What to Expect From GameStop Black Friday Deals in 2023
If there's one thing gamers love, it's… well, games. That seems obvious. But if there are two things, the other one is discounts. The GameStop Black Friday sale is on course to combine the two, and we're here to give you some ideas on what to expect.
Jump Ahead for GameStop Black Friday Deals
- What Were the 2022 Black Friday Highlights for GameStop?
- What Are the 2023 Predictions for GameStop Black Friday Deals?
- What Are the Differences Between In-store vs. Online Shopping?
- What Are GameStop Black Friday Hours Expected to Be in 2023?
- Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Seals Be Different?
- Do Members Get Additional Discounts?
- Does Everything Go On Sale?
- Does GameStop Offer Price Matching During Black Friday?
- How Much is Shipping During Black Friday?
- How to Stay on Top of the Best GameStop Black Friday Deals?
- What Other Black Friday Deals Should I Shop?
- When is the Best Time to Shop Black Friday Deals at GameStop?
What to Expect From GameStop Black Friday Deals in 2023
With winter holidays right around the corner, eager shoppers are already searching for the best deals, particularly when it comes to the games, collectibles, apparel, and more that GameStop is famous for. The GameStop Black Friday sale is always a huge hit for those of a nerdier persuasion, featuring this year's latest games and consoles from Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation. Whether you recently dove back into Cyberpunk 2077 to experience the life of V once more in Phantom Liberty or are longing to return to the Twin Peaks-esque world of Alan Wake in Alan Wake 2 (or are just looking to buy a gift for the people those references make sense to), we've outlined below all the details for the best Black Friday deals GameStop has to offer.
What Were the 2022 Black Friday Highlights for GameStop?
There's no need to rewind time à la Max from Life is Strange to learn about last year's deals; a few of the highlights include top games like Elden Ring for $35, an iBuyPower Gaming Desktop for $499.99, Funko Pops for $8.99, BOGO toys, games, and fashion accessories, and an extra 50% off clearance items. Console deals included the sheer availability of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S Console, and Nintendo Switch Deluxe Bundles, free of third-party markups. GameStop Black Friday ads for this year are expected to follow suit as we've continued to see BOGO events and extra discounts on clearance in the months leading up to the GameStop Black Friday sale.
What Are the 2023 Predictions for GameStop Black Friday Deals?
Like last year, shoppers should expect early deals to drop around mid-November on video games, accessories, PC components, and collectibles. We saw up to 50% off these offers last year and expect similar discounts for the GameStop Black Friday 2023 event. Like last year, there should be multiple tiers of savings, with each system offering games at various price points and the top games featured on the first page of GameStop Black Friday ads.
What Are the Differences Between In-store vs. Online Shopping?
On Thanksgiving, GameStop will close this year, allowing its employees to enjoy time with family and friends. While some items may be limited in-store, most of the GameStop Black Friday deals will be the same online and in-store, making a trip to your local GameStop unnecessary in most cases. Browsing online will also allow shoppers to access GameStop's full inventory rather than what might be available in a specific location, ensuring that they get the best Black Friday deals GameStop has to offer.
What Are GameStop Black Friday Hours Expected to Be in 2023?
GameStop Black Friday hours started at 7 am local time last year, but there are rumors that an earlier start time of 5 am local time is in the works. In the past, GameStop maintained limited hours on Thanksgiving, so it could be possible that the trade-off for closing on Thanksgiving is having extended hours on Black Friday. Even outside of the holidays, GameStop locations do not share the same hours, so before committing to a shopping window, check with your local GameStop for Black Friday hours.
Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Seals Be Different?
We saw the same range of discounts between Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2022, but the offers in the Black Friday ad expired Saturday, November 26, yielding new offers for the following week. Because of that, it's worth checking back in during Cyber Monday to see if new inventory is available for the same prices as in the GameStop Black Friday sale.
Do Members Get Additional Discounts?
GameStop Pro members recently enjoyed up to 85% off a host of games, apparel, and collectibles during the GameStop Pro Week sale and always score an extra 5% off many of the things on-offer at GameStop. While it's likely that Pro members could save a little extra on their purchases, based on previous GameStop Black Friday ads, membership will not be required to access any of the offers in the GameStop Black Friday 2023 sale.
Does Everything Go On Sale?
Perhaps in some Fallout-inspired dystopian fantasy, everything in the store would be "on sale" (insofar as you could simply take anything that you wanted via immense charisma, of course), but alas, in the real world, it's unlikely that there will be discounts on everything available. Expect brand new titles to hold firm to those full retail prices among other offerings.
Does GameStop Offer Price Matching During Black Friday?
Price matching appears to be up to the local store as this is still a relatively new offering at GameStop, but if yours does offer this service, there are some caveats, including that the competitor must be a direct major retailer such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, or Best Buy, and the item cannot be part of a bundle, coupon, rebate, or flash deal, which is likely to take any Black Friday sales out of the running. Before attempting to get GameStop to price match, make sure that you can show them the advertised price, that the product is in stock, and that it is the exact same item (not a physical item instead of a digital item, for instance).
How Much is Shipping During Black Friday?
Shipping adds $7.99 or is free with orders of $79 or more. There were no free shipping offers in 2022, and with rising shipping costs across the board, it's unlikely that GameStop will offer free shipping this year either. However, pickup may be available, allowing you to shop from the comfort of your own home and pick up your item when the stores are less crowded.
How to Stay on Top of the Best GameStop Black Friday Deals?
To stay on top of the best Black Friday deals GameStop has to offer, stay tuned into DealNews where we post up-to-date sales and their top offers to our website and social media. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or set alerts for published deals. Beyond us, you can scroll to the bottom of GameStop's own site to sign up for their newsletter for more information about the GameStop Black Friday 2023 sale.
What Other Black Friday Deals Should I Shop?
For deals similar to GameStop, check out Best Buy, which features the latest offers in electronics year-round and has already launched its early Black Friday sale, including discounts on video game console bundles and gaming accessories. PC gamers should also check out Steam, whose autumn sale snagged our coveted Editor's Choice badge last year with a whopping up to 92% off. You might even find a deal on the smash hit Baldur's Gate 3 as well as an end to your free time!
When is the Best Time to Shop Black Friday Deals at GameStop?
GameStop Black Friday deals were available when the ad dropped last year on November 19th, although there were earlier deals that launched a few days before that. We expect this year to follow suit with the ad dropping on November 18th and deals running through the 25th.