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PS3 pre-orders hit eBay at $1000 and up, EB employees accused of unfair ordering

Earlier we reported that GameStop and EB Games were today starting pre-orders for PS3. DailyTech reader "05SilverGT" commented that his local GameStop had already filled up its pre-order allocation at the time of the store's opening, hypothesizing that GameStop employees may have a hand in the instantaneous sell-outs. Apparently, our reader's experience may not be unique.

It appears that EB Games and GameStop employees are permitted to purchase PS3 without going through the usual hoops that a consumer must jump. A Kotaku writer shares his experience at EB Games:

I'm always shocked at how blatantly obnoxious some of those guys can be. When I asked them about Playstation 3s, the manager on duty told me that every store in the chain is getting about four or five each, which means they aren't getting any. I asked him to explain and he said, while literally rubbing his hands together, "They're letting employees buy PS3s, so there won't be any left." I asked if they have to stand in line and he said no, the second we open we'll just buy them up. He did say that they can only buy one each, but I'm guessing most stories have at least five employees smart enough to know how to use Ebay.

With only 400,000 units slated for North America, this isn't the least bit surprising. In fact, some PS3 pre-orders have already hit eBay in the four-digit dollar range.

EB Games and Gamestop had a bit of a problem with XBOX 360 preorders as well.  Thousands of preorders placed as early as May 2005 were not filled  until almost two months after the launch of the console.



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You think asking $1000-1500 is a lot....
By dice1111 on 10/10/2006 5:40:14 PM , Rating: 5
Look how much this guy has his posted for on E-bay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Playstation-3-Premium-I-was-fi...

They laughed at Dr. Evil about this sum too...




By Griswold on 10/10/2006 6:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
One million dollalalalars!


By carl0ski on 10/10/2006 6:41:28 PM , Rating: 4
It's so hard to find affordable delivery rates
I'm glad to see he has the copurtesy to have a reasonable shipping rate.


By AllYourBaseAreBelong2Us on 10/10/2006 8:11:06 PM , Rating: 1
I bet somebody is gonna create a new eBay account just to screw this guy up by buying this item, not paying for it, of course, but make the guy pay eBay the sales fee.


RE: You think asking $1000-1500 is a lot....
By umerok on 10/10/2006 9:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
it sold to a mr. thomnook, with a whopping 0 references about an hour ago.

well played thomnook, well played


By AllYourBaseAreBelong2Us on 10/10/2006 10:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, I bet the seller is trowing a party right now.


By 9nails on 10/11/2006 12:02:51 AM , Rating: 2
Tom Nook is one of the main Characters in Nintendo's Animal Crossing! LOL! Is there foul play at hand? :)


RE: You think asking $1000-1500 is a lot....
By bighairycamel on 10/11/2006 7:14:59 AM , Rating: 2
What are the seller costs after an auction win? Isn't it like 3% or something... meaning he would have to pay EBay $30,000. What an idiot.


RE: You think asking $1000-1500 is a lot....
By sdsdv10 on 10/11/2006 10:37:13 AM , Rating: 2
You don't seem to be too bright either. Please do the math.
$1,000,000 - $30,000 = $970,000

$970,000 - $1000 (overestimated cost of system and shipping) = $969,000

Last time I checked, $969,000 profit for a $1000 investment is a good return.

Not saying he's going to get that price, but you will pretty much "look the fool" if he does (for real and not some form of poetic justice/scam as noted above).



By rushfan2006 on 10/11/2006 11:06:40 AM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt that this guy will get a buyer at $1million, as the type of buyer would have to incredible mix of filthy rotten stinking rich (I talking some one who buys a new car because they need an oil change kind of rich..lol)+someone extremely gullible (which just makes no sense, barring an inheritance situation or winning a massive lottery -- you'd think if someone is super rich they have some business sense and some shrewness to their character)....nothing is impossible....well except for Charlize Theron falling maddly in love with me....but I digress....anyway....just extremely unlikely.

And...given that the rules are indeed different when you are super rich -- don't kid yourselves folks....we "working class" folks are the only ones the rules REALLY apply to.

If you are super rich or celebrity...I GUARANTEE YOU that with just a phone call somewhere you'll get a damn PS3 on launch day....reserve or no reserve.

Its all about power and money is indeed power.



By Madellga on 10/11/2006 11:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, is Mr. Thomnook here? Because it is just suspect that someone suggests this and half an hour later it is sold :))

Haha, he will have some trouble with Ebay....he can avoid the fees but has to relist the item.... and there goes Mr. Jinks.....


