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Welcome to BudgetConsoles.co.uk – Saving You Money!

mario_jumpHey there! Created by a bunch of experienced gamers, BudgetConsoles.co.uk is here to help you get the best deals out there when buying your gaming consoles. It is very easy to get ripped off these days, don’t let that happen! Follow our price guides and you are sure to land yourself the best deal out there.

So whether you are buying an Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, or Playstation 3, behind the scenes we are working extremely hard to bring you the best deals, guides and tips on how to save money!

We monitor over 30 different retailers in the UK so that you can compare prices and find the best deals out there!

Your feedback is important to us! Something you would like to see on the site? Then why not contact us and share your thoughts!

Instore or Online?

questionmarkIn most cases you will always find the best priced gaming consoles online. Most stores even have the price cheaper on their website than they do in store! The way we see it, this is for 3 main reasons:

  1. There are very little staffing costs when running a website
  2. A store is not required (rent of property and utility bills do not exist)
  3. There is a TON of competition online

The third point above, is one of the main reasons why you will see great prices online.

However, there are some circumstances where you will find cheaper deals in-store. Namely, second hand consoles. Sure, most people would understand anybody for wanting a brand new console instead of somebody’s ‘hand-me-down’, but you can actually get good quality consoles 2nd hand for great prices these days. If you are considering buying second hand, just be aware that this option is not always cheaper. There have been many times where I have noticed cheaper first hand products online. That’s not to say that buying second hand is the bad option though, there are some great deals out there if you are prepared to own a second hand product.

So, to buy instore or online? Personally I’ll always buy online to ensure that I get a nice new product for a great price. However, I have purchased second hand many times, and have saved lots of money doing so. The decision is obviously up to you, just make sure that you do your homework before purchasing. Check online, check instore, try price matching with vendors. Remember, spending a little time researching can save you some big money!

Beat The Christmas Rush!

Once again, it’s looking like Christmas is going to be huge for consoles this year. With the new Playstation Vita Slim, PS4 and Xbox One expected to be popular, they are sure to fly out of stock quite quickly. Why wait? Get yours early as possible and try to avoid any sad little (or big!) kids this year. Every year we see people waiting until last minute, only to not act quick enough.. it’s a sad site.

However, sometimes by waiting a few decent deals pop up, but when they do… ACT FAST! Keep an eye on our site for deal alerts. When they’re out there, we’ll report them to you.

Good luck!
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2nd Hand Gaming. Worth The Risk?

Let’s face it, times are tough for most of us at the moment. If like most of us you are taking more care with spending your hard earned cash, then we suggest you consider something that many others are; 2nd Hand Gaming.

There are many shops popping up these days offering 2nd hand gaming products; Game, Gamestation, CEX to name but a few. I have to admit, at first I didn’t like the idea of buying a game 2nd hand, let alone a console! However, after giving it a try for the last 12 months…. I reckon I’ve saved a ton of moolah! Once I’ve finished with my games, I take them in and trade them in for a better price on my next game.

Huge Tip For Game Trading: Purchase a new game close to it’s release date, take it home and play it to death as quickly as possible. Complete it, and take it to your local trade shop for a huge chunk of either cash back, or money off your next game. Remember, as a game gets older it’s value decreases, so the longer you leave it the less money/trade discount you’ll get back for your game purchase.

If you’re considering buying a console 2nd hand, then we recommend buying from an established retailer over a private owner (unless it’s a private owner you trust of course). We’re not saying that buying from a private owner is bad, but it is more of a gamble. At least with an established retailer you have the option of returning your goods if they are faulty with no hassle.

So to conclude, we’d deffinately recommend considering buying 2nd hand when it comes to gaming. You can, and will save mega bucks over time. Good luck!

Playstation Vita Popularity Growing

With stock levels fluctuating quite rapidly as we approach Christmas this year, it appears Sony’s Playstation Vita is in popular demand this year! I often wonder how the upcoming Nintendo Wii U will compete against the Vita and 3DS this year, but personally I think it’s going to be a tough competition. The 3DS is still doing well, but the Vita is certainly packing a punch when it comes to demand! As always, we’d recommend buying sooner rather than later if you’re wanting a console this side of Christmas… and with the PS Vita demand being so high, you’d do yourself a favour by securing one early.

