Friday, January 22, 2016

Cheaper games with Amazon Prime

If you're reading this blog, then there's a pretty good chance you like to play video games, and what's better than getting video games cheap? Well, that's exactly what Amazon has started doing, and shockingly not everyone seems to know about this. So, today I'm going to tell you everything you need to know about Amazon's new specials.

First of all, to make use of this new special you do have to be an Amazon Prime member -- this alone is normally $100 a year, but it's very much worth it if you are an avid Amazon shopper (there's also a special going on where it's only $75). With Amazon Prime you get free two day shipping, which means free release day delivery for your game preorders, you have access to their Prime video selection, as well as some other bonuses such as free books. On top of this, however, is the new promo where brand new games will be 20% off for you as well! In other words, games that will typically be $60 (plus shipping), will be sold for roughly $50 instead, with free day one delivery. But, how can you take full advantage of this deal? Well...

The thing about Amazon is, they do not charge you for preorders. In other words, you can actually preorder every game you are interested in, and decide before it comes out if you actually want it or not. In other words, this means you will be locked into the game's lower price up until the game comes out, and if for some reason you cannot buy it, you can simply cancel your order without ever having to pay a dime. On the other hand, if there's a game you are interested in but would rather wait to see if it's any good, the deal will actually carry over for up to two weeks after the game's release, so you can still get it for it's reduced price. Although, this may not always be the case with games as the years go by, and that's where you can make the most out of this promo.

Even if the game isn't being released this year (and even if the game doesn't have an official release date period), you can still put the game on preorder and get the discount price even after the promo ends. For example, one could preorder Final Fantasy VII's remake and pay the reduced price of (roughly) $50 even if it were to come out three to four years from now. Amazon keeps track of all of your special prices on orders, so you'll never have to worry about paying a higher price when the game finally does come out (and releases for its full price tag).

So, if you're an Amazon shopper who has Prime and hasn't heard of this deal, then now may be the time to jump on it. It's actually pretty nice of them to do this, and it makes it pretty clear that they are trying to compete with other video game sellers more now than ever -- although, they did have some pretty nice deals in the past as well...