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#211 jeepinillini

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:54 AM

Is there a trick to making this work? I went through the link and added MLB: The Show 2011 (29.99) and Back to the Future (19.99), both PS3 games that are eligible for this sale, and even at the final page of checkout before hitting the button to submit the order, they're both at full price for a total of $49.xx instead of down around $39. Am I doing something wrong here?

Edit: I've also tried it with other eligible games from various systems and am still not getting any results.
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#212 Gurren Lagann

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:07 AM

Hey, i was checking out Catherine on ps3 and I saw the Special Offers Available link under the price. The deal is if you buy 2 copies of the standard ps3 version you get 50% off one copy. So it comes out to $60 for 2 copies. The trade in value for the ps3 version is $27 so if you trade one in you would be getting one copy for $33. Or if you can sell a copy for $40 its even better.


I would just buy it off of gamefly for 17.99 and return it to Amazon for a profit of 9$

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:22 AM

Ok guys, I'm considering three $20 Xbox 360 games, and I'd like some opinions on them. I bought my 360 during the BF sales, and I've already built up a nice library of older games and newer Kinect titles. However, I'm seriously considering the following 3 games:

1. Orange Box - I heard the PS3 port was bad, so I never bothered to get it. The 360 version is a much better port, and even though I don't plan on playing Team Fortress, getting Half-Life 2, Episode 1, Episode 2 and Portal for $15 sounds like a great deal.

2. Mass Effect - I bought the PS3 version of ME2 when it dropped to $20, but now that I have a 360, I think I want to play the original. Is the original still worth playing? Also, if I buy the original, would it be better to just sell off the PS3 version of ME2 and pick up the 360 version since all my decisions in ME1 will directly tie into my 360 version of ME2? I know the PS3 version has all the extra DLC, but I'm not sure if it's worth giving up the DLC to have the Xbox 360 games tie together more seamlessly. I know I have the option of using the digital comic on the PS3 version to approximate the decisions I make in ME1, so there's always that option.

3. Halo Wars - I've never played a console RTS (not counting DS games), and I've heard that this is the best one. I'm not sure how this game holds up compared to the first 2, but I'm definitely intrigued by this game.

I think Orange Box is probably a no-brainer for $15, but I'd appreciate some suggestions on what my 2nd game should be. I'm leaning towards Mass Effect, but if I go with that, I'd like some opinions on whether or not I should stick with the 360 for the entire series or if it's OK to play the sequel, and by extension, the 3rd game on the PS3. Thanks in advance.


Mass Effect on the 360 is really cool to play. The first one has a better story than the 2nd, and being able to control all the little choices in ME1 and see them play out in ME2 is one of the best aspects of the series IMO. Definitely worth your time and money.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:26 AM

I would just buy it off of gamefly for 17.99 and return it to Amazon for a profit of 9$


If he buys the PS3 odds are they wont be sending out the artwork and second disc in order to trade it in to amazon.

#215 Donut2922

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:10 AM

I would just buy it off of gamefly for 17.99 and return it to Amazon for a profit of 9$


Members have gotten their Catherine copies rejected in the amazon TIV thread. I on the other hand had it go through successfully recently. Thus its a crapshoot. Just be aware of that.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:43 PM

OK, I'm going to go ahead and get Orange Box and ME. However, I'd still like some opinions on whether or not to play the entire series on the 360 or just stick with my copy of ME2 on the PS3 and finish the series there.


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#217 xFatalFlaw

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:02 PM

OK, I'm going to go ahead and get Orange Box and ME. However, I'd still like some opinions on whether or not to play the entire series on the 360 or just stick with my copy of ME2 on the PS3 and finish the series there.


I would play the entire ME series on the 360 just because you can import your saves from ME 1 to ME 2 to eventually ME 3 while you can't on ps3(only ME2 to ME3). I think it's worth it considering the 360 ME2 is probably cheap by now.

#218 dm85

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:08 PM

Being a PS3 owner just barely getting into ME2 I'd say go 360. They should have ported ME1 long ago...

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:15 PM

I would play the entire ME series on the 360 just because you can import your saves from ME 1 to ME 2 to eventually ME 3 while you can't on ps3(only ME2 to ME3). I think it's worth it considering the 360 ME2 is probably cheap by now.


Sure, ME2 can be found cheap these days. The DLC however...

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dangit, my giftcards can't come in quick enough. i really want to get on some of these deals.
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#221 Scottly

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:48 PM

Why is ME still $20? ME2 Is even a bit cheaper than ME right now.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:08 PM

Well, after reading reviews I jumped on 2 more games in this deal. The world ends with you and fragile dreams for $16 each tax and all seems to be a good deal looking at ebay prices.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:00 PM

The week before Christmas they'll have the b2g1. I'll save my GCs for that.


Can someone confirm this? There are quite a few titles I am interested in, however B2G1 is a savings of around 25 or more. I'm willing to wait for this if its true.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:10 PM

Can someone confirm this? There are quite a few titles I am interested in, however B2G1 is a savings of around 25 or more. I'm willing to wait for this if its true.


B2G1 is the same as B1G50%

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#225 Cheapskate

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:36 PM

B2G1 is the same as B1G50%


Math time.

Let's say all the titles you're about to buy are $40.

B1G50%: $40 / 2 = $20 + $40 = $60

$60 / 2 = each game costs $30

B2G1: $40 x 2 = $80

$80 / 3 = each game costs $26.66

In other words, you save almost five dollars per game in a B2G1 in this scenario.

