I love finding a good deal - especially when it concerns electronics or video games.
Which is why I just bought an Xbox 360.
So here's the deal:
Buy an Xbox 360 Core ($300) or Premium ($400) system from Microcenter between 11/16/06 and 12/03/06 and get a $100 mail-in rebate. That in itself is a good deal.
But here's what makes it a GREAT deal: if you apply for a Microcenter credit card (through MBNA/Bank of America), get approved, and put $400 on it, you'll get 13,000 world points (which can be redeemed for $100).
Of course, this is assuming you can be financially responsible with another credit card. I plan on paying mine off as soon as possible, then cancelling it after a year (a card with a short life span has a negative credit rating).
So, if you get the Xbox 360 Premium for $400, you'll get $200 in rebates. The downsides are you have to pay tax on the $400 ($26 @ 6.5%), and it'll take a couple of months to get your rebates.
Even though it causes me to lose a little bit of my soul to say this, I must recommend an extended warranty. Microsoft's warranty only runs 90 days, and I've heard too many horror stories about 360s dying or malfunctioning. Microcenter's 1 yr extended warranty is $33, and 2 yrs for $60. It's not a huge price to pay in light of the $200 you're saving.
The differences between the Core and Premium: The premium comes with a 20g hard drive ($100), wireless controller ($50) instead of wired ($40), component video cables ($40) instead of s-video ($30). It's a $120 materials difference for a $100 price difference; however, to buy everything you need to upgrade from the core to the premium is a difference of $190. I recommend you go with the premium for convenience' sake.
Now that you've got a system, you'll probably want games and accessories - that's where Best Buy comes in.
If you get a Gamer's gift card, you'll get a $5 off coupon on videogames and accessories (all systems). So here's what you do:
1) Pick up all the videogames and accesories and take them to the cashier.
2) Get a gamer gift card for each item.
3) Buy the gift cards separately - charge each card with $5.
4) Ring up everything else, have the cashier scan the coupon on the back of the gift card holder.
5) Apply the gift cards to the order.
I picked up Project Gotham Racing 3 and Perfect Dark Zero for $15 apiece, and Gears of War for $55, and a wireless controller for $45 - not a bad deal. If I had wanted to wait, I could've gotten the same wireless controller for $40 on amazon, but that would've taken a week to get to me.
Anyways, I hope this saves you some money (as opposed to making you spend it), and i'll see you on Xbox Live.
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What follows is the somewhat inane, mostly irrelevant, and self-important ramblings of a man on the brink of madness.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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