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. Is the store shaking up their Cyber Monday offerings, too?
Below we go over what to expect from this year's Cyber Monday deals at GameStop, from the dates of the sale to the best time to shop.
When Will the GameStop Cyber Monday Ad Be Released?
When Do GameStop Cyber Monday Sales Start and End?
GameStop's Cyber Monday sale is online-only and active mostly on Cyber Monday itself. It started at 11 pm CST on December 1 this year and goes until 2 am on December 3.
NOTE: The information below was assembled before the Cyber Monday ads came out. Please refer to the info above before making any shopping plans.
How Do GameStop Cyber Monday and Black Friday Sales Differ?
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.
When Is the Best Time to Shop?
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.
What Will Be the Cyber Monday Deals at GameStop?
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.
Saving Tips for GameStop's Sales
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!