In a surprising turn of events, Best Buy's Gamer's Club Unlocked may have been discontinued. The program originally ran at a cost of $30 for 2 years while offering 20% off all new games.
Laaaaaame Glad they arent just stopping it from cx still in their membership, but man that sucks. It was their biggest perk, now why even bother
It’s gone. https://m.imgur.com/ALo1ZfQ
Fortunately I just renewed mine last month. Will still get the benefits for 2 more years.
Best Buy is just becoming aware that even with $12 off a game, most people prefer to have a digital copy. It isn’t worth the time, effort, and money to stock worthless discs.
@Skull Most people buy physical though.
Steam tells us something different, consoles are just a little behind but we’ll get there. Would not surprise me a bit to see the next gen ditch disc drives.
@Skull The real reason is because of that 20% off preorders thing thats similar to what Amazon has. I know EA and Ubisoft refused to stock preorder copies to amazon because of that 20% discount, but unlike Amazon who upped the price, best buy just said "Screw this" and left.
wonder if this has anything to do with why Amazon hasn't had much, if any stock of Sony games. MLB The Show '18. Never available for order. God of War, unavailable. Detroit Become Human. Available for pre-order up until sometime this year, currently unavailable for quite some time. Spiderman available for pre-order until shortly after the official launch date was announced. Now, not available for pre-order. Days Gone, use to be available for pre-order, now currently unavailable. And so on... Just makes me wonder if publishers aren't trying to end this consumer friendly trend of discounted games for gamers. First the questions regarding Amazon that have popped up this year and now Best Buy is dropping their Gamers Club program? Whatever the case, it's truly a shame. It's not like games don't go on sale after 1-3 months for $20+ off anyway. Digital games don't even net us a discount for forgoing physical, tangible items that cost $ to manufacturer and ship.....
Nintendo games never go on sale. This means I'm buying a lot less Nintendo games.
@NotoriousWhiz, Numerous Switch games have been on sale frequently over the past few months. Oddysey, Breath of the Wild, and more. Strangely enough it's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokken Tournament DX, both ports, that really haven't seen any discounts.
Yea but the stranger thing about that is you cant even preorder them, thats besides the discount, wtf is going on. Its been a month since this was noticed and still no official words from ANYONE. WTF!
Amazon got threatened by EA and Ubisoft they wouldn't stock preorder copies all because of that 20% off preorders thing prime members get. That's why numerous shortages happen with a few publishers. Best buy was an even better deal because it was much cheaper and directed at gamers. But rather then raise the price I guess they either just abandoned it or something else occurred that forced them too. Either way there is some evil backstage stuff at play.
Makes me wonder more if they're not doing the pre-orders to try and prevent people from getting the 20% off. The publishers really have no reason to refuse sales to these retailers, as they're still making the same per copy. Unless the console makers feel it's cutting into their digital sales, which probably isn't really happening to any great degree. @Rachel Do you have a link for that claim.
I guess friggin signed up to this a few weeks ago wtf man 😡😡
That's a good thing. It means you'll keep the benefits until 2020. They're not canceling current memberships. At least not yet.
Thats what yall get.
When this first started, along with amazon, I wondered how long it would last. They were pretty much giving away their entire profit margin on new games, and with Best Buy, they had so many other promotions lumped in with new game purchase and preorders, I couldn't imagine how they could actually make money. It's a shame, but I hope that people got their moneys worth, or will before their subs run out. I was kind of pissed that Amazon stopped doing it for everything but pre-orders. That seemed kind of crappy since there were people taht probably signed up for just that feature.
What a stupid move. Gamer's Club was cheap and I loved getting games 20% off
But best buy wasn't making much with offering 20% off on brand new games. I do think they could have solved this issue by charging more for GCU They could have gone up to $60-70 for 2 years membership and it would still be totally worth it
Yeah, heck even if they changed it to 20% off MSRP and 10% of sale prices, or 10% off new games and 20% off games over a year old. There's really numerous ways they could have altered the service to be more profitable without losing a huge consumerbase. At this point unless they replace it I won't be buying any games at Best Buy once my membership expires in a year.
GCU use to be $100
Or just slowly tweak it. 40 bucks for 2 years. 30 bucks for 18 mos. 40 bucks for 18 mos.
Well then I have no reason to buy games there anymore.
RIP Bestbuy for me.
This is extremely unfortunate. I have saved so much money using this. They even applied the discount to price match and it wasn't just pre-orders like Amazon. Well after my membership expires I can't see any reason to buy games from Best Buy again in the future. I'd like to know why they chose to do this. It's definitely going to cost them a lot of business.
What a question mark.._its obvious that they were losing income revenue doing this...Do you now get why they finnish the program.
You answer is so snarky that I'd like to let you know my own research has lead me to believe that this wasn't due to them losing money but do to some publishers increasing the the cost to retailers to purchase games while maintaining the MSRP. This is all while other publishers are pushing digital distribution methods really hard which retailers have trouble selling and have traditionally paid more for. Which is why digital games have never been part of Amazon Prime or BB GCU.
