Best Buy Game Sales Down in December

By Nick Breckon, Jan 09, 2009 4:00pm PST Retailer Best Buy today released its December sales data, revealing a single-digit decline in videogame sales.

"Video gaming comparable store sales declined by the mid single digits, primarily due to a shift toward software and reduced sales of large-ticket consoles," said Best Buy in a release.

Best Buy's gaming decline is in sharp contrast to videogame-specific retailer GameStop, which recently boasted a 22% increase in year-over-year holiday sales.

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  • I prefer to purchase from Best Buy instead of GameStop. At GameStop, there is a chance they will sell your pre-order for the next big game and you can't get your game until the next shipment. At retail stores like Best Buy, they usually have a dozen copies at any given time. So much easier.

    That said, I usually play PC games and there hasn't been much out that interests me at a $50 price point. Because of that, I haven't bought anything lately. I suppose the only thing out that somewhat interests me is Left4Dead and C&C: Red Alert 3, but personally, I can't justify spending $50 on either. I'll buy one if I ever manage to catch a sale.