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I noticed how much more I paid to have games when they are just released as opposed to waiting for major sales like Black Friday and other days.

If I were super patient and smart, I would wait to only buy games on sale days. Having said this, not all great games are for sale during sale events except for those retailers than sell across their entire inventory as a set discount.

Do you only buy at sale prices or do you have a mix?
 
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Generally wait for sales/daily deals on all game purchases at this point.

I've got plenty of great games to play in the mean time. There's nothing that I have to have RIGHT NOW, so why pay for it? Almost everything ends up in a sale at some point.
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Black Friday is a crap shoot unless you do something like Cardhaus's 10% off everything. My largest purchases have come on BF, but I spend far more outside of it. with online pricing and membership discounts, I don't tend to sweat sales. Honestly, if you need a sale to convince you to get a game, it likely wasn't worth a purchase.
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I guess I can wait for any game to be on sale. Sometimes some games are hard to get on sale or otherwise. so I just buy when the price seems right.
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I usually wait for a "best price" = about 20 % of the average retail.

With the exception being rightnow Stonemaier games and Chip Theory games.
These I'll normally get right away.
 
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I buy them when I want them. I don't usually wait for sales.
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I almost always wait for a game I want to go on sale. I don't mind being patient and they almost always go on sale, but not necessarily on Black Friday. In fact this BF was kind of a bummer board game wise.
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I'm not hyperbowling when I say I buy 95% of my games in thrift shops. It helps I'm suspicious of cults, not least the cult of the new. There's about a 4 year lag on my acquisitions, and I don't get to choose what I get, but I'm ok.
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Yeah, I'll generally try to buy anything I get on sale, or if it's going to be hot and sell out, I'll buy multiples, make a profit on the extras, and it's like a sale.

But game stores sell things at black friday level sale prices all year round when they have sales. So it's not that hard.
 
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Eh, if I see something I want in the hot deals forum, I might make a sale purchase, but otherwise I usually buy at retail at my FLGS or Amazon/CSI at their regular prices. I justify this for the following reasons:

- Life is short, and I want to play the games I want to play, now. It helps that there aren't many games that I want to play, so I'm not wasting gobs of money by spending a little extra to get it right away.

- The games I want are rarely on sale, and often go OOP for long stretches. For example, I ordered Antiquity directly from Splotter this year because I know it might be a decade before it's printed again.

- In addition to being able to get what I want right away, I purchase from my FLGS (usually retail, though I get a loyalty discount) as a community service. They are good people and I want them to stay in business.
 
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It really depends, so my purchases are made during sales and at other times.
 
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I find that very rarely do the games I want go on sale. If they ever do, it's a loooong time after I want them. I don't see a point in trying to wait for that.
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I rarely buy on sales now. I know what I like so it's less of a gamble. Retailers set a price for me to gamble that I like the game. I decide if that price is worth the risk. Now my risk is lower so my payment can be higher for the guaranteed gratification.
 
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Here in the UK, I check the Asmodee release sheet each Friday and order the games I want from my local store on Saturday. As a member of the local games group I do get a 10% discount, but I buy "now", I don't wait for sales.
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I buy games fairly regularly throughout the year. I don't wait for sales (although, if a game goes on sale and it's in my wishlist I will often jump on it). I should probably be more patient because games occasionally go on sale within 2 or 3 weeks after I purchase them (recently, Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)).
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joe_salamone wrote:
I buy games fairly regularly throughout the year. I don't wait for sales (although, if a game goes on sale and it's in my wishlist I will often jump on it). I should probably be more patient because games occasionally go on sale within 2 or 3 weeks after I purchase them (recently, Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)).


Always a crapshoot around the holiday season. Do you take a chance and wait for a sale, or buy it in case it happens to go out of stock quickly.
 
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joe_salamone wrote:
I buy games fairly regularly throughout the year. I don't wait for sales (although, if a game goes on sale and it's in my wishlist I will often jump on it). I should probably be more patient because games occasionally go on sale within 2 or 3 weeks after I purchase them (recently, Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)).


Always a crapshoot around the holiday season. Do you take a chance and wait for a sale, or buy it in case it happens to go out of stock quickly.


I hedge my bets and buy some but not others that are more in stock.
 
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quill65 wrote:
- Life is short, and I want to play the games I want to play, now. It helps that there aren't many games that I want to play, so I'm not wasting gobs of money by spending a little extra to get it right away.

- The games I want are rarely on sale, and often go OOP for long stretches. For example, I ordered Antiquity directly from Splotter this year because I know it might be a decade before it's printed again.

I sort of go by these rules as well.

It helps that I am too busy to keep up with the latest and greatest. I often find that when I get around to buy a game it is either on sale somewhere or out of stock everywhere. This combination means that I look less at the price when making the purchase decision.
 
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quill65 wrote:


- The games I want are rarely on sale, and often go OOP for long stretches. For example, I ordered Antiquity directly from Splotter this year because I know it might be a decade before it's printed again.



Though, I got multiple copies of roads and boats, fcm, indonesia, and tgz on sales . . . (and antiquity will be too.)
 
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I never worry about sales. I do most of my game buying at the UKGE each year. In between I sometimes use the bookshop across the street from work where I get a 10% discount for working for a Cambridge college. I'm trying to keep the number of purchases down, though, so I'm trying to stick to my annual spree.
 
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I purchase all my games in days that end in Y. Sales are a plus.
 
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Some games I wait for a sale or if I can find it used, but I've learned the hard way to just buy some games as soon as they go up for sale because otherwise they'll go OOP. It also helps that I have a permanent 10% discount at my FLGS so a sale wouldn't really make that much of a difference, at least here in Sweden where games rarely drop in price very much, even on sale.

I've never bought a computer game full price and that used to be my major hobby before I found board games. However the physical nature of board games makes it much more punishing on patience.
 
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No, I'm one of those pious people that boycott Black Friday and don't buy anything that day (barring groceries of course). Having seen televised the vulgar stampedes in bricks and motar stores with people snatching things from fellow customers I don't want any part of it. Even online, where it's much more civilised with just a mouse click and doesn't involve pushing and shoving another person, I will refrain from buying if I see a Black Friday banner.

Other sales seem to pass me by. But if I want something I'll just buy it regardless (see, still a consumer at heart) instead of waiting around for it to be discounted in some sale event.
 
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I'm like a spider. If a game falls into my web I grab it. But mostly I just wait for them to come to me. Gloomhaven is going to be the first game I went out of my way to get in a very long time.

Pete (considers the Hot Deals forum, his local Goodwill and other thrift shops, and several live game auctions a part of his web)
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What is a "major gaming purchase?"
 
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