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.
People still shop at Best Buy?
Only for 20% off all new games. Probably not anymore.
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.
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.
I work half a mile on the same road as a Best Buy, and I still don't like going there. Parking lot for the shopping center is terrible, and it takes so long to get in and out. I don't mind going there for other things, because I don't need those things that often, and they're good for a lot of other things I might want.
THIS IS FUCKIN BULLSHIT!
THIS IS FUCKIN BULLSHIT! Well I will be buying extremely less amount of games without this program in place. I already have 25 games for PS4 with this program. Where last gen with no program in place I only bought 12 PS3 games that whole generation.
Wow now I won't have to hear people tell me how great it is... When I haven't seen a Best buy in over five years!!!!
Sucks you didn't have one around man.
try circuit city
I don't buy games day one, so they are pretty heavily discounted by the time I pick them up. I usually shop at best buy for an occasional TV or electronic item, not games anyways. Sucks for those that liked it.
Lame... Now where do I buy my games? I've shopped at Best Buy for 4 years bc of GCU. Now it's back to GameStop I guess? I think this will finally push me to go all digital.
Gamestop? What do they have?
GameStop has PowerUp Rewards for $15 a year. With it you get a sub to Game Informer, which is one of the better magazines for gaming suprisingly. You get a buy 2 get 1 free used game coupon every time you sign up or renew. About twice a year they also do a B2G1 used game promotion. They tend to have trade in promotions with the program if that's your thing, and you always get an additional 10% off used games. PUR also gives you points per dollar spent, which you can use for money off coupons or other crap. Generally you get $5 for every $200 spent for a new game coupon(or anything else in the store), or $5 off every $150 for a used game. They also tend to have a much bigger selection of games than any of the big box stores. People bitch about their policies, but if you don't trade in games there(or find their trade in values OK), then that's not a big deal. If you don't buy their opened "new" games, then no problem there. And of course, if you have the ability to say no to their upsells for pre-orders or game protection, there really is nothing to complain about with them. Some people just think that everything they do is a personal attack against them, but unless the store you go to has a bad staff, there isn't much wrong with shopping there.
This is awful news. I don't use GC or GCU, but I used to. The benefits are so outstanding, especially when they dropped it to $30 for 2 years. But I guess some things are too good to last :( I have a hard time believing it wasn't profitable for them given how often I see it referenced online. People in comment sections everywhere bring it up. "The game is $48 with GCU, so I picked it up) is a common one. I'm thinking maybe the discount they give cuts into Best Buy's revenue, but I'm also not entirely sure how that works. Best Buy doesn't receive all the money from every purchase. So then I double back around and think, why would they discontinue this? More than likely they are not losing that much money over these discounts, and if they were, it surely would be outweighed by the memberships, which have to be 100% revenue? Just a confusing decision in every way imaginable.
When my GCU expires Best Buy will have officially lost me as a customer.
Wow, that is extremely disappointing since that's where I get all my PS4 games from. If it's cancelled, will it continue to be renewed for those already subscribed to it or is it simply the case of once its expired, its gone? If the case is once it's expired its gone, then I don't know where I will be getting my PS4 games then. Who knows, I might not even bother pre-ordering. Personally $60 is a tad bit too much for games today and sadly that's the price for most retail games these days which is why I loved GUC from best buy. I get that games are expensive to make, but they need to find the right balance for it. If it's a multiplayer only game, it should cost no more than $40. Same goes for remasters/remakes. And if it has microtransactions in them, it should be $40 as well. If there is no place to pre-order console games at a 20% discount retail, I may just end up waiting for a sale and save that bit of money for something else. On the bright side if that did happen, I would be able to tackle my backlog of games easier. This piece of news just made my day sad.
So they are then deciding to just give their business to Amazon. NOT a smart move at all. I am a member and have shifted ALL of my game purchases to GCU and BB. If this goes away, I am done with BB. They are already eliminating music, movies, and now GCU? Outside of electronics there is no reason whatsoever to even go to Best Buy. The stores by me now have more floor space devoted to appliances than anything else. If Best Buy wants to be the new Sears, go for it, but I am out.
Amazon isnt doing anything either, not only no discounts but no preorders. Theres no reason to not to to a real store now early when they open and get the game earlier than when some online store ships it..... Actually now people will probably do digital so you can have the game predownloaded and play at midnight
Amazon is apparently not Sony friendly maybe Sony is trying to force all Digital now ?