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ARCs - Atari Club Money "Atari Redemption Certificates"


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#1 Arenafoot

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 02:31 AM

How many of ya'll remember these?

 

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They came with the Atari Age Magazines from 1981-1983....the scan above are my ARC's I own.

 

Did anyone ever redeem them?


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#2 DeLorean

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:08 PM

How many arcs did it take to buy a new game? Games like Gravitar and Rubik's Cube came out that way.


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#3 The Economist

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 09:20 PM

It's interesting to think that today these coupons would likely be entirely digital, and redeemed online.


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#4 Arenafoot

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 11:00 AM

How many arcs did it take to buy a new game? Games like Gravitar and Rubik's Cube came out that way.

 

These were the only 2 ARC redemption offers ever done....... pretty much $5 off a game...........

 

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ARC's offer from the Atari Age Magazine Vol. 2 Issue 4 Nov 1983- Feb 1984

 

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ARC's offer from the Atari Age Magazine Vol. 2 Issue 5 March-April 1984


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#5 Dan Iacovelli

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 11:10 PM

I remember those was a member the atari club as well


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#6 DeLorean

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 11:56 PM

I'd like that copy of Gravitar


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#7 Fire_In_The_Valley

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 11:21 AM

How exactly did the ARCs work? I've been collecting MIB Atari games for years and though I've collected lots of catalogs and flyers and posters, I've never once seen a game come with one of those certificates inside. Did you have to cut out proof of purchase from the box to get those?


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#8 RickR

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 10:49 PM

They came in the Atari Age magazine.  Seemed like a half-baked idea back in the day, and it came near the end (right before the crash) to boot. 


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#9 Arenafoot

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 02:38 AM

How exactly did the ARCs work? I've been collecting MIB Atari games for years and though I've collected lots of catalogs and flyers and posters, I've never once seen a game come with one of those certificates inside. Did you have to cut out proof of purchase from the box to get those?

There were different ways to get them:

- place an order thru the Atari Age Magazine (over $35) = $5 ARC free

- $3 ARCs printed on page 29 of Atari Age Magazine Vol.2 Issue 4

- renewing your Atari Membership

- winning a contest thru Atari Age Magzine

- becoming a "Honorable Mention" contributor to "Your Turn"

 

None were ever available inside boxes.


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#10 Fire_In_The_Valley

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 02:02 PM

None were ever available inside boxes.

 

Interesting! You'd think that would be the first place to find them..


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#11 Arenafoot

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 12:31 AM

It was all part of the Atari Membership.......maybe if the crash didn't happen and the ARC's took off thru the magazine, then they might have added them to the software boxes........who knows!


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#12 BlackCatz40

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 01:11 PM

Funny! I never heard of the Atari Redemption Certificate before. Where was I at? Perhaps it was because I never had an Atari membership.


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#13 Arenafoot

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 02:40 AM

Funny! I never heard of the Atari Redemption Certificate before. Where was I at? Perhaps it was because I never had an Atari membership.

at the time - I didn't even own an Atari! My friend that lived across the street from me had both the VCS and Intellivision and I had the Vectrex. It was only $1 to subscribe to the Atari Age Magazine and thats how I got my ARC's. Though I never got a chance to use them!


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Posted 04 January 2015 - 04:26 PM

It made no sense to me that they gave these out in Atari Age Magazine but for all the Atari games I purchased back when, I could never send in UPC codes for anything rad. 


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