Some of you guys and gals requested that we start showing bundle offers for the PS Vita, so this year we’ve done just that. You can compare Playstation Vita Bundles here.

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Wii U Release Nears…

Nintendo’s highly anticipated Nintendo Wii U will be here in time for Christmas. The current date for EU release is 30th Nov, 18th US and 8th Dec in Asia. There are rumours of a £250 price tag for Nintendo’s new monster. So far we know there will be two versions of it, Basic and Premium. The Basic edition will be an 8GB version of the console, with the Premium edition boasting 32GB and will include a copy of NintendoLand, one of the launch titles. According to Amazon, the price tag for the Basic version will be £249.99 and £299.99 for the Premium version of the Nintendo Wii U console. We’re yet to get our hands on one, but as soon as we do we’ll be posting up a review after having a play! Of course, we’ll keep you informed of the best prices out there. Details on that to follow!

Will you be buying a Nintendo Wii U? Why not leave a comment below and let us know!

Nintendo Posts a Wii U Preview Presentation

Nintendo just posted a video on the latest Wii U to YouTube. It’s a decent presentation that provides insight to many of the questions people have been asking, including release dates, a look at the console, and a look at the new consoles features.

You can watch the video here:

Discussion Boards Coming Soon!

Hiya guys,

First of all thanks for all of the feedback. Many of you would have noticed our adverts in your local newspapers. We are here to stay, and due to popular demand we are proud to announce that our forum discussion boards will be available in the not too distant future. We are currently working on our design.

Staff Wanted! Fancy yourself as a forum moderator? If you are interested in being one of our forum moderators please contact us via our contact page. Please, only contact us if you are serious about helping out – we may even have some free game stuff to thank you for your efforts!

3DS vs 3DS XL

CVG just posted a decent review on the comparison between the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. You can watch the video here:

Do you need to be spending £40+ on games this year?

Let’s face it, we’re all trying to save a pretty penny these days. Unlike my younger years, like many I can no longer justify spending £40+ on any video game. With services like LoveFilm where you can rent games, and the popularity of cheap smart phone titles like ‘Angry Birds’ you just don’t need to be spending big bucks anymore. Unless of course you have the time to spend big, play quick, and then trade it in quickly at your local CEX/GAME etc to retain it’s value. I used to do this, but unfortunately don’t have the time to do be doing this anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to game (better than watching Corrie on TV right?), but as I’m getting older I don’t have the time to play or pay as much!

If you have kids wanting the latest game but find yourself struggling to keep up with the top dollar, why not consider getting yourself a LoveFilm subscription or some other similar service? Give it some thought, you may save yourself some serious money! (It all adds up, afterall!)

Can Owning a Console Save You Money?

Save Money with BudgetConsolesOkay, so consoles will cost you anything up to a couple of hundred quid. Then you’ve got additional controllers, games, additional optional hardware etc. All adds up right? Well let me put it this way… how much do you spend on a night out? £30? £40? More? How much money do you spend when you go out for a meal / cinema? Guys, let’s face it… these days it’s important to try and save money. Since I bought my Xbox 360, I’ve saved a TON of money by staying in and having a good old gaming session. I’m not saying you need to become a social recluse, cut yourself off from the world and level up, but investing in a gaming console can actually prevent you from going out as often and wasting your hard earned cash on beer that you could buy from a supermarket at half the price.

A few of us here at BudgetConsoles have regular nights were we all meet up, grab some pizzas and have a Fifa 11 night :) The Nintendo Wii is perfect for this. Try it! Invite your mates around, get some cheap beers and snacks, try to pick a game that everybody can play together and just have fun! It will cost you far less than a night out, and you will have just as good if not better a time.

You see where I’m going with this? INVEST IN A CONSOLE! :)