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#1 DrDarkStryfe

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:31 PM

CheapyD note: Major props to DrDarkStryfe, not just for the heads up, but for the extremely detailed FAQ inlcuded in his post.

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Note: Fallout 3 CE (PS3/360) is eligible and has free shipping

Posted ImageSunday and Monday only, save 30% 40% on Wii accessories. Excludes Wii Remotes and Nunchuks, but Point cards are game.

Interesting items (after discount):
2000 Point cards $12
Wii Zapper with Links Crossbow Training $15
Perfect Shot $9
Classic Controller $12
Nyko Cord-Free for Nunchuk Controller $12
Nyko Charge Station $15

Read on for the best B2G1 FAQ in the biz!


Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the big show....


Official Toys R Us B2G1 FAQ
Date of Sale: Sunday, October 12th - Saturday, October 18th 2008

In an effort to help the gaming masses, this FAQ will try to answer all questions you may have about this year's Toys R Us sale. It will also help you out in getting more bang out of your buck, how returns and exchanges will be handled, and any other interesting tidbits you may need answered. Any questions, comments, concerns, issues, gripes can be made here.

The Sale
Buy any two video games from anything in stock, and get a third game for free. The free game will either be the cheapest one, or the third game of three games with the same price point.

Is the sale online?
Yes, but until the deal goes online I do not know if there will be restrictions based on system or price point.


Is the deal available in Canada?
Sorry Canuckers


So if I buy three $60 games, I get a $60 game for free?

Yes, you can pick up any three games, at any price point. If three games are the same price the third one rang up at the register will be the free one.


Can I only get three games?
No, you can get as many games as you want, in multiples of three, and you will get a third free for every two you buy.


Can I mix and match my three games?
Yes, you can choose between all available systems for your three games. Example, you can buy two PS3 titles and one Wii title and get the least expensive one free.


What about bundled games (ex. DMC Triple Pack) of games that come with an accessory (ex. Guitar Hero)?

These games are also a part of the sale. As long as the product comes with video game software, no matter the price, it will count for the sale. The only exclusion will be the Wii Zapper.


But a game that comes out the 14th is what I really want, what about that?
Any game that comes out during the week of the sale will be part of the sale. For games that come out after the sale, see the Placeholder section of the FAQ.


Can I preorder a game as one of my games?
No. Unlike a Gamestop, you cannot fully put money down on future titles, only a small, $5 deposit. Games that come out after the 20th of October are not part of the sale.


How the Deal works at the register
(PAY ATTENTION IF YOU ARE CHANCING A RETURN)


Example one, three games, different prices.
000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Dead Rising $59.99
000000000000 NDS Nintendogs Dalmation $29.99

When the three games get rung up, this is how they look on your receipt before the deal is taken off.
000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Dead Rising $59.99
000000000000 NDS Nintendogs Dalmation $0.00

After the Total key is hit, the game that is the cheapest will go to $0.00. Does not matter the order it is rung, the cheapest one always comes off.


Example two, three games same price
000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Lego Star Wars 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Valkyrie Profile 2 $49.99

Once again, before the Total key is hit.

000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Lego Star Wars 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Valkyrie Profile 2 $0.00

When there are three games with the same price, the third game in the list will ALWAYS be the one that comes off as free.


Example three, six games or more, different prices

000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Lego Star Wars 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Valkyrie Profile 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Dead Rising $59.99
000000000000 NDS Nintendogs Dalmation $29.99

Before Total is hit.

000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Lego Star Wars 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Valkyrie Profile 2 $0.00
000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Dead Rising $59.99
000000000000 NDS Nintendogs Dalmation $0.00

When six games or more are bought, the system looks at games three at a time, depending in which order they were scanned, from top to bottom. Here we see that the third $49.99 game scanned, and the $29.99 game came off. It is very crucial that you pay attention to the order that the games are being scanned in when purchasing six or more titles.


Example four, odd amount of games purchased
000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Lego Star Wars 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Valkyrie Profile 2 $49.99
000000000000 NDS Nintendogs Dalmation $29.99

Before the Total key

000000000000 PS2 Madden 2007 $49.99
000000000000 X360 Lego Star Wars 2 $49.99
000000000000 PS2 Valkyrie Profile 2 $ 0.00
000000000000 NDS Nintendogs Dalmation $29.99

The register system will always look at the three most expensive games, making the free one out of that set. If you purchase an odd number of games, you do not have to worry if one of them is priced a lot lower then the ones you want for the sale.

