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News & For Sale “PS3 Pre-Launch Madness” by m1cnBot

 
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m1cnBot 11 years ago on 11/15/06

Story Originally Posted By: Oshi

As expected, hardcore gamers and eBay resellers are lining up early at retailers across the country for Friday's launch of Playsta-- er, sorry, PLAYSTATION 3.

The Tuesday prior to launch, I visited the Best Buy in Willow Grove, PA, and witnessed at least 12 people camping out. I was pretty shocked, considering this is lowly suburban Philadelphia. The following day, I returned to a line of 30 people! With at least 36 hours until launch, I decided to survey the crowd and find out what's up.

The first group in line claimed their spot at 2AM Monday night/Tuesday morning. Of that first tent, I confirmed the purchase of two PS3's, one by a mother as a gift, and the other going right up towards eBay. I questioned his motives, noting that eBay is pretty damn saturated with PS3s, but he seemed adamant that if he waits about two weeks before Christmas, he'll reap the big bucks.

Next down the line was a massive group of about 8 guys and 2 girls reluctant to be interviewed, but they seem to be mostly in it for the eBay. Continuing down, I encountered a genius: He's going to be selling the PS3 he acquires and using the profits to buy Wii stuff! Now that's my kinda guy.

Amused yet slightly disheartened by the eBay-to-keep ratio, which was about 4 to 1, I didn't bother asking about launch titles or anything else. By the end of the line, there really wasn't anything worth reporting on. No cool tent setups or anything of that sort. Just a group of dedicated gamers, and salesmen, with the weather on their side (EDIT: Hahah, correction, it's now windy and rainy on Thursday), and hopes that shiny black waffle iron will be theirs.

Or, at least, the money from it.

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Designated Driver 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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So i guess it seems that this product isn't really one for gamers to be wanting to keep, yet one that they want to make more money off of so they can purchase the Wii?

BRILLIANT!
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xbriandespx 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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I think if these people want to make money they should get a job instead of wasting time camping out a week before this thing comes out.
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Michi 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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Yeah, that makes me wonder about how many people are taking time off work just to camp out for this thing. Geez.
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Ryan the Lion 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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What's really disappointing is the fact that some rich kid is going to get a PS3 from his 'rents via eBay and the jobless ass who makes his living selling stuff there; whereas some poor gamer who worked their fingers to the bone at a dead-end job will comer up empty handed because they couldn't afford to take the time to wait in line.
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President Baltar 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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PWNED!!!!
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yuushi 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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The poor gamer should save his money then until the system has better games . . .

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Prefect Grammar 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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As far as Target in Willow Grove, Abington to be exact, first person lined up Wednesday night. There are currently eight people out there, and currently the weather is not on their side. Serves 'em right, the ones that are scalpers anyway. I hope there are a lot of bugs in the first batch.
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Ryan the Lion 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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Amen to that.
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Oshi 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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Yeah, the weather definately turned for the worse.. It's still warm as fuck out, but VERY windy and mildy rainy.
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sylkx 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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http://...ebay.com/...Z62054QQtcZphotoQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Wow.. look at the winning bid for a PS3
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yuushi 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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This is kinda freaky though:

http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/4661551.html
"Four People Shot (with air pellets) While Waiting for PlayStation Console, Including 27 NEWSFIRST Reporter"

Bring yer flak jackets if you're waiting in line when in Kentucky!!!
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Designated Driver 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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Latest weather reports here indicate a Tornado watch for my area.

I kinda am starting to feel bad for those people in line....
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Kapt Dai 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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This is Kapt Dai reporting - Currently I am at my place of business (Best Buy). I have been camped out since yesterday. The weather has been a chilly 25-35*F. With winds @ about 15-25mph. My store currently has only 26 PS3s (20premium/6core) and I am 22nd in line. It's been a fun experience. My tent hasn't burnt down, yet. But the propane heater is keepin me nice and toasty. Best Buy plans to open this store @ 8am tomorrow morning and I'll finally have my system.

More to come tomorrow, when I'm actually back to my home. On my computer. Fappin to n00dz!

*I'm also gettin my pirate-pistols (tattoo) finished tomorrow!
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HardRockGuy 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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I work at Best Buy

Im going to make sure none of those Ebay crooks buy more than one PS3 and the supervisor and General Manager are by my side >:)

My co-worker friend is in line, and I want him to get a chance to buy a 60gb PS3 since he doesn't want to sell it, he can't anyways or he is fired.

Im not going to let some greedy fucktard family of four purchase 4 60gb PS3's.
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SEGA GENESIS 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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You go, dude. Fight for your right to... something or other.
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Mazel Tov Cocktail 11 years ago on 11/16/06
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Man, you gotta respect the tenacity of those guys. I wonder if they're living off of snapalopes.
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Icewind 11 years ago on 11/17/06
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Wait, selling a ps3 is grounds for getting fired? How's that work?
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Kapt Dai 11 years ago on 11/17/06
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Because APPARENTLY, even if we don't use our employee discount (which we get none on PS3s), we still have "insider information" like: How many systems are going to be in the store... etc etc.
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AngelMeatPie 11 years ago on 11/19/06
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Haha, I live in Lexington (for school..) where those BB shootings happened...sweeettt.

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