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Old 09-23-02, 07:16 PM
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How do you buy your video game?

I just want to get a sense of what is the most common way people buy new video game for any console. Whether through retail, internet, or other method? And what is the average prcie people pay for brand new game.

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Old 09-23-02, 07:32 PM
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Generally, with cash, from a store, and the price they ask.....

I get them from a B&M store, and pay the retail price(unless I have something to trade to take some of the edge off). So about $50(depends on taxes).
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Old 09-23-02, 07:39 PM
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internet. 49.99. usually... living in a hicktown nowhere near a realtown kinda stinks..
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Old 09-23-02, 07:54 PM
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With the exception of greatest hits titles, and SOCOM, I haven't bought a new game in years. I've had a great deal of luck on Ebay, and we have a lot of used game stores in my area. I guess I'm kind of lucky that way.

I usually keep about 10 games on hand at any given time, but they're always rotating through. I have so much luck finding them because no matter how high a rating a game has, or how good it is, they're always someone who hates it, and gets rid of it quickly.
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Old 09-23-02, 08:06 PM
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i rarely pay retail. I'll go the used game route (couple of cool used game stores in the area) if i cant find used i try to maximize my savings. coupon codes, deals from magizines, sales what have you.
retail is not an option
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Old 09-23-02, 08:21 PM
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Well, I work at Sierra, and I know people at Electronic Arts and Nintendo. I usualy get them through my network of friends and pay about 10-20 bucks per game.

When I get home, I'll have Mario Sunshine and Animal Crossing waiting for me for about 40 bucks.
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Old 09-23-02, 08:44 PM
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go to the store and buy it...im too impatient to use the net
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Old 09-23-02, 10:04 PM
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I always check out this site for deals. Lately the deal has been take anybody's ad & PM at Best Buy & use one of the $5 off coupons out of EGM or one of the other free mags I'm getting by responding to offers posted here. Cash is tight now, though, so I'll be asking for Metroid Prime & a few others for Christmas.
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Old 09-23-02, 11:16 PM
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Bought all my games from Best Buy with the $5 off coupons in EGM and GamePro magazines.
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Old 09-23-02, 11:35 PM
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with this crazy thing called currancy. It works like this, value is assigned to certain bills. the higher the number the higher the value. and you can exchange these bills for goods and services. Video games being a good, it would fall under that classification and hench, be bought.

I hope that helped.

in all reality, I rarely buy games now a days since I stick to one for some time. but when I do, I usually go with lowest price like fry's or go to my friend who works at a game store.
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Old 09-23-02, 11:50 PM
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I just buy mine in store. B&M price is almost always $50, and most internet places sell for like $42-$45 + shipping, not worth it.
If I buy used, I either buy online or at BlockBuster(bought 6 of my 12 PS2 games there), when they have the buy 2 get 1 free deal. I got Resident Evil CODE:Veronica X, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid 2, Silent Hill 2, Gran Turismo 3 back around March for $100, which comes out to about $17 each, when at the time they were all still $50 in stores. Any Greatest Hits title(there's quite a few I want to pick up now) I will just buy in store as well.
I end up buying way too many games, and hardly finishing any of them. Over the summer I bought Final Fantasy VII, VIII, Chronicles, and Anthology, and the only one I've opened is VII, and I only played like an hour of it. I searched for a long time for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, finally got an original copy a few months ago, and only played it for a couple hours(great game, just too many other games). Bought a Saturn a few weeks ago, and now working out a trade for a Turbo Grafx 16, and a Dreamcast with about 15 games.
My gaming addiction, along with DVD's, no wonder I'm broke as hell.......yet I still put in my pre-orders for GTA Vice City, RE Zero, Devil May Cry 2, and soon MK: DA and Band of Brothers.
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Old 09-23-02, 11:51 PM
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I rarely buy games at retail price. The only game I've bought at retail price was Madden 2003 but I got it online without tax and it was next day air shipping for free.
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Old 09-24-02, 12:29 AM
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Ofentimes, Sam's Club has the bigger PS2 titles for a few bucks less than retail. It sucks that there are so few games on sale the week they come out. It's very different than DVD releases, unfortunately.
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Old 09-24-02, 01:13 AM
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Usually at me local mom and pop game store. Granted they ususally get new releases a day or two after the larger B&M stores, but its a few bucks cheaper and they buy and sell used stuff. That and i used to work at a small import/domestic game store that died cuz of all the larger stores, so gotta support the little guy when i can.
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Old 09-24-02, 02:37 AM
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I just like to buy them used. I'll buy it new if I am very excited about it though. I buy most of the WWE games new, I made a mistake with Wrestlemania X-8 for GC though, it was a bust in my opinion. So I'll be a little more carefull next time.
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Old 09-24-02, 02:46 AM
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I've been spending full price lately, but that's only because I built up about $300 worth of store credit at EB by taking advantage of the DVD and Video Game trade in deals a couple of months ago. I usually wait for a price drop otherwise. If I'm paying cash I like to wait till the game is $30 or less. There are exceptions. Some games are worth $50, but not many.
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Old 09-24-02, 12:33 PM
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I buy a lot of used games at EB, but they haven't had a big sale recently. Mostly I get older titles, but I'll pick up new AAA occasionally. They already had Mario Sunshine used last Friday, which is freakin crazy.

I'm picking up the first Animal Crossing I see there.
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Old 09-24-02, 12:58 PM
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Lately I've just been buying from half.com. I also buy from bestbuy when there's a sale or coupons or something. I hate paying full price. I just got SegaGT for 30 bucks shipped brand new cuz I "preordered" from half.com.
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Old 09-24-02, 01:05 PM
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I usually buy my games at Best Buy with one of those $5 coupons from the gaming magazines.
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Old 09-24-02, 01:24 PM
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The $5 coupons most of you talked about using it, it really ended up covers only tax doesn't it? Like for $50 games the tax is just about $5, so the coupon really didn't do much but simply help you purchase the game tax free.......
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Old 09-24-02, 03:29 PM
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Tax is about 5% here in IN so, it covers about another $2.50. Also, I usually PM to the best deal around and then get the $5 on top of that.
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Old 09-24-02, 06:25 PM
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I rarely play game, I normally beta test (not piracy, legi beta test) or demo it (such as UT2K3) which always gives me plenty of time to play to get nice and bored or it. If, by some chance, the game keeps me interested over that period, I will buy it. This said, the last game I bought was about 2 years ago.
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Old 09-25-02, 09:20 AM
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There are used CD/DVD stores around town that sell brand new releases for $29.99, some at $34.99. The older titles can be had for $9.99 to $19.99. I own a PS2 and the only title I paid MSRP for was GTA3. The only other title I wil probably pay MSRP for is GTA Vice.
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Unfortunately I have paid full retail for most of my games.
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Old 09-25-02, 02:15 PM
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I usually just go to best buy or target and on an impulse ill buy a game or two. I dont mind paying an extra couple dollars to have it in my hands. I live in the boonies so i cant really go hunting for deals either.
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