I wonder...
By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 12:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
How many of these first 400,000 PS3 actually are played by the original buyer. I'm all for capitalism but this type of reselling for a mass produced item is abuse of the system. Still not as bad as the Shelby GT500 situation where the car didn't even leave the dealer without a $15k or more markup killing the whole price performance arguement. That wasn't even true limited production. I just don't like seeing people that would really enjoy this stuff being ripped off just so someone can make a fast buck.




RE: I wonder...
By Ard on 10/11/2006 1:25:21 AM , Rating: 5
While I can sympathize with your argument, that is the nature of capitalism, my friend, and I will be one of the many taking advantage of it should I get my hands on a PS3 come launch day. Make no mistake about it, I plan on owning a PS3 eventually (I've owned a PS1 and PS2, so a PS3 is a natural choice ;)). However, I won't be picking one up at launch for myself because I don't feel like dealing with the headache (lines, bugs, etc.) and I'm not foolish enough to turn to eBay.

In other words, I'm not camping out 17+ hrs (the time I sat waiting for a 360, which I sold, during the 2nd shipment) unless I can get something far more useful out of it, that being a large sum of money. Playing the PS3 is not enough to justify spending that much time in the cold as far as I'm concerned, and, as I've already indicated, I'm a very patient man. I'm sure my PS2, PSP, and PC will keep me busy enough.

All that said, I have absolutely no problem with the "system" and I certainly don't feel that my actions, or anyone else's, are abusing that system. Simply put, I'm not making these people bid on my PS3. They make that choice and they've already decided that they'd rather pay me a large sum of money instead of waiting until after the holiday madness. It's supply and demand at it's finest.


RE: I wonder...
By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 8:54:18 AM , Rating: 2
Or better yet you could just go to work or do something else and not camp out. Therefore letting a gamer that really wants one and doesn't want to sell it take that place in line. Why waste your time just to gouge someone else. You don't see any moral issue with that?


RE: I wonder...
By Ard on 10/11/2006 11:13:39 AM , Rating: 2
Well, first off, I wouldn't be missing work. I might end up missing a class to camp out, but that's not that big of a deal at this point in my law school career. As to the moral implications, no, I don't see a moral issue with this at all. As I said, it's rather quite simple. I don't make anyone bid of my PS3.

If ppl didn't turn to eBay, there would be no point in any of us doing this. It's because ppl are so desperate, naive, and impatient that we profit. If ppl could learn a little self-control, those of us attempting to sell our PS3s would be out $600 (assuming we didn't want one in the first place, not a problem for me because I do). And guess what: that's how every business operates. They feed off the idiocy of the masses and I have no problem doing the same for anyone dumb/desperate enough to use eBay to get a console at launch.


RE: I wonder...
By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 1:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
Ah law school, I should have known. j/k lol


RE: I wonder...
By exdeath on 10/11/2006 2:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
Good points there...

I'd better be making over $800 above the cost of the PS3 in order to take the time off work to wait 17 hours in line for a PS3.

Actually it would be more than that... Assuming 17 hours waiting (all day and all night), add another days worth of work for recovering the next day before returning to work.


RE: I wonder...
By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 7:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
Last time I checked 17 hours of my life is more then $800 bucks as well. I can't get that time back but I can find other ways to make $800 bucks, quicker to.


RE: I wonder...
By exdeath on 10/11/06, Rating: 0
RE: I wonder...
By 05SilverGT on 10/11/06, Rating: 0
RE: I wonder...
By exdeath on 10/11/06, Rating: -1
RE: I wonder...
By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 4:59:54 PM , Rating: 2
Kenne Bell is good stuff.

I'm probably going to go with either the Kenne Bell or Whipple SC which will put me in that 450 to 475RWHP range that is safe for the 05 4.6L 3v with a stock bottom end. I should be putting in some nice numbers at the track while still using my car as a daily driver.


Let the price gouging commence
By edge929 on 10/10/2006 5:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
Same situation where I live. Went to reserve FF12 today and the high-school morons behind the counter blatanly said they sold out of PS3's BEFORE they even opened. How is that logically even possible?

Even though I hate all the ebay price-gouging, to be honest, if I had a PS3 I'd be doing the same thing. But then again I could care less about console gaming.




