The Cheap Ass' Survival Guide to Saving Money on Video Games

Microsoft's Bing Cashback program, previously known as Live Cashback, allowed shoppers to get a percentage of their purchase price returned to them. This percentage fluctuates constantly, and can range anywhere between two- to 30-percent cashback. Popular stores that participate in this program include,, and The only drawback is that you're often going to wait over two months for your money to show up in your account. Pay using Paypal, however, and you'll see the money sooner. So you want that ridiculously overpriced PSPGo real bad, huh? Wait for the 30% return on eBay. That can save you at least 60 bucks.


2. Don't Trade in Your Games at GameStop.

the instant gratification of trading in your games to GameStop for
store credit can be tempting, don't be a sucker. GameStop's buy back
prices are horrible compared to almost any other video game retailer.
Instead, sell your games on eBay. It's a bit more work, but you'll also
get a lot more money. If you really need that store credit, Amazon has
better store credit rates, if you're willing to wait around 10 days to
receive the credit. Here's a comparison of the average buy back prices
of two relatively new games from different outlets:

Modern Warfare 2: $30
Assassin's Creed 2: $30
Modern Warfare 2: $37.50
Assassin's Creed 2: $37.50

Modern Warfare 2: $43
Assassin's Creed 2: $51.00

(Note: Prices checked on 12/14/2009 at 8:30 pm)

3. Check out
is a website designed by bargain hunters, for bargain hunters.  What
makes different from any other discount bargain site
is their price tracker. Let's just say, for example, that you really
want to buy Punch Out!! for the Wii and you refuse to pay more
than $2 for a copy. What a cheap skate you are! All you have to do is
set the slider bar on $2, and you'll receive an email notification once
the game reaches that price point. Simple, huh? Just don't expect to
ever hear from them again if you're going to be that cheap.[

4. Buy Games from

is a popular place to shop for gamers. Many of their prices are marked
significantly below MSRP, even before the official release date of the
game. To top that off, many states are exempt from paying tax when
purchasing items sold from Amazon, including California. Spend over
$24, and you'll also get free shipping. Let's take Assassin's Creed 2
again as an example;

On release day, Evil Gamestop sells the game for…
$59.99 + 8.75% Orange County Tax = $65.24

On release day, the great sells the game for …
$50.99 + no tax + no shipping = $50.99 (on top of that, they throw in a $10 gift card)

5. Check out and
in structure to Amazon (but without the price tracker), these two
websites list deals for all sorts of goodies, not limiting itself to
video games. Who knows, you may come across a deal you never know you
needed. I'm currently enjoying my 20 pounds of paper for $10. Thanks, SlickDeals!

6. Don't Buy Games on Release Day

unlike most entertainment mediums, quickly drop in price over time. I
realize how tempting it must be to pick up a game as soon as it hits
store shelves, but try to to resist that urge. Last year's Dead Space,
for example, was released on October 14 for $59.99. By the time
November came around, the game was already $30. Now you can find a new
copy of the game for $15. As long as you can resist that urge to own
everything right away, you can save yourself some serious cash.

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