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GameStop Rumored to be Selling Steam Vouchers

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Apparently, GameStop's given up on Impulse...

According to an inside source, GameStop's giving up on Impulse, the retailer's digital downloads service. The company has its eyes set on another route to profitability: selling Steam vouchers.

The vouchers are said to be hitting GameStop stores on May 15, coincidentally when a lot of customers will be bum rushing GameStop to troll for copies of Diablo III.

Between Good Old Games and Steam, and maybe every so often Green Man Gaming, GamersGate, or Amazon, I've never even thought to use Impulse. There's no point, because I've really yet to see Impulse offer any of the great deals that we see available through these digital retailers. If this rumor does prove true, it'll be nice to see GameStop recognize Steam's success.

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    reaper123 , May 13, 2012 9:52 AM
    Easy there tiger, the guy made a legitimate question, he didnt curse or offended anyone so i dont see why you are acting like a moron
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    rohitbaran , May 13, 2012 8:25 AM
    ryhfhnjhI like to grow different varieties of sedum too, because they grow fast and have very little maintenance.

    Ok, go troll somewhere else
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    guardianangel42 , May 13, 2012 8:44 AM
    What the hell is the point? If you are a gamer interested in buy a game on Steam, you use the steam client (available on all your linked devices) or the Steam webpage (available on everything with an internet connection).

    Why would you go out to a GameStop to buy a voucher to redeem at your computer to download a game?

    That makes no sense.
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    s3anister , May 13, 2012 9:30 AM
    They really need to Game stop this madness.

    Sorry guys, couldn't help myself. But in all seriousness who would use the middle man when they can get it straight form the service?
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    reaper123 , May 13, 2012 9:52 AM
    Easy there tiger, the guy made a legitimate question, he didnt curse or offended anyone so i dont see why you are acting like a moron
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2012 10:57 AM
    Another viable reason to purchase Steam vouchers would be to use them as presents or gift cards to give to another. "Grandma goes out and buys a steam voucher to give to her grandson for Christmas".
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    atikkur , May 13, 2012 11:17 AM
    guardianangel42What the hell is the point? If you are a gamer interested in buy a game on Steam, you use the steam client (available on all your linked devices) or the Steam webpage (available on everything with an internet connection). Why would you go out to a GameStop to buy a voucher to redeem at your computer to download a game?That makes no sense.


    it's for the one who doesnt have credit card, maybe. you buy the steam voucher by cash, and then redeem it in steam or could also top upped for some credits into steam wallet. the point is, easing the payment for a wider audience in the globe (if only steam voucher can be sale in every country in the world). this could really fight the piracy in the right direction.
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    madbiker , May 13, 2012 11:51 AM
    Quote:
    What the hell is the point? If you are a gamer interested in buy a game on Steam, you use the steam client (available on all your linked devices) or the Steam webpage (available on everything with an internet connection).

    Why would you go out to a GameStop to buy a voucher to redeem at your computer to download a game?

    That makes no sense.


    not everyone can use mommy & daddy's credit cards at will, I like the idea for broke ass non-credit card having gamers like my nephew
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    boiler1990 , May 13, 2012 12:53 PM
    I wonder if Gamestop will have deals on Steam games. Amazon's digital download games are through Steam and you can usually score some great deals (bought Deus Ex: HR for $7 last week).
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    JDFan , May 13, 2012 1:06 PM
    guardianangel42What the hell is the point? If you are a gamer interested in buy a game on Steam, you use the steam client (available on all your linked devices) or the Steam webpage (available on everything with an internet connection). Why would you go out to a GameStop to buy a voucher to redeem at your computer to download a game?That makes no sense.


    Sure it does --- there are a lot of people out there that still do not trust giving STEAM their personal information and credit card details and for that it makes perfect saense to be able to purchase the vouchers from a Retail outlet and then use the vouchers for purchases instead of having some third party with questionable security have your credit card info on their servers.

    Also for those parents that do not want to let the kids have access to a credit card for purchasing things having a place to go to purchase vouchers to give the kids makes sense as well as those consumers that do not have a credit card.

    So Yes it makes sense and will probably lead to at least some more traffic coming into the store where they may also make secondary purchases so overall a good move since STEAM pretty much has all of the game distributors locked into using their service since the other alternatives are even more useless.
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    schnitter , May 13, 2012 2:19 PM
    There is only one reason that comes to mind this would be useful for. My billing is in USA and I tried to buy Portal 2 while on vacations in Europe. Steam detected my IP wasn't in USA and they decided NOT to accept payment. I tried visa, AmEx, PayPal, and even lost $3 to clicknbuy (they charge you around that amount to register) to try and buy Portal 2 from overseas. I finally gave up trying and contacted Support. Steam support answer after 2 days asking me for last 4 digits etc. to unlock my account to that credit card. I reply, and now I have to wait 2 more days for an answer.
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    thety6on , May 13, 2012 2:20 PM
    You know, signing up for an electronic bank account with a debit card is completely free. And for those that don't want to give their CC info, you can always use PayPal. Just don't put any money in your PayPal account, because they have a nasty tendency to freeze your funds for no reason at all.
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    shloader , May 13, 2012 3:54 PM
    If you think about it, we've been buying vouchers already. The PC version of Duke Nukem Forever I bought at Gamestop activated with a Steam code. I didn't even really have to insert the DVD (though it did speed things along). This isn't that big a change.