RE: Let the price gouging commence
By CurryUdon on 10/10/2006 9:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
I cannot speak for you specific encounter, but in many instances including the EB I was at, the pre-orders campers started lining up the night before and waited all night long. The line was cut when they filled their allocation early this morning waay before the store opened. The pre orders were filled and also ringed up before the store officially opened. So yah, at least in my case if you showed up when the store opened they were already sold out. Regardless it sounds like your specific employee working the counter was a complete jack ass, and should have explained the situation better.


RE: Let the price gouging commence
By otispunkmeyer on 10/11/2006 4:18:18 AM , Rating: 2
so people camped out all night to pre-order a PS3

then the employee's arrive, fill all the pre-orders themselves before the shop opens.

then they open the shop, the excitied campers rush for the door only for them to say "sorry sold out" with a shifty grin on their faces?

i dont care how it works, thats wrong. employee's should be able to buy, dont get me wrong, but not at the expense of shafting the customer. fair enough the company gets the money/profit (if there is any) for the PS3 either way, but they'll lose customers and thus future profits


RE: Let the price gouging commence
By Solema on 10/11/2006 8:12:21 AM , Rating: 2
Wow you really don't have a clue. The reason they sold out before the store opened is because they sold them to CUSTOMERS before the store openened. I can tell you this is fact, because I purchased my reservation at 9:15, 45 minutes before the store opened. I waited since 1am, and the manager got there at 9am (which he wasn't required to) and sold us the reservations early so we didn't have to wait for the "official" 10am opening since we'd been there half the night.


RE: Let the price gouging commence
By kennyb on 10/11/2006 9:22:41 AM , Rating: 2
I had the same experience. I was so happy that it opened early also: I had class at 11 and still had to drop off people.


RE: Let the price gouging commence
By h0kiez on 10/11/2006 8:32:35 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed with above. I camped out and we were all let into the store one at a time to pre-order. I was done before 9:00 and went to another EBGames where I was able to pre-order another, same way, before 10:00. I think the policy on the way to handle it was great. Stores allotted 2 systems to employees which I think is fair, and most got their pre-orders if they waited more than a few hours. I commend EBGames on their policy...if certain shady managers violated it and bought up all the systems, that's another story.


Hmm
By Lonyo on 10/10/2006 5:58:45 PM , Rating: 3
A fair number of people over on the Anandtech forums said they were easily able to get their pre-orders in, and managed to be #2 or so in the line (behind an employee), and also that some people said they were getting 10~16 units in stock.

Rather conflicting experiences.




RE: Hmm
By Lonyo on 10/10/2006 6:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Hmm
By tmp8000 on 10/10/2006 8:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that's what their distribution center said 10-16, but they probably won't get that many. As with the 360 launch I would not be surprised if most all of the pre-orders don't get filled. Every store in my town got at most half of the pre-orders they were promised. Gamestop/EB/CC/etc employees all knew about it cause of the damned customers making us call all the other stores instead of them doing it themselves. Every time it was: "no we don't have a 360 in we haven't even filled our pre-orders." My store was a pretty big store and was promised about 15-20 360s and got 3.

Anyone who purchases a pre-order on ebay is a sucker because there is a chance they won't even get it.


RE: Hmm
By One43637 on 10/10/2006 9:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
after some calls, we found a place that wasn't already swamped . i was fortunate enough to get 5th and my friend got 6th, but his fiance didn't luck out as there were only 6 systems available at that location.


RE: Hmm
By OxBow on 10/11/2006 9:31:04 AM , Rating: 2
I had no problem with my pre-order at Gamestop yesterday. 4th in line and I walked right up to the counter half an hour after they had opened. The store manager was very friendly and clear about their rules. He specifically said they were prohited from selling more than two units to store employees. If you're local store sold out to it's employees beforehand, I'd file a complaint to their regional manager.

The local manager said that "He wasn't allowed to say how many PS3's were in his store's allotment." but it was pretty obvious as he was writing my name on the call list that there were 16 spaces. I read yesterday that most stores were getting 8 units at launch, while a few would be getting 16. Either way, I'm good to go with my 4th place in line.

While it's tempting to think about selling it on e-bay, I'm much more interested in plugging it in and seeing what it can do. Granted, there is a greater likelihood of getting a lemon from the first batch than waiting a while, but if it craps out on me, it's not a big deal to pack it off to ElPaso for a repair/replacement. That's what warrantees are for.



By Solema on 10/11/2006 8:09:48 AM , Rating: 3
Marcus and SilverGT, your suspicions about why the PS3's were sold out before opening are wrong. If you "doubt that anyone was hanging around before they open" then you have NO IDEA what's going on.