Paying attention and knowing this stuff is incredibly important when you are buying multiples of games, and "placeholder" titles for mid week releases.


Return Policy
TRU's video game return policy is 45 days, unopened with a dated receipt or gift receipt. If the game is opened, it can only be exchanged with the same title. No exceptions.

Due to how the deal is rang up, the games that do not come up free can be returned or exchanged for it's full value. The game that rings up free cannot be returned or exchanged because it has no value, only if it is defective can it be exchanged for the same title. Make sure the free game is something you want, or you are pretty much boned.


TRU's M-Rated Policy
Toys R Us has a very strict policy towards M rated software. A very small selection of M rated titles are in view on the floor, the rest are kept locked up behind the register in the glass case. You must be 17 or older with proper identification to buy any M rated game at TRU. If you are interested in a M rated title you do not see, ask an associate if they have it locked up in the back.


How to properly buy Placeholder games
I cannot guarantee this will work at all Toys R Us stores, some management might be against the idea, use at your own risk.

If a game you really want is coming out after the sale ends, but you don't want to risk missing out on something on the shelves right now, the step by step here is what you do. Remember, the return policy is set at 45 days from purchase.

1. Pick the two games that you want.

2. Pick up a game that has the same price point as the game coming out, and the same price point as the two games you picked up. Example, if the game you want is $60, buy three $60 games during the week.

3. Make sure that every third game rung up, the free one, is NOT the placeholder game, but one you want to keep. DO NOT LOSE THE RECEIPT!

4. When the game you want comes in, bring the receipt and the placeholder game to the customer service desk, and tell them that you want to exchange the game for something else. Make sure you make specific that you want to keep the one or two games, and that you want one or two different games instead. MAKE SURE THE GAME YOU WANT TO RETURN IS NOT OPENED.

5. If everything is in order, the exchange will be finished and enjoy your new game!

The 45 days will take you into the first week of December, so plan accordingly.



Any questions, comments, concerns, issues, gripes, or whatnot can be asked, and I will try to answer with the best of my knowledge.

Edited by shrike4242, 16 October 2008 - 09:45 PM.
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#2 DrDarkStryfe

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:31 PM

45 Days of Quality

Below you will see the more notable releases for all the current consoles and handhelds that will be out before the 45 day return limit.


Notable PS3 releases...


October 14th: Saints Row 2, Socom Confrontation

October 19th: Rock Band 2

October 21st: Bioshock, Eternal Sonata, Far Cry 2, LittleBigPlanet, Midnight Club LA

October 26th: Guitar Hero World Tour

October 28th: Fallout 3, Motorstorm Pacifc Rift, Singstar Vol 2

November 4th: Quantum of Solace, Resistance 2, EndWar

November 9th: Smackdown vs Raw

November 11th: Mirror's Edge, Call of Duty World at War, Valkyria Chronicles

November 18th: Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider Underworld


Notable Xbox 360 releases...


October 21st: Fable II, Far Cry 2, Midnight Club LA

October 26th: Guitar Hero World Tour

October 28th: Fallout 3, Scene It? Box Office Smash

November 4th: Quantum of Solace, EndWar

November 7th: Gears of War 2

November 9th: Smackdown vs Raw

November 11th: Call of Duty World at War, Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, Mirror's Edge

November 17th: Lips

November 18th: Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider Underworld, You're in the Movies

November 20th: The Last Remnant, Left 4 Dead


Notable Wii releases...


October 20th: Wii Music

October 21st: Cooking Mama World Kitchen

October 26th: Guitar Hero World Tour

November 4th: Quantum of Solace

November 5th: Monster Lab

November 9th: Smackdown vs Raw

November 11th: Call of Duty World at War, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World

November 16th: Animal Crossing City Folk

November 18th: Rock Band 2, Tomb Raider Underworld


Notable DS releases...


October 21st: Castlevania Order of Ecclesia, Rune Factory 2

October 28th: MySims Kingdom

November 3rd: Touchmaster 2

November 4th: EndWar, Quantum of Solace

November 9th: Smackdown vs Raw

November 10th: Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia

November 11th: Call of Duty World at War, Tecmo Bowl Kickoff

November 17th: Guitar Hero DS Decades

November 18th: Luminous Arc 2


Notable PSP releases...


