- Black Friday historically offers better deals on electronics than Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days, with more competition and lower prices.
- Gamers should wait for Black Friday to find better deals on gaming PCs, consoles, and accessories.
- Prime Big Deal Days require a Prime subscription, which may not be worth the cost for gamers.
- Buying discounted gamer setups and accessories on Amazon may result in a lack of product support and warranty from third-party sellers.
- Advertised sales may not actually be significant discounts, and mail-in rebates are often unclaimed.
Autumn is here, which means the season of savings is upon us. The end-of-summer deals and back-to-school sales are over. Instead, you’re bound to find advertised sales from most big retailers starting soon. It’s also when gamers scour retail sites looking for the best deals on new releases, devices, and accessories.
Amazon is one of those big retailers that has promised massive savings during their Prime Big Deal Days. During this two-day event, you can expect to find all kinds of deals on everything from gaming PCs to laundry detergent. However, how can we, as gamers, know we’re really getting a good deal? If you’re apprehensive about getting actual savings, you’re not alone. It can take time to determine what is a real deal. This article will explore the five most significant reasons for gamers to actually avoid Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days and what to do instead.
1. Black Friday Will Offer Better Deals Than Prime Big Deal Days
While you’re bound to find good deals on some things during Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days, historically, the better sales on electronics start around November’s Black Friday. Amazon will have more competition from retailers like Target and Walmart, so the prices will likely be lower. Also, more Amazon sellers will participate during the highly-promoted Black Friday event. More retailer participation means you have a better chance of scoring the latest deals for gamers. If you can wait a month, it will be worth the wait.
The fact is that Prime Big Deal Days are more for Amazon and Amazon-owned companies. So you’re more likely to find better deals on Amazon Alexa than you will on a new gaming PC. So, unless you want Amazon-brand everything, your best bet as a gamer is to wait for Black Friday.
For example, some deals we’ve seen during past Black Friday and Cyber Monday events include discounts on Xbox and PlayStation consoles and bundles. Also, Nintendo Switches and OLED TV deals are the best around Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Finally, you’ll find better deals on items like headsets and hard drives if you wait for these sales.
2. You Don’t Want to Skimp on Your Gaming Setup
We realize it can be difficult to afford the latest gear and gadgets. As a gamer, you want the top-of-the-line, or nearest the top-of-the-line, equipment that you can afford. While you might find a great console deal, emphasis on the “might,” you probably won’t find a deep discount on the gaming rig you’ve had your eye on. No, you won’t want to skimp on things like gaming PCs, especially if you’re looking to upgrade the setup that you have right now.
3. Prime Big Deal Days Require a Prime Subscription
Here’s the thing about Amazon Prime Big Deal Days. You must have a Prime account to participate in the sales and get the deals. Yes, you can sign up for an account and even get a free 30-day trial, but unless you plan on adding an additional cost of $139, you’re only really getting a deal if you’re already a member. Also, due to the nature of subscription price increases, you’re likely to pay more a year or two down the line to remain a member. If you’ve been saving all year to purchase a new GPU for your gaming PC, you won’t want to spend $139 of your savings on a Prime subscription.
4. You May Find a Lack of Product Support
Another reason to avoid buying discounted gamer setups and accessories on Amazon is the lack of tech and customer support from third-party sellers who participate. Since Amazon does not regulate third-party seller products, if something goes wrong, you could be out of luck.
If you require tech support, you may find that not only are you unable to reach a reliable tech support team, but you’re also unable to return discounted items from Prime Big Deals. If the product you want is sold and shipped by a third-party seller, it would be best to pass on it and wait for a deal from a well-known brand around Black Friday.
Also, you may lose out on a good warranty if you try to save money and go the cheaper route. The big-name brands tend to offer better warranties than lesser-known brands.
5. It May Not Be the Deal It’s Advertised to Be
Sometimes advertised sales are little more than slight markdowns or the expected price decrease on previous models, such as we saw with the Meta Quest 2 once the Meta Quest 3 was announced. What appears to be an impressive discount off the MSRP on that keyboard you’re eyeing may be nothing more than the typical selling price. Unless you’ve researched the price over the past few months and you know the average selling price, you may not actually be getting a deal.
Although not as common, mail-in rebates are sometimes still offered by third-party sellers. Studies show that although customers are 75.4% more likely to buy something offering a mail-in rebate, over $500 million in rebates go unclaimed every year. Once you’ve already paid for and are using the product, it’s sometimes easier to forego the extra steps to get a promised discount.
How to Know if You’re Getting a Deal
An easy way to know if you’re getting a great deal on sites like Amazon is to use the Camelizer. The Camelizer is a browser extension that works for Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. The handy extension will show you the history of the prices of hundreds of products on Amazon. Also, you can set a price watch and get email alerts when prices drop.
The Camelizer is also a great way to see if retailers are increasing prices just before Big Deal Days only to claim a price drop the day of. This artificial inflation and then deflation isn’t really a deal at all.
Avoiding Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days
As a gamer, you’ll want to avoid most Amazon Prime Big Deal Days. You may find the lack of participating vendors frustrating. However, if you’re willing to wait a few weeks, you’ll also find much better deals on computer parts, gaming TVs, consoles, and even awesome console bundles during other sale days, such as Black Friday. Because you won’t want to sacrifice quality on something as crucial as a gaming PC, it’s best to wait until you find a great deal from a reputable brand. Of course, these also typically accompany Black Friday or Cyber Monday events.
Remember that you can set up sales alerts so you’re more aware of fluctuating prices and the best time to buy gaming peripherals and other parts and accessories for your setup. As a consumer, there really is no perfect sale. Additionally, not everything marked as being on sale is actually priced lower than it was a few months ago. However, with patience and diligent research, you can find the best deals on games and gaming accessories, be it from Prime Big Deal Days or another sale.
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