Game Elite Membership

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Found 9th Jul 2017
I just wanted to a little review on this as I feel it comes with major benefits/ drawbacks. Which I wanted to make a little clearer now I have used the card.

So the game Elite membership basically offers you an increased rate of return on rewards. But for a fee (£36 now). This is a major drawback for this, it basically means you need to spend £465 to get your money back (looking at my Elite Account it looks like points are not awarded on VAT). But you are guaranteed to get your money back under games 'no lose' policy.
However this isn't entirely cut out as it doesn't appear you will get any of the reward points you would have made from your purchases originally, possibly causing a loss. This also raises the amount you would need to make in order to profit as your bonus can be up to 8%.

You also get £5 for your birthday, which is nice and is added to the total bonus received in your Game Elite page. My total is currently on £23.89 after 2 months membership. The membership lasts for 12 months and offers increased rates on everything from video games to t shirts or virtual reality. But this is only one stream of discount, with direct incentives to purchase items such as £50 off headsets, £20 of destiny or £20 off and XBOX ONE S Bundle can add to your savings and even pay for the membership itself.

Recently Game have had some good prices when it all comes down to it, £49.99 WII U, Zelda Collectors edition £4.99, Gem Box £19.99, Prey £29.99 and the Troll and I for £9.99. All these your Elite membership works with for a variety of bonuses. But prices for some things such as the Switch accessories are overpriced, so you need to watch what your buying as it may be cheaper elsewhere.

The membership allows you to earn bonus points on your previous 5 days purchases before joining, which is handy if you made a big purchase a couple of days ago and hadn't signed up. You can also trade in games/ equipment to offset the cost of the membership by paying with Game Credit.

However as a regular customer constantly being asked 'are you an elite member' as well as 'can we insure your disc' and other classics such as 'would you like to preorder anything?' can make for an unpleasent experience. (IF ANYONE AT GAME IS READING THIS WE SEE YOUR ADVERTISING, ITS IN YOUR WINDOWS ON YOUR DIVIDERS ON YOUR T SHIRTS, ITS TOO MUCH!)

All in all I think Game Elite can be quite lucrative to somebody who buys and sells a lot of games/ consoles or strikes it lucky one day in store when all the best prices are on display. But the financial burden in order to actually profit/ save through this scheme is massive, making it incredibly difficult to justify. I would recommend looking at your spending habits if your considering purchasing, save your Game Rewards for a month before purchasing and times them by 3-4 to give you a rough estimate of how much you will save per month to see if its truly worth it for you.
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Didn't read it all to see what you're point is but nah don't get elite anyone
Edited by: "Bure11" 9th Jul 2017
thanks for post and effort, i think "My total is currently on £23.89 after 2 months membership." (just under £400 left in 10 months to break even) sums it up really. Even with 10% the prices at Game dont come close to the usual deals on here for new releases and you have to average a £35 a month spend minimum to take advantage of the 10% in the first place, £36 to save a tenner a year.

10% off at game is like saying "wow 50% off at sports Direct!"
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Didn't read it all to see what you're point is but nah don't get elite anyone
Edited by: "Bure11" 9th Jul 2017
Bure11

Didn't read it all to see what you're point is but nah don't get elite … Didn't read it all to see what you're point is but nah don't get elite anyone


no worries, i will put a break down in this comment

+10% is better than 2%
+sometimes there are good prices
+local, loads of stores
+can be lucrative for large purchasers
+on almost everything
+Random discounts
+no loose policy
+£5 points birthday present
+elite membership earns points 5 days before purchasing

-Beginning to get tedious all the till up selling
-costs £36
-no points earned on VAT so £465 needed to save money
-can still loose with no loose policy

hope thats easier

Edited by: "danboi63" 10th Jul 2017
thanks for post and effort, i think "My total is currently on £23.89 after 2 months membership." (just under £400 left in 10 months to break even) sums it up really. Even with 10% the prices at Game dont come close to the usual deals on here for new releases and you have to average a £35 a month spend minimum to take advantage of the 10% in the first place, £36 to save a tenner a year.

