When I pre-order a game I typically prefer to do so via my local GameStop. The staff is fantastic, and the location is close enough that if I had to ride my bike, I could still get there in a reasonable amount of time. I’m not usually swayed by retailer-specific pre-order bonuses, but this past week I came across a promotion that Amazon is running and proved too hard to ignore.
With an Amazon Prime membership, if you pre-order a game (or even if you buy a new release within two weeks of release) you receive 20% off. That comes out to (for a standard game, pre-tax) $47.99. This promotion also appears to extend to certain collector’s editions of games available for pre-order such as the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End special edition which retails for $79.99 and after the promotion comes out to $63.99.
For brand new games, those savings are hard to ignore.
At least for me.
Now I’ve had an Amazon Prime membership for years now, but never have I found it as fortuitous as I did this past week. As much as I wanted to support my local GameStop, all those savings swayed my pre-orders.
I already had Far Cry Primal pre-ordered and paid, but for all my other pre-orders of the year (including the games without release dates) I placed them via Amazon. I think I placed nine pre-orders, only four of which had “solid” release dates. I may not be overly impressed with Amazon’s shipping as of late (a lot of late and misplaced orders), but at these savings, my business was all theirs.
So my question is: has anything ever swayed where you pre-order games? Perhaps a particular pre-order bonus, or in this case, a special promotion resulting in less dollars spent? If so, which game and why?