everyone assumes the microsoft store will repeat last year. do they have a history of doing what the did last year in the past ?
Yes, last year was the first time MS sold some of their BF deals online. The nice thing was that a lot of their deals lasted well into the day despite having the best deals on games like Kinect Sports 2, Dance Central 3, etc. They didn't have every deal online though iirc. For those looking for deals on NBA, AC4, BF4, Madden, and NHL, FIFA, etc. look to the MS in-store sales. They were very competitive compared to Walmart's deals with less crowds (under $30 each). I think the only drawback was that you couldn't get the multi-platform newer releases online. The ones that were available online weren't Xbox exclusives, they were the older titles at the crazy discounted prices of $10 like Lollipop, Spiderman, and Prototype 2, etc.
Best Buy early BF deals for Silver members did not include the doorbuster deals. So if you are looking for a good TV deal, your options will be scant. For what it's worth, that 55" LG TV only has 2 HDMI inputs from what I read. That seems like an inferior TV to me but I haven't done my homework yet. I remember the deal not kicking in for a half hour after the original scheduled time. If you want some great TV deals, wait until Superbowl week.
Amazon usually PM's Walmart on a lot of deals. Last year they matched the lowest prices available through lightning deals for most games advertised during BF if not all. The last two years there were price mistakes on a couple of games though. Last year NBA 2K13 was under $20. The year before that DragonBall Z Raging Blast was under $10. Wonder if something is going to slip by Amazon again this year.
If you guys want to go in-stores for gaming deals there's no need to line up at the store opening. Most retail stores were pretty well stocked for the majority of the weekend. The only exception was Walmart and the MS store for certain titles (Xbox titles of multi-platform games). I wonder though if Best Buy is going to have some shortage since this year they shrunk their gaming department.