10% off at game is like saying "wow 50% off at sports Direct!"
danboi63

no worries, i will put a break down in this comment :)+10% is better than … no worries, i will put a break down in this comment :)+10% is better than 2%+sometimes there are good prices+local, loads of stores+can be lucrative for large purchasers+on almost everything+Random discounts+no loose policy+£5 points birthday present+elite membership earns points 5 days before purchasing-Beginning to get tedious all the till up selling-costs £36 -no points earned on VAT so £420 needed to save money-can still loose with no loose policyhope thats easier


Setting it out as 9 pros vs 4 cons feels to be misrepresenting it a little.

It all comes down to how much you spend at GAME - and even for high-volume purchasers of games, it will be a rare person who finds £465+ worth (I'm not sure where you get £420 from - see below) of games that aren't at least 10% cheaper to buy elsewhere.

How are you working out that £420? As I see it, to break even you'd need to spend enough to benefit by £36 - £5 = £31. There's an 8% differential in the reward points benefit for purchases of physical games (significantly lower for hardware or digital purchases) and you need to gross-up to include VAT - so, your spend on physical games needs to be (£31 ÷ 8%) × 120% = £465.
Edited by: "Illusionary" 10th Jul 2017
catbeans

thanks for post and effort, i think "My total is currently on £23.89 … thanks for post and effort, i think "My total is currently on £23.89 after 2 months membership." (just under £400 left in 10 months to break even) sums it up really. Even with 10% the prices at Game dont come close to the usual deals on here for new releases and you have to average a £35 a month spend minimum to take advantage of the 10% in the first place, £36 to save a tenner a year.10% off at game is like saying "wow 50% off at sports Direct!"



its £23.89 so far and as pointed out above £465 in total to break even... :Lso the monthly spend is more like £39 ish!

Illusionary

Setting it out as 9 pros vs 4 cons feels to be misrepresenting it a … Setting it out as 9 pros vs 4 cons feels to be misrepresenting it a little. :pIt all comes down to how much you spend at GAME - and even for high-volume purchasers of games, it will be a rare person who finds £465+ worth (I'm not sure where you get £420 from - see below) of games that aren't at least 10% cheaper to buy elsewhere.How are you working out that £420? As I see it, to break even you'd need to spend enough to benefit by £36 - £5 = £31. There's an 8% differential in the reward points benefit for purchases of physical games (significantly lower for hardware or digital purchases) and you need to gross-up to include VAT - so, your spend on physical games needs to be (£31 ÷ 8%) × 120% = £465.



It does slightly but from my experience thats the split, allthough the negatives are more majour than the possitives but i get where your coming from.

I tried to be as fair as i can as i know i am a rare breed that spends as much as i do in Game! :')

£420 was the amount it is for me (got the membership for £33) sorry for not clarifying, completely forgot! my maths is probably still a little out but its late! :')
danboi63

its £23.89 so far and as pointed out above £465 in total to break even... … its £23.89 so far and as pointed out above £465 in total to break even... :Lso the monthly spend is more like £39 ish!It does slightly but from my experience thats the split, allthough the negatives are more majour than the possitives but i get where your coming from.I tried to be as fair as i can as i know i am a rare breed that spends as much as i do in Game! :')£420 was the amount it is for me (got the membership for £33) sorry for not clarifying, completely forgot! my maths is probably still a little out but its late! :')


I don't really think that it needs a pros/cons analysis, to be honest - the only question that potential subscribers need to ask themselves is "will I spend more than £465 on physical games at GAME over the next year, bearing in mind the prices likely to be offered by competitors?"

