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Ms. H Grades Black Friday Video Game Sales

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent those of http://www.algames.com

 Introduction

If you have been wondering who excelled in providing the best video game deals for Black Friday, 2016, you’ve come to the right place.  Here you will find my assessment of several retail and online outlets that sells and advertises Black Friday video game sales.  The Black Friday video game sales showcase establishments that stood out as well as those who fell beneath the passing bar.  If the particular store you frequent either online or in a brick and mortar bulding is not listed and you would like to have it included next time, send your request to http://www.moms-minute.com.

 

Without further ado, let’s proceed with the grading of the Black Friday video game sales. Similar to many schools’ grading metric, an “A” is at the high end of the scale, depicting superior video game Black Friday sales, and “F” is of course, at the low end and indicates  failure to meet expectations -- in other words -- unsatisfactory.

 

Grading will start from the lower/sub-par performers and end on a high note, showcasing the store that exceeded others in bringing excellent video game deals on Black Friday.

 

Grading is done independent of how the stores performed the previous year. Each grading year starts anew--similar to actual school/academic grading systems.

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Sears - Grade F

I could be politically correct and say a few nice things about Sears Black Friday video game sales --but I would be only adding fluff that has zero substance. Sears Black Friday advertisement flyer did not display any video game deals whatsoever. I ventured to Sears' website and was able to locate a few ads for video games; however, nothing that stood out. For example, Sears has a 500 GB Gears of War/Call of Duty Xbox One bundle, selling for $479.99 which is not much of a sale.  Moving on to video games, an ad  showed FIFA 17, Gears of War 4, and Battlefield 1 going for $29.99 each. This may seem like a good deal until you find out these games are selling at similar sale prices elsewhere, sometimes with other incentives to buy as well.
 

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 GameStop - Grade D

 In looking at GameStop where a large quantity of its merchandise is video games or video game peripherals, one would think Gamestop is a shoo-in to be in at least the top 3 of the big Black Friday sales retailers.  Instead, GameStop fell short moving from its below the par video game sales posture. Gamestop has the Uncharted 4 video game bundle for the PS4 and Xbox One systems going for $249.99 which is the same price these systems are for sale by other retailers.  Other video game sales that are around the same price at other video game retailers are Mafia III and Battlefield 1 selling for $39.99 each. Additional video game deals include Batman Arkham City for the PS4 at $9.99; Doom, Mortal Kombat and Dying light for $19.99.  GameStop gets a low score for failing to pull ahead of the other stores in offering bigger discounts that would draw customers, especially during Black Friday.
 

Dell - Grade D-

 

In my opinion, Dell is a reputable PC company; however, the company needs to work harder to make a bigger impact in the video game industry relative to Black Friday sales.  The inventory and variety of video games offered by Dell were low when compared to some other retailers.  Dell has a Battlefield 1 Xbox One S, 500 GB system plus you get a Gears of War 4 video game and one extra controller for $249.99.  Nothing much else to write home about.  

 

NewEgg - Grade C-

 

NewEgg did not post any impressive video game sales for Black Friday.  The store offered the PS4 and Xbox One Uncharted 4 bundle at the same price as most other retail establishments that sell these systems.  Other video games were not competitively priced.  For example, Dishonored 2 for the PS4 sells for $34.99 as well as Tomb Raider and Gears of War 4.  A first for me was to see an “Out of Stock” message  posted on the site for the Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare for the Xbox One.  Could it be there was only one system to be sold and when it finally sold, they prominently posted the Out of Stock sign which to some may mean this item was in high demand? Not to belay this point, NewEgg is below average when it comes to Black Friday video game sales receiving a C-.

 

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 Kohls - Grade C

 I hope you are not surprised to see Kohl's department store listed in the Black Friday video game sales line up.  Its video game inventory seemed to have increased in recent years.  In fact, I am eliminating K-mart from the line up and replacing it with Kohl's. Why?  Because K-mart did not have any video game sales listed on their flyer or online.  On the other hand, Kohl's had the Uncharted 4 500 GB XBox One video game system as well as the Minecraft Xbox One S 500 GB console on sale for $249.99.  You also get $75.00 credit by buying the system. The $75.00 credit to be used at Kohl's. Other sales included the PS4 controller on sale for $39.99, a $20.00 savings; Minecraft for the PS4 for $19.99, and Need for Speed for the XBox One for $19.99.  Kohl's also had on sale the Atari Flashback 7 and the Sega Genesis Game Console on sale for $39.99, regular price $49.99.  Kohl's unfortunately do not get a higher grade due to the low volume of video games and video game systems for sale.
 

Steam - Grade C

 

You may have noticed that Steam seems to have big sales throughout the year, instead of just Black Friday.  Steam continues its tradition with its Autumn sale which happens around Black Friday.  I like that Steam sometimes lets you know the percentage the sale is over the regular price so you get a better idea of the amount of money you are saving on video games.  For example, The Division is selling for $13.39 which is 50% off the regular price, Quantum Break is on sale for $29.99 which is 25% off, Elders Scrolls V Skyrim is on sale for a low $6.59.

