Where do you guys buy your games?

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#1 Posted by marcheegsr (2464 posts) -

I'm curious to know where you guys usually buy your new/used games and pre orders?

#2 Posted by johnd13 (7917 posts) -

Physical copies from stores in my area, otherwise through steam.

#3 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (9943 posts) -

I buy my games at the same place where they sell them.

#4 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (631 posts) -

I never pre-order, have only bought a few games within weeks of release and get most of my games months and years down the road.

usually, gamestop or a local dealer. I get great deals and great games at great prices.

i'll give one example: I picked up gears2 a few months ago for 2bucks.

why do I have such patience? because I buy games that have hundreds of hours of content and lots of replay value.

and, I realize that i'm not "missing out" on anything by waiting so long.

#5 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2560 posts) -

I try not to show my loyalty to any one store, instead hunting around for the best deals. I very rarely pay full price for a game on day 1.

Over the holidays, Toys R Us ran a deal where you could buy any upcoming or currently released Nintendo game at buy 1 get one 40% off. Yes, you read that correctly, all upcoming games. We went ahead and bought every Nintendo game we wanted until the end of the year. I just hope they run it again when e3 rolls around.

#6 Posted by Kevlar101 (6008 posts) -

95% of the time, I buy and sell/trade at Gamestop.

I have bought a couple of games at Wal-Mart in the past. Don't really like doing it, but it's there.

#7 Posted by Sefrix (874 posts) -

I do not go to Gamestop anymore so if I don't buy it on Steam I but it on Amazon. That being said, I haven't spent $60 on a game in many years.

#8 Edited by jasonredemption (205 posts) -

I cannot stand GameStop.

I have been apart of the Gamer's Unlocked program at Best Buy and typically buy my games there.

#9 Edited by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

I have a friend who runs a Gamestop, so I shop at her store. You know, solidarity and whatnot. Plus I live in Fort Worth and Gamestop is essentially a local business here since I could literally drive to their corporate HQ in less than an hour.

That said, I don't particularly care for a lot of the Gamestop model. And I can't say if I'd really even be shopping there if it wasn't in support of a friend. But to her credit, she runs what is widely considered to be one of the -if not THE- best Gamestop in the area. To no big surprise, most of her staff are older and much more knowledgeable than the typical stereotype Gamestop kid on a weekend job. And it helps that they all pretty much know me by name and know that my tastes and preferences are well defined, so there's much less wasted time while an untrained kid tries to tell me I'm wrong for buying a game he doesn't like or that I NEED the latest JRPG or MMO (or any other genre than I just don't play).

Of course if my friend ever leaves Gamestop, I'll likely never go there again. There's a Game Exchange that's actually closer to my house if I want any used games and I'd happily go digital for new releases once both of the new gen systems have external HDD support.

EDIT-Forgot to mention: I buy my PC games from Steam, natch. But also I pick up an occasional Humble Bundle and watch GOG and GMG for deals on stuff I'm interested in but don't want at full price. :)

#10 Posted by stizzal13 (593 posts) -

For my PC games, I buy almost exclusively through Steam.

I buy my 3DS games on Amazon.

#11 Posted by Kuromino (1260 posts) -

For each game, I'll go to the store that has the lowest price.

Just about every PC game comes from Steam or one of the other online stores that sell Steam keys (amazon.com, GreenManGaming). Physical games usually come from Best Buy.

#12 Edited by Necrotron (67 posts) -

I always troll the slick deals forums and the CAG forums for sales. Usually, the vast majority of my PC purchases come from Green Man Gaming (a UK based digital retailer) because they often have 20-30% off vouchers that stack with publisher driven sale prices for prices less than you'll ever see on Steam. And for those claiming other sites have better deals, I wouldn't deal with russian based resellers because of the risk of Steam deciding your key was compromised or not for use in the NA region (rare, but it happens).

That said, I often buy from Amazon when they have great deals for PC (and often times the best deals, Tony, their rep gets some great prices for promotions), and purchase the majority of my console games from Amazon or sometimes Newegg, whichever has the best price at the time I'm currently looking.

#13 Posted by juboner (366 posts) -

Amazon, get with the times people

#14 Posted by loafofgame (424 posts) -

Steam.

