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lionheart059

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#14390212 Walmart YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I (READ THE FAQs)

Posted by lionheart059 on 09 April 2021 - 07:49 PM

If Wal-Mart has an agreement with Distributor A that says (in part) "If our merchandise provided does not sell within 12 months of being placed for availability on shelves/online, Retailer is entitled to return said merchandise for a credit of $X (Or X% of Retail Value) towards future product purchase".  Now, that timeline can vary, as can the credit amount - it's all going to come down to those separate agreements with distributors or publishers.

So you may have (for example), Untitled Goose Game, where the window is 6 months.  If the product remains on shelves at that point and isn't selling, WM can return unsold copies for a hypothetical credit of 30% of MSRP towards a future product order.  They may have a separate agreement for a title like Fallout 4, where the distributor expects it to continue moving for a longer time, so they can't return it until 24 months after release, and only for 15% of MSRP.  At that point, WM may decide that they can move those copies by clearancing them to 50/75% off, so it's more worthwhile to do that instead.  Or even both - Putting it on clearance for a few months leading up to the "return point", and then sending back unsold copies if they're just taking up valuable shelf space.  Once returned, the distributor can take a couple different avenues - Donate, Recycle/Salvage, Destroy, or even resell to another retailer that may be moving more inventory (just because Walmart can't move it doesn't mean Gamestop can't, etc. etc)

It's also important to keep in mind that some games don't go on clearance for the very same reason - The distribution deal that they have may tie their hands to prevent placing the game on "clearance" or trying to sell it below a set amount, except during windows in which the distributor/publisher agrees to it.  Usually when a game goes on sale (especially shortly after release), this is subsidized by the distributor anyway, as the actual "profit" margin on a $60 game is only 20-25% - So if a game is 2 months old and the distributor wants it to hit a sale of 30% off, they need to provide something to the retailer to balance it out, because the store won't want to just eat that loss for the sake of selling a "new" product.




#14385448 Five Below $5 games

Posted by lionheart059 on 19 March 2021 - 07:44 PM

Saw :ps4: Starlink at my local store. Not the starter pack, just the game. Wouldn't that be useless though? I think only the digital version works without physical ships :\

Actually when you start the physical version, it has an option to play without the physical ships.  By default, it gives you only the pilot/ships that are in the starter pack, but all the DLC items work with either digital or physical.




#14326559 Target Clearance Thread XXIV

Posted by lionheart059 on 21 September 2020 - 01:03 PM

So is she strictly cash and checks? Does she use debit card? Another reason to use a credit card is she's protected from fraudulent purchases. If her debit card is compromised, it's very difficult to get your money back.

You know, debit cards also have protection against fraud due to the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.  Legally the protection between credit cards and debit cards is different, but both have it and the differences aren't that big.  CC has a max liability on fraud charges of $50, debit card it's $500 (but that's if the actual card is stolen and you wait two months to report it).  If your debit card number is stolen and you tell the bank within 60 days of the first statement showing a fraudulent charge, you have a liability of $0.  Most banks are also quite keen to resolve fraud investigations quickly if reported quickly, because they want to keep accounts instead of losing them to a competitor.

 

I've had fraudulent charges on my debit cards twice (two different banks, two different instances, two very different scenarios).  Literally all you have to do is call the bank, dispute the charge, and call it a day.

 

The first time, they had the money back in my account within minutes.  I got a letter a week later just confirming that it was found as a fraudulent charge.  The second time, I had the money back in my account the next day (though the fraud happened on a holiday, so I gave some leeway).  Got a letter a week later confirming it was found as a fraudulent charge.  Both times, the bank's auto fraud alert texted me as the charge was happening so I could dispute right away.

 

I've had fraud on a credit card once.  It took over a month for them to remove the charges and associated interest, and I had to keep calling to follow-up on a weekly basis.  It was much more of a pain in the ass than dealing with the bank.




#14324731 9/17 - PS5 LIMITED Preorders IN STORE @ Gamestop!

Posted by lionheart059 on 17 September 2020 - 05:46 PM

Ehh... I was on the fence about preordering this or the XSX, but honestly after Sony's big event I'm solidly in the "Just Wait" category.

It's not that I'm no longer excited (I'm more excited!), it's just... they gave me SO MANY reasons to wait.

Horizon, Sackboy, and Spider-Man Miles Morales will all be on PS4?  With an upgrade to PS5?  Great, so I don't need to feel rushed to upgrade for those.  FFXVI will be a PS5 Exclusive?  Awesome, but it's still pretty far off, and will likely have a FF branded console - and I do like me a special edition console.

Like, best of luck to everyone trying to get theirs, but I hope I'm not alone in this feeling of "Well... Guess I can wait"




#14320316 XBL Deals - DwG: RDR2:SE, South Park, Division 1/2, more | Quakecon, Metro,...

Posted by lionheart059 on 08 September 2020 - 02:12 PM

The Series S is a pretty ideal solution for my stepson.  Since we live several states apart, we have a few nights a week of playing Minecraft or Roblox together, and he really prefers digital since it means not having to find and change discs.  Add in that he only really plays 3 or 4 games, and it's a no brainer.

 

Series X for me, Series S for him.  Hopefully they still allow for game sharing, because that would just be icing on the cake.




#14315598 Target Clearance Thread XXIV

Posted by lionheart059 on 21 August 2020 - 01:17 PM

Managed to snag a copy of Code Vein on PS4 at the last Target local to me for 8.98, just wanted to drop a thanks for the deal being posted




#14290758 Ebay.com Xbox live Gold 12 months $29.99

Posted by lionheart059 on 21 May 2020 - 01:21 PM

Listing is gone, like dust in the stolen product keys.

