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RPG Deals 11/15 – 11/21

By Russ | November 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Toys R Us is like the new Circuit City.  There, I said it.

If you buy one Wii, PS3, or 360 game priced $40 or more at Toys R Us this week, you can get $20 off a second title that also costs $40 or more.  On top of this deal, the Sunday insert also has a coupon for  a$10 gift card when you spend $85 or more.

Amazon.com and Toys R Us have a long and awkward relationship.  Amazon used to handle the online distribution for Toys R Us.  This agreement ended badly, and since then Amazon has done their best to match TRU deals.  Spend $80 on select games at Amazon.com and get $20 back instantly.  The games are for the 360, PS3 and Wii as well.  Stuff like Fallout 3 and Phantom Brave is included.

K-Mart and Sears are packaging decent games with horrible games as an incentive to move stock.  There’s a few rarities outside of the RPG realm, but some of the packages are worth a look – like Master of the Monster Lair and Super Dodge Ball for $20.  More importantly, a lot of games have been discounted.  I am pretty sure Final Fantasy IV was already $20, but it would not hurt to check out what they are selling.

Last week I spoke of Black Friday and how I think you should stay home.  Well, some of you are going out, and some of you might go online, so today it’s time to bring up how to find out Black Friday deals early.

Places like Cheap Ass Gamer will tell you about gaming deals and other stuff, but most deals are only visible if you join their forum.  The forum is not bad, but a lot of the deals are word of mouth and need to be verified.  Thankfully, the good community there posts lots of links to help verify content.  Having said that, I am a member of the site and do check it a few times a week.  A good filter for how reliable a deal is tends to be the amount of forum posts behind it.

If you want to just use a site, hit up Black Friday and check out what they have.  I cannot vouch for their validity as of yet, but sometimes they do have scans of the Black Friday ads.  I know of a few people who use the site and swear by it, so I’m willing to give it a shot.  I think you should, too.

A few other sites, like Gottadeal.com, remove Black Friday ads when the company putting out the ad requests removal.  While I understand the practice, this problematic when looking for a good deal.  A quick Google search will help find the deals you are looking for, but the two above links can get you started.  Research is the key to getting the best deal.

I give this information because I did not run a Black Friday column last year due.  Not only are the deals too brief to report and I was working retail, but Thanksgiving is the one holiday I make a point to observe.  It’s up in the air if I will be running one this year.  We’ll have to wait and see.

Until then, Happy Hunting.

Disclaimer: Deals may not be available in all stores. Prices in each store may differ. You can try different stores to mitigate this, and always ask if a store has it before writing them off. You might be able to get a raincheck. A lot of these deals are in-store only, except where specified.

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