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UPDATE 2018/11/07:

Icy made some investigation and found out a bit more about this:

I have been doing some reading in Russian forums and looks like since last summer, Microsoft decided to completely stop selling Russian gift cards and they don't plan to ever bring them back(this was the reply of Xbox support in Russia to one user). The reason for this can be that, even Russians were using gift cards to buy games because it was cheaper this way and the gift cards could be easily found below face value. Another theory is that Russians don't really use them so much to give a gift to someone and they are being used as money-saving exploit instead by foreigners. Someone else stated that Microsoft did this to fight back gift card scams in Russia. Whatever the reason, websites like Nilt which made their main profit off of Russian gift cards, went under because suddenly there was no supply.

Any websites at the moment still selling Russian gift cards, are selling them way over face value and no one is dumb enough to buy them. Russians are already reporting that even in physical stores they are going out of stock and they never return.

Microsoft support also said that the Russian gift cards that are not redeemed will expire eventually and if you have a gift card that can't be redeemed then you will have to speak to the store you bought it from to claim a refund. No one knows for sure if it is true that the Russian gift cards will expire at some point because some users already reported that they tried to redeem theirs and they worked. But one thing is for sure, no more Russian gift cards.

 

You guys may have noticed, that Microsoft already started to change their own games to USD like Forza Horizon 4, Gears 4, Sea of Thieves, ... and also some ID@Xbox and Arcade Games. You should better hurry to spend all your RUB cards while you still can. I did this myself earlier today and it worked. But for how long?


Some may have noticed that the price for some games in Russia is displayed in the range of a few cents. That is of course strange - but that's not my fault ;) Microsoft has - for some reason - changed some games to USD in the Russian store. But since this is only the case for a handful of games and not in general, I don't want to change anything. I'm not sure if this is a mistake or if it will be the same for all games in the future. But why would Russians pay in dollars in their store?

Anyway, I'll wait and see and you shouldn't be surprised.

Hi there!

As some of you may have noticed, it is usually not possible to buy from Argentina anymore, except you are a local. Locals can of course help you getting gift cards or gift game keys, but they have to pay 21% taxes onto the shown price since some months now. As the shown price on this MS store does not reflect the real situation and makes comparisons very hard, I've decided to change the price to an all-inclusive price, meaning the shown price here includes the 21% already. This does only apply for the calculated price and not for the "origin price with origin currency".

Sometime soon I will try to add a transparency marker like (+21%) after the shown price, to make it more clear to everyone.


Another interesting fact is that publishers increased prices for AAA-Games from Turkey by up to 100%. Sometimes even more! Since some weeks Microsoft blocked purchases on the turkish store and has deactivated the API to validate/verify/generate new gift card keys, which you were able to purchase from retailers before. Now, as the system is back online and purchases are enabled again, prices are very expensive. Almost every current or upcoming Blockbuster-Game from Turkey is much more expensive than the US or european price. And that's expensive!

Maybe you can grab some bargains still, but you need to hurry. Other games will follow and prices will increase even for smaller games.

Great news! MTCGame is just selling turkish gift cards again! They got stock and you are able to use it to buy games from the turkish store. Floxer has just tested this on his own, redeemed and purchased a game and can confirm it works.

Even if the cards are a bit more expensive than the face value, the price should still be much lower compared to the next possible country. So you're definately save some money.

Get turkish gift cards from MTCGame here

Have fun making some bargains!


UPDATE: The offer has expired. The price raised.

Another big/great news is that they currently offer Red Dead Redemption 2 for just 47.99 USD! You need to purchase the "US" Version of the game from MTCGame and you will receive a code on friday, once it is released. But remember: You won't get any preorder DLC. In case you are okay with that, it's a great deal!

Red Dead Redemption 2 (47.99$) (Digital Key)

UPDATE: Push! This is still a valid and good way to get your games simple, easy and cheap.

Our partners over at MTCGame are currently selling US game codes below face value, because you will get a 15% discount on US and EU codes. The discount is already applied. All prices alread include tax, so the shown price is the total price.

Thus you can get actual Blockbusters without much effort, easy to pay by PayPal or credit card.

How do the get the codes?

Simple. They just buy the games wit hthe gift option, which will lead to a redeemable key which will be given to you, if you buy one. But remember that you will have to use a VPN if you're not currently located in the US. But many VPN services do offer a free test period which you can use to redeem the key. Usually US servers are always part of any free test period.

ibVPN 24h free test account

How about Pre-Order Games?

Since one is not able to gift games which are still pre-order, I would not get these games early. You probably will receive your key later as you'd expect. But thats just my guess.

Some examples:

Maybe you can make some nice deals and save a few bucks. Good luck!

Currently you have the possibility to extend your Xbox Live Gold subscription for only 25.50$ per year. cdkeys offers codes from Brazil for this price! However, you need a Brazilian VPN server or a Brazilian IP to redeem them. There are no other technical restrictions. You can even extend your existing subscription (no matter from which country) with it. Only important note: You can extend gold for a maximum of three years into the future. I just found that out myself while trying it out :) Means: You can't buy gold for 10 years now. If the expiration date "would" (!) exceed three years due to the renewal, the renewal will be rejected.

Example: Your subscription runs until 15th Oct. 2020 and you want to add another year, the redemption process will be rejected. In this case you could redeem the code as of 16th Oct. 2018. You are only allowed to have subscription running for three years in maximum in the future.

cdkeys also offers a 3% voucher, which you can generate via the link below (But only on your computer. The generator doesn't load via Facebook on your smartphone).

To redeem, simply use your computer browser. On Xbox-Now simply call up the details/prices at any game and take the link to the BR Store there. Then you click on your name in the upper right corner, select "Minha conta Microsoft", then "Gerenciar" in the blue header and then "Resgatar um código ou cartão-presente" to enter the code. Close before the confirmation you will be asked for an automatic extension. Then there is another month for free. But it's better to deselect the extension and always do it manually, because it's definitely cheaper.

12M XBL Gold for 25.50$ per year

Generate 3% Voucher (Only available on your computer, not on your smartphone)

I have used the Brazil server from NordVPN to redeem. Other VPN providers might also have BR servers in it. NordVPN has a 3-day free trial!

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