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[PS5, Pre Order] Returnal $49 When You Trade in 2 Selected Games @ EB Games

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Returnal Trade in deal. Purchase two copies of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on PS4 with the current buy one get one free promotion total $24.00. Then trade back towards the $49.00 pre order promotion for Returnal total $73.00

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  • +3 votes

    If its crap, is it returnable?

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      Can I Return a Game if I Don't Like It? One of the advantages of purchasing products from EB Games is the ability to return a product within 7 days for a full refund or exchange if you change your mind. To return a product it must be free from damage and contain all the pieces that were originally sold with it.

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        Has anyone actually tried this and would EB Games actually Honour this policy? I’ve heard mixed reviews…

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          Yes I just did this in store.

        • +2 votes

          yes I've done it plenty of times, they don't ask questions if they do it's more just banter, doesn't matter what you say they'll return it. (As long as it's good condition/everything is there)

        • +1 vote

          Yes, did it a couple of times for games that I thought were really boring. no question asked.

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          So far I was able to return stuff I buy just fine within 7 days of purchase

      • +2 votes

        Is it Returnal-able?

  • +6 votes

    Good lord, $125 for a game? When did this happen?

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      PS5 generation.

      Some publishes saw it as a good excuse for a price hike. Not that anyone with a brain would pay it.

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      • +4 votes

        👍

        Still a bit shocking seeing them well into 100s again!

        • +3 votes

          Yeah last time games were that much was N64 cartridges

        • +2 votes

          Being a patient gamer has its benefits and drawbacks.

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            @Sleuth: Or don't ever buy new games from EBGames as it's $109 everywhere else.

            • +3 votes

              @Hybroid: You say that as if $109 is a reasonable price…

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            @Sleuth: Great time to pickup the PS4 exclusives since they are still being sold in store at this stage and plenty of people selling them online. Most of them are in the "Playstation Hits" range and can be had for $10 or less during sales.

      • +4 votes

        hmm…so the data presented is basically taking the asking price of games on release at different time points (Release years) and then adjust it per inflation at 2020. This in-itself is flawed. As the data doesn't account for manufacturing costs, profit margins, size of the player base (number of sales of individual games or an average thereof) over that 20 year time period. Its just draws an average and says 70USD is well within the reason for publishers to charge so. There are exponentially more gamers buying games now than there was back in the day take for example God of war released in 2018 on PS4 ONLY sold 10 million units by 2019. Also the games platform sales are largely divided with digital sales dominating over physical sales (so much for manufacturing media costs) and the digital sales are still priced at their physical counterparts despite no media, shipping, stocking costs. Of course game development has become increasingly expensive over the years but so has the audience and increasing digital sales trend. Lets not forget greedy publishers like Take two would still have in-game monetisation, different editions for the same game with sometimes content paywalled (also stated in the article linked). Yet they want to take 10USD more from players….pfft Keep Dreaming.

        Most of these articles saying its time we accept 70USD price is full of horse shit as none of them actually take the time to sift through the variables to justify the price hike. I might as well say each game should cost 150USD why? Just trust me.

        • +3 votes

          the digital sales are still priced at their physical counterparts despite no media, shipping, stocking costs.

          The digital sale price is often higher than the physical retail sale price for some bizarre reason. Expect this trend to get even worse this generation since a lot of people are locked in with digital only PS5 and digital only XBOX Series S. People will quickly regret not spending the extra for a disk drive.

          Doing this deal gives you Returnal physical for $75, meanwhile it's $125 on the Playstation Store

          https://store.playstation.com/en-au/product/EP9000-PPSA01285...

          Just lost $50 buying it there if you had the digital-only PS5. Even without doing this trade-in deal you could get it from bigw for $109 (use discounted gift cards and 3% cashback on shopback to reduce this) or ozgameshop for $106.

          If EB run a similar trade-in for new games in the future where you can get the games for $75 then it would only take 3 game purchases for your disc PS5 to catch up to the "savings" of the digital only console as it was only $150 more. Multiply this over the ~5yr life of the console and you are a sucker to buy the digital one.

      • +2 votes

        This isn't a personal attack on you Sleuth, so please don't take it that way.

        But that article is rubbish and in fact any article that looks at inflation and says something along the lines of "we should be thankful games are so cheap" and "$70USD is a fair price" is complete BS.

