If you’re looking to buy a Playstation 3 and you don’t know where to start, you’re best bet will probably be eBay.com. Why? Well, I’m writing this article on the night before the Playstation 3 launches and every single retail store has a line about a mile long. OK, well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But the lines are long. Every store I’ve called is completely sold out, and they have been for several days. If I wanted to buy one, I should have started about five or even at some locations, ten days ago.
On eBay, however, there are plenty of systems for sale. The only problem is that you have to dish out about $2000 to get one. The reason? Well, a lot of people wait hours in line at retail stores to get the system at launch. Then, they put the system up on eBay where they know hardcore gamers will pay almost anything to get their hands on one. That’s basic supply and demand for you.
So, if you need one immediately, that’s where I would go. However, if you’re willing to wait a few more days, I would try waiting until the “early bird” specials on “Black Friday” (Friday, November 24, 2006.) Retail stores are more likely to get new shipments on or before that date, and even reserve them specifically for such. Though, you’ll probably have to wake up pretty early because some of those stores open up as early as 4:00 or 5:00 A.M. If I were you, I wouldn’t even go to bed Thanksgiving night and begin the long wait sometime in the early afternoon. Take it from a guy who’s worked in retail, these lines form pretty quickly. Try and stick to the retailers who will offer “tickets” for the items you are in line for, that seems to be the least stressful.
Other, and much easier bets will be online retailers such as Amazon.com, Bizrate.com, and other auction web sites besides eBay like on Overstock.com. Use Google and your other favorite search engines to continuously search for stores and other opportunities to snag your console this holiday season. Good luck on your search.