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SCEA Announces Expanded Availability For PSN Cards

It's the announcement many PlayStation 3 owners have been waiting for, despite the fact the product has actually been available in select retailers for quite a while. Thing is, many consumers had no idea where to find these nifty PlayStation Network Cards, and up until this point, we had limited official information.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced they're "expanding the availability of the popular PlayStation Network Cards to additional major retailers nationwide this holiday season." The cards allow you to bypass the need for a credit card; you simply purchase the Network Card at the retailer (sure, use cash), bring it home, then dump the money into your virtual wallet for the Store. And starting in October, these Cards will be available at Walmart, Best Buy, and select Sam's Club outlets. Sony will add Barnes & Noble College Bookstores in November, which should come as good news to all you university students out there. Starving college kids shouldn't have credit cards!

And in case you didn't already know, SCEA reminds us that you can currently find the Network Cards at Blockbuster, Pamida, Meijer Superstores and Speedway locations across the country. They are available in $20 and $50 denominations, and in all honesty, the timing is fantastic. Just yesterday, there were plenty of reasons to drop some money on the store, what with Wipeout HD, Burnout Paradise and Mega Man 9 launching. Said SCEA's Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations:

"The PLAYSTATION Network Cards are an easy way for PSP and PS3 fans to obtain great games, movies, TV shows and other entertainment through PLAYSTATION Network and we are pleased to offer them at major retailers nationwide. With the holiday season right around the corner, these cards are an ideal gift option for friends and family, whether they are movie aficionados, dedicated gamers or something in between."

We're still not entirely sure why GameStop is being left out of the equation, but with Wal-Mart and Best Buy getting added to the distribution list, most everyone should have access to the Cards over the next couple of months. And that's good news, certainly.

9/26/2008 Ben Dutka

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Riku994
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 1:27:24 PM
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YAYZ, I can get me some dragonforce and death magnetic for GH3!... Assuming this includes Canada.

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Skatejimmy5
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 1:33:48 PM
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I'm just waiting for a Europe release.

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Maz
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 1:35:50 PM
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ben, any news on the cards comin to the UK????

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 8:59:23 PM

Sorry, this is a SCEA press release and only applies to North America. I really don't know about the UK.

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cegmp
Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 10:17:30 PM

How bout Asia? Would you happen to know Ben?

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Bardock617
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 1:42:21 PM
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i better not be walking to blockbuster for nothing. i went there 2 weeks ago and nothing so if they dont this time i will be mad.

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JPBooch
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 1:57:39 PM
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Yeah, my blockbuster didn't have them either. They told me to go to Gamestop which was futile. Wal-mart and Best Buy are great news.

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 2:14:47 PM
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I wont buy anything from the PS store until these are released

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OhYessss
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 2:51:22 PM

lol

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Dingodial
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 2:30:59 PM
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Sony probably left Gamestop out of the deal because the gamestop franchise is LOADED with xbox 360 fans and PS3 fans usually never go to gamestop. You said this yourself a few weeks ago, Ben. I just hope that they start selling the cards at circuit city too because they usually have better game deals than best buy (and sometimes even wal-mart)

Last edited by Dingodial on 9/26/2008 2:32:32 PM

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www
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 3:15:13 PM
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Dat is GOOD cause i've neva had a credit card,so am gon tell ma friend to get these cards for me n send'em to me.I luv dat pre-pay thang on 360 cause we all don't got damn credit cards.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 4:36:46 PM
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Agreed, thank god I finally got a place to go, sadly it's Wal-Marx but w/e haha. Blockbuster here says "Well each Blockbuster branch doesn't entirely follow the other Blockbusters so each Blockbuster store doesn't do exactly as it's stated in commercials and ads and such" which is why my Blockbuster still and always had late-fees =\

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jrch
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 5:00:05 PM
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I picked up a $50 card at blockbuster, but they charged me tax on the card, so it cost me over $54. When i went online to purchase bionic commando rearmed i got charged taxes again. So the card cost $54 dollars but I can't even buy $50 worth of games, I can only buy around $46 worth of games. So, i'm paying taxes on the card and the games. That sucks that i'm losing out on $8, hey that's almost the price of bionic commando.

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BigT_1980
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 11:32:41 PM

I don't know nothing about them charging you sales tax on the card itself but I never have been charged sales on any of my PSN purchase here in Florida. If your being charged sales tax on your PSN purchases maybe it has something to do with the state your in or the way the card was rang up at Blockbuster.

Last edited by BigT_1980 on 9/26/2008 11:33:20 PM

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 6:08:04 PM
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lol that sux =\ i didn't know they charged tax on psn..

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Riku994
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 6:14:17 PM
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Thats a bit of a rip off...

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 8:05:45 PM
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I bet gamestop isn't even aware that these cards exsist, let alone sell them.

Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 9/26/2008 8:06:06 PM

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jlch777
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 10:27:43 PM
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at least!!

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Orvisman
Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 11:08:22 AM
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Also heard Rite Aid and 7-11 have 'em too.

And yeah, if you buy gift cards from the place itself, like a movie theater, they don't charge tax. But if you pick the same card up, or any other card at 7-11 or your local market, they will charge you tax, at least here in Jersey or Texas where my wife is from.

As far as PSN charging tax, I don't get that. Internet sales don't come with a tax unless the site has a store within something like 50 miles of your location. So, maybe if there is a SonyStyle store near you that might explain the tax.

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screw_off
Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 12:49:53 PM
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Dude, you need to add a place to your list. I am a devote PS fan, from the start. I also work at RadioShack. RadioShack just had their annual sales meeting in Texas. They officially announced that they are going to be carrying the PSN cards. They will come in a master pack quantity of 25. They will arrive in-store in the beginning to middle of quarter 4. I have already told my boss to order at least one master pack. S.E.Kansas will finally get their PSN card fix...

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wiiplay
Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 7:05:23 PM
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Is it going to come to Future Shop?

I don't know if Future Shop is in the states.
So is it coming to Future Shop? (Canada)

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screw_off
Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 11:51:39 PM

I myself have never heard of your Future Shop, so I cant say. I would guess no since its not on the list, but RadioShack wasn't on the list either so, there is no telling. Sorry friend. If I find anything out, I will post. Ben or Arnold will probably find out before me though.

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NuCl3aR32
Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 5:21:07 AM
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Better late than never i guess how it works with sony.

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