PSN Cards At Select Retailers...GameStop Not Included
As most PS3 owners who don't (or won't) use credit cards on the PlayStation Store will tell you, it's extraordinarily irritating to always hear about the PSN cards...and to never have them available. So here's an update for you, although it may not help much.
Most recently, we learned that these cards, in both $20 and $50 denominations, are available at military exchange locations throughout the world. So we've got our armed services guys covered, and if you know one of 'em, they can hook you up. Now, as reported by FeedOnPS3, the following locations currently have the PSN cards for sale: Pamida, Meijer, Blockbuster and Speedway. Well, actually, Blockbuster, 7-Eleven and RideAid join up in September, so you'll be able to get them there within the next few days. Of course, everyone is wondering: "uh...what about GameStop?" Yeah, you'd figure this would be the first location on the list, right? Well, after placing more than a few calls to several GameStops, it seems they have no idea when they're coming. Worse yet, one store said they heard they'd be getting them "early next year."
This is a classic "WTF" moment. So, a freakin' 7-Eleven will have PSN cards but GameStop won't? Does anybody else find something exceedingly strange about this situation? Why bother with random non-game-affiliated retailers? What's stopping Sony from issuing the cards everywhere? We're just confused.
8/27/2008 Ben Dutka