Is the $99 Xbox Worth It?

Twinfinite looks into the new $99 Xbox and researches what a local rent to own shop would charge in comparison.

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Raoh2174d ago

If your poor and don't need a hard drive.

Lucretia2174d ago

dont forget Stupid and doesnt know how to do math.

because every smart person knows this is more expensive.

MS will cash in on alot of fools.

to bad the consumer doesnt just get the stuff on a credit card and pay it off slow cuz even with interest its still cheaper. Oh well

dark-hollow2174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

or maybe you cant afford the full price and rather pay monthly in a small accounts?

i dont understand the hate for this deal.
this business model is worked on smartphones then why not on consoles?

especially if next gen arrives, small amount monthly would a lot easier to stomach than the usual heft $400-$600 possible price tag of next gen consoles.

not everyone can afford or justify the full prices of these consoles today, so whats the hurt of giving them the choice?

jeeves862174d ago

The hate for this deal is because it is such a blatant ripoff.

If you want smaller payments for big purchases, get yourself a credit card and make the payments on time.

dark-hollow2174d ago

using credit cards? are you out of your mind!?

i cant stress enough how much you should AVOID using those as much as possible.

WeskerChildReborned2174d ago

Yea but you're paying it off each month and some people don't got the full amount up front. I think it's stupid they would give you a 4gb when in the end, you would have payed more than 300 on it.

Lucretia2174d ago

Dark hollow......why should people stay away from credit cards if they can act responsibly with them? I have always pay it on time, im not in debt and It boosts peoples credit rating a ton which is good when you wanna buy a car or a house.

sooooo why should i stay away again? Oh yeah because YOU dont know how to control yourself with credit cards.

you make me laugh. You really think this deal is good when you only have a 4gb hard drive and its more expensive than the 120 gig which is 300, then buy a year of live on amazon and skip kinect cuz kinect isnt worth it.

thats the right math dude. But go keep playin kinect or defending the uninformed consumer. Im thinking u work for MS honestly and u have a link avatar to boost ur bubbles

testerg352174d ago

Lucretia, so do you think credit cards would exist if there was no interest rates on them? I'm not sure what your argument is about.

JaredH2174d ago (Edited 2174d ago )

Is anyone surprised by this offer? MS saw how popular cell phone contracts are in the US and so they're trying a similar concept.

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brish2173d ago

A console is useless without games to play on it. If a person can't afford $200 for the entry level console how are they going to afford to get games for it?

_Aarix_2173d ago (Edited 2173d ago )

No PC in the whole world will play Gears of War 3, halo 4, gta4, or skyrim that well for $200.

RememberReach2174d ago

This is a brilliant plan. People will see the $99 price tag and fail to read the fine print. Boom. More Xboxes sold.

xPhearR3dx2174d ago

They have to tell you if you're signing a contract. In the end, this is great for certain people. They don't have 300-400 bucks to drop at once to get a 360 and Kinect. So by only paying like 30-40 bucks extra at the end of two years, it's definitely worth it to them.

The only people saying this plan is a ripoff is people who play the stupid sales war. Making a product more affordable for certain people isn't a bad thing.

Lucretia2174d ago

but its more expensive dude. and u can just use a credit card. Unless your still living with your mom you should be able to get one easy and Pay way less for the content of this bundle.

xPhearR3dx2174d ago


Yeah and you'll pay interest out the ass. What's the percentage nowadays? Like 19.7%-ish? This bundle plus 2 years of XBL would cost you $420. With this, you're paying $460. By going with MS instead of a credit card, you're looking at 10%-ish interest when it's said and done. Buying something with a credit card doesn't make you rich and not living with your mommy. It makes you broke due to interest rates.

Anon19742174d ago

It's consumer choice. Buy it now, pay x number of dollars. Put down a smaller amount now and pay the rest in installments and it's a little bit more but you get to pay it off in installments - convenient for people on a fixed budget like students. I think if you don't want to take the hit up front and don't mind paying a bit more for the convenience of paying it off over time, this is a fantastic option. It's certainly cheaper than putting it on the credit card given the rates on most cards.

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