Update: The 20% discount has ended, but you can now pre-order upcoming games and earn a $10 promo credit when you do. You'll have 60 days to use it once it becomes available for your account (generally 30 days after your game is delivered).
Amazon is continuously updating Prime memberships with new features and bonus offers, and there have been a few nice ones which are great for gamers, like Twitch Prime which offers free PC games to members every month. One of the best discounts that Prime currently offers is 20% off physical game pre-orders; that takes a $60 game down to $47.99, but unfortunately, Amazon just announced that the discount is coming to an end on August 27.
With the demise of Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked in May of this year, it was only a matter of time before Amazon ended its pre-order discount too, as it was seemingly started to compete with GCU's 20% discount on video games. Luckily though, Amazon is once again following Best Buy's lead and will begin offering a $10 promo credit with the purchase of select video games beginning August 28. There is a benefit to this new offer. Though you might not earn as much back as you do on a $60 game with the current discount, the upcoming offer will be available for digital game pre-orders too, whereas the current one is only for standard physical games. You'll have 60 days to use the promo credit before it expires.
If you already have a game pre-ordered with the 20% discount, you'll still receive that discount even if the game ships after August 28. This also means you have until August 28 to pre-order any game you want with that 20% discount. Might we suggest the following?
- Monster Hunter Generations for Nintendo Switch
- Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
- Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch
- Fallout 76 for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch
- Kingdom Hearts 3 for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
- Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee for Nintendo Switch
With all the great video games coming out soon and later in 2018, it's unfortunate to see this discount come to an end. Pre-ordering won't charge your card until the game ships, so you might even want to pre-order some you're still unsure about to ensure you get the lowest price. You can always cancel later if you decide to change your mind.
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Alex is a recent graduate from the University of North Florida with a background in sales and merchandising. When he’s not hunting down the next great deals to post on Thrifter, he can be found posting music on his Soundcloud page and working on his eBay business.