Posted by: Kenji Hall on October 27, 2006
If you’re looking to buy one of Sony’s brand-new PlayStation 3 video game consoles and don’t have the time to camp out at Wal Mart a week before the launch date, you might check out the prices on eBay. Already, lucky gamers who have reserved a PS3 are hawking their consoles for anywhere between $700 and $10,000. Did someone say 10 grand?!!! That’s above the sticker price of $499 and $599 for the two models (the pricier one includes a bigger, 60GB hard disk drive and slots for memory cards). It’s the price you pay for the PS3 early bird special, I suppose. With only about 400,000 consoles expected to be ready for the Nov. 17 launch in the U.S., analysts, store managers and gamers are anticipating huge shortages. Then again, if you recall the software and memory glitches of the first PS2’s to hit stores six years ago, it might be wise to wait a few months. These machines have thousands of parts, any one of which could go haywire. By next March, Sony expects it will have shipped 6 million consoles worldwide. So it’s pay up now, or take your chances later.