I know, I know, it's dangerous to go fully digital. I'll deal with the potential consequences.

#15 Edited by udUbdaWgz1 (631 posts) -

I cannot stand GameStop.

I have been apart of the Gamer's Unlocked program at Best Buy and typically buy my games there.

I've never understood the mentality of people who dislike gamestop. there are more than enough other places to buy games and nobody forces one to buy super cheap used games or sell/trade their games in for a ridiculously low return.

what about gamestop am I missing, since, any rationale where I can point the finger back squarely at the chest of the consumer doesn't fly.

#16 Edited by Jacanuk (3925 posts) -

@marcheegsr said:

I'm curious to know where you guys usually buy your new/used games and pre orders?

Gamefly, Steam, Humble, Groupees, Indiegamestand, and a shit ton of bundle sites. All Digital. Only thing i buy retail is collectors editions and they are usually either Amazon or another online retailer or a local Pc world or Dixons.

As a game i have so many options its insane.

#17 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (15887 posts) -

90% of the time, I pick up a PC game retail whether it's at Best Buy, Target, WalMart, military exchange, or even Staples. The other 10% I download from Steam and others.

I got most of my PS3 games from Gamestop.

Edit:

One good thing about buying games at a military exchange is 10% off outside price and no tax. The bad thing is they run out of stock pretty fast.

#18 Posted by Flubbbs (2912 posts) -

PC games i usually get from Steam and GreenManGaming.. physical copies i just go to Gamestop because Amazon always delivers late as hell on release days

#19 Posted by Bigboi500 (29139 posts) -

Wal Mart, Amazon, Gamefly, Glyde and Gamestop.

#20 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

Wal Mart, Amazon, Gamefly, Glyde and Gamestop.

What is Glyde?

#21 Posted by Bigboi500 (29139 posts) -

@Bigboi500 said:

Wal Mart, Amazon, Gamefly, Glyde and Gamestop.

What is Glyde?

An online store that allows people to buy and sell games/electronics. Glyde.com has really come in handy for me from time to time.

#22 Edited by jasonredemption (205 posts) -

@jasonredemption said:

I cannot stand GameStop.

I have been apart of the Gamer's Unlocked program at Best Buy and typically buy my games there.

I've never understood the mentality of people who dislike gamestop. there are more than enough other places to buy games and nobody forces one to buy super cheap used games or sell/trade their games in for a ridiculously low return.

what about gamestop am I missing, since, any rationale where I can point the finger back squarely at the chest of the consumer doesn't fly.

My dislike is not based off of solid evidence just a general distaste for their business model. It bothers me that 99% of the time you can buy a new game cheaper on Amazon then a used game at GameStop. So many of my friends just shop at GameStop for no reason (I often ask them why they shop at GameStop). I buy from Best Buy because of the Reward Zone points and the bonus preorder $10-20 certificates and now Unlocked makes literally ANY new game 20% off. Best Buy rewards loyalty and while they seem to have copied GameStop's cheap-buy-ultra-low-sell-ultra-high used game practices I avoid used games generally anyways and sell any unwanted games on Amazon.

#23 Posted by Namgis (3572 posts) -

Usually at my local BB. Their prices are not all that bad, on new and used. I can also window shop other goods. Haven't bought a game in a long time though. I have been utilizing the public libraries near me. There are two cities that offer game borrowing, no card fee either. PS+ will get my money when I'm finished with the library offerings and my collection. Can't wait to access the instant library. I'm sure it'll be well worth the price.

#24 Posted by SoNin360 (5279 posts) -

I usually check eBay and Amazon for the best prices unless somewhere else is having a sale.

#25 Posted by yokofox33 (29232 posts) -

I buy 95% of my games from Amazon. Only time I won't is if they don't have it or a retailer has it on sale. Amazon usually price matches most retailers though. I have Prime, so getting most games on release date without having to pay shipping or upfront sales tax is a major plus.

#26 Posted by TheTacomaKing (7 posts) -

I buy most of my games from g2a.com they have the best prices for the most part, and you receive the games very fast! Check out the site if you're interested :) https://www.g2a.com/r/thetacomaking

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#27 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9515 posts) -

GameStop usually *runs before someone mauls me*.

