Sunday, April 17, 2011

How Best Buy Will Pay Me $10 to Buy Portal 2

You read that right: Best Buy will pay me $10 to buy Portal 2. Don't believe me? Ha!

As you can see above, Best Buy - as of April 17 at 10:30pm Eastern - is selling Portal 2 for $15 off all three versions of the game (PS3/360 - $45; PC - $35). I will be buying the PS3 version, despite my mantra of buying multiplatform games on the 360; the reason being is because of, obviously, Steamworks.

They are also throwing in a $10 gift card just for buying the damned thing (effectively cutting the cost down to $35 and $25, respectively).

But where does the leftover $45 come into play?

Back in February, I bought the new MacBook Pro refresh (the low-end, 15" for $1800). Best Buy's Reward Zone card (essentially their frequent buyers card) gives you one point for every dollar spent, with 250 point thresholds; they give you $5 back with every $250 spent, essentially 2% back on every purchase. That $1800 purchase alone scored me a $35 certificate. Since I'm a Premier Silver member (purchase $2500 worth of crap in a year, and they upgrade you're account), I earn 25% more points. They gave me $450 worth of points on top of that purchase, netting me $2,250 worth of points, equaling a $45 certificate on the dot.

That certificate pays for Portal 2, and they're going to give me a $10 certificate.