Originally Posted by nategator
1. Every now and then GMG offers free games. You can hear about these free games sometimes on CAG and always on slickdeals. You should always get these games, even though they are usually crap, because...
2. You can trade-in the crap games for credit. The credit is worth anywhere from $5-$0.50. Usually it's just $0.50 but you never know.
Every once in a while you can also get a game for cheap that sells back at a profit. I bought Tropico 3 for some pittance and sold it back months later for about $5 more than I paid. Gobliiins sold back at a smaller profit as well. I'm pretty sure I did the same with Cities XL 2011.
Not that this is a great way to make money given the risk and time frames involved ("Yay, it only took me 145 days to make five bucks!") but it's more of a happy occurrence when I review my available trade-ins and see some backlogged title is now worth more than I paid.
I'm toying with the idea of using my 35% survey coupon on Metro: Last Light. I know I'll enjoy it, 35% is probably as low of a pre-order discount as it'll see and I'd get a new 35% off coupon in return. Plus I guess THQ would like it. But $40 is still $40 and the chance of getting burned with some "Hey, using this and this discount, you can get it for $30!" offer is always still there.