Look around on the internet. Nearly everyone who got one waited at least an hour or two before opening, and some more (like myself) depending on the area. Hell, I was waiting since 1am to get one, and I lucked out since my store was only getting four. Turned out anyone who came after us missed out.

Yeah, of course some employees are allowed to get them, but according to EB Games, only TWO systems (cumulatively) are allowed to be sold to employees at any location.

Marcus, it might behoove you to do a little research on stuff like this before just posting willy-nilly. A simple visit to Slickdeals.net would have netted you all the information you need to make your article accurate.




By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 9:03:13 AM , Rating: 2
First of all you can't say I'm wrong. For every there was people waiting story I see there is another one saying nobody was there prior to open and no systems. Most likely both your story and our suspicions both are valid in different areas. Nobody said it was true because I can't prove it, just making a logical observation based on what I experienced.


By Solema on 10/11/2006 7:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
And I can understand you doing so. I guess I was just more upset that Marcus took your observation and wrote a "legitimate" article about it, without doing any research of his own.

Unfortunately, DailyTech seems to be doing a lot of that recently...


By 05SilverGT on 10/11/2006 7:55:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was suprised to find an article using me as a source. However it seems like after doing some more research on the web my observations were panning out in other places as well. I think there is nothing wrong with DailyTech writing an article about this because other sites have as well. Remember it doesn't say EB/Gamestop employees were doing something wrong but that they might be.


P$3
By Crusader on 10/10/06, Rating: 0
RE: P$3
By Xavian on 10/10/2006 5:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
actually it could be either Xbox360 or the Wii, both will have tonnes of units out, but the Wii will be cheaper.


RE: P$3
By ElJefe69 on 10/11/06, Rating: -1
RE: P$3
By Helbore on 10/11/2006 7:57:00 AM , Rating: 2
They said the same about the Saturn, after the massive success of the Megadrive (and to a lesser extent, the Master System before it) and look at how that turned out.


RE: P$3
By h0kiez on 10/11/2006 8:38:11 AM , Rating: 2
I've read countless articles analyzing the console market in general and the ps3 in particular. I have gotten many points of view from lots of informed people on what they think will happen, which consoles, will come out on top, and who will eventually win this battle.

But clearly, your brilliant mind has come up with the be-all end-all of guaranteed statements.

I don't know how it's all gonna shakeout and neither do you, so would you just shut up and stop pretending that you do?


RE: P$3
By h0kiez on 10/11/2006 8:38:11 AM , Rating: 1
I've read countless articles analyzing the console market in general and the ps3 in particular. I have gotten many points of view from lots of informed people on what they think will happen, which consoles, will come out on top, and who will eventually win this battle.

But clearly, your brilliant mind has come up with the be-all end-all of guaranteed statements.

I don't know how it's all gonna shakeout and neither do you, so would you just shut up and stop pretending that you do?


first Victim
By fil6786 on 10/10/2006 7:55:14 PM , Rating: 1
and here is one of the victims to ebays prices for ps3
http://cgi.ebay.com/PS3-Playstation-3-Console-Prem...
kind of funny that he also has to pay for the shipping but i bet tis dude is loaded




RE: first Victim
By InuYasha on 10/10/2006 8:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
the seller's account is no longer registered.. he got banned?


RE: first Victim
By animedude on 10/11/2006 8:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, if I remember correctly, eBay only allows people to sell preorder item that is 30 days before the date the seller would get it.


get a life
By fxnick on 10/10/2006 11:08:05 PM , Rating: 3
i never got this...whats the big deal with getting these things the day they come out?

Its not like its a GT40 and theres only a few being made...
Can you not wait a few weeks or is life just not worth living knowing that someone else had one before you?




RE: get a life
By Helbore on 10/11/2006 8:03:34 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, it seems stupid. The only thing I could think of is desperate parents trying to appease their whining children who have to have everything "RIGHT NOW!!!"


Hype
By Rollomite on 10/11/2006 2:01:21 AM , Rating: 1
Greedy bastards. I doubt I'll have any heartbreaking stories, or tales of waiting in rain and snow from 4am when I go to pick up my Wii. Walk down the aisle, grab a box, and I'm good to go. And the funny thing is, I'm gonna take it home and play it, what a novel concept.




RE: Hype
By Solema on 10/11/06, Rating: 0
RE: Hype
By Rollomite on 10/11/2006 10:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Who honestly is gonna want to wave themselves around everywhere any time they want to play a video game?


