Portal 2 Already Bargain Binned?


Have you checked the weekly circulars for this first week of May? If so, you probably noticed an interesting commonality: Portal 2 is on sale EVERYWHERE!

Not even a full two weeks old yet, Valve’s ingenious portal puzzler sequel is already receiving deep price cuts at all of the major game retailers. Kmart and Amazon have the best offers going, both selling the console versions of the game for only $34.99. Best Buy and GameStop haven’t gone quite as insane, but are still slashing the regular $59.99 price down to $39.99. Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop also have the retail PC/Mac version chopped down to $29.99 (from $49.99).

It’s not uncommon to see games go on sale for $10 off shortly after release, but $20 to $25 bargain bin discounts so soon? That typically only happens to terrible and/or under-advertised games, and it’s usually a precursor for a permanent price drop. To see it happen to a hyped game like Portal 2 is surprising.

What could this mean about the early success of Portal 2? Has talk of the game being too short for full asking price (which isn’t true) induced a slower-than-expected start, leading retailers to mark it down to unload unsold launch stock? Are gamers choosing to buy the game digitally on Steam over retail? Has all the drama over the PSN hack attack scared folks away from buying the lead PS3 version? Or is it just a happy coincidence that all these retailers chose the same week to run the same sale?

Whatever the cause may be, consumers are certainly benefiting. So, if you haven’t picked up a copy of Portal 2 yet, do it NOW!

Kmart Weekly Circular [Kmart.com]
GameStop Weekly Ad [GameStop.com]
Best Buy Weekly Ad Circular [BestBuy.com]
Portal 2 Sale [Amazon.com]
Portal 2 Basically On Sale Everywhere for at Least $20 Off [Kotaku]

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