Black Friday 2011 Deals: How to Save Money on Video Games

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By Justin Sarachik , Christian Post Reporter
November 17, 2011|4:25 pm

With Christmas quickly approaching and Black Friday looming, some of the best deals are within consumers grasp, yet video game sales still seem a bit a bit tougher to come by.

DailyFinance.com has compiled a list of ways to save big on video games. These tips are sure to give every bargain shopper some insight on how to get the edge this Holiday season.

When deciding on a video game there are three ways to go about it: Buy, rent, or trade.

The site stresses the importance of doing research before purchasing a game because a new one can cost as much as $60. Doing the extra search can save the customer from buying a game they may not like, or a game that has terrible reviews. It is also a great way to try and find a deal on the game before a paycheck is invested in it.

Tech websites like Consumer Reports, Wired, and TekGoblin offers user reviews as well as industry reviews. User reviews are more valuable to a gamer because it is strictly the opinion of someone who is a gamer and was hoping for a solid experience while playing.

Once deciding on the game for purchase, Daily Finance said the gamer needs to decide whether they want to rent the game and complete it within the allotted timeline of the rental or if they want to buy the game and have it to play whenever.

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If the user opts on renting, websites such as GameFly, GottaPlay, Netflix, iTunes, and Gamerang are among the bigger video game online rental sites. Online rental sites offer the user various payment methods and options once the game is selected, and some will even send them in the mail.

Daily Finance stated Gamefly and Blockbuster.com as offering some of the best deals for their monthly membership program. Gamefly is $22.95 a month for two games at a time, while Blockbuster is $14.99 a month for two games, but doesn't get new releases very quickly.

Another direction to go when looking for games is the pre-owned/used route. The leading seller of video games, Gamestop, also buys back used games from costumers.

On the informational video located in the post, it said Gamestop usually takes back everything and guarantees what's bought to play. The only real issue is Gamestop doesn't pay a high percentage back for the game even if it's a new release.

Retailers like Best Buy and online super giant Amazon, sometimes have better prices for used games and offer better prices for trade-ins. Only select Best Buys offer trade-ins and may not accept everything.

There are also online websites and apps that allow gamers to download games for free. Also, the mindful user needs to be on the look out for free demos or limited time downloads on their systems online store.

Another helpful tip Daily Finance offers is buying family games that are multi-player or trading and swapping with friends. Wii games are a good source of family entertainment and offer multiple titles that four players could play and interact with. "Wii Sports," "Mario Kart," and the "Mario Party" series are a few family friendly choices along with "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" available on multiple platforms.

Do you know of any video game savings secrets? If so, please share in the comments.

 

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