        Gaming is a very reasonably priced hobby for the most part, but that doesn't mean there's any reason for it to become more expensive. Yes game prices have stayed about the same for a very long time, why?
        1) The market has dictated that $60usd is the price people are willing to pay
        2) Gaming companies have found a myriad of ways to cash in on a game and see repeat payments
        3) Most companies have the backing of a bigger conglomerate with multiple revenue streams (outside of gaming as well) and so aren't as reliant on every game making $100s of millions.

        Also don't be fooled (not you Sleuth) into thinking that if game prices rise monetisation will disappear. It won't, in fact evidence suggests that devs will continue to push monetisation to it's limits until there is push back.

        As others have said the audience is larger, the costs to distribute are vastly cheaper and the CEOs have never been richer.
        I'd be willing to pay more if it meant devs got a fairer pay and no crunch, but that's not how it works unfortunately.

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          I agree with all your points Putshan. Thanks for contributing.

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    Wouldn't you be better off trading your $25 profit for something else ?
    Upvoted because of the profit :)

    • +2 votes

      You can but it's a hassle. So AC4 is normally worth $10 but with this trade in 2 deal it brings the trade in price up to $38 ($38 x 2 for the two copies of AC4 + $49 cash = $125). What you can do is preorder the game then return it and get the $125 store credit.

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        Every time I've done it, they've reduced the cost of the game to be ~$5-$10 under the EB RRP.

        With this one, each game is increased to $32.50 (although I guess it could depend on your store).

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    In my experience you can't trade in two copies of the same game. Might be a store specific policy though.

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      Yeah multiple copies of the same game are usually not allowed

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        They just let me do it with 2 x Black Flags on PS4

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    Can I trade in Persona 5 and Days Gone or Hidden Agenda?

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      Persona 5 has a value of $15, and Days Gone is $17. They'll both work.

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        Thanks man! Do you have the list somewhere? Haha

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          Not exactly, sorry. I took a list of games I have copies of in yesterday and the woman working kindly wrote down the values.
          Spider-Man is currently $12 if you have that.

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            @Undies1984: Oh thanks I was just thinking of trading that in as well as I'm going to buy the remastered instead. Cheers man you helped me a fair bit so far!

            • +1 vote

              @HeyHeyHeyIsItADeal: If it helps any more, they take into account the trade-in bonus for your EB level.
              Level 3 gives a 15% trade-in bonus, so a normally $9 game will be valued at $10.35, which counts.
              Assassin's Creed: Origins and Mighty No. 9 are both $9 and can be used if you have Level 3 or higher.

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                @Undies1984: I tend to get conflicting info with this one. Some stores are happy to do it, while others are adamant that only the base trade value counts for the deal.

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    Previews suggest that the death mechanic makes you start all over again if you die. You may keep a few critical upgrades but the map changes every single time.

    Coming from many Fromsoft games which have a clear and linear upgrade and progression system, not sure if I would like this.

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      Yeah I think it sounds really cool but I'll wait on reviews

      ..and on having a PS5 lol

    • +2 votes

      It's the genre this game is. Roguelike or Roguelite (not sure which, but both are similar). You die and lose almost everything (there are some upgrades you get to keep), but no items, and start over. Eventually you'll be strong enough to finish the game. Lots of movies have done it (Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, Palm Springs).

      • +2 votes

        Never thought I'd read a reference to Palm Springs, but here we are.

        👍

    • +2 votes

      Oh you mean like many’s Game of the Year “Hades”.

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      Its not normally something I enjoy either tbh, but having played Hades recently, Rogue Legend, Hollow Knight and a few others of this sort I've found that after giving them a chance I've actually quite enjoyed them.

      A demo would be a good way to find out if its your style, but not sure if this is happening for Returnal

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      For those who enjoy roguelites and FPS, I'd really recommend Immortal Redneck.

  • +1 vote

    Does anyone have a list of the games you can trade-in?

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      It doesn't help much, but it's any 2 trade-ins worth over $10 (each) according to the manager I asked today.

      Spiderman (PS4) and Spiderman Miles Morales (PS5) were the two games worth over $10 that I had on me.

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        Miles Morales was way over the $10 trade-in value. Did you use it to pay the remaining $49 or as just one of the 2 games alongside Spiderman 2018??

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          They credited the full trade value of each game minus $10 towards the pre-order for each game.

