One of the better Amazon Prime benefits for gamers has been the fact that if they pre-ordered a game, or purchased it within two weeks of release, they received a 20% discount on all new physical editions of games. Thanks to a twitter account that tracks deals on games in Canada, we've learned that specific benefit has been cut in half to 10% for Amazon Canada, with no word from Amazon on the change at all. TechRaptor staff living in Canada have confirmed the change.
Those that have pre-orders already will still receive the 20% discount. The change only affects orders made after it went into effect.
With no word from Amazon on the matter, there's no telling if this is isolated to just Canada at the moment or may be a change elsewhere as well. Why Amazon made the change is unknown as well. We will just have to wait to see if they release information on the change. The only real word we've had on it is the tweet above, which confirms the change is indeed happening and not an error by the nature of the response, but we don't know much beyond it.
We have reached out to Amazon for comment and clarification and will update this article if we receive anything.
It appears that U.S. Amazon Prime members have seen a change as well. They still receive 20% off for a discount but only for pre-orders. The two week window after release that also included the 20% off has been removed. Pointed out by Wario64, we have confirmed that to be the case as well. We'll keep an eye out for other changes that may out there, as well as other affected regions.
Quick TakeThis is definitely a shame for Canadian Amazon Prime users. I've taken advantage of this benefit myself and would be sad to see it reduced to 10%. However, I can't deny that there are plenty of other benefits that come with the service, so I wouldn't get rid of it. It does mean that I will definitely be looking elsewhere more often instead of just going with Amazon, as that 20% is likely the biggest discount for most new games, and if not, the larger discounts at other retailers aren't much more.
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