Earlier today I received an email from Bestbuy, telling me that the terms for the Gamers Club had been updated. After looking over the terms a few times I didn’t really see what the change was. Eventually, I was able to pull up an older version of the terms and I was finally able to see the what had changed and it definitely wasn’t for the better.

20% discount off new physical video games (excludes pre-owned video game software and digital gaming). Benefit does not combine with promotions advertised in Best Buy’s Thanksgiving Day physical ad or expanded digital ad.Limit 3 copies of each title per platform per year per member. Valid on in-stock items only. No rainchecks. No dealers.

While that may not seem like a big deal right now, Bestbuy has effectively curbed the amount of discounts on games that will be sold on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. So if that new copy of Forza Horizon 3 (Not it’s not a thing, yet) is advertised in the ad for that week, you won’t be able to get a discount on that. On top of that, the 20% only applies to games in stock only now. Though this doesn’t apply to pre-orders, per the two Bestbuy reps I chatted with today. Now that this was done, I fully expect Bestbuy to put just about every new and best selling game into that ad, mark my words.

However, I have an issue with this. See, I paid for my membership into the Games Club, as did many others. A paid membership that did not have any stipulations when we got it, now Bestbuy is telling us that it won’t work on one day of the year. How exactly is that fair? Sadly I don’t see how this is going to be removed nor do I think that complaining about it will change it. Still I think it is pretty rotten on Bestbuy’s part to change this suddenly.

I also don’t think Bestbuy clearly thought this through, as their competitor, Amazon, will still honor discounts on Black Friday sales. And now that they offer the 20% of all new games and pre-orders, Bestbuy is potentially looking at losing sales due to this drastic change. I think they need to revisit this change before the upcoming shopping holiday.

What do you think about the matter?


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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grid. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Available for podcasts upon request.