal for brand news games with $20 gift cards from different stores

WiiUsauce1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

I don't think they "crush" the competition anymore, because Best Buy now price matches anything on Amazon as long as it's directly shipped and sold by amazon dot com. It's how I got 12 months of Xbox live at Best Buy for 35 dollars and you don't have to wait for shipping.

_FantasmA_1183d ago

I get to play online for free everyday of every year. Its called PC, PS3, Vita and everything else. Why would you pay to play on P2P?

lfclee1183d ago

Amazon Are Nothing But Tax Dodgers While We Struggle To Pay Our's Here In The Uk Working Hard They Don't Pay !

Perjoss1183d ago

In the UK we have ShopTo, they often beat amazon prices and the deliveries are ridiculously fast. On top of being cheaper ShopTo also has a points system, I think its for every £30 you spend you get 75p credit.

BlmThug1183d ago

Yeah I love ShopTo. By far my favourite online retailer with same day shipping and next day delivery. Also ypu are right, it's 25p for every £10 spent.

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Tetsujin1183d ago

The same can be said about ebay; and some of the deals the author mentioned is up to the seller, not always through amazon directly. Sometimes I prefer amazon because with tax and shipping certain products can be cheaper than store bought; A new copy of Skyrim with shipping was $49, Game Stop wanted the game "used" at $49.99 + tax.

All it comes down to, how patient are people when they order off the internet as opposed to buying in store; wait those extra few days to save $5-10 or buy it today for that price? There's other factors as well however price is #1 in most eyes.

MeatheadMilitia1183d ago

You have clearly never heard of Steam

Fatty1183d ago

Actually there have been quite a few times where I checked Amazon's price vs. the Steam price (even during a great Steam sale) and it was cheaper on Amazon. Usually Steam has it cheaper, but Amazon gets some amazing deals too.

neonlight451183d ago

This is true. I once bought Deus Ex: Human Revolutio (with missing link DLC), Just Cause 1 & 2 and two other games for $10 on black Friday.

The Great Melon1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

Whether you buy it on Steam or Amazon most (damn you EA and your Origin) games tend to activate on Steam anyways. A nice benefit of getting your games on Amazon is that they promise to provide you with another key if DRM shenanigans ever prevent you from accessing your game. Also, you often get a digital copy to download in addition to the Steam activated version.

Sp1d3ynut1183d ago

You clearly have never used Amazon

Brownghost1183d ago

amazon beat steam with its amazing bundles and the $5 coupon from the holidays from every purchase gave a lot more savings during January.

Dark_Eternal1183d ago

I remember when I bought Just Cause 2 from Amazon, as it was considerably cheaper there than on Steam. As soon as it arrived, I activated it on Steam and then threw the disc away. :P

Also, Amazon Prime is great.

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Soldierone1183d ago

Gamefly is worth keeping an eye on. They don't always have sales, but randomly some games with overstock will go on sale. Just pay attention to high demanded games. After the renting surge is over, gamefly sells all the excess copies off.

I just got Ghost Recon for 10 dollars. Yeah its "used" but they come with brand new cases.

MrBeatdown1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

I love GameFly. I got Ghost Recon for $10 too. Just out or curiousity, I went back and counted how much I've spent versus what I paid over the past few years... $240 for 19 games. You can't beat that, especially since you get the new cases and online passes.

Best Buy is my go-to place for newer games though. It's $15 to get into their Gamers Club thing and it gets you $20 bonuses on a ton of new releases, plus you can still price match for a month after release.

kma2k1183d ago

i have a gamefly account so i get an extra 10% off plus they give you $5.00 off any used game every couple months. Every year around christmas time i buy 4 or 5 games for dirt dirt cheap with the sales & additional sales. Last year i got Infamous 2, MLB 2012 the show, Sorcery, Spider Man Edge of Time, Gears of War 3, Batman Arkham Asylum, & Assassins Creed Brotherhood for $60.00

schlanz1183d ago

Newegg secured roughly 15 preorders from me thanks to $15 off promo they ran awhile back (usually they do $10 off).

And hey, I won't complain about free shipping, no tax, and release day delivery either.

Amazon is great for games aleady released but their preorder deals are a shadow of their former greatness. Instead of $10-20 credits we get exclusive dlc.

azshorty20031183d ago

I miss those $20 game credits So much. I got a few free games because of them. Thanks to those great deals going away, I no longer preorder games from Amazon. But I do buy from them when they have great sales, which is often.

Picked up Hitman recently for $30!

MrBeatdown1183d ago

You should try Best Buy's Gamers Club. It's $15 to get in, but they give you $20 in Reward Zone points for most of the big games, so you come out ahead with just one game.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site...

It's basically the same deal that Amazon used to do, but they seem to do it for more games. Plus, you can price match on top of that.

Sp1d3ynut1183d ago (Edited 1183d ago )

Yeah, Newegg has the occasional deals like that...I got BLOPS2, FarCry 3 and Halo 4 all with $12 off and free shpg. But Amazon still does the $20 pre-order bonuses...you just have to keep checking back closer to release time. I got Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 pre-ordered with the $20 credits. I'm not even unwrapping DS3...gonna do a "gift return for merchandise card" at Wal-mart", and use the $20 credit on another game.

azshorty20031183d ago

Nice! Those are actually the first games I've seen in a While to give out those kinds of credits. Or at least games that were worth getting.

I've decided to not get games at launch anymore and wait for the price drops. If I had bought Hitman at launch, it would've been a waste because I was still finishing up other games. Same can be said about AC3. I basically threw away at lease $20 because I was impatient on buying.

Krew_921183d ago

I also like their occasional $1 same day release day delivery when pre-ordering games.

I buy almost all my games on Amazon, almost all my Vita games have been delivered to me same day for only $1, except for the few that didn't seem to have the option. LittleBigPlanet Vita for example didn't have the option for me.

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