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SNES Mini - In Stock
GameDealsCanada - Run by our very own No_Style, he posts weekly flyer sales. Follow on Twitter.
Flip - Apparently an official trade-in value calculator for Future Shop and Best Buy
RedFlagDeals - The largest Canadian deals website.
CheapAssGamer - The Canadian sub-forum of the largest video game deals forum.
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GamesForCanada - See "purchasing us only items" below
tsilon.ca Discussion Thread (RIP)
[Canada] Gaming Deals (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals and Discussion Thread 2 (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals and Discussion Thread 3: Pining for the Good Old Days Edition (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals and Discussion Thread 4: That $70s Show (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals and Discussion Thread 5: Much Ado Aboot Shipping (Retired)
Canadian Gaming "Deals" and Discussion Thread 6: Sorry, We Can't Afford a New Thread (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals and Discussion Thread 7: More Shipping Talk than Anime & TV GAF (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals & Discussion 8: Don't Move Here For The Deals (Retired)
Canadian Gaming Deals & Discussion 9: Looking for a Switch in Deals (Retired)
Canadian PoliGAF - 42nd Parliament: Sunny Ways in Trudeaupia
I'm not sure if goomba's around any more. Anyone have some recommendations?
Shoppers Drug Mart
A store you wouldn't think sells games but does. The deals to be had are using their Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Program. You can earn and redeem Optimum points for almost everything, which includes games, systems, and accessories, but not pre-paid cards. Normally you only earn 10 points per dollar spent (not including taxes). There are redemption levels that run from 8000 points for $10 to 95000 points for $170 of merchandise (you still have to pay the taxes).
You need to make a purchase of $50 before tax, but you earn 200 points per dollar.
18500 (or 15000) Bonus Point Events
You need to make a purchase of $75 before tax, but you earn your regular 10 points per dollar plus the bonus points.
Bonus Redemption Events
Generally these events are 50000 points for $100 or 95000 points for $200 of merchandise.
Super Redemption Events
These have redemptions such as 40000 points for $90, 50000 for $125, 80000 for $200, or 95000 for $250 of merchandise.
Pales in comparison to its US brother, but they match most sales and promotions. You can sometimes get lucky with random price drops that will stack with E3 promotions but their shipping is awful. You will not receive your game on Day 1 so if that's important to you don't bother. Prime now offers only 10% off pre-orders.
The only trade-in alternative (chain-wise) to EB. Don't trade in games there. But hey, Reward Zone points, right? They are the other option from Amazon for pre-order deals. E3 and, in 2015, Black Friday offered 30% off all pre-orders. Recently their promos have been significantly worse. You'll get the game Day 1 in most cases if you're in a major city but their order management on the web leaves much to be desired.
Clearance games can drop to under $5. Website ships to store for free. Their eBay site has decent stuff.
Games are exclusive to their website. Free shipping to stores but it's very slow. Sometimes has coupon sales that also apply to consoles.
There is no price matching or protection here so be wary of purchasing anything at full price unless you have to. Their trade-in promos in the last year have been solid around console launches. Don't trade in games if there's no promo.
They sell games on their website, but seem to have abandoned it at the store-level.
May find occasional bargain bin steals. No Sales Tax on some weekends makes it a good place to pick up consoles.
During E3, both Amazon and Best Buy usually have pre-order deals on all the games announced at the show. You aren't charged until they ship and can cancel at any time so it's a good idea to pre-order! These range from 30% off to $20 off each title. Check this thread at E3! At this point it's the only time people buy games.
Black Friday and Boxing Day have similar deals and it's usually a chunk off popular games from major publishers in the year. It's not something really worth waiting for.
It's basically online shopping on Christmas Eve now.