Alright 2010 holiday shoppers, a personal guide from a gamer, for other gamers and non-gamers as well. This guide will take your through several websites where you can find great gaming items for a low or reasonable price. Now, not every site is going to have everything cheap, but you may come across some rare items that you just don’t usually find anywhere else. I will link each website in this article, as well as a few links to the side for well known online shopping. Without further delay, this list should help wrap up or start your shopping holiday.
1. Glyde.com – To be honest, this website is actually more than just a place to buy video games, you can get movies, books, and cds as well. This website is also great for selling things too. Although that is besides the current point. The pricing here for a lot of things, is relatively cheap, and you can find nearly everything that you looking for simply by typing in the name of what it is that you need. Once you have the name of the item that you are looking for, you will see if it is available. Usually items that they don’t currently have are colored light gray lettering, leaving the in stock items in black lettering. Once you select your item, it will be shown, and to the right you will see a list of buying options, depending on what it is. The range is from new, to excellent, to good, to fair condition, and each is priced accordingly. You won’t always see all of those options available, but that is the generalization. You’ll also have the description of the items you are looking at next to it, as well as similar items shown at the bottom. This can save you a lot of time and trouble as well as give you some great ideas for stuff that they may like that wasn’t mentioned or thought of.
2. TomTop.com – Now, tomtop is a wholesale warehouse based in china, but they ship worldwide, and if you have patience, you items ship for free. They covers gaming equipment and various other electronics as well as some other things. They have some nice prices for most things, but the best part about ordering from them is their membership. It’s free to sign up for an account with them, and you can earn points toward future purchases with them. Each point though is only equivalent to a penny (USD), but either way, they add up quickly. You can earn points through purchases, product reviews, joining their newsletter, as well as referring people directly to their site. They are also other ways to gain points, but these are probably the easiest ways to obtain them. This site is worth a look for presents that you don’t want to break the bank purchasing.
3. Gohastings.com – This is another entertainment website offering books, movies, electronics and games new and used. The company itself is based out in California if I remember correctly, but either way, they ship pretty much anywhere in the US. Lots of older games are really cheap, depending on their popularity. Some of the newer ones show up with some pretty nice prices too, other than than, you have movies, which depending on what you are searching, come up pretty much dirt cheap, this would be a good place to get lots of movies to watch when your gamer isn’t playing their console. They also have great prices on books, and their electronics aren’t too expensive either. All around a good site.
4. VideoGameCentral.com – This is one of my favorites right here, they cover games, gaming equipment, and toys. The company is based in New York, and they are very handy at solving problems. They have lots of older games, but they still keep up with the new stuff too. Though not everything is priced low, the stuff they have usually covers the most difficult to come across items. If you have a gamer who loves older games and classic systems, then this is definitely the website you want to go to. They test their games, usually before sending them out, and are willing to exchange for an item that is the same or similar if you just can’t get it to work for you. Another great thing about them, they update their site daily, so you’ll usually know what they have, and whether or not something is out of stock, even before you try to purchase it.
5. DeepDiscount.com – I’ve actually put them on a guide before, and they still make it into my top 5 for the year. They are mostly known for the fact that they sell discount products, mostly electronics and entertainment equipment. But even new games from them are discounted, although it’s usually only a dollar off, but hey, they give free shipping. You can find quite a few things on deepdiscount.com that you probably wouldn’t find a lot of places, but they deal usually with more recent games, or at least games on the most recent consoles. Shipping is also fairly quick with them, your wait time usually isn’t what it’s predicted to be, at least it hasn’t been from my experience. If you haven’t before, they are worth the time to at least browse.
These five sites are prime holiday choice for gamers and people buying gifts for gamers. I know that the more popular places like Ebay and Gamestop are going to be going to be on people’s minds, and yes, you can usually find some great stuff with them, but these places usually have the better deals. I would say hold off rushing to ebay.com or Gamestop (in store or online) to give these places a check first, and hey, if you come across nothing, or don’t find what you want, then turn to those sources. Either way, I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour, and that you have a great time this holiday seasons with all of the new games you buy. Happy Holidays.