Supermarkets are the cheapest place to buy games

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Posted 12:17pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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Supermarkets are the cheapest place to buy games
On average you'll pay two pence less than when shopping online.

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Posted 12:17pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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Its very true. I used to buy 95% of my games from specialist stores and now i hardly step foot in them unless i'm hitting the bargain bin i might have a browse in Game.
All my day one purchases now come from Asda and Tesco or on occasion Amazon or Shopto.
My girlfriend brought me a Metal Gear Rising as a gift and she paid $42.99! from Game! if i knew id have stopped her. Robbing sh*ts
Posted 12:31pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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I actually find the prices in my local Tesco are rising.
Posted 12:45pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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A lot of supermarket deals with new releases of games are things like buy 2100 MSP and get xxx for £25. Or spend £40 on your shop and get xxx for £20. It's understandably a good deal if you're there to buy groceries or need more points, and want the game as well, but making a £40 shop to get a £40 RRP game for £20 (making it £60 at least) or spending £40-45 to get the game itself for £25 is sort of a soft backhanded slap.

One of the better ways to get deals out of supermarkets for new releases is to order online via their websites. I got Battlefield 3 Limited Edition for £29.87 through ASDA Direct on pre-order which was a great price at the time. I wouldn't bother going into the physical stores because they don't always have the same price points, and the top sellers are usually sold out for weeks before they get stock back in and by that time they either increase the price, or it's cheaper elsewhere already.

Anyway - I don't buy new releases nowadays and wait a few weeks for the demand to die off and the prices to drop. Already I can get the new Tomb Raider on PC for £18 quite easily and that had a great launch. If I bought it on release, I would've been paying almost £10 more.
Posted 12:59pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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A lot of supermarket deals with new releases of games are things like buy 2100 MSP and get xxx for £25. Or spend £40 on your shop and get xxx for £20. It's understandably a good deal if you're there to buy groceries or need more points, and want the game as well, but making a £40 shop to get a £40 RRP game for £20 (making it £60 at least) or spending £40-45 to get the game itself for £25 is sort of a soft backhanded slap.

One of the better ways to get deals out of supermarkets for new releases is to order online via their websites. I got Battlefield 3 Limited Edition for £29.87 through ASDA Direct on pre-order which was a great price at the time. I wouldn't bother going into the physical stores because they don't always have the same price points, and the top sellers are usually sold out for weeks before they get stock back in and by that time they either increase the price, or it's cheaper elsewhere already.

Anyway - I don't buy new releases nowadays and wait a few weeks for the demand to die off and the prices to drop. Already I can get the new Tomb Raider on PC for £18 quite easily and that had a great launch. If I bought it on release, I would've been paying almost £10 more.

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Same, biggest amount I've spent on a game this year is £19.99 and that was a digital copy.
Posted 1:49pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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Its very true. I used to buy 95% of my games from specialist stores and now i hardly step foot in them unless i'm hitting the bargain bin i might have a browse in Game.
All my day one purchases now come from Asda and Tesco or on occasion Amazon or Shopto.
My girlfriend brought me a Metal Gear Rising as a gift and she paid $42.99! from Game! if i knew id have stopped her. Robbing sh*ts

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your girlfriend buys u games? lucky you
Posted 1:53pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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I'm always tempted by supermarket deals but I've made the decision this year to buy all my games from my local independent shop. There is a slight premium but he's a nice fella and is passionate about what he sells.
Posted 2:01pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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This doesn't mean much to me. I prefer online and this 2p won't put any dents in whatsoever. Why battle through crowds of people just to get a game, when you can put you're feet up with a brew in comfort and get it next day.
Posted 2:51pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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This doesn't mean much to me. I prefer online and this 2p won't put any dents in whatsoever. Why battle through crowds of people just to get a game, when you can put you're feet up with a brew in comfort and get it next day.

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That wouldn't be the case for me though. It'd be way easier to stop at Tesco near where I work than have to drive to the collection office when the game won't fit through our flat's ill-designed letterbox.
Posted 3:03pm on Mon 18 March 2013
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This doesn't mean much to me. I prefer online and this 2p won't put any dents in whatsoever. Why battle through crowds of people just to get a game, when you can put you're feet up with a brew in comfort and get it next day.

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Why battle through crowds of people just to get a game, when you can put you're feet up with a brew in comfort and get it next day.

Because one would miss out on all the day 1 excitement of Error 37s, server crashes and having to wait 20 minutes between each login attempt which lets one snarl at anyone who dares to say "Wow, this is a good game!" because they bought it late.
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