October 21st: Star Ocean FIst Departure, Midnight Club LA

November 9th: Smackdown vs Raw

#3 Friend of Sonic

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:34 PM

Point cards are 30% off? Nice, I may go grab another one, definitely for 14. Thanks!
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#4 InFlames215

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:47 PM

Fantastic deal. Hey OP, you really did a lot of work to put this together. I like the strategy of using "placeholder" games, I might have to give it a try.

#5 MasterSun1

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:49 PM

Looks like I need to buy 2 placeholder games and get NBA 2K9 (PS3) free. Then I can exchange the 2 placeholder games for SOCOM: Confrontation (hopefully with Headset) and Guitar Hero: World Tour (Software) only. I already have Rock Band 2: Special Edtion pre-ordered by Best Buy, same with LittleBigPlanet, and Mirror's Edge pre-ordered at GameStop (for the runner's bag), but $40 a game seems like a much better deal then holding out for pre-order bonuses.

#6 VtoCorleone

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:50 PM

Fantastic deal. Hey OP, you really did a lot of work to put this together. I like the strategy of using "placeholder" games, I might have to give it a try.

except for the fact that i just did the math in my head and figured i'd be out about 410 bucks :cry:

#7 United_Korea

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:54 PM

what a lame time to have the B2G1 sale.

might look into the placeholder strategy...
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#8 ZForce

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:04 PM

Nothing I want between now and then, and the stuff that's coming out later, I already have paid off at EB, but I'll probably pick up a couple points cards on sale, thanks for the heads up OP!
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#9 MarcBoorstein

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:04 PM

Damn i was really hoping they would do it for the week of the 21st hopefully the placeholder strat will work at the store near me.

#10 prateeko

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:06 PM

Nice, can't wait for this...

#11 MSUHitman

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:19 PM

what a lame time to have the B2G1 sale.

might look into the placeholder strategy...


As far as I remember, every year since 03 this sale has been in Oct. There was a second, unadvertised sale last Sept. that preceded the regular, advertised promotion in Oct.

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#12 kearns710

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:23 PM

erection! Saints row n socom with either star wars tfu or placeholder for lbp/gears..hell might even another set of three to get two placeholders

#13 OGHowie

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:29 PM

Saints Row and Socom sound good.

Thanks OP.

#14 sren9

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:37 PM

Stryfe, for once you are wrong. The deal is for games out that week. If the game comes out the next week you WILL NOT be able to exchange your placeholder for it. The new POS release tracks release dates for Promos. You will get a message stating that the game is not able to be exchanged for the other. I know because we tested this next POS release. You may find a Mgr that will overrride but that will be extremely YMMV...

#15 Shady3011

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:37 PM

Sweet! It's that time of the year again.

#16 mrbenson

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:38 PM

Does anyone know if any of the other b&m stores will price match the 30% off wii accessories? Thanks.

#17 Dante Devil

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:48 PM

Fallout 3, Little Big Planet, and Resistance 2 for me!

What a most wonderful time of the year!

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#18 stewie75

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:55 PM

cha........ ching!
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:wiiu: Mario Kart 8
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:ps3: Deadpool
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#19 CheapyD

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:16 AM

Incredible job on the heads up and the FAQ. Thanks so much!

#20 Redeema

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:17 AM

Gotta decide what games I want now. Too bad Little Big Planet comes out later.

Now playing: Gears of War: Judgment, Fire Emblem


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#21 deadite76

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:17 AM

Thanks OP!!
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#22 dohmai

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:24 AM

thanks for the faq op! very informative

#23 The Perfect Drug

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:25 AM

Thanks. Will definitely see if they have any of the newly clearanced games that I want so I can buy them and bring them back for the sale.

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:26 AM

This is horrible. The only TRU near me is the tourist filled times square location. How am i supposed to get a good deal?

#25 zalman

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:27 AM

This should still work on DDR/Guitar Hero/Rock Band right?

#26 eliter1

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:35 AM

Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, and some other game for me.
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#27 2n2

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:36 AM

Argh. This is always one week too early.

#28 PetriesLastWord

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:41 AM

Argh. This is always one week too early.


No it isn't, it's always at the EXACT time TRU needs to clear out older releases for the onslaught of X-mas titles. Perfect time for them.
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#29 seanr1221

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:41 AM

Great FAQ. I really did well last year and managed to get skate, R&C ToD and CoD4.

I wonder what I'll get this year :-k

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#30 SniDa

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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:46 AM

This should still work on DDR/Guitar Hero/Rock Band right?

As stated in the FAQ, yes,