I've heard this so many times it just makes me laugh now. Two words...fun games. I guess Guitar Hero is "old hat" after half an hour too? And by the way, you can use the "classic" controller, and sit your lazy, lethargic ass on the couch...just like always.



RE: Hype
By Solema on 10/11/2006 7:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
Not for Zelda. Nintendo has said that the only way to play Zelda on the Wii is with the motion-sensing. Have fun playing that for 60 hours.


WTF!?
By Assimilator87 on 10/10/2006 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, I went to the Gamestop website and clicked on the PS3 newsletter subscription which was supposed to e-mail me all the latest PS3 news, but my e-mail is disturbingly empty eventhough there is or was a pre-order happening.




RE: WTF!?
By Ozz1113 on 10/10/2006 5:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
I got the email at 4:30 Tuesday morning.


I Think I would Be Calling Corporate...
By qdemn7 on 10/10/2006 6:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
If I wanted a PS3, and they were letting the employees buy the store allocation before the store even opened. Enough bad publicity over this, ala the XBox 360 "bundling" fiasco that occurred at some Best Buy stores, and maybe the policy will be changed.




By mcturkey on 10/10/2006 11:27:54 PM , Rating: 2
If more than two employees per store reserved, the first two employee reserves will be honored, and those beyond that will be canceled. Also, the manager who permitted that to happen will get terminated. GameStop/EB is handling this launch far far better than the 360.


Why preorder?
By Josh7289 on 10/10/2006 6:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
Why preorder consoles? It just doesn't make any sense anymore. A preorder means NOTHING anymore. The best way to go about getting a PS3 or Wii on launch day is to just line up outside of a store that doesn't take preorders on launch day early enough and just pick one up.

And just so I know for sure, what stores do this, Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.?




RE: Why preorder?
By whalenapp81 on 10/10/2006 7:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
yes all of those stores do that, and if the xobx360 launch was any indication, u will probobly want to get there at least 8 to 12 hours ahead of time


Just to clear things up a bit
By odiHnaD on 10/10/2006 7:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
GameStop/EB (same company now) has a pre-order policy of only 2 Employee pre-orders per store, and it was also announce that any GS/EB employee caught selling a PS3 on Ebay will be immediately terminated, so not to say that it won't happen but there are consequences...




RE: Just to clear things up a bit
By 05SilverGT on 10/10/2006 11:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Some of the young kids that work at EB/Gamestop would make more from reselling that PS3 then they would make in months. While I feel for them my unofficial survey of stores in my area says something was fishy. Oh well just another reason to wait for PS3. I was second in line for 360 at my store now I guess I'll be first in line after MGS4 comes out.


Selfish
By encryptkeeper on 10/11/2006 9:42:31 AM , Rating: 2
Sony won't say anything about the huge run on preorders, the fact that there's such a demand for them is probably the first piece of good news they've had in a while. As for if it's right for employees to get their hands on them first, well, you always get inside the industry when you work for a specialty shop like these guys do. And don't think they'll claim they have some rule saying the employees can't buy the systems so that more are available for general consumers. EB Games in particular and sometimes Gamestop don't care about customer satisfaction. Most EB Games employees are self righteous, pompous idiots anyway. They'll grab everything they can get their greedy hands on.




RE: Selfish
By Xponential on 10/11/2006 5:10:52 PM , Rating: 2
When I worked at Best Buy several years ago, they had a policy that employees couldn't buy really high-demand items like consoles on launch day. I don't know if that's still true or not though.


funny
By muffins on 10/10/2006 5:11:44 PM , Rating: 3
can i please pay thousand of dollars for one?...please can i?...it will go great beside my 1000$ tickle me elmo




Sony's shipments.
By Chillin1248 on 10/10/2006 5:23:33 PM , Rating: 3
Look at a Sony's spokesperson latest interview courtesy firingsquad.com:

quote:
FiringSquad: Why was the decision made to give the US four times as many launch units than Japan? Is it because Sony thinks the US is a more competive market than Japan considering the low sales of the Xbox 360 in Japan?

Kimberly Otzman: No, given the efficient distribution system in Japan we can deliver 100K units a week and still reach our original target of 6 million units WW [World Wide] by the end of FY06.


Then a few sentences down he says the following:

quote:
FiringSquad: How confident is Sony that it can have 1 to 1.2 million PS3 units in the US by the end of the calendar year, especially with the uncertainty of the supplies needed for the console?

Kimberly Otzman: We plan to ship more than 2 million units by the end of the year and our 6 million target by the end of FY06 is unchanged


So the U.S. and Japan will have to share less than 2 million consoles during the Christmas shopping season, that does not look hopefull.

