Turning a Bad Purchase into a Decent Purchase
Before I ever knew about CAG, I was still pretty cheap, but mostly did my shopping from weekly ads. Kmart had Alice: Madness Returns new for $34.99 one week a couple months after release, and I figured that was a good enough price for me. Especially since it came with the original American McGee's Alice.
So I bought the game, played the original Alice, felt a little burn out (the original Alice doesn't hold up great) and then put Madness Returns on hold. Push the clock forward about a year and Gamestop is offering $20 in-store credit for Madness Returns during one of their special promos. Even though I hadn't beat Madness Returns yet, I knew I'd be foolish to pass up this deal and I could grab it again later down the road for cheaper. So I traded it in.
Another few months pass and Madness Returns holds its price pretty firmly. Finally the Microsoft Store has it on sale for $9.99 + $3.xx shipping and taxes. So I figure $13.xx was a good enough price and I rebuy it, especially considering how strong resale value has held.
Then yesterday the PS Blog announced Madness Returns will be on sale digitally next week for $4! I'm like sweet, time to flip this game one more time. I had it listed on Amazon for about $17.50, but had no bites. Then I noticed in JP's Gamestop trade-in thread that the 360 version of the game is still netting $13 store credit. That's about what I'd see from Amazon after fees and shipping, so I just took it down there and traded it in again (Gamestop must really love that game!).
So, long story short, with a little help from CAG and Gamestop, I was able to turn a somewhat regrettable $37.xx purchase into a somewhat decent $21.xx purchase (math below). Goes to show that CAG can even help you take some of the sting off of a regrettable past purchase.
$37.xx - Original price + taxes from Kmart
-$20.00 - Trade in to Gamestop
$13.xx - Purchase from Microsoft store
-$13.00 - Trade in to Gamestop
$4.00 - Purchase from PSN