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Rules to survive the Steam Summer Sale

#1KillerTrufflePosted 7/12/2012 10:15:25 AM(edited)
OK. It's here. You've never participated in a major Steam sale before, and you're about to lose your mind with all the great prices. But wait! There are some things you should keep in mind if you want to make the most out of this sale.

Rule #1:
From now until the LAST DAY of the sale, if a game is on sale as a daily deal or flash deal, you can buy it. If it is only "on sale" through July 23, pass. Do not buy. Save your money (you may need it).

Rule #2:
Check each day for the daily deals, and monitor flash deals. As games come up that you want, you can get them. Just continue to exercise self control for games that are not a daily/flash deal.

Rule #3:
You can purchase the large packs, such as the THQ pack or Square-Enix/Eidos pack at any time if you wish. It is extremely unlikely that those bundles will be discounted any further, even though individual games in those packs may become daily deals. If you want a bundle, go for it. Lots of games, excellent price.

Rule #4:
On the LAST DAY of the sale, Steam traditionally makes its daily deals an encore of the most popular daily deals from the previous days. Go nuts. Buy everything you wanted. New games are almost never on the daily deals during the last day. At this point, it is safe to buy anything else you've been waiting on.

Rule #5:
If you miss a game from a daily deal, STILL DO NOT BUY IT until the last day. As I said, the final day often recaps previous days' daily deals, so there is still a chance the game you missed could come around as a daily deal again. Don't rush it. If it doesn't, you can still buy it at the standard sale price on the last day, and just be sad you missed the daily deal. Just remember that if you missed it on one day, it's not necessarily too late. Save money by keeping a cool head.

Follow these, and you won't end up kicking yourself because you bought a game that was on sale for 50% off (great deal!), only to find it as a daily deal two days later for 80% off (better deal).

The rest of you can feel free to add more tips to this for newcomers as well...
#2snesmaster40Posted 7/12/2012 9:33:55 AM
Nice. We should get this stickied to help the new people
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#3sonic_c_tailPosted 7/12/2012 9:34:58 AM
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#4NinjaOpsPosted 7/12/2012 9:35:20 AM
Nice tips this will definitely help!
#5ARMEDnPISSEDPosted 7/12/2012 9:36:29 AM
And in case people don't know, the dailies refresh everyday at 10 AM PST.
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#6SoliduswordPosted 7/12/2012 9:37:00 AM
Awesome! Thanks. I'm waiting on the 2K collection for now; do the dev pack deals usually not get discounted further?
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#8TnykuuhPosted 7/12/2012 9:39:24 AM
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#9KillerTruffle(Topic Creator)Posted 7/12/2012 9:39:39 AM
From: Solidusword | Posted: 7/12/2012 10:37:00 AM | #006
Awesome! Thanks. I'm waiting on the 2K collection for now; do the dev pack deals usually not get discounted further?

No, dev packs typically stay one price throughout the sale. Only individual games, or occasionally "franchises" (a game and all its DLC, like Shogun 2 today) will go on sale. I have never once seen an entire developer pack discounted more than it is on day 1 of the sale.
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#10ARMEDnPISSEDPosted 7/12/2012 9:39:54 AM
From: Tnykuuh | Posted: 7/12/2012 10:39:24 AM | #008
"choose paypal: This payment method is currently unavailable for use. Please contact support for assistance or select another payment method for your purchase and try again."

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