#28 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5653 posts) -

Usually EB Games here in Aus.

#29 Posted by starwolf474 (499 posts) -

Wherever I can get it the cheapest, which 90% of the time is on Amazon.

#30 Posted by Archangel3371 (15266 posts) -

Either Future Shop or Wal-mart.

#31 Posted by roulettethedog (10946 posts) -

I buy console games at Target, Best Buy or Walmart. P.C. games are from Steam.

#32 Posted by wolf503 (128 posts) -

For a while I used to import from around the world, but I eventually got sick of wait times and certain DLCs not working right. I used to order online from either JB Hifi or EB Games. Since I need an excuse to get out the house, I now buy my games from EB Games when I can or if the price is right. I should really start shopping at JB Hifi more often though.

#33 Posted by thereal25 (328 posts) -

I pretty much exclusively shop at steam.

#34 Posted by whiskeystrike (12068 posts) -

I'm pretty much all Steam, digital e-shops or Amazon at the moment. Though some friends and I will swap PS3/3DS games.

#35 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2296 posts) -

@johnd13 said:

Physical copies from stores in my area, otherwise through steam.

#36 Posted by sukraj (21902 posts) -

Amazon UK

#37 Posted by spaceninja818 (420 posts) -

When I want to get a new copy, its usually from Bestbuy, Amazon or other similar stores. For PC I buy it from Steam or Origin if its exclusive to them. For used games I go to Gamestop, because Gamestop only sells used games, even the unsealed ones that they try to sell you as new.

#38 Posted by speedfog (2986 posts) -

Mostly steam or my local game store.

#39 Posted by marcheegsr (2464 posts) -

The only thing that pisses me off about gamestop is when they ask " would you like to guarantee your game for 3 dollars for the year?"

I mean I have been buying games there since there for about 10 years and not once did I have to bring back a game. I know there only doing there job though.

But when im buying a used game for 8-10 dollars, don't ask me that question lol.

#40 Edited by SaintJimmmy (2815 posts) -

Steam, GOG, or random stores in around my area

#41 Edited by Namgis (3572 posts) -

@marcheegsr: They get a lot of gifters with the practice. I always tell people looking for games to gift me that I don't need the warranty. Just look at the disc, if it's good, then there's no need.

#42 Posted by bowchicka07 (1073 posts) -

Ebay usually.

#43 Posted by VERTIGO47 (6243 posts) -

Usually, Amazon or eBay. I like my games NEW.

Brick and Mortar:

  • Best Buy, ONLY if there's a good sale on certain games that I'm interested in
  • Gamestop, very rarely. I haven't been there for a year. I don't like how "new" games are kept in plastic covers and the price sticker is on the plastic disc case in front.
#44 Posted by Namgis (3572 posts) -

@VERTIGO47: Have you tried asking(GS) if you could have a factory sealed copy? Whenever I've purchased new games from them, they've been good enough to oblige me, most times. The occasions they haven't, I go elsewhere.

#45 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13887 posts) -

Amazon, Greenmangaming, and sometimes through Steam.

#46 Edited by MarcRecon (5440 posts) -

It depends on the situation, sometimes I go to gamestop or I'll buy them directly from the PSN or XBL.

#47 Posted by jasonredemption (205 posts) -

When I want to get a new copy, its usually from Bestbuy, Amazon or other similar stores. For PC I buy it from Steam or Origin if its exclusive to them. For used games I go to Gamestop, because Gamestop only sells used games, even the unsealed ones that they try to sell you as new.

Oh yeah, this is the other reason I never shop at GameStop.

#48 Posted by lensflare15 (6174 posts) -

Target or Best Buy are the first places I check (they sometimes take awhile to get a game in on the shelf though), and on occasion I'll buy new games from Amazon or Gamestop. If I happen to be in the mall, then it's quite likely that I will eventually wander into Gamestop and buy a used game on a whim.

#49 Posted by good_sk8er7 (4320 posts) -

Typically amazon. Sometimes at gamestop or vintage stock when there are sales.

#50 Posted by TJDMHEM (90 posts) -

I buy my games at gamestop.