Keep Your Old PS3, and Best Buy May Reward You

By  |  Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm

playstation3With every upgraded product launch, this is bound to happen: A few unlucky and ill-informed customers buy the old product, just before the upgrade is revealed and released. They complain, hoping to exchange their outdated product for the latest one.

If this happened to you with the Playstation 3 Slim (unlikely if you’re a regular around here), Best Buy may have an offer for you.¬†A leaked company memo, acquired by Kotaku, says stores can offer a free game and a price match to anyone who takes their beef to customer service.

The games on offer — Infamous, MLB 09: The Show and Killzone 2 — aren’t bad, either. Add in the $100 credit you’d get back to reflect the Slim’s price cut, and you’ve got an enticing reason not to upgrade.

This, of course, isn’t a selfless maneuver by Best Buy. Though there’s no official date, the PS3 Slim’s launch is imminent. Amazon has the console shipping on Friday, and some stores around the United States have started selling it already. With no price difference at all between the old and new models, the original Playstation 3 will begin to look like a paperweight to prospective buyers.

I’ve heard that you can still pick up the old Playstation 3 bundle, with LittleBigPlanet and the film Wall-E on Blu-ray, for the new price of $300, but I don’t expect that deal to last, as Best Buy doesn’t have the bundle on its Web site any more. Even so, Best Buy does not want those old units lingering on store shelves, and it certainly doesn’t want to be restocking old consoles that were already sold.

So if you’re a late buyer of the Playstation 3 Fat, speak up! If not, keep an eye on those old models, just in case any more deals come about.

 
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  1. Seumas Says:

    Why would they want a PS3 Slim? it offers nothing that the previous PS3 had except that it looks stupid and has a few feature less. I bought my 160gb PS3 (replacing a 60gb PS3 I had for a couple years that was recently stolen) from Amazon a couple weeks before the PS3 Slim came out fully knowing it was coming out any week (or month, more likely).

    It’s a good thing the PS3 Slim is about $100 cheaper, because that’s at least how much you’d have to pay me to take that ugly piece of crap over the original style.

  2. Myk JL Says:

    I was going to wait till next year to get a PS3 160GB, but when I read that PS3 Slim had 40 Gigs less I decided to make sure I got 160GB version ASAP. PS3 Slim just sounds like a downgrade.

  3. Mason Parker Says:

    i love to see new product launches because i am addicted to shopping both online and offline.:-‘

  4. John Says:

    I agree with Seumas. I don't own a PS3 yet, but I would much rather buy the old version rather than the slim. The fact that Sony cut backwards compatibility out of the slim doesn't make it seem worth while to me at all.

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