Whether you’re a Call of Duty loyalist or an avid Madden fan, whether you pre-order games or buy them a year after they come out, you are almost certainly overpaying for your video games. And chances are, you don’t even know it. Fortunately, there’s an easy way for gamers to stop overpaying for their video games.
If you’re a gamer, you’re probably familiar with the usual advice on how to save on video games. Most sites advise waiting before buying a game and/or buying used games at places like GameStop. It is true that patience does yield serious savings. Video game prices tend to drop after just a two weeks, and are often half priced or less after six months. (1)
There’s a certain magic to playing a game right when it comes out, to being part of the conversation and the movement. That is no doubt why pre-orders of popular games like Halo and Call of Duty often number in the millions. Retailers and gaming companies have convinced gamers that they have to pay a premium for getting the games upon its release.
But you shouldn’t get stuck paying the highest price just because you bought a game when it came out. In fact, even if you buy the game as soon as it is released, you can still pay the discounted price that comes two weeks or a month later.
The answer lies in price-adjustment and price-matching policies. Most stores guarantee that you will get a refund if an item you’ve bought either:
- Drops in price within a certain amount of time after your purchase OR
- Is sold more cheaply at a competitor within a certain period of time after your purchase.
Amazon, for example, has a 30-day best price guarantee. This policy means that if anything you bought on Amazon later goes on sale for a cheaper price on Amazon or at its competitors, then you can get a refund of the difference in prices. So if you buy a game as soon as it comes out on Amazon, and it drops in price within 30 days, you get a refund. As we already mentioned, most games drop in price within a few weeks, well within the limit of this policy.(1)
Bam! You can get a game on the day it comes out, and still not pay the highest prices.
But how much can these savings really be worth?
Well, we took a few games as an example. In 2015, Halo 5 was one of the biggest releases of the year, and one of the most popular purchases on Paribus during the month of October (the game was released on Oct. 27).
Among Paribus users who got money back on their purchase after buying Halo, the average saving was a little over $4 on orders that averaged around $60. That’s a 6% savings, which is pretty good, considering gamers still got the game right when it came out.
Even shoppers who buy games later are often owed money back for the games that they purchase. Why? Because stores are constantly shifting prices, even on already discounted items. Amazon alone, for example, changes its prices millions of times every day.
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It’s almost impossible for even the most dedicated shopper to keep up with all of these price changes. Additionally, stores will sometimes discount a game unexpectedly, when other games are released as part of a group purchase discount. As a result of these practices, no matter how patient you are, you’re still probably not getting the best price on whatever game you’re buying.
Fortunately, technology, makes it much easier to use these price adjustment and price matches to your advantage and get the best price on whatever games you buy. Here at Paribus, we automatically get users their money back whenever an item they’ve purchased drops in price, allowing shoppers to effortlessly watch refunds flow into their inbox. Whether you’re buying new video games, a new gaming console, new clothes or new toilet paper, we’re committed to helping you get the best price on any and all of your purchases.