Or "Requires VPN to activate!"




#14286133 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by lionheart059 on 04 May 2020 - 01:39 PM

I had a similar question. What age did you introduce video games to your kids? My 6.5 year old son is starting to get the itch for phone games and I was curious to what other gaming parents thought.

My stepson got introduced around 3.5, when I gave my (then girlfriend, now-ex-wife) my old Wii to play games on with him before I met him.  The thought was some of the motion control games would be more kid friendly, like Wii Tennis and stuff.  Around when he turned 4, he and I started playing Kirby's Epic Yarn and Mario Kart Wii on it.

By the time he was 5 we had added in Candy Crush from time to time, and got him a 3DS and the Lego Batman games.  Eventually moved on to Skylanders, Disney Infinity, yada yada.

 

Now he's almost 10 and all the kid wants to play is Minecraft. We have weekly scheduled Xbox nights to chat and play it since they moved post-divorce.

I hate Minecraft, but I love my time with that kiddo.




#14283344 Nintendo eShop Deals - 2/11: Capcom/Namco/Ubisoft Sales! $20 Hades,...

Posted by lionheart059 on 23 April 2020 - 06:00 PM

It's speculated that part of the issues with Nintendo accounts getting hacked traces to Emuparadise getting hacked and a massive amount of people having their data compromised last year.  I never had an account on that site, nor used it with any of my nintendo systems.  Additionally one guy noted that even after changing his email and password someone was still accessing his account and it came from his old 3DS/Wii-U Nintendo Network ID being linked to the account.  So that appears to be a backdoor in.  Just a heads up.

 

I've never had a CC or Paypal tied to any of my consoles... or even my iphone (setup my itunes account using the pc version of itunes back in the day)... so all anyone could get with mine is the few cents sitting on it.  In any event, protect yourself.

Never used Emuparadise, still had someone try to access my account.

 

Went in and setup 2FA with Google Authenticator.  Then I got a new phone, sooooo I had to remove it with one of the backup codes, go in, and re-add it, because accounts in GA don't transfer to a new device.  Bit of a hassle, but the peace of mind was worth it.

And like you, I don't keep payment methods saved on my accounts.  Ever since the big PSN hack, I've stuck to buying currency cards, or just doing a one-time purchase and ensuring the payment method is removed after.




#14278764 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by lionheart059 on 06 April 2020 - 08:20 PM

I grabbed Zone of the Enders II and BlazBlue Cross Tag so far. I've got FFVIIR on the way this week too, so I can wait to see what else ends up on sale.




#14271169 Fallout 76, Infamous SS 9.99 used@Gamestop

Posted by lionheart059 on 12 March 2020 - 01:39 AM

Love the entire inFamous franchise, I just wish it had gotten more recognition.  Highly recommend, even the standalone DLCs for 2 and SS.

Fallout 76, though, I was very disappointed with.




#14264260 PSN Weekly Deals - 2/10: Big in Japan Sale ends 2/25, Critics' Choice Sal...

Posted by lionheart059 on 14 February 2020 - 09:44 PM

I'm considering The Division 2 for $2.99, even though I never played the first one and I probably won't get to this one for awhile due to what I've read about the install size. I'd also be buying just for single player, but I enjoy loot collecting games like Diablo and Borderlands so maybe this is right up my alley despite the difference in genres.

I was thinking the same, but decided at $3 I'll give it a shot.




#14245901 GameStop.com 4 for $60 used titles 24.99 and below

Posted by lionheart059 on 17 December 2019 - 05:16 PM

So can you use Gamestop giftcards on Gamestop's website again?

Also, is anyone else having newer issues with Gamestop's website now?  Whenever I click "load more" for more games, it no longer does anything.

It's easily one of the least functional websites I've ever used.  I have the same problem.

 

I also have an issue where if I click to access the filters, they just... never show up.  The screen adjusts for the pop-out window, but the window never appears.




#14243131 Nintendo Online Store - NES Joycon Controllers for $30

Posted by lionheart059 on 10 December 2019 - 02:22 PM

I'm on the fence on these...I grew up in the 80's and the NES was my first console so I want them for that reason alone.  But I really don't enjoy retro gaming as much as some of my fellow Gen X gamers.    I keep thinking I should just put this $30 towards a pair of real joycons (since I need a second pair right now). 

Honestly, I didn't even get them for the retro games so much as for the D-Pad.

 

I never realized how much I would miss having one until I tried playing games with the Joy-Con and it's four distinct direction buttons.  I have one of the Hori d-pads (thanks, Target Clearance), but that only works in handheld mode, and I play almost exclusively in docked mode.  I do have a pro controller, too, but I like having the options.

 

Plus, I mean, yeah... retro games.  This way when I visit my stepson he and I can play Mario 3 with the NES controllers instead of the joycons.




#14242705 Nintendo Online Store - NES Joycon Controllers for $30

Posted by lionheart059 on 09 December 2019 - 02:33 PM

Thank you!  Do these operate just like the joycons?  Because I was just about to purchase a second pair.  Also, any way to get free shipping on these?  Thanks again! 

Re: Operation

https://kotaku.com/s...thin-1831157773

There are some nifty features to using it, but the short answer is "Yes, with a few quirks"

 

Free shipping... Not that I'm aware of, no.