£420 is right if the membership's costing you £33.
Edited by: "Illusionary" 10th Jul 2017
Illusionary

I don't really think that it needs a pros/cons analysis, to be honest - … I don't really think that it needs a pros/cons analysis, to be honest - the only question that potential subscribers need to ask themselves is "will I spend more than £465 on physical games at GAME over the next year, bearing in mind the prices likely to be offered by competitors?"£420 is right if the membership's costing you £33.


just kind of went with it as a brief run downas the whole thing is a bit wordy for some, but yes your question is right, thats what people need to ask themselves!

Have changed the figure over ^^^
Realistically, I think I spent more than that on games last year, certainly if I include hardware. However being tied into buying games from GAME exclusively, I'm pretty certain I would have far fewer titles than I do for that money.

Sounds like a nightmare being held to ransom by GAME and paying for the privilege.
Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their less than stellar yearly finances...
MSK.

Realistically, I think I spent more than that on games last year, … Realistically, I think I spent more than that on games last year, certainly if I include hardware. However being tied into buying games from GAME exclusively, I'm pretty certain I would have far fewer titles than I do for that money. Sounds like a nightmare being held to ransom by GAME and paying for the privilege.


Its a difficult one, but tbh id say if you where 50/50 id say dont bother, its probably not worth it!


RossD89

Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their … Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their less than stellar yearly finances...


Impeccable timing by Game! :')

But i did think about that, possibly a way to improve short term books? something to please investors? support for their possible turn around program? whichever way you look at it there may be some link to 'clutching at straws?'
I love the idea of the massive financial burden. It isn't like anyone needs any of this stuff....
danboi63

its £23.89 so far and as pointed out above £465 in total to break even... … its £23.89 so far and as pointed out above £465 in total to break even... :Lso the monthly spend is more like £39 ish!It does slightly but from my experience thats the split, allthough the negatives are more majour than the possitives but i get where your coming from.I tried to be as fair as i can as i know i am a rare breed that spends as much as i do in Game! :')£420 was the amount it is for me (got the membership for £33) sorry for not clarifying, completely forgot! my maths is probably still a little out but its late! :')



hey i just went on what you originally posted.
So basically this is no good for PC Gamers?
psychobitchfromhell4 h, 35 m ago

I love the idea of the massive financial burden. It isn't like anyone …I love the idea of the massive financial burden. It isn't like anyone needs any of this stuff....


You can say that about most things in life. It might not be needed but does bring some joy or happiness to some.
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I hope this is the final nail in the coffin for GAME.
RossD89

Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their … Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their less than stellar yearly finances...


Indeed. I would be wary of having any substantial credit at GAME and/or any membership deals where you have to pay up front.
They will probably be okay but I like to do my gambling elsewhere.
dtovey89

I hope this is the final nail in the coffin for GAME.



I don't... I wouldn't want 500+ people to be out of work...
**** Game and **** Floyd Mayweather
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There is just no way I'd want to lock in all my gaming purchases with Game
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Flodd

I don't... I wouldn't want 500+ people to be out of work...



Sorry but if that's your only reason for wanting it to remain then it's not strong enough.
I assume you shop there on a regular basis to ensure the store employees remain in a job? Even though they charge 25% more than anywhere else?
Don't do it. Let game sink the ship, sooner they are gone the better.
dtovey89

Sorry but if that's your only reason for wanting it to remain then it's … Sorry but if that's your only reason for wanting it to remain then it's not strong enough.I assume you shop there on a regular basis to ensure the store employees remain in a job? Even though they charge 25% more than anywhere else?



Theres a big difference to chosing where to shop and wishing staff misfortune! I shop at GAME when I can, you are clearly against them, and thats fine, but do your homework before spouting incorrect facts. Last month I got an Elite controller with Tekken 7 for £129, sold the game back them for £36, Elite pads everywhere else were no less than £107 so by my reckoning, that was far from being 25% more??
benrobertsno1

Don't do it. Let game sink the ship, sooner they are gone the better.