    The only problem with this that I can foresee is that when you see a sale on Steam but don't want to use your credit card on that so you go to Gamestop with what you consider to be necessary funding only to find out the sale price is through the website only. This to color people's impressions of this service in a very negative way.
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    GNCD , May 13, 2012 5:06 PM
    atikkurit's for the one who doesnt have credit card, maybe. you buy the steam voucher by cash, and then redeem it in steam or could also top upped for some credits into steam wallet. the point is, easing the payment for a wider audience in the globe (if only steam voucher can be sale in every country in the world). this could really fight the piracy in the right direction.


    good idea. i would definitely purchase them instead of using a credit card. problem is internet connection speed is crap in a third world country.
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    alextheblue , May 13, 2012 6:54 PM
    SchnitterThere is only one reason that comes to mind this would be useful for. My billing is in USA and I tried to buy Portal 2 while on vacations in Europe. Steam detected my IP wasn't in USA and they decided NOT to accept payment. I tried visa, AmEx, PayPal, and even lost $3 to clicknbuy (they charge you around that amount to register) to try and buy Portal 2 from overseas. I finally gave up trying and contacted Support. Steam support answer after 2 days asking me for last 4 digits etc. to unlock my account to that credit card. I reply, and now I have to wait 2 more days for an answer.
    Why wouldn't you just call your bank/credit card company immediately? Tell them you're on vacation and need to use your card for a purchase through Valve/Steam online. Give them all necessary info, have them unfreeze your card. It would be much faster and easier than throwing more credit cards at it or going through Steam support. I bet your Paypal is linked to one of those credit cards, that you tried to use, hence why Paypal didn't work either.

    I don't see how this is a Steam issue. If anyone tries to use my credit card overseas or across the country, you can be damn sure I'm happy that the banks and credit card companies are watching out for fraud. If I am legitimetely travelling, and I have an issue, I call the bank. Not tech support for Steam or wherever the heck you're trying to use the card.
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    jurassic512 , May 13, 2012 8:50 PM
    Now we just need Google Play vouchers.
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    jurassic512 , May 13, 2012 8:53 PM
    reaper123Easy there tiger, the guy made a legitimate question, he didnt curse or offended anyone so i dont see why you are acting like a moron



    Wasn't legitimate in the least. He clearly asked a question before thinking.
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2012 10:12 PM
    Laugh, one guy said this.

    "Not everyone has a working credit card, or are old enough to even own one. And not everyone are spoiled enough to have parents that want to buy it for them through Steam."


    I got sent credit cards in the mail when I was 15, yes 15. And have had a working credit card my whole life so far. Yes I understand kids may be stupid and use it and not have the money to use it, but that's when your PARENTS keep the credit card from you.

    Smart people get a credit card as soon as possible. It builds your Credit up. Even my parents used a credit card in my name when I was younger to help make my get good credit rep.
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    reaper123 , May 14, 2012 1:16 AM
    jurassic512Wasn't legitimate in the least. He clearly asked a question before thinking.


    And silly me thought that people sometimes do that, or maybe he did think about it and couldnt come to an answer hence why he asked, you cant just assume things. Also I didnt realize that if the answer to a question is obvious for some people it automatically makes the question ilegitimate and the person asking it should be cursed. Since people share different perspectives according to their age/lifestyle/situation there is a great variety on what some percieve as natural or obvious.
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    the associate , May 14, 2012 2:46 AM
    Never liked GameStop anyways, but aww well for them.

    taizunNot everyone has a working credit card, or are old enough to even own one. And not everyone are spoiled enough to have parents that want to buy it for them through Steam. Thus they go and spend their hard cash on vouchers, which they then redeem on Steam. If that was too hard to figure out by yourself, then you're a fucking narrow-minded blob that just need to see the daylight atleast once in his miserably life.


    Wtf did you wake up with stuck in your a$$ this morning?
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    killbits , May 14, 2012 3:37 AM
    I don't understand how Gamestop plans to make any profit on these vouchers. If a game is on Steam for $49.99, and Gamestop sells the voucher for $49.99, where are they making any money?

    Not having a credit card/not wanting to use it online are excuses (YMMV on whether they are good excuses, but still) If Gamestop tries to sell games for more than the retail price I don't see anyone buying them, even if they don't want to send their credit card over Steam:

    It's not very hard to take $50 in cash and turn it into a pre-paid gift card that can be used for online purchases - no personal info, no credit card number.

    Not to mention sales tax - you're already paying a few dollars more to get the voucher in-store. Plus, gas money to get to the store in the first place. The more I think about it, the more this sounds like a terrible idea for both Gamestop and their customers.
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