(P.S.- This post was originally meant for this and not the other PS3 thread, sorry.)

-------
Chillin




By Baked on 10/11/2006 2:17:09 AM , Rating: 3
As usual, I'm gonna get my console from Costco 6-12 months after launch. Gonna get the bundle package. And if it breaks, break it back to Costco for an exchange.




Wow...
By Darthvoy on 10/10/2006 5:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
There is some guy selling his preorder for one million dollars..jesus




i guess everything has its price
By amdsupport on 10/10/2006 7:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
well, we just found out how much impatience cost.




ah, another new console
By whalenapp81 on 10/10/2006 7:32:02 PM , Rating: 2
i was second in line to get my preorder, and at our gamestop, the guy didnt have time before he opened up to do anything shady, and also all stores were supposed to have at least 8 preorder slots, with only 2 going to the employees, that was the company line anyways, my store got 16 in and the first 16 people got one, im sorry people r getting screwed over.




By abhaxus on 10/10/2006 11:21:57 PM , Rating: 2
When I was an assistant manager for a Gamestop a few years ago I made a whopping 9 dollars an hour. Apparently now the stress level has increased dramatically as the company has gone from being a wing of barnes and noble to a much more corporate environment, but the pay has not increased accordingly.

These guys probably have to save for months to afford a PS3. Who cares if they get them first? It just means they will be able to tell you what games are actually good when you go to buy one.




Got mine
By Novaoblivion on 10/11/2006 1:57:38 AM , Rating: 2
My local EB Games had no one in line I got there about 15 minutes before opening and they let us in, I was the second person to pre-order. About opening time a while lot of people showed up but most them ended up just leaving.




$1 mmmilllllion dollars....LOL
By rushfan2006 on 10/11/2006 9:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
LOL. I just love around the time a new console comes out it is so entertaining to me to observe the passionate obsession and shear hysteria that is guaranteed to ensue.

My viewpoint though is simply this...it is a free-enterprise economy, if some nut job pays $1500, or um...$1 million for a console than in a mere 6-10 months after launch will be bountiful in availability and very likely marked down by at least 10-20% OFF the launch release price...then hey more power to them...if it means THAT much to toss that much money so haphazardly then they deserve the "first kid on the block award".

Likewise for those that camp out to get a pre-order all through the night, likely skipping school or work for such things....if it MEANS that MUCH to you....then at the very least you deserve the "first kid on the block to get a pre-order award".

Of course its how you deal with it all in coming months after the launch if you feel stupid, embarrassed or just silly for paying 2-4 TIMES as much, plus camping out all night..for something your neighbor had the patience to wait for and just went to the store -- no hassle, no line, no waiting...picked up for a normal price and that's about it. ;)







Lol
By exdeath on 10/10/06, Rating: -1
RE: Lol
By Tsuwamono on 10/10/06, Rating: 0
RE: Lol
By One43637 on 10/10/2006 9:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

by exdeath on October 10, 2006 at 6:40 PM

Let them have their PS3s so they can be the special first kid on the block heheh. They will never be able to afford the PCs some of us here have ^_^


what an asinine statement. ooh big deal you have a PC that you perceive is better then others.... grow up.


RE: Lol
By cubby1223 on 10/10/2006 9:37:49 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Let them have their PS3s so they can be the special first kid on the block heheh. They will never be able to afford the PCs some of us here have ^_^


Yeah but with a computer you don't make the instant $700 profit reselling it to a Nigerian, like you do with a PS3.


RE: Lol
By rushfan2006 on 10/11/2006 9:35:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yeah but with a computer you don't make the instant $700 profit reselling it to a Nigerian, like you do with a PS3.


True...unless you already have investments in the stock market, various CD's and 401k...where you are doing "ok" enough that the craziness and time spent going through to make "just" a *one time* $700 profit is null and void.

However if you are just a teenager or saying working college student -- the draw can be pretty strong.



RE: Lol
By otispunkmeyer on 10/11/2006 4:07:58 AM , Rating: 1
it will be even more hilarious when the console they just paid through the nose for on ebay fails within a few weeks.

i think its a given that the first consoles out the gate have some kind of reliability issue

PS2 had its DVD drives, 360 had overheating and the red light syndrome. i reckon PS3 will be no different


RE: Lol
By NullSubroutine on 10/11/2006 8:17:53 AM , Rating: 2
i got ps2 off first shipment and it still works fine to this day.


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