There are two things here...
One, distance from the shipping centers. If you're far away from any of the 4 shipping centers... then it will take long for them to receive the game you send and for you to receive the game they send. (I think that they are in LA, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Austin... with a rumored 5th one coming to Seattle).
Two, if your post office participates in Fast Return. Fast Return is a system where Gamefly will be notified of a return when it makes it to a Post Office, instead of when it gets to a Gamefly location. In other words, Gamefly will start processing your new game once the Post Office receives your game (saves alot of time). Problem is, not all post offices participate... make sure the one you use does (contact Gamefly). ALSO, don't use mailboxes... go directly to that Fast Return supporting post office.
This is likely due to game availability. When it comes time to prepare your next game shipment, they (Gamefly) go through your Q from the #1 spot down to the last spot and send you the first one they come across that is available. You will only get the game at the top of your list when you are lucky enough to have returned a game at the same time that the game you have in the first spot is available.
(Also, for future ref you should use Help / FAQ for questions like this - this section is supposed to be more about the games themselves and not the Gamefly system)
Yes, but you only ever have $5.
They expire, and a new one is issued after the previous one expires.
(You should use Help/FAQ for questions like this - this is supposed to be a forum about the actual games and not the Gamefly System.)
Availability. You were shipped the first two games on your list that were available at the time your shipments were being prepared.
(You should use Help/FAQ for questions like these - this forum is supposed to be more for the games and not the Gamefly system)
Luck & Patience... or wait for the game to become less popular. Supposedly, there is no VIP list. The system was explained to me as working like this...
When you add a game to your #1 spot, you are put on a list of priority with others who also have that game in their #1 spot. So, the people who added it to their #1 spot sooner gets priority over who adds it later. Then when it comes up to your turn to get the game, you ALSO need to have returned a game around the time the game you want has become available. If you do not, then it will go to the next person BEHIND you. Now, you still get to keep your priority position... but it has to be available the same time you return a game. They won't hold it for you.
The system isn't the issue, the lack of stock is the issue, imo. They stock like movies, when movies are 90 minutes... games, not so much. Also, Gamefly sells games, conflict of interest. I have seen games "Not Avail" to rent, but purchasable "as new". Those should be rentable...
I say no...
BUT, when speaking Gamefly it was explained to me that you actually get put on a separate Q when a game gets into your top spot.
For example, the first person to have the game in their number 1 spot gets priority over someone who was the 10th person to have the same game in their number 1 spot.
However, you ALSO time your game return perfectly so that when the new game becomes available, it is shipped right away. Because you could be #1 priority for a particular game because you put it in your slot 1 3 months before it released, BUT if you don't send your game back around the time it becomes available... it will get sent out everyone else who has it as their number 1. It won't wait for your game to be returned... it won't hold it for you.
(Not the best place for this question... Help/FAQ is where you want to go)
BUT... there are usually three reasons why you have to wait a long time;
- Small number of shipping centers... I think that there are only 4 (LA, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Austin). There were rumors of a 5th one earlier this year in Seattle.
- Distance from shipping centers... the further you are from any of the mentioned locations, the longer it will take for the whole send-in-game / receive-new-game turn-around.
- Not all post offices participate in "Fast Return" which is a service that Gamefly has where they will start processing the return of your next game when the post office receives it, as opposed to when Gamefly receives it. It cuts out half of the waiting time, as it usually cuts out waiting for that send-in-game portion of the wait. Make sure the post office you use participates (don't use mail boxes).
As for what you can do... see comment on Fast Return. :)
The rumor was that it was supposed to be released yesterday (May 4th)... I don't know what happened to that, though my guess is that Sony is trying to get WB to hold onto it until PSN is back up (so Microsoft doesn't get more of an upper-hand).
The real question you should be asking (assuming that you're borrowing this game currently from Gamefly)... can you purchase the DLC without first purchasing the "Kombat Pass" for 800 Microsoft Points.