TigerDirect.ca is often having weekly sales, whether it’s $15 off $100, $10 off $50 or like right now, $30 off $125.
Combined with the Free Shipping promo that they have right now, you would think that you could grab a pretty sweet deal.
Well maybe on some stuff, but not video cards (or CPUs or SSDs….). After the $30 discount, you might save $5 or $10 off of competitor prices, but that’s hardly very exciting.
I want to get something that is on sale. Something that is already a good price and then knock off $30, that’s customer appreciation!
Well, on a whim I ordered a Latitude E6540 from Dell the other day.
I’ve been waiting for a decent laptop with a Haswell processor and discrete graphics since July and the E6540 seemed to fit the bill. It wasn’t cheap ($1700), but it included an Intel i7-4800MQ Quad-core CPU and an AMD Radeon HD 8790M GPU. It would also work with my Dell pr02x dock, had a 1080p anti-glare screen and included a 500GB SSD (or so I thought).
I didn’t want to spend that much, but I figured for a 500GB SSD (worth about $400) it was worth it. After placing the order I read the specs closer and realized it came with a 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive, not a 500GB Solid State Drive. Man, rarely does one work make such a difference.
Without the 500GB SSD, I decided it was not worth $1775 to me, maybe closer to $1400 – $1500. I sent a request to cancel it (2 hours later) but the rep had left for the day. It will probably be delivered today or tomorrow. I’ve already notified Dell that I will be sending it back without opening it.
And so my quest for a new laptop continues.
Hello Steam or Valve or whoever, I just wanted to say thank you. I used to be a software pirate. No, I didn’t actually crack and upload games, no I was too lazy for that. I just downloaded already cracked games instead of buying them. I did that for years I’m afraid. Even games that you created like Half-Life and Portal I’m sad to say. If it makes you feel any better, I own both of those games now. Actually, I own the entire Half-Life collection, plus Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 and Portal 1 & 2.
It’s all thanks to Steam!
Honestly, though, I don’t just buy from you guys. I sometimes buy from Gamefly and Amazon, but those games are often on Steam anyway, so we’re all good. I really just buy from whoever is cheapest. Come on, I may no longer download pirated software, but I’m still a cheapskate. Hey, I’m just being honest. If I couldn’t get my games from you guys at 75% off, I would probably still be downloading pirated games. I think we can both agree that at least this way, somebody gets paid. Amiright?
Anyway, thanks again. You keep selling stuff crazy cheap and I’ll keep buying it.
ComputerAbuser – former obtainer of illegally copied stuffs
I’ve been trying to hold off on buying Deus Ex: Human Revolution for some time. I really want to buy it, but I already have too many games to finish before I pick up another. I guess I technically already own a copy on OnLive, but that’s not the same.
I almost pulled the trigger last week when GameFly had the regular version on for $7.50. That’s a great deal, but the DLC (The Missing Link) was not included and was still listed for $15 (for just the DLC). I decided to let it go and work on my backlog of games I already own.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, only hours after the GameFly sale ends, Steam decides to tempt me even further by putting the whole collection up for sale at 75% off. That’s $15 for all three games (including the Augmented Edition of Deus Ex: HR), the DLC and both add-on packs. Damn you Steam!!! You evil temptress of gaming goodness.
I just received word that GoG.com is having a sale on the Broken Sword Trilogy. I suppose it’s not technically a trilogy since there was a 4th game released in 2006 and an announced 5th game is supposedly going to be released later this year or next.
The first two games are traditional 2D point and click adventures while the 3rd and 4th are 3D adventure games.
At $3 a piece it’s a pretty sweet deal if you like these kinds of games.
For a while now, Onlive has been having $5 Friday promotions that offered the full purchase of a single game every Friday. For example, last month I mentioned that Mafia II was on sale as part of the promotion.
Apparently, they are ending their $5 Friday’s, but not without another $5 promotion. This time, they will be offering a new game every day of the week for this week only.
Today you can pick up Splinter Cell Conviction. You can head on over to www.onlive.com to see the daily deal or checkout their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/onlive.
I just received word that the Tex Murphy series of games are on sale at GOG.com (sale ends Monday).
Mean Streets was one of the first PC games I ever played. My friend had a copy for his 286. This was before sound cards were common, yet the game was still able to output speech using the PC speaker. Pretty amazing at the time.
I then received a copy of Under a Killing Moon for my 16th birthday. To this day it is still one of the best games I ever played (amazingly Pandora Directive was even better).
If you have never played or even heard of these games you are missing out. That is if you enjoy a game with an excellent story, fantastic music, memorable characters and enjoyable gameplay.
Obviously, they are pretty dated now and if you don’t like point & click adventure games, you may not care for these either, but for under $15 you can get the whole series (DRM free) which is a pretty sweet deal.