It’s here: the moment your wallet’s been dreading. Steam’s Summer Sale is officially live, and no matter how hard you try, you will be spending money. But how do you prevent bankruptcy, and ensure you get the best bang for your buck? Here are five tips on how to survive a Steam Sale.
1. If it’s not a Daily Sale or a Flash Sale, wait.
During a sale, games reduce in price across the board for the duration, and there are special timed Daily and Flash sales. These latter two categories have the biggest and best discounts, so if you see a game cheap and it’s not on a Daily or Flash sale, don’t purchase just yet! There’s a good chance the game will go down in price over the next week at some point – your patience will be rewarded. If it doesn’t, you can always get it cheap on the last day of the sale.
2. If you’ve missed a Daily/Flash Sale, don’t despair!
If you have missed a Daily/Flash sale, it’s not the end of the world – the last day of the Sale is usually an “encore” sale, where the best deals get repeated. Holding out for that last day could save you a lot of money.
3. Check that you don’t already own the game!
Strange one, this, but it’s been known to happen. The prevalence of digital media means that it’s all too easy to buy a game on one platform and then completely forget about it – it’s worth double checking your PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live libraries before going ahead with any purchase. Owning Super Meat Boy on five different platforms isn’t of much use.
4. Sell your trading cards.
You might not realise this, but over the course of playing all the games you’ve accumulated over the years, you’ll likely have collected a few Steam trading cards. You can sell these on the marketplace to gain a little extra cash – no more than a few cents per card, but it all adds up over time. Every little helps, right?
5. Just don’t buy the new game!
Stop. Think. Do you really need this game? Do you want this game? Are you aware that you possess a modicum of self control and are capable of restraint? If you don’t have an overwhelming desire to buy whichever game you’re thinking of buying, then it’s probably worth passing on it. Else you’ll just be contributing to your ever growing backlog of unplayed games.
Who are we kidding. You’re buying that game, and there’s nothing me, you or anyone else can do about it. Better to just succumb to the all-encompassing embrace of reckless capitalism. Good luck!