Originally Posted by Bizzquik
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.
You are forgetting the great equalizer...the price match. It may have been a hassle for some but in the end the 5/100 was the best deal last year on day 1 games. Now with the 5 game restriction lifted it makes it even better because you can do it for any combination you want. Many of us have Silver status which will be granting a 60 day PM window almost assuring some type of discount on top of the $20. $42 + a $20 cert for day 1 release will be the best deal this fall again.