For what reason? You do realise that competition is good for the consumer?
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frakison

Theres a big difference to chosing where to shop and wishing staff … Theres a big difference to chosing where to shop and wishing staff misfortune! I shop at GAME when I can, you are clearly against them, and thats fine, but do your homework before spouting incorrect facts. Last month I got an Elite controller with Tekken 7 for £129, sold the game back them for £36, Elite pads everywhere else were no less than £107 so by my reckoning, that was far from being 25% more??



You are offering one example.
I could provide a counter example where Argos were selling them for under your stated figure.

The above is irrelevant.
GAME almost went under a few years ago and didn't learn from their mistakes. I remember when they went into administration and they openly admitted that any store credit couldn't be redeemed nor would preorders be refunded.

Instead of making it a more recognisable place for gamers they went in the opposite direction. Increased prices, more pop culture related tat, and staff forced to try and sell you extended warranty or pointless elite memberships. They are aiming for the unaware parent/grandparent market and it's no surprise that their profits have drastically fallen.

Also, the differences between prices on their website and in-store plus the feeble attempts at justifying that difference is insulting.

Now I haven't met every single member of GAME staff but the ones that I have are completely different to the ones from a decade or so ago. They know very little about games and come across quite judgemental. Now this approach is probably forced on them by management but it doesn't go down well with customers.

The employees don't specialise in the gaming industry. They are simply store workers with retail experience and could transfer their skill set to any other retail based job in the country.

So yes - at the expense of 500 (mainly part time jobs) I'd like to see the company go under.
frakison

For what reason? You do realise that competition is good for the consumer?



How is what game do, charge full price, be good for the consumer?

dtovey89

Sorry but if that's your only reason for wanting it to remain then it's … Sorry but if that's your only reason for wanting it to remain then it's not strong enough.I assume you shop there on a regular basis to ensure the store employees remain in a job? Even though they charge 25% more than anywhere else?



I've had good and bad experiences in game.

My local in exeter are all very knowledgeable gamers and look after me so yeah.. I'll pay a bit extra.

On the flip side I used to live in the Midlands and some of the staff beggar belief...
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Flodd

I've had good and bad experiences in game.My local in exeter are all very … I've had good and bad experiences in game.My local in exeter are all very knowledgeable gamers and look after me so yeah.. I'll pay a bit extra.On the flip side I used to live in the Midlands and some of the staff beggar belief...



Yeah but it's not a little bit extra is it?

I went on a hunt for Tekken 7 a few weeks ago. GAME was almost £10 more than anywhere else.
dtovey89

Yeah but it's not a little bit extra is it?I went on a hunt for Tekken 7 … Yeah but it's not a little bit extra is it?I went on a hunt for Tekken 7 a few weeks ago. GAME was almost £10 more than anywhere else.



I did double take at hitman yesterday... £44.99
frakison3 h, 52 m ago

For what reason? You do realise that competition is good for the consumer?

There is no competition on the high street. Game have never been competitive hence they are always on the verge of going bankrupt.
Flodd5 h, 5 m ago

I don't... I wouldn't want 500+ people to be out of work...

F them. Most game workers are spotty little gits with little to no knowledge of gaming. The managers are always fat and useless who's only purpose is to put the little code into the comp so there underlings can put through a trade in which since they stopped price matching makes them redundant.
There is always a mcjob waiting.!
I like to save money. So I buy from other stores.

No matter how good the bonus are from Game. You have to pay in more to get little return.

Can get cheaper games else where, can trade in for better prices else where.

I've gone from trading in to private sales now. Because of how over priced the highstreet stores are.