#226 flix1

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:21 PM

B2G1 is the same as B1G50%

I used to think the same too ... but as Cheapskate's math shows, it's not.

A B1G50% is the individual game cost equivalent of a B3G1F.

#227 Donut2922

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:29 PM

I think Confooscious is also factoring tax. The difference is almost neglible. Its hard to compare those deals because you need to factor in need of games, timing, availability, and any existing credit.

#228 JKSonic

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:33 PM

Math time.

Let's say all the titles you're about to buy are $40.

B1G50%: $40 / 2 = $20 + $40 = $60

$60 / 2 = each game costs $30

B2G1: $40 x 2 = $80

$80 / 3 = each game costs $26.66

In other words, you save almost five dollars per game in a B2G1 in this scenario.


I could be wrong but I think he's saying that if you buy TWO games in the B1G50% then at that point you're essentially getting one free... Although it's still not the same because no matter what you're still stuck paying the 50% for the second 50% off game.

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#229 Confucius

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:45 PM

Nope. Just didn't have my coffee. However, I'll take a B1G50%off over B2G1 free on amazon because I find it's almost impossible to find a third game on amazon for B2G1 because of their pricing. If i get two $54 and one $52 game, I feel like I lost out somehow. At best buy, everything is $60. Purely psychological I know.

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#230 Speedtrucker

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:39 PM

ah man wth?!? the Tritton Detonator xbox headsets were part of the B2G50%off yesterday but now that I was given the green light to buy it isn't on there now...

my total went from $102.95 to $135.94.

it is still being sold by amazon.com so I don't get why it is no longer part of the deal, it is still part of the deal on the Toys'r'us B1G50%off but I have to pay tax+shipping there...

#231 darkstarripclaw

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:16 PM

So I had to rush an order through, but which link should I contact Amazon through to get my order amount adjusted? I bought 6 items that were all on the Buy 1 Get 1 50% off (4 at $19.99, 2 at $39.99) but only had $9.99 taken off. I remember last time I had a snafu like this I did contact somebody, I just do not recall who.

#232 allen9917

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:30 PM

So you dont look at the total before hitting the final order button? That's bad habit man. Cancel and reorder.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:51 PM

So I had to rush an order through, but which link should I contact Amazon through to get my order amount adjusted? I bought 6 items that were all on the Buy 1 Get 1 50% off (4 at $19.99, 2 at $39.99) but only had $9.99 taken off. I remember last time I had a snafu like this I did contact somebody, I just do not recall who.


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#234 Lucky13

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:08 PM

So I had to rush an order through, but which link should I contact Amazon through to get my order amount adjusted? I bought 6 items that were all on the Buy 1 Get 1 50% off (4 at $19.99, 2 at $39.99) but only had $9.99 taken off. I remember last time I had a snafu like this I did contact somebody, I just do not recall who.


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#235 jeepinillini

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:47 AM

For those of you interested, MLB The Show 11 is listed as one of the promotional games in this sale, but it's not working in the deal. I emailed Amazon and they replied back, but still haven't fixed it.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:44 AM

Math time.

Let's say all the titles you're about to buy are $40.

B1G50%: $40 / 2 = $20 + $40 = $60

$60 / 2 = each game costs $30

B2G1: $40 x 2 = $80

$80 / 3 = each game costs $26.66

In other words, you save almost five dollars per game in a B2G1 in this scenario.


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:54 AM

Ordered a few games the other day. This saved me over $20, not too shabby.

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Items: $145.46
Shipping & Handling: $7.46
Promotion Applied: -$18.50
Super Saver Discount: -$7.46
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Total Before Tax: $126.96
Estimated Tax To Be Collected:* $11.27
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:26 AM

Math time.

Let's say all the titles you're about to buy are $40.

B1G50%: $40 / 2 = $20 + $40 = $60

$60 / 2 = each game costs $30

B2G1: $40 x 2 = $80

$80 / 3 = each game costs $26.66

In other words, you save almost five dollars per game in a B2G1 in this scenario.


I've always thought they were basically the same too, but I see how I was messed up. A B2G1 is 33% off where a B1G50% is 25% off the total. In other words a B1G50% is the same as a Buy 3 Get 1 free sale. (all these statements are based on games being the same price)

#239 bruceg

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:56 AM

Yeah, a TRU employee was telling me that it's the same thing, but obviously it's not if he just did a sample calculation.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:20 PM

Math time.

Let's say all the titles you're about to buy are $40.

B1G50%: $40 / 2 = $20 + $40 = $60

$60 / 2 = each game costs $30

B2G1: $40 x 2 = $80

$80 / 3 = each game costs $26.66

In other words, you save almost five dollars per game in a B2G1 in this scenario.

5 per game?
You'll have to spend 6.68 TOTAL with B1G150%

So then the question becomes is this really the best deal once we factor in time and money and of course convenience.

For a lot of people it's easier to pair same priced games in 2's then it is 3's. Usually when someone buys the three they need to work for another game.

Also you have to figure out your initial payment compared to what you're getting from it, a one time purchase of 60 dollars ensures that you'll be able to get the maximum out of that purchase before the overall value of the games go down. In a B2G1F scenario you have more to do in the same time before your purchase is worth less.

In a perfect world B2G1F is a better deal but that's almost never the case.

Edited by Jaysonguy, 09 December 2011 - 01:48 PM.