          So I traded in:
          Miles Morales PS5, worth $32.50
          Spiderman PS4, worth $32.50

          They took $10 of each, and then credited $45 onto the $49 preorder. So I only had to pay $4 for the preorder.

          Seems oddly generous, but they salesperson was the manager, and when I asked they said this process is brand new and that they indeed applied it correctly.

          Worked out well for me, as I only paid $39 for Miles Morales on that eBay Plus promotion a few weeks back, and $15ish for Spiderman PS4 from Amazon a year ago.

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            @evanjd: So you paid $49+$4?

            So this post is legit a lie?

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            @evanjd: They gave you $32.50 for the PS4 Spider-Man? They told me $12 yesterday.
            Perhaps they accidentally gave you the Miles Morales value. You got yourself a good deal there.

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              @Undies1984: I was surprised too, it is marked on the receipt as Spiderman PS4 but I agree it seems like a mistake!

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                @evanjd: I'm not sure how you managed to only pay $4, but I realised that they increase the value of the trade-in to be $32.50 so cover the remainder of the game. I took a bunch of games in this morning and under Spider-Man on the receipt it says Price override $20.50.
                I got Returnal and a $91.35 EBGames gift card.

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                  @Undies1984: Oh man, I think I see where it's gone wrong. Were your 2 trade-ins worth $32.50 applied as a credit to the RRP of Returnal? Mine were applied to the $49 cost.

                  And I misread the receipt. I actually traded in more games and got cash back, but left those trade-ins out of my previous posts to avoid confusion, but actually I was credited the full $32.50 for each game.

                  So my receipt is:

                  New merchandise:

                  • Returnal PS5 $49
                  • Refurb charge $2 (??)

                  Pre-owned trade-ins

                  • Spiderman PS4 -$32.50
                  • Spiderman Miles Morales -$32.50
                  • Until Dawn -$8.00
                  • God of War -$7.00
                  • Assassins Creed Origins -$9.00

                  Total: $38 refund

                  • +1 vote

                    @evanjd: Looks like they only placed a deposit of $49 on Returnal and refunded the rest. I assume they'll mark down the RRP by $10, so you still have to pay around $70 when you pick it up.

                    The 'cost' of the game isn't adjusted until you actually purchase it.

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                      @Spiderdragon: You were correct. I thought the game was fully paid off, it was not. My bad!

          • +1 vote

            @evanjd: That's a completely different process, I called EB Games and asked if they do something like this and the salesperson denied and said that whatever game you trade in you still have to pay $49.

            Could you confirm which store was this so I can go back to him to have a check 😁

            • +1 vote

              @JMokha: Hey mate, I'm confident they messed up and I don't want to get this poor person in trouble, so I'm going to back in tomorrow and invite them to correct the mistake. If they're adamant they've calculated it correctly I'll happily share the store + receipt here.

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                @evanjd: All good mate, even I think that they messed it up.

  • +2 votes

    Another game that can be used for this is wwe2k19 on ps4 for $24

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    I took advantage of this deal - thanks OP

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. My local EB sorted it out with a friendly chat. $73 total as well.

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      What do you mean friendly chat? Did you have to argue with them about the policy?

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        I literally mean I went in and asked politely. He said it’s not technically allowed but he sorted it out and we had a laugh about how well it worked out.

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          Oh hahahhaha okay cool

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    Thanks OP. Did this today but for Ratchet and Clank instead.

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    Thanks OP. Just bought it for $73.

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    Need a list to see what I can use of the shelf. This game looks legit.

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    Worked for me. The nice lads at Northland VIC didn’t even make me hunt the second copy of Black Flag out after I found only found one in the bins (they had 2 in stock)

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    This worked for me in Queensland yesterday (2/5) with 2 copies of AC4:BF, and it shouldn't be marked as expired as the deal runs until 6/5.

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      I think the 2 for 1 preowned deal ended yesterday, the Returnal trade in offer is still available though.

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    Still works until today. Only had to pay $16 after trading 2 games with the 50% bonus credit. Looks like the promos stack, almost too good to be true!

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      You were lucky, the 50% promotion doesn't stack with this promotion. I asked several EB Games managers or agents and was told by all that the 2 offers can't be combined.

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        Yeah think I may have lucked out. Got 48.75 each for shadow of colossus and Detroit.

        I didn't ask for it, they just applied it like that.