Do you buy from Steam, or CD Key retailers? 9 replies

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#1 2 years ago

Not going to drop names or URL's, but out of curiosity, do you buy directly from Steam or do you hunt for bargains on CD key retailers?

I find it a lot cheaper but I have had a few bad experiences, overall though I have still saved money.

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#2 2 years ago

Depends on the game and the price.

Most games I get directly from the source, STEAM, Origin, GOG, etc...

If the deal is good I some times go to trusted places like Green Man Gaming and if it's a killer deal there is one place I've used that I won't name that I've heard good things about and have never had issues with.

I prefer to support the devs any time though.

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#3 2 years ago

I buy from steam and GOG. I don't buy enough games for the payoff to be worth it in hunting out alternate sources. If something's too dear I just don't buy it.

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#4 2 years ago

It depends. I buy from authorised retailers, but not from the more shady ones. If there's no clear idea of where they get their keys from, I don't buy from 'em. I don't want to risk throwing money at something without getting anything back.


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#5 2 years ago

Whichever's cheaper, as I am a disloyal cur (I don't even consider the ones I've heard are shady or unauthorized, though; even a cur must know his limits). GreenManGaming has been very good to me.



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#6 2 years ago

I'm a big hypocrite honestly. If a developer I like puts out a game I know I want to play, and I like what they've done in the past, I tend to just pony up the cash through Steam/whatever distribution service I'm forced to use to support them. A recent example would be Dark Souls 3. Been a fan of the franchise since DS1 on my 360 so I wanted to give FROM their due. If I'm bargain hunting or not 100% sure I want to spend full retail I'll use a key site. I use one in particular that I've never had an issue with. I recently bought DOOM from a key site and in retrospect that's a game I would have gladly paid $60 for. 

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#7 2 years ago

I try to get keys from key sites as often as possible

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#8 2 years ago

Usually Steam, GOG, Amazon, etc. - the better known retailers. But with the general rule that the game must be significantly less - 50% or cheaper - than the original release price.



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#9 2 years ago

These days I get all my games from XBox Gold bonuses and Humble Bundle Monthly. (Great deal for me, as I'm not paying for either of them. :D) When I do get games from other sources, it is usually through Steam if it is a digital copy, and Amazon if it is a physical copy.

I don't do much hunting for the best price. The stuff I get is usually at least 50% off anyway, so if there is a cheaper price, it is usually hardly any better.

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#10 2 years ago

I like to buy from Steam, I don't why but it is always my go to.

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