Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but deal hunter David Jago has a secret way to buy the latest release for up to 60% less.
David, 34, who works at the University of Portsmouth, trades in his unwanted games for freshmen instead at retailers like CEX and Magic Magpie.
The latest video game releases cost up to £80, David’s lesser-known moves saving him £300 per year.
He also saves an extra hundred pounds by using other frugal money saving tricks,
For example, sniffing flaws Save an average of £100 per year on games sold online.
Mistakes happen when there’s been a pricing error and an item is being sold for less than that – they’re hard to spot but if you do it can mean mega bargains.
He also uses a browser extension that scours the web for discount codes to apply at online checkout.
David has spent years perfecting his glitch hunting skills.
she is dubbed price glitch kingAnd it’s not just sports he saves money on—he’s bargained on everything from high-end TVs to boxes of Pepsi.
In a “good year” David could earn £1,000 from reselling cheap stuff – but he says he’ll spend a lot of time giving them as gifts.
She’s used her own money-saving ways to enjoy her hobby for less money and The Sun chose her brains for her top tips, so you can too.
Trade unwanted games – save £300
David often trades in unwanted games for vouchers at CEX, Cash Converters and Money Magpie and uses those vouchers to get what he really wants.
He looks to websites like Hotukdeals and LatestDeals to buy games on sale – usually costing between £5 and £10 per game.
He then looks at CEX, Cash Converters and Money Magpie to see how much he can get (either in vouchers or cash) for the games.
He recently saved £26 by trading in Disney Adventures for a Lego Star Wars game.
“Amazon slashed Disneyland Adventures on Xbox One to £1.49 – and when I checked online, CEX had offered to swap them in for a £6 voucher to spend in their store.
“I bought nine games that cost me £13.41 and traded them to get nine £6 vouchers – £54 in total.
“Then I spent £45 of my voucher to buy a Star Wars game I really wanted.
“A Star Wars game at Tesco at the time was £40, so I effectively got £40 for £13.41 – saving me £26.59.”
You don’t need to spend CEX vouchers right away because they have an expiration date of 1,000 years, although experts such as Martin Lewis recommend not hanging the vouchers to store for too long in case the store disappears.
David follows the same process when using MusicMagpie and Cash Converters – but instead of trading in games for vouchers, he gets cash.
He focuses on games because he’s enthusiastic, but said the same strategy can work on older gadgets as well.
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error detection Can be a great way to grab valuable items for rock bottom prices.
David once obtained an Xbox console for a fraction of the price at Tesco in 2017 after a major pricing error.
“When the Xbox 1 was first released, it was on sale for £200.
“But I got one from Tesco for £45 because of the price crunch – and that included a game.”
But be careful – stores don’t always have to honor the wrong price.
If you haven’t purchased the item yet, the store is not required to sell it to you at the error price.
If you shop online, the company may cancel the order upon realizing the pricing error if it was a genuine mistake it thinks you should have noticed.
The same applies when you see an item advertised for less than the price on the tag.
However, you can ask if the store will respect the price – you may have more success if you ask politely and don’t buy too many.
we first Talked to a Grumpy Hunter Who has successfully negotiated a discount in this way to save hundreds of pounds.
Using the Price Comparison Tool – Save £100
David also uses the price comparison tool Honey to get the best deals on games, thus saving around £100 per year.
Honey is a browser extension that scans the web for codes you can apply to get money from your purchases – And there’s an app too.
Once you’ve installed the extension on your computer, a small “H” icon will appear on the tool bar, which will turn orange when a deal is found.
When you’re making an online checkout payment, it will let you know if discount codes are available.
When you hit “apply discount” it will run all deals through your order to see if a code will make you money.
There are a few similar browser extensions that can Help you save cash too.
Alerter helps you track deals Hundreds of retailers including John Lewis and Boots – You can use it to track when the item you want has dropped in price.
Sign up for newsletters – save £100
You can get exclusive deals and offers when you sign up for retailers’ newsletters.
This is a trick shops use to get you to spend more on your store.
But it can help you save money on the freight you were already planning on getting.
“You can sometimes get free delivery and up to 25% off – although this varies from retailer to retailer.
“I sign up for games as well as newsletters from gaming shops like Smiths, Very, Simple Games, Argos, and 365games.”
“I’d say I’ve saved at least £100 on free delivery only.”
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