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Amazon scamming you on game bundle prices?

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When you get to that point in life where you have to purchase your own games, getting stuff cheap becomes an important part of the game-buying process. Waiting for a sale, buying used, or purchasing game bundles are great options for the savvy shopper. On day one of Amazon's Summer Sale, however, it seems the company may be trying to slip one past you.

We've come to expect that a game bundle will include games at a discounted price -- the benefit of buying them in bulk is that it makes them just a little bit cheaper than buying individually. Otherwise, what's the point of a bundle? Amazon currently has numerous bundles available, some of which are incredible deals. Some of them aren't so great, though.

One deal in particular is the 'Storming, Burning, Reflecting, Flaming, Sabotaging Pack' which consists of Bulletstorm, Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge, Mercenaries 2, and The Saboteur for $89.95. The price of buying these games individually adds up to $67.28. That's an extra 20+ bucks, Amazon!

This seems to also apply to any other bundles that contain the aforementioned games, such as the 'Burning Hot' bundle of Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for $39.98. The price to buy them separately is $24.98, a difference of $15.

It's possible that some of these games went on sale and Amazon didn't adjust the price of the bundles to accommodate. Fair enough. If you look at the original prices, however, then all of these bundles end up costing the same as if you were to buy the games individually, totally negating the point of bundling them to start with.

Take a look at the GTA4/Max Payne 3 bundle. This groups the complete edition of Grand Theft Auto IV, Max Payne 3, and the Max Payne 3 Rockstar Pass. The price to buy these all individually adds up to $99.97. Amazon scratches that out to give you the awesome bundle price of just $99.97, a savings of nearly zero dollars! And it's not available on Steam!

As wise consumers, we look for bundles and sales because we have been programmed to associate those words with 'savings.' It's entirely possible that a less savvy consumer will see 'bundle' and assume, incorrectly, that these 'deals' are actually a deal. I implore you: do your research before making a hasty purchase.

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