I only use the likes of Cex to trade up towards a new purchase (usually for new consoles).
Great little review the OP put up there but I honestly don't get all the negativity for the Elite scheme. I basically joined because I got the email a week before I went on holiday. Why is that relevant I here you say? Well because Game is one of a handful of shops I actually use when on my holidays unlike my wife who seems to find something in every other shop. I had £17.50 in reward points already and Game were offering £3 off if I joined so technically my yearly membership cost me £15.50. We went on holiday on the Monday, and by the end of Tuesday I had just short of £20 worth of reward points and by the time we came back I have had double my original membership back so it works for me as I don't shop around or buy online other than Game (unless it's an edition that Game don't do). Yes, their customer service, especially online, can be atrocious and staff can overkill you with what they have to push but to me paying more to keep one of the only shops I use on the high street, it's worth it for me. As for the birthday gift, well it's mine today and I'm still waiting for my surprise from them. Even Subway have offered me a free cookie ......
I've done very well out of some of the game trade in promotions (well, apart from spending the credit I made). I would have got a snes mini but I was too slow. Might get a vr bundle or a new console when the time is right..

As long as you take advantage of their deals they are reasonably priced, no idea why people hate on game but not on Cex for example, I think they are far worse and everything is second hand!
I got it today. I was trading in a phone and it was £175 credit, or if I got Elite then I'd get an additional 30% of credit, meaning I covered the cost of the membership and got £191 back in credit so I went for that.

I actually used to trade loads of stuff in with them but haven't really done it recently, I suppose it's nice to have though and I'll probably be using the credit on games soon so I'll be trading them in when I'm done with them.
Yeah, to add to this, I'd be getting an extra £56.25 back on trade-ins tomorrow if I get a GAME Elite card. Add on the £17 I'll get back when the One X comes along and we should be golden. Compared to CeX prices even on exchange I'm getting £21 more than them and then the One X will *JUST* cover the difference. Scared about locking away £300 or so with GAME on their last financial reports but they will surely survive until after Christmas now the One X is coming.
How about getting items for other people.. Give them 5% or 2.5% and u purchase for them.. all u would need is a few ppl who buy a game every other month and that would help..
Dawsy29 m ago

How about getting items for other people.. Give them 5% or 2.5% and u …How about getting items for other people.. Give them 5% or 2.5% and u purchase for them.. all u would need is a few ppl who buy a game every other month and that would help..


You're still left in the position that for most games, it would be more cost-effective to buy from another retailer that offers a competitive price in the first place.
tomwatts2 h, 10 m ago

Yeah, to add to this, I'd be getting an extra £56.25 back on trade-ins …Yeah, to add to this, I'd be getting an extra £56.25 back on trade-ins tomorrow if I get a GAME Elite card. Add on the £17 I'll get back when the One X comes along and we should be golden. Compared to CeX prices even on exchange I'm getting £21 more than them and then the One X will *JUST* cover the difference. Scared about locking away £300 or so with GAME on their last financial reports but they will surely survive until after Christmas now the One X is coming.


This, however, is a good example of the specific circumstances where there are defiitely benefits to be had.
This is a nice review of the pros and cons of an Elite Membership. However I think the maths needs a little clarifying.

With Games no lose scheme you are guaranteed to make your money back in loyalty points no matter what; however the £5 gift voucher you receive on your birthday does not count as a loyalty point. Therefore you are guaranteed to get back at least £41 from you investment; a £5 profit that should more than offset the losses on your original loyalty card, as a person would have to spend around £250 in a year on games in order to make a £5 reward. Therefore only a very specific subset of people would be at affected by not claiming their original points back (specifically ONLY those who are going to spend between £250-£360 a year), and then they have only lost out on around £2 or so, so the risk in that regard is minimal. This is especially so when you consider the other discounts/trade in deals that you get (which again, none of them will be classified as reward points and so will increase the benefits beyond anything a standard reward card would offer.

Now Game Elite is surely not going to be for everybody; however I very much doubt that anyone who is spending enough in Game over the year to want Elite will have to worry about lost reward points. Especially if they happen to be buying a high ticket item at the start. For I calculate an Xbox One X without any extras to be worth £18 straight away; or a PS4 Pro being worth £14 ect...
RossD8910th Jul

Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their …Interesting how they released this 'service' just before announcing their less than stellar yearly finances...




A "Deals" thread from May this year:
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