 
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Microsoft - Xbox One - Grade C

 

Just your average video game sale at Microsoft -- nothing spectacular. BattleFront is selling for $15.00, regular price $29.99; Elder Scrolls V Skyrim is on sale for $30.00, regular price $59.99, and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is selling for $59.99, a savings of $20.00.  Other deals are the PS4 Witcher III Wild Hunt, on sale $24.99 for PS Plus members and $29.99 for non-members, regular price is $49.99 and Destiny, The Collection, $39.59 for PS Plus members and $44.59 for non members -- regular price is $59.99  I think Microsoft could have cut the prices more, especially since selling games  online that are downloadable is less expensive to the retailer than physical copies.

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 Sony - PlayStation 4 - Grade C+

Sony sometimes refers potential buyers to their “retail sellers” when looking for Black Friday sales. I decided to use access the sales from my PS4 to get the them “straight from the horse’s mouth.”  I'm glad to report Sony did not disappoint with such deals as Star Wars Battlefront for $7.49, regular price $29.99 and Overwatch is on sale for $34.99, down from the regular price of $79.99. Some games with larger discounts included Darksiders II, on sale for $5.99 with a regular price of $29.99; Terrestrial with a regular price of $24.99, is on sale for only $2.99 and Shadow of Mordor is on sale for $7.99, with a regular price of $19.99.  As mentioned above, I think the discounts could have been even bigger for Black Friday by both Sony and Microsoft since customers are simply downloading a code to play the game instead of purchasing physical discs.
 
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Toys R Us - Grade B

 

In keeping with most of the other retail stores that sell video games, Toys R Us had the Uncharted 4 bundle selling for the same price of $249.99. Toys R Us also is selling the Nintendo 3DS for $99.99 which seems to be the standard price of this system, since it sells for this price at Best Buy and Target as well as other places. Regarding video games -- Mafia III, Titanfall II and Fallout 4 are on sale for $39.99 -- regular price is $59.99.  Toys R Us also is selling the Atari Flashback 7 and the Genesis Classic Game Console for $29.99 each, regular price is $44.99.  If you are in the market for an XBox live membership, you can get a card with a 3 month subscription for $14.99, a savings of $10.00.  Video game deals include Xbox One Terraria, and PS4 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare at a sale price of 2 for $25.00 Toys R Us get a high grade due to the wide variety and quantity of video games on sale on Black Friday in addition to the low prices.

 

Best Buy - Grade B+

 

Best Buy is known for long lines around the Black Friday timeframe.  Usually the line is for unusually low priced big screen television sets instead of the video games or some other extraordinary low-priced items.  That being said, this was not the case for video games; however, Best Buy is an excellent place to shop for Black Friday deals.  Best Buy has the XBox One S with 1TB, 1 wireless controller and the Battlefield 1 video game for $249.99, regular price $299.99. The Xbox One Overwatch, Titanfall 2, Tomb Raider and Call of Duty Black Ops is selling for $34.99 each, regular price $59.99. Fallout 4 and Dishonored 2 are on sale for $19.99

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 Walmart - Grade A-

Breaking News! it looks like for the first time since I’ve been grading Black Friday video game sales, Walmart has literally been kicked out of the No. 1 spot by none other than one of its biggest rivals -- Target.  In continuing to offer basically the same type sales on video games for the past few years, maybe Walmart has become overly secure in its number one spot. It’s possible that WalMart  became too complacent in knowing that it is usually the low price leader in retail establishments.

 Even though Walmart still gets an A-, let’s see why Walmart lost its first place standing.  To get straight to the point, the deal breaker was the difference in prices relative to the most recent video games that were released, i.e. Mafia III and others.

However, Walmart still has some great video game Black Friday sales.  They include Battlefield 1 Xbox One S bundle for $249.99, regular price is $299.99.  You can also get an Xbox Live 60 month membership for $25.00.

 

Target - Grade A

 

And our new winner is…. Drum Roll …. Target.  Target gets an A this year and for the first time surpassed Wal-Mart in pricing for video games during Black Friday sales.  The rubber hit the road when Target had a rather impressive video game sale, just before Black Friday -- offering a free video game, if one bought two video games.  

However, since my grading is on Black Friday sales let’s focus on Black Friday. Target “out low-priced” Walmart on some of the  most recent video games.

For example, The Elders Scrolls V Skyrim, Destiny, Mafia III, FIFA 17, and Madden 17 for the PlayStation 4 is on sale for only $29.99; regular price $59.99.  Gears of War 4, Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2k17 for the Xbox One is also on sale for this price.  By contrast, the same video games are on sale at Walmart for $35.00 vice $29.99. For other video game, Target sometimes matched if not surpassed Walmar in offering lower prices.

Congrats to Target for getting an A on the Black Friday sales.  Keep up the good work!

 

Wrap-Up

Remember, there are other considerations when deciding to choose a particular store to purchase video games during Black Friday sales.  For instance, if the retail establishment is far away from your place of residence, your commute could eat up the savings in gas. Take this, as well as other circumstances in account when deciding where you will purchase your video games.  The comparison above is absolute and bars situations I just described.  Above all, have fun shopping and remember it’s nice to get a good sale on video games during Black Friday, but it is even more important to be vigilant and safe. Safe and Happy Black Friday Shopping!

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