Thanks again to Cheapy and friends for the CAGcast.
I'm not sure I understand Wombat's comment on expectations regarding Xcom since Amazon and Best Buy are offering a $15 gift card with purchase. Is there a difference between that and the $20 in RZ points Best Buy is offering with higher profile titles like Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Assassin's Creed 3, Halo 4, and Black Ops 2?
The difference with those titles are they expected to sell well and companies are offering gift cards because of competition and/or the game companies are subsidizing some of it (Doubt it). I believe Wal-Mart.com started the GC/promo war recently and Amazon started the first war years ago.
Basically Best Buy wants you to go to their store and buy other shit outside of the game (hence a gift card) and hope to make a few $ in profit when all is said and done. Amazon wants you to buy more shit to. Being a CAG we are somewhat evil if we don't "'overspend"' on Amazon products after getting promo credit and up just spending what we get in Amazon promo credit alone.
Either way It's apparent XCom isn't going to sell well and I'm sure the NPD and VGChartz (lulz) numbers will show when the time comes. No one is saying It's a bad game (infact Wombat said it will be awesome) but they are saying it will sell like crap and I agree. Most likely Amazon saw it better to offer credit before hand trying to off some of the copies before the price started to drop like crazy. Best Buy followed suit as well. Here's hoping Amazon/Best Buy didn't get stuck with too many copies of a game that won't sell well.
Either way, Wait for the sale. I predict $20-$30 by January.