Originally Posted by Vap
All this talk of BB
ing up reminded me that I still haven't got my $20 from ME 3...maybe I shouldn't do this promo.
I'm with you. Still no ME3 certificate. And I remember what a hassle this whole thing was last year.....
Obviously the comparison varies by state, but here in Washington State, a $60 game is basically $5 additional for tax; so a game purchase = $65. Minus $20 (for eventual use of) gift card = $45 with this Best Buy promotion.
On the other hand, NewEgg consistently has pre-order specials 3-4 weeks out from release at $48 (and for me, no tax). Thing is, you have to watch for 'em. So NewEgg is $3 more, but there is essentially zero hassle - you're not even having to worry about gift cards/certificates (to say nothing of having to wait
30 days for gift cards/certificates). Down side is that the pre-order typically doesn't arrive in the mail until Friday, so three days after release.
And who knows? Maybe ToysRUs will keep on having lengthy online pre-order specials. They were charging $45 (online only), which for me pretty much put me right back at the cost of the NewEgg sale after TRU tax. ($45 + $3 tax)
Bottom Line: After the struggle most of us went through with Best Buy last year, people not in California should really consider the NewEgg route for their pre-orders; just make sure to keep checking CAG for the pre-order sales.
But thanks for the heads-up, TC. I will probably take advantage of this for a few games that I want Day 1.