Gamers Club Unlocked Stories March 4, 2015

Update (3/9 7:25am): After a delay, Best Buy has officially launched the new $30 pricing online.

I’ve previously told you about the fantastic savings gamers can achieve through Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked (GCU), which offers 20% discounts on new games (and a bunch of other benefits) for two full years. Today, Best Buy announced that it’s officially dropping the price of GCU from $100 to $30 starting March 8, with membership to be available online and in stores. That matches the lowest GCU price Best Buy has offered.

Best Buy notes that Nintendo’s amiibo are also part of the deal: just like new games, 20% off an Amiibo on day one is probably the best deal you’ll find anywhere. See our amiibo guide for a list of the current and upcoming toys you’ll be able to get discounts on.

Many gamers will find that the $30 Unlocked membership pays for itself in one month, with 23 months of additional great deals. You save $12 every time you purchase a $60 game, and can get an additional $10 pre-order bonus for upcoming games including Batman: Arkham KnightHalo 5: Guardians, and Mortal Kombat X, chopping their prices to $38 each. Read on for the other benefits of the Gamers Club Unlocked deal…

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Gamers Club Unlocked Stories February 12, 2015

expiredGet 20% off new video games for 2 years w/ Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked membership: $30 in-store (70% off)

Saving significant money on pre-ordered or just-released video games isn’t easy: retailers typically sell games at full retail for the first two months after release, shaving $5 off here or there. But what if you could save $12 every time you bought a new console game, and then get $10 of additional store credit for a preorder? Big savings like this are the key feature of Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked, which is currently offering two years of discounted games for only $30 (reg. $100). The promotion is in-store only and runs through February 28.

I had never signed up for something like this before, but I jumped on this deal when it popped up late last year. After only one month — with 23 months left of discounts — the savings had already eclipsed the cost of the card. Every new game purchase is 20% off, bringing $60 console titles down to $48 and $50 games down to $40. Then, using the My Best Buy rewards system, $10 pre-order bonuses for upcoming games including Batman: Arkham KnightHalo 5: Guardians, and Mortal Kombat X effectively chop their prices down further to $38 each. That’s crazy cheap pricing for AAA-caliber games.

9to5Toys tracks game deals every day, so I can say this with confidence: if you know you’re going to buy a game when it’s released, there will be no better deal on day one — and likely even after month one or two — than what you’ll save through Gamers Club Unlocked. There are other benefits, too; read on.

Gamers Club Unlocked Stories December 21, 2014

Best Buy offers its 2-year Gamers Club Unlocked (GCU) Membership for $30 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it carries a list price of $99.99 and this is the best dollar off discount we’ve ever seen. Usually Best Buy will only discount the GCU as part of a bundle. It’s a perfect gift for the gamer who has everything now, but is going to want more games in the near future.

GCU membership gives you 20% off all video games for two years, so it will more than pay for itself after buying three new releases at the typical retail price of $60. It’s great for avid gamers who want day 1 games at day 30 or day 60 prices, guaranteeing that you’ll never pay full retail for any game for two years. GCU also accrues points that lead to further discounts over time.

Full benefits include:

  • Get 20% off new video game software (physical software purchases)
  • 10% bonus trade-in credit on video game software trade-ins
  • 10% off pre-owned video games
  • Get 2x points on new video game software, digital content, and game accessories
  • Get 2 points for every dollar when you trade in games

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Gamers Club Unlocked Stories October 26, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Jump Desktop (Mac) $15 (Reg. $30), Best Buy 2 yr. Gamers Club $30 w/ game purchase (Reg. $120), freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Jump Desktop (Remote Desktop) for Mac has dropped down to $14.99 (Reg. $30) this weekend in celebration of the release of OS X Yosemite. Not only does this match the best price we’ve seen on the Mac App Store, but developer Phase Five Systems just added full “support for OS X Yosemite including a new Yosemite inspired UI theme for Jump Desktop. Simpler and clearer UI.” Here is a list of some other Yosemite friendly apps on the Mac App Store.

While there appears to be a $10 off Destiny at GameStop coupon making the rounds online this morning, keep in mind GS charges full price for the game on new gen consoles, so you’re better off just grabbing the game from Amazon. In other console deals, you’ll find Metro Redux for Xbox One and PS4 for $34.99 shipped (Reg. $49.99, low by $5).

Today, Best Buy is offering 2 year Gamers Club Unlocked memberships for $30 with the purchase of any new $39.99 (or more) game. Note: “Currently, membership enrollment is available in-store only; please see an in-store specialist for details on becoming a member.” Gamers Club Unlocked, which nets members 20% off new game purchases, 10% off preowned titles and an extra 10% on trade-ins, normally costs $120 for a two year membership. More details here and find a store near you with the locator.

The rest of this weekend’s most notable Mac/iOS deals include Airport Scanner for FREE (Reg. $2), Hotel Dash: Suite Success Deluxe for FREE (Reg. $3), Phone Drive for FREE (Reg. $2), File Hub (Powerful & Intuitive File Manager) for $2 (Reg. $3), and Tropico 3: Gold Edition on Mac for $10 (Reg. $15).

Don’t forget about the massive Mac Game Store Halloween sale, Camera+ going free and be sure to head over to our previous game round-up for a complete list of discounted iOS and console deals.

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