@gamerzero you can get digital games via code online, what are you talking about? In general i mean
best buy is on its way if trying to become a consistently profitable company, they obviously saw gcu as a sector they felt wasn't cost efficient so they're stopping it.
They are more interested in selling toasters, microwaves, and ovens now. Yeah count me out of that noise. BestBuy is becoming unrecognizable and they are alienating their core customer base. If they want to troll blue hairs and become the new Sears, BestBuy will be out of business in less than 5 years.
Nice that they give u the discount on pricematching, it's not in their policy
Your store wasn't following policy if they price matched and gave you the discount. Probably one of the factors into cancelation, their own employees can't do it right. Resellers used and abused it as well.
I did it online thought the pricematch chat and I did it numerous times. Your wrong, they denied me on several occasions for other things so I HIGHLY doubt it was in anyway against policy.
No, I'm not wrong. It is their policy. Read it yourself. You cannot stack. If an employee was doing it for you, you lucked out. https://www.bestbuy.com/sit...
Well I guess the 25 or so times I did it over the past 4 years were all flukes... your wrong or that policy has changed recently. For example the Black Friday clause was changed last year in prior years GCU applied even to black friday deals.
It seems like no one is doing discounts anymore dude, and preorders are missing, you might as well shop there because theres no different now!
It has always been the policy. You're full of crap with your 25 times.
I have also priced matched with GCU, mostly Amazon sales and they always game me the GCU discount and double points.
Why would I lie about something like this? In the past 4 years I have used this numerous times to get price matches mostly from Amazon and a few from other stores where games were on sale. Not once did anyone from Best Buy ever question me on this issue. Why are you so invested in calling me a liar... I have nothing to gain from lying.
People still shop at Best Buy?
Only for 20% off all new games. Probably not anymore.
There was also a 10% discount on used games as well as trade in's and 2x points towards rebate certificates and access to other discounts like $10 reward certificates for pre-orders.
I hate when people do what you just did like yeah dipshit people still shop at Best Buy which is why this is news
You mean tell the truth ? Yeah the truth hurts.
Yeah I kinda like to see what I’m buying before I buy it... and don’t want to wait for shipping.
They had launch day shipping as part of the deal. I bought dozens of games and the only game that didn't arrive on launch day was FFXV that was one day late.
I always get my games on Monday instead of the Tuesday release date so...
Yes, smart ass, they do. Especially on Black Friday and Tax-free weekends.
Yeah, beats waiting days to get an item or replacing it.
I buy most of my games at Best Buy, the GC discounts are great. On top of that you earn rewards. Hell I've purchased many games day one at 50% retail cost. Also free shipping if you don't want to go to the store to pick it up.
You're an idiot if you have to ask that question.
Yes people still shop at Best Buy. Does that bother you?
Well I’m done with buying games at Bestbuy.
Where are you gonna shop then? The only other option now is to go digital or go to a store closer to you than BB because there are no more deals anywhere....
I’ll just buy from amazon now.
If the price is the same everywhere, then I can think of better places to shop than Best Buy. Not that Best Buy is bad, but it's easier to get in and out of a GameStop than a big box store like BB, Target, or Wal-Mart. Might have to go through the trouble of saying no when they ask if you want to join their PUR or preorder, but the 10-15 minutes spent trying to get in and out of the store make it worth it to me. Or one could just buy from Amazon, which still also does 20% off pre-orders if you have Prime. I think his point was though, there was no incentive to give BB his business. BB still has their thing where you get $5 off coupons once you spend $250, but so does GameStop($5 per $200 spent), and they usually have more special promotions for used games with PUR. Kind of scary that GameStop will eventually have about the only gaming related savings program, since I have a feeling that Amazon will eventually remove the 20% off pre-orders as well.
Well bestbuy you not getting my money after I’m done with gc
Where you gonna shop now?
Well. 0 reason to shop at bestbuy after June 12, 2019 for me. Kinda shortsighted of them to not at least have a replacement. Guess ill get my new games at Amazon after that.
Well as long as they honor the 1.5 yrs I have left I'll be a best buy customer after that no reason
I have til Jan 2020 they will honor it
I just went on the App and it’s not showing the 20% off
Smoke it only shows the discount in cart now.
LoL, mine is good until 2024!
I need you to buy me a game yo, I'll give you $2 back
That’s bullshit. I’m a member until December 2019. If they wanted to stop selling new memberships then fine but to just cut off people who already paid for it? That’s scummy. I’m done with Best Buy.
It still works, discount shows up in cart.
Oh ok I was about to say..
We'll see what happens during E3 week, since that's usually when everyone fights for people's pre-orders and I find the best deals... If Amazon or Bestbuy don't come with the savings, I'll be buying allot less games day one...
This deal was too good to last. Oh well, I still got the Sony Rewards at least.
i dont have a best buy near me to take an advantage of this deal anyways.