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It's been a year of changes for GameStop. The retailer has fully merged with ThinkGeek, is shutting down hundreds of stores, and is launching redesigns in many locations. While we think the store will shake up their Black Friday offerings, too, we can still predict what we'll see in 2019.
Read on for our guide to this year's GameStop Black Friday deals, with info on when the sale starts, what doorbusters to expect, and how to save extra.
In 2018, GameStop released an early version of its Black Friday ad on November 12. That was followed by a full version on November 18. A repeat is possible, but the store could also release an ad later this year, to offer lower prices after competitors have announced theirs. Start keeping an eye out for the ad by November 17.
For the last couple of years, GameStop has opened fairly early on Thanksgiving — at 3 pm or 4 pm local time — and then stayed open until 10 pm. We expect similar hours this year.
GameStop's sale will likely start in-store around 3 pm on Thanksgiving, but deals to be available online at the start of the day — or even earlier. Last year, Black Friday deals went up on GameStop.com at 8 pm Central time on the day before Thanksgiving. Discounts were available at GameStop through Sunday.
Even though the sale lasts through the weekend, hot deals will likely sell out earlier. Want to net the biggest savings? Then shop for online deals when they go live on GameStop's website, or line up to snag doorbusters when the store opens on Thanksgiving.
Gaming enthusiasts — or those shopping for one — will find a plethora of deals. Expect offers on console video games, consoles, and video game accessories, as well as gaming-related toys, apparel, and decor.
Various gaming-related items will be doorbusters, too. In 2018, GameStop's doorbusters included discounted game systems, video games, gaming accessories, pop culture collectibles, and gaming apparel. The store's offer of a Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle for $300 was tied with Amazon's as the best deal we saw for that bundle.
GameStop featured some excellent bundles with the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4, as well... although other stores were able to match their prices.
Also, if you like Funko Pop! figures, you'll want to hit GameStop's in-store sale. The retailer has a tradition of selling GameStop-exclusive Funko Pop! figures on Black Friday for low prices. Last year's deal was a Funko box of five exclusive mystery collectibles for $20, and it included one of five Pop! vinyl figures.
If you're planning some serious GameStop shopping, you may want to join their PowerUp Rewards Pro program. It costs $14.99 for a year, but you'll get extra trade-in credit, 10% off pre-owned games and accessories, access to exclusive sales, and double points per dollar you spend at the store.
Another good way to prep for the sale is to consider trade-ins. Not only can you get store credit for old games and consoles that are currently collecting dust, but GameStop has previously offered 50% bonus trade-in credit during the lead-up to Black Friday.
Readers, what parts of GameStop's Black Friday sale are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!