this, the exact same.TestECull said:I preordered New Vegas over Steam. Steam doesn't sell your copy out from under you, and I knew damn well that A: I would like it and B: That it was gonna be buggy but that I wouldn't be turned off of the game for it.
Both were spot on.
I don't pre-order often though.
I preorder... but only from Amazon.com. They don't take a cent of my money until the game ships, preorder or no.zelda2fanboy said:I kept my snarky comment to myself, but why the hell would I want to do that? Why pay any amount of money on something that I don't get to have? There's never a situation where gamestop will give me a free game and then expect me to pay for it a week later.
I've worked in retail long enough to know that there are absolutely no guarantees.
Project_Xii said:As to WHY stores ask you for preorders: you've obviously never worked in retail. Preordering means a much higher chance of customers coming back and spending the money in the store. It gets you to commit your purchase. This is all elementary business stuff. Any one out of school would know it.
That's exactly what I said and that's not my question. I know why gamestop want us to preorder. Why do consumers preorder? Seems like an inherent bad idea for us.mikey7339 said:Pre-orders are a great business practice. Millions of people willfully give you money, far in advance, for something. The businesses then get to collect millions of dollars that sit in their accounts and gather interest. Pre-orders are basically free money to video game dealers.
Whether or not the game is good is not the point. Best Buy will have it. Gamestop will have it. Toys R Us will have it. Target will have it. Kmart will have it. Why put money down on one retail outlet that could very well end up not having it? It limits your options as a consumer.Farther than stars said:Sometimes you already have a hunch whether you'll want to play a game or not. Take Portal 2 for instance, which I pre-ordered, and was absolutely worth my money. Trilogies are another example. If you've already played Mass Effect 1 & 2 and liked them, then there's no way you're going to miss out on part 3 and you may want to play it immidiately when it comes out, regardless of public opinion.
In the end your own perception of a game can be far more valuable than anyone else's opinion and sometimes it's also nice to take a chance knowing nothing about the game beforehand, just so that you can explore everything there is to it by yourself.
Cheesus333 said:I preorder off of Amazon. They only charge you when it's dispatched and I almost always get it a day or two early. In that case, there's not much reason not to.
Keith K said:I preorder from Amazon so they'll be in the mail when I get home from work on release day. Don't pay a cent until it ships and I still have the game faster than going out of my way after work to some brick/mortar operation.
Preordering from amazon isn't really "preordering" since you don't put any money down on it and it doesn't charge you until it ships. It's just ordering. If you don't sign up for amazon prime, you won't get free release day delivery, and even that is a little iffy from time to time from what I hear. Also, those credit and incentive deals are not limited to just preorders from amazon. KMart has a system in place where you can get $15 to $20 credit on new titles in their release week with no preordering required. Best Buy Gamers Club has a really similar set up. There's not that much difference between retailers in that regard.Sonic Doctor said:If you pre-order from Amazon, I know it is worth it. If I hadn't done the majority of my pre-ordering from Amazon, I wouldn't have a third of the XBox 360 collection that I have. Most of the time, Amazon will also give 10 to 20 dollars credit towards your next game purchase on top of the normal extras you get for pre-ordering.
If that truly were the case (Dead Island, really?), wouldn't that be a terrible practice for businesses? If they're only ordering enough copies to fulfill preorders then they are losing out on free money from consumers who didn't preorder, but still want the game. These things aren't that difficult to produce. If you're gamestop and you find out that the preorder numbers for a particular title are really high, you're not going to order the exact number of preorders you've got. You're going to want to get way more copies than that. You do not want to run out. If Target's got a promo going where there's a game/soft drink tie in, you better believe that they are going to be getting in enough copies of the game so that they are not going to run out, until maybe after Black Friday.Satsuki666 said:Its simple if you didnt preorder you dont get a copy. Those stickers most likely have a code that you have to enter in online so they will know exactly how many copies of battlefield 3 they need. They will then honor those preorders and if you come in on release day without one and they only have enough copies for preorders your shit out of luck.
EB games does the exact same thing. If you preorder you are guarenteed a copy of the game and if you dont well its all up to chance then. There have been plenty of times where if you didnt preorder you cant get a game. Take dead island for example. For the first week it was sold out in every single store around me. If you didnt preorder you were not getting a copy of it.
Then you have to look at the collectors editions and preorder bonuses. If your planning on getting the game on day one or the first week or so you might as well preorder it because then you get free bonus content.
So they don't really take the amount of preorders under consideration? This makes more sense to me.apsham said:It's a really simple concept - the head distribution center for Gamestop receives so many copies of a game. It doesn't make sense to send every store the same amount of games - some are larger than others, some have a higher volume of customer and therefore you take that into consideration.
Where can I get a game 60% off in its release week? Seriously, I want to know.Michael Logan said:I preorder because then I get the game 50-60% cheaper. Also sometimes I get cool stuff aswell!
Yopaz said:Pre-ordered Saints Row The Third for 3 reasons.
1: I know I am going to buy it anyway, why not preload it and have it unlock the second it releases?
2: Octopus gun.
3 Getting a car that can launch pedestrians (or yourself) as a weapon.
I don't know. For me, digital bonuses or tchotchkes really don't hold enough benefit for me to give a store my money and walk out that day with nothing. Maybe if the bonus was a physical object, on the shelf the day I preordered, and I could walk out with something in my hand besides a piece of paper, I'd consider it.Dr_Horrible said:I pre-order off of Amazon occasionaly (in fact, I'll be preordering skyrim in a week or so). I do it because:
1: Getting it on release day
2: pre-order goodies (like the Skyrim cloth map)
3: I get to play it on release, but still get a physical copy.
So then, what's the point of your thread beyond the fact that a preorder was open up to one day before launch and you thought it was dumb that the sale clerk actually used logic? After all, you asked for that game, so I can see plenty of reason for him to ask if you wanted to preorder and pay it off all the way or at least put 5$ down on it.zelda2fanboy said:I was in gamestop the other day because I happened to be in the mall and needed to kill some time. I saw they had the Ico Shadow of the Colossus Collection on the shelf, which I had planned on buying at KMart when it was released the next day (I had $20 of credit there). A salesman asked if I needed any help, and I just asked if the game was already available to buy, seeing if I could somehow manage to get it early. Of course, he gave me the correct release date, but than asked if I wanted to preorder it, putting $5 down or paying for the whole game outright and pick it up tomorrow morning. I kept my snarky comment to myself, but why the hell would I want to do that? Why pay any amount of money on something that I don't get to have? There's never a situation where gamestop will give me a free game and then expect me to pay for it a week later...