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Canadian Gaming Deals & Discussion 9: Looking for a Switch in Deals

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Feb 2, 2006
Vancouver, BC
With Black Friday, Boxing Day, and Switch launch the last thread blew past us in 4 months. How long this thread lasts will likely depend on how many Nintendo limited edition items are released in the next few months.

For those new to this, we share deals and promos on video games in this thread. However, we do sometimes stray off that topic and into other issues that might affect us all -- most commonly internet and wireless deals. Sometimes pillows and McDonalds deals. In any case, it's a pretty casual thread and we're all just here to save some money! You'll see some of the more common promos that we recommend taking advantage of in the first post.

We like to make it a bit easier to find deals so if you are posting a new deal (rather than discussing an old one or wondering about shipping), please post NEW DEAL in highlights at the beginning of your post like this:

Nintendo Switch - In Stock

We now have a Discord server. It's very useful if you're looking for rare items that sell out immediately. By that we mean any Nintendo hardware.

If it's a local deal or you're looking for something, try to say what city! In any case, here's the standard first page stuff using graphics I lost the source files for over 2 4 years ago:

GameDealsCanada - Run by our very own No_Style, he posts weekly flyer sales. Follow on Twitter.
Flip - Apparently an official trade-in value calculator for Future Shop and Best Buy
RedFlagDeals - The largest Canadian deals website.
CheapAssGamer - The Canadian sub-forum of the largest video game deals forum.
GameDealsCanada Twitter Feed - No_Style puts pretty much everything in this thread into a Twitter feed for you to follow
GameDealsCanada Facebook Page - If you'd rather follow on Facebook, you can Like No_Stye's page
GamesForCanada - See "purchasing us only items" below​

The (Un)Official Canada-GAF Approved method is GamesForCanada. goomba478 of CheapAssGamer runs this website which will help you get just about anything - not just games - from the US to Canada. You use the form on his site to tell him what you want, and he orders it for you then ships it to Canada for a small fee. We have all had great experiences with GFC. He also has a forum.

I'm not sure if goomba's around any more. Anyone have some recommendations?

Shoppers Drug Mart
A store you wouldn't think sells games but does. The deals to be had are using their Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Program. You can earn and redeem Optimum points for almost everything, which includes games, systems, and accessories, but not pre-paid cards. Normally you only earn 10 points per dollar spent (not including taxes). There are redemption levels that run from 8000 points for $10 to 95000 points for $170 of merchandise (you still have to pay the taxes).

20x Events
You need to make a purchase of $50 before tax, but you earn 200 points per dollar.

18500 (or 15000) Bonus Point Events
You need to make a purchase of $75 before tax, but you earn your regular 10 points per dollar plus the bonus points.

Bonus Redemption Events
Generally these events are 50000 points for $100 or 95000 points for $200 of merchandise.

Super Redemption Events
These have redemptions such as 40000 points for $90, 50000 for $125, 80000 for $200, or 95000 for $250 of merchandise.​

Pales in comparison to its US brother, but they match most sales and promotions. You can sometimes get lucky with random price drops that will stack with E3 promotions but their shipping is awful. You will not receive your game on Day 1 so if that's important to you don't bother. Prime now offers 20% off pre-orders and new games.

Best Buy
The only trade-in alternative (chain-wise) to EB. Don't trade in games there. But hey, Reward Zone points, right? They are the other option from Amazon for pre-order deals. E3 and, in 2015, Black Friday offered 30% off all pre-orders. Recently their promos have been significantly worse. You'll get the game Day 1 in most cases if you're in a major city but their order management on the web leaves much to be desired.

The Source
Clearance games can drop to under $5. Website ships to store for free. Their eBay site has decent stuff.

Games are exclusive to their website. Free shipping to stores but it's very slow. Sometimes has coupon sales that also apply to consoles.

EB Games
Deals are bad. No price-matching. Trades? Sometimes your only option for rarer things.

They sell games on their website, but seem to have abandoned it at the store-level.

May find occasional bargain bin steals. No Sales Tax on some weekends makes it a good place to pick up consoles.

During E3, both Future Shop Amazon and Best Buy usually have pre-order deals on all the games announced at the show. You aren't charged until they ship and can cancel at any time so it's a good idea to pre-order! These range from 30% off to $20 off each title. Check this thread at E3! At this point it's the only time people buy games.

Black Friday
Last year Black Friday was better than Boxing Day with a good number of sales. Don't expect this year's to be better. It's usually worse.

Boxing Day
It's basically online shopping on Christmas Eve now.


Ask me about the moon landing or the temperature at which jet fuel burns. You may be surprised at what you learn.
Feb 24, 2013
Started from the bottom

Now our currency back at the bottom


Feb 17, 2011
Kitchener, ON
Price errors on Amazon are the only deals we get anymore outside of Black Friday and Boxing Day. What a shame.

Started from the bottom

Now our currency back at the bottom
Fun fact... when OT8 kicked off the Canadian dollar was at 0.745607 US.
Today it's at 0.74764 US.

We're pretty much back where we started. How appropriate!


Jun 7, 2004
Fairly certain you need an active Prime membership when it ships.

I also signed up for the trial so I could lock the deal in. Now I have a month to consider if it's worth the membership fee I guess.

Unless something has changed, you need to be a Prime member when it ships.
So the order is cancelled if I let the membership lapse? Or if I don't renew by then?


Dec 23, 2014
Toronto, ON
Thanks for the new thread! Same old same old?

Been keeping an eye out for controller deals although in my situation it's for my PC. Also gonna have to consider a wireless solution since I don't have an adapter. whoops


Aug 28, 2014
Let us all look forward to another prosperous thread filled with shipping talk, amazon price errors, notifications for things that sell out in 2 minutes and double trade in credit deals for as long as EBGames continues to exist (Scorpio?!?!)

God bless us everyone.
Jun 2, 2009
Cool new thread.

Anyways, is that EB Games Platinum trade in deal any good? I've got a bunch of old PS3 and 360 games sitting around I'd love to get rid of.


Sep 12, 2014
If anyone hears about a place in Vancouver breaking street date for Persona 5 TYH Edition please let me know.


Aug 8, 2014
Not my favorite OT title, but looking forward to another 400 pages of bitching about/then shopping more with Amazon!


May 10, 2009
Why didn't anyone tell me costco kirkland protein bars existed what the fuck

also something something videogames


my hard graphic balls
Mar 24, 2015
what's the other colours to choose from?

so much for being Canadian

Lols, I thought about writing it that way, but was too lazy.

Honestly the only other colour that I think looks good on it is the white with all black interior instead of the black with kalahari brown. The blue looks a bit too electric for my taste, I would've liked a more deep sea or navy blue.

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