It's no secret by now that purchasing video games can quickly become very expensive, especially for those who regularly add new releases to their library. Nowadays, standard editions of games will generally run about $ 29.99 (Nintendo DS), $ 49.99 (Nintendo Wii) or $ 59.99 (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) at their original prices. Throw special editions, bundles and downloadable content into the mix, and you may just need a second job to support your gaming habit.
Luckily, there are ways to find food deals on games and accessories that will drive down the cost significantly. A little time and effort will be required on your part to properly research. But here are some methods for locating the game you want at a price that's more lenient on your wallet.
Look through the circulars in the Sunday newspaper: Every week, most major retailers will release circulars in the Sunday paper. Stores such as Best Buy, Target, Toys' R Us and Wal-Mart run weekly sales for a variety of merchandise they carry. In the case of video games, you will more likely find new releases being sold at MSRP. However, some older titles will occasionally be advertised as reduced or included in a "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" type promotion. Even new releases are afforded good deals from time to time. Recently, Toys' R Us ran an offer thatave customers a $ 20 gift card for purchasing Batman: Arkhum Asylum on its release day.
Browse Internet forums: You can find pretty pretty anything on the Internet these days, and that includes tips from fellow gamers interested in saving a few bucks. Various Web sites exist that cater to this and host message boards for posters to informs others of transactions they have seen online or in brick-and-mortar stores. The Website CheapAssGamer.com is incredibly helpful in this department, with constant updates from posters on its forum and informative deals listed directly on the homepage by site administrators. Other helpful forums include Amazon.com, SlickDeals.net and FatWallet.com.
Stop by retail stores regularly for updated clearance stock: It's quite common now for stores to set aside a special section in their video games or electronics department for clearance games and accessories. Stores like Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Sears and Toys' R Us all have fixtures in their establishments for this purpose. Unfortunately, the particular merchandise being marked down at these stores is not universal, and therefore your mileage may vary. However, by stopping in once or twice a week, you will be able to stay ahead of everyone else in your market and keep up-to-date with clearance games in your local stores. Target stores in particular have been known to do their markdowns on Mondays and / or Fridays, so stopping at at the beginning and end of the week is the best way to get your hands on titles that have just received a price reduction.
Finding good deals on video games in not an impossible task. Take a little time to look through all the resources available to you and you should be able to get the games you want at a much more affordable price.