My Steam Sale Guide

With the steam summer sale currently on I feel it is about time that I write a (general) guide on what I do generally in the steam sale and how to go bargain hunting efficiently without wasting time or resources.

Firstly with steam sales every day you should do your discovery queue as once you have completed it in some instances you are given a free trading card which can help you get a set that levels up your experience, also if you don’t get enough cards you can always sell them for a few pennies/gems. I will also add that if there are game events on (such as a quiz or clicker game.) it is wise to take part in as it will often give you cards or a badge for your profile. Also the trading cards you get from normal games I would cash in the completed sets at this time too as you get cards for the sale event for doing so.

Now that I have discussed what to do with regards to events held on the sale. I will show you the 5 rules of purchasing items in the steam sales (or at least) in my eyes are the following but granted some of these are applicable to purchasing anything else especially luxury items or expensive items in the real world.


1.Only Purchase what you will actually play on and make a list of what you want.


This rule seems like a really simple rule to buy only buy what you play intentionally buying games for the hell of it is stupid and wasteful. But people buying items for the hell of it isn’t an uncommon practice as you may think as 37% of games(excluding videos and non game software) in steam accounts in general haven’t been played, granted I imagine that a number of these are in bundles but in some cases it isn’t. What I do is have a list of anything I’m after at any given time and then I buy what I want.

2.Check the prices of the games and check the bundles on offer on each product.


Again if a game that you are after is on sale your first thought maybe I would like this game and then you click the first one you see as a reaction of you seeing something you want and then you get it. Actually before you buy anything if you look around on some games it is actually cheaper to get them in a bundle with other games and even season passes in some instances. Take Lego Batman 3 (as pictured above) at of the time of writing you can get all 3 Lego batman games for only £2.99 (or £1 each rounded up) or you can get Lego Batman 3 alone for £4.99 so you are basically getting paid £2 for taking the trilogy over this bundle. But let’s say you want the season pass you can get it in the dedicated bundle for £5.99 or alternatively you can buy the trilogy and the season pass for £5.18 in which you save 81p and essentially get 2 games for free.

3.Don’t fall for advertisements


Just like above checking prices is essential but it doesn’t help that advertisements are plastered everywhere on the steam sales and it will often provide you with a mixed selection of games on offer with an X% off to try and entice you to purchasing a product. If you see something you like firstly check on a price comparison site such as that will show you the best price for a given product as some games are cheaper at other times of the year.

4.Check reviews and what others are doing


Seems like a wise idea to see what others are buying/playing on whether it comes from your steam friends list or even steam curators check reviews from anyone/everyone, go and see what others are doing even ask them what their opinion on things. This may seem like a silly idea but someone can find a niche indie game that you have never seen or heard of that you buy and it ends up that it the best game you have played on in a good while.  Also don’t limit yourself to just looking at items that have a positive review status as there a lot of products on steam, there is a lot of products that have mixed reviews and whilst a product will have its own pro’s and con’s, even genuine reviews don’t define the quality of the product. It may be plagued with technical issues, it could have had a bad release, or people are irritated about something related to the product for whatever reason even if it has nothing to do with the product itself. Whilst basing your opinion of a product on the top reviews provides a good general idea of what to expect it isn’t always 100% accurate. Don’t dismiss anything for having mixed opinions and always check it yourself.


5.Buy sooner rather than later if you know what you’re after.


Whilst it may seem contradictive to prior advice given if you buy your products sooner (after you have looked at them of course) it is wise to purchase them early. The reason being that if you buy a game and it isn’t any good or is unsuitable you can get a refund provided it is less than 2 hours you have played it for and it is under the warranty period of 2 weeks of purchase.

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