If you’re anything like me, you’ve been following the previews of Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition and are frothing at the mouth to get the books. You’re also a bit miffed at the idea of dropping $100+ on the books. As it turns out, though, you can have your cake and eat it too. The best deal I managed to find for these books ended up costing me just under $17 per book, a far cry from the list price of $104.95 for all three. Here’s how I did it:
- Apply any organizational discounts. At B&N, organizational discounts stack with coupon discounts. For example, I’m a AAA member, so I started by logging in through AAA.com/barnesandnoble to get a 5% discount. If you’ve got any sort of organizational discount that applies, like the B&N membership discount or the Geico Privileges discount, be sure to give it a try.
- Add it to your shopping cart. Go to the 4th Edition Core Rulebook Gift Set product page. This is where the lion’s share of your discount comes in; Barnes & Noble cuts 35% off the list price and gives you free shipping for preordering. Select Preorder to add it to your cart.
- Apply your coupon discount. Proceed through checkout. When prompted for a coupon code, enter Y8Y8E9R if you’re a new customer to receive a 25% discount. Of course, you can get the new customer discount even as an existing customer if you’re sly enough to have a spouse or good friend place the order for you. The coupon expires on May 26th, but you should be able to find similar coupons if you order after this date. Here’s the page where I found the coupon codes for you latecomers.
- Select free shipping. Be sure to choose the best free shipping option available. For me, this was expedited free shipping, which takes three to five business days.
- Wait with rapt anticipation. Count the days until June 11-13, when your books should arrive in the mail.
Following these steps, I managed to get the full set for $50.95, or just under $17 apiece. Your mileage may vary. First-time B&N customers who don’t have any organizational discounts should be able to get the set for a little over $54, which is still a pretty good deal.
Share your thoughts. Has anyone found a way to (legally) get the books any cheaper?