|QUOTE (saintsrow @ Saturday, Nov 3 2012, 22:56)|
On the Newswire, in two separate statements, Rockstar says pre-orders start 5 November: "Update: Pre-orders start everywhere November 5 and select retailers will be offering a double sided poster while supplies last." but it seems like fans had better check earlier to see if their store is already dispensing the swag, or if they will definitely wait until 5 November. Else, you could have a shot at getting the viewer and not know it.
After reading here on the forum about the apparent hit-and-miss on getting GTAV pre-order swag and the general confusion on when the pre-order window really opens (or opened), I decided to visit my local GameStop this afternoon 3 November around 5:30 PM to check it out.
There were no GTAV promotional things up at all (the featured promotions were Halo 4, with a big LCD countdown timer embedded in the huge Halo 4 poster, showing day/hour/minute/seconds until Halo 4 available on 6 November, and the other big promotional stand was for some dance game). COD Black Ops and AC3 were significantly smaller promotions.
I asked at the counter if there they had any GTAV pre-order swag, and the clerk was knowledgeable and she said yes, they have the viewers and the double-sided poster (girl cop + Beverly Hills blonde on one side and guy with dog on the other side). She said a couple things that were kind of ambiguous, like (1) they were only supposed to give out viewers to the first 15 pre-orders, but they seemed to have more than that, and (2) there might be more pre-order swag when the games are delivered. She also said that I can come in anytime and put more money on deposit. In that statement, I got the slight impression they might have different swag later, but not at all a strong impression of that.
So, it worked out pretty good. For a $5 deposit, I got a viewer (the Vinewood Hills scene, cool) that is already selling on ebay for at least $15, and the poster. I'm going to keep them But since I am out only $5, which is probably a reasonable price for the swag, I might pre-order at another GameStop for another $5, if I can get more and different swag.
I have two double sided posters and one red viewer. I have no use for these so I'm thinking of selling these....