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Topic   Steam tips for discounts?

Becvar
Triple Gold Good Trader
3-Jan(#1)
Finally downloaded Steam on my laptop (always been a console guy), mainly to get They are Billions.

I know cheap steam codes exist....do "gift cards" exist, similar to people selling eShop credit? Or are there any other tips for saving money on regular games with no codes? Billions is 22.50, was wondering if there was a way to knock some $ off.

Thanks for the help!
Demonis
Double Gold Good Trader
3-Jan(#2)
Steam sales (like the one currently active) is the easiest.

Some people have been known to buy keys via key sites from other countries where there are sometimes price variations, but that can be sketchy or risky depending on where you go.

You can buy gift cards at retail outlets, so I suppose if you had a credit card with points back you could make a small gain there.

Discount codes as far as I know do not exist. You can get steam wallet funds by selling virtual items on the marketplace, but don't expect much there.
Becvar
Triple Gold Good Trader
3-Jan(#3)
Demonis wrote:
> Steam sales (like the one currently active) is the easiest.
>
> Some people have been known to buy keys via key sites from other countries where
> there are sometimes price variations, but that can be sketchy or risky depending
> on where you go.
>
> You can buy gift cards at retail outlets, so I suppose if you had a credit card with
> points back you could make a small gain there.
>
> Discount codes as far as I know do not exist. You can get steam wallet funds by
> selling virtual items on the marketplace, but don't expect much there.

Sweet, thanks for the advice. Can you elaborate on the sketchy and risky part? Just that the code may be bogus, or they would shut down your account for redeeming?
Demonis
Double Gold Good Trader
3-Jan(#4)
There may be more details than I am aware, but there have been people who have redeemed codes and later had them removed from the account. I think Valve has put more effort into denying international codes being redeemed now, but I never got into it myself so I'm not the best source.
Noid
Gold Good Trader
3-Jan(#5)
Becvar wrote:
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DiamondDave
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
3-Jan(#6)
Every season and many holidays have a sale, unless you've got a hankerin' for stuff soon as it comes out, best to wait for those.

Sometimes greenmangaming and cdkeys have good deals, too.
Dasgessabel
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (23 seconds ago)
3-Jan(#7)
Green Man Gaming, GamersGate, hell sometimes even Amazon runs digital key sales. Green Man Gaming almost always runs coupons in addition to their 10-20% off new games as well - I think new accounts on GMG get 25% off anything for 24 hours at this point in time, and it has multiple uses, so if you combine that with a sale, can score some pretty good deals.

CDKeys is more a gray market site, but I've always had good luck with them when I used them, and never had anything revoked.
Ranchan
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 9 Reviews
3-Jan(#8)
I'm surprised no one has mentioned humblebundle.com. They put games into bundles by themes or publishers and offer different pricing tiers. This place offers the best discounts in my experience.

Otherwise, the steam sales (summer, winter, thxgiving, etc.) also offer good deals.
Ranchan
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 9 Reviews
3-Jan(#9)
re: buying codes. The problem is that some codes are restricted to certain non-US regions, like China, Russia, etc. So if you buy codes online, you run the risk that either the code won't work on your N.A. account, or Valve will (someday in the future) remove the game from your account.

I personally don't buy codes outside of the reputable sites. Not worth the risk, imo.
tigerzroze

(frozen)
3-Jan(#10)
Fanatical is another site I use, (used to be bundlestars) the quality has gone down a bit, but humblebundle is also a great suggestion
Dasgessabel
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (23 seconds ago)
* 3-Jan(#11)
Ranchan wrote:
> I'm surprised no one has mentioned humblebundle.com. They put games into bundles
> by themes or publishers and offer different pricing tiers. This place offers the
> best discounts in my experience.
>
> Otherwise, the steam sales (summer, winter, thxgiving, etc.) also offer good deals.

Humble Bundle is good, but I disagree that they offer the best discounts. I very rarely if ever actually buy anything that isn't a bundle off their site. In my experience, GMG, GG, and even Fanatical (used to be Bundle Stars I think), have always had mostly better deals (outside of monthly bundles that HB offers, that is).

Indie Gala is another one that sometimes has good deals, and they sell more than just indie games.

Edit: Didn't see tiger's post lol. Great minds think alike!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 3-Jan(#12)
Honestly the actual Humble Bundles have been pretty garbage lately if you're a Steam gamer. They seem to focus on overstock novels, RPG books and PC software lately.
Demonis
Double Gold Good Trader
4-Jan(#13)
Yeah Humble has been great in the past, but I haven't bought one of their bundles in a while. I think the Nintendo bundle was the last one I picked up.
Ranchan
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 9 Reviews
4-Jan(#14)
I guess it depends on your steam library and interest. I usually buy a few bundles off HB every year.
Grenadier
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator Triple Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
4-Jan(#15)
I'll second the suggestions for HumbleBundle and Fanatical (aka BundleStars). I've used GreenManGaming and GamersGate before, but it's been a while since they had a price worth seeing.

One other place for Steam codes is Amazon. Amazon often has stuff marked down on their https://www.amazon.com/game-download-Deals/b?node=..." title="www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=https://www.amazon.com/game-download-Deals/b?node=... (secure)">Digital Deals page to levels that are similar to what you might find on a Steam sale. So if you keep an eye there, you might find some deals that way.

Topic   Steam tips for discounts?