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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 Cyber Monday offerings, too, we can still predict what we'll see in 2019.
Below we go over what to expect from this year's Cyber Monday deals at GameStop, from when the store's ad will drop to the best time to shop.
GameStop will likely release a Cyber Monday ad on Sunday, December 1. Last year's ad arrived on the day before Cyber Monday, and we expect the same in 2019.
In 2018, GameStop's Cyber Monday sale was online-only and active just on Cyber Monday itself. We expect the same in 2019, though a separate Cyber Week sale could show up later that week.
First off, GameStop's Cyber Monday sale last year was online-only, while the Black Friday event was both in-store and online. Secondly, the retailer's Cyber Monday sale has focused more closely on video games, consoles, and gaming accessories, whereas their Black Friday sale has also included collectibles and apparel. Many of GameStop's Black Friday offers extended through their Cyber Monday sale in 2018.
It'll be interesting to see how this changes this year. In previous years, ThinkGeek, a geeky apparel and collectibles company, typically had an aggressive Cyber Monday sale on its own website. For example, in 2018 it cut an extra 50% off sitewide, beating its Black Friday sale that offered 40% off or more.
Now that ThinkGeek has been completely incorporated into GameStop's site, will we see these products at a better discount on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? We're hoping for great deals on both days, but time will tell.
The best time to shop will be right when the clock rolls over from Sunday to Monday. Although the sale lasts all day, GameStop is likely to run out of the most attractively discounted items early.
Gaming enthusiasts — or those shopping for one — will find something for everyone. Expect deals on console video games, consoles, and accessories, in particular. A few offers for gaming-related toys, apparel, or decor could pop up, too.
You can expect to find solid bundles for all major consoles and price lows on various game titles. In 2018, GameStop offered the lowest prices we found during Cyber Week on multiple video game titles, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PS4 or Xbox One, and the Sony God of War Collector's Edition.
The store is also likely to offer special discounts on pre-owned games and consoles, so patient gamers can easily fill their stockings at GameStop.
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. So keep your eyes open for the best opportunity.
Readers, what parts of GameStop's Cyber Monday sale are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!