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Best Buy Deal To Prevent Old PS3 Exchanges For PS3 Slim

If you recently bought a PS3, you're likely a little annoyed at the announcement of the PS3 Slim and the corresponding $100 price drop. Not surprisingly, retailers are expecting a trade-in and exchange blitz when the Slim comes around in only a few days, but Best Buy wants to fend it off.

Thanks to a leaked note to Best Buy employees (pictured here) and in a story potentially verified by Kotaku, it seems this retailer is offering the consumer incentive to keep his or her old PS3. You can see the deal in question in that letter: basically, if someone shows up wanting to exchange their recently purchased fat PS3 for the PS3 Slim, they will be offered a free game instead of buying the Slim. Basically, what will happen is they'll take in the system, re-sell it, and give you either Killzone 2, inFamous, or MLB 09: The Show for free. It also seems as if there is no official street date for the Slim, so if you start hearing reports of the machine on store shelves before September 1, they might be true. This Best Buy offer may not be the last you'll see, either; we wouldn't be surprised if GameStop did something to combat the flood of old PS3 systems that will likely come their way in the next few weeks. Well, this is what happens when you wait to announce something at a particular event, rather than giving us some time to plan ahead in our shopping.

Not that we're complaining or anything, but we imagine there are plenty of ticked-off consumers out there who are none too happy about missing out on this price cut.  Also, we think this Best Buy thing only applies to straight-up returns with receipts and not trade-ins.

8/26/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (56 posts)

anjpikapp3
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:08:04 AM
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Yeah the Slims are out there....i got mine yesterday from a bestbuy in WA.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 4:43:11 PM

I got mine yesterday at a BB in NH. There were only 3 left when I showed up. They`re out there alright, but maybe in limited quantities until Sept 1st.

Last edited by Hezzron on 8/26/2009 4:44:48 PM

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:10:03 AM
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I'll never get rid of my beautiful obese 40 gig!

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kevyd09
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 3:05:53 AM

im never getting rid of my launch day 60 gig!! its far more prettier and it has worked faithfully for me these last few yrs so it deserves to be kept and maybe a hard drive upgade for xmas!

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PS3addict
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:17:47 AM
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I am going to look and see, but I love the look of my Shiny beast.
Love the idea of a matte finish, but my PS3 is a real beauty, pus real buttons on the front? Dunno about that one either.

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ThePearlJamer
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:38:20 AM

I'm still loving my launch 60 gig...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:52:39 PM

Lack of buttons ftw.

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packersfan66
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 2:30:53 PM

launch 60 gb for the win.

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ShadowRunner
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:21:15 AM
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I heard they might give a $100 refund

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:41:54 PM

They'll give you the $100 difference PLUS the game.

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:22:25 AM
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Doesn't BB have the old "if you find it cheaper within 30 days we give you the difference" deal? Sure they do. Why would you want a game instead of your hundred bux? This doesn't make sense. If it's been longer than 30 days then too bad. You bought what you bought when you bought it.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:06:29 PM

You get a free game with the $100 difference back.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 4:50:40 PM

Alienange - You missed the point son. They`ll give you back $100 dollars because of the price drop AND they`ll give you one of those games for free if you hang on to the Phat. The end result is you keep a Phat with a game for the same price as a gameless Slim.

Last edited by Hezzron on 8/26/2009 4:51:46 PM

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:13:23 PM

Gosh, excuse ME if the $100 back wasn't made blatantly clear in the article. All I saw was "no don't bring back your phat, we'll give you a game."

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ShadowRunner
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:23:14 AM
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It is available now

http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/25/sony-ps3-slim-turns-up-at-florida-best-buy/#continued

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Byakko2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:28:20 AM
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I like my PS3 to have junk in its trunk. But petite models are also my thing so I might get one of these later. On a serious note, I want the new models for the reduced power usage for sure.

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:55:28 PM

So the 'old' style is now the Badunkadunk PS3? ;-)

I'm keeping mine until it refuses to work anymore and my 4-year extended warranty is up...even if it is like running a second refrigerator at home!

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Robochic
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:33:39 AM
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Nice to see a retailer giving an insentive to people who paid over the 299 price for their PS3's. A free game is worth it i still say the walmart deal to get rid of their Fat PS3s is really good getting LBP killzone 2 and a blue ray movie for 299 is a great deal

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johnld
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:40:16 PM

I dont know how i missed that, but theres no way in hell am i trading in my 60gig for a slim.

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:09:41 PM

@ johnld - pretty sure you didn't buy a new 60gb within the past 30 days.

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:34:46 AM
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the original 60 is still the best you can get, but the slim is still realy appealing

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 11:37:20 AM
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I just but a phat PS3 a month ago and I'm not disappointed at the news about the Slim and $100 price cut(mine was a bundle that included Killzone 2 & MGS4 and it still cost $400!)and that was at Best Buy.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:07:56 PM

So now, you can get an additional game for free and the $100 back (plus tax).

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:33:00 PM

But I don't want to trade in my phat for a slim, if I want a slim I'll just buy one(I love my 80gb phat!).

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johnld
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:41:56 PM

they give you 100 bucks and a free game if you KEEP your old model ps3. Thats only if you bought it within 30 days of the price drop.

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:36:12 PM

Ohhh! I think its been a little past 30 days for me.

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eLLeJuss
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 12:26:35 PM
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Well for me. No B/C no deal!

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Zorigo
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:30:19 PM

the slims gd, but im happy with my 40gb. ill upgrade the hdd, wat more do i need.

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johnld
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:43:50 PM

well, you missed the boat on that. should've bought it before and even then it was a good deal. Heres an idea for you. buy a ps3 slim and a ps2 slim and tape it together. there you go a ps3 slim with backwards compatibility. just pretend you're charging your controller when you use the ps2 controllers.

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chicko1983
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:11:27 PM

I dont get people like that, if they were that obsessed with b/c they would have bought one back when b/c was built in like I and so many other people sensibly did.
Funny thing is that I can now get close to what I paid for my launch 60gb PAL ps3 and I cant see it depreciating much either. It will become a collectors edition due to it being the only fully featured sku available. And the PAL unit can play at 60Hz, not 50Hz like the NTSC units.

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twenty8nine
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:18:27 PM

I must have gotten a steal on my 60 gig fully featured launch model. I picked it up last Christmas for only $300 but without the box, instruction manual, or any games.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 12:49:48 PM
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Picked up my slim at 1:30pm yesterday from Gamestop. It was the last one available, out of a shipment of 25.

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Gone
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:32:40 PM

I also got my PS3 Slim yesterday at Gamestop. It is so quiet that you can't even tell it's on. It looks a lot better in person than in the pictures. Now all I need is a 32" LCD and I am good to go.

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YesterdysRising
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:03:56 PM
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My new slim from Amazon will be here this week :) and I'm not sure what I'm doing with my 60gb yet. I might keep it around or sell it. It just runs too hot for my room.

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Alienange
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:13:52 PM

How small is your room?

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www
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:13:15 PM
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I see the new PS3 LOGO on those blu rays that come with it, is the new logo going to be the norm?

I heard Sony whining that,the full 'P L A Y S T A T I O N 3' logo we all have on our fats weren't quite visible on billboards, reason for the new 'P S 3' slim logo.

I thought things like logos aren't supposed to change until you bring out a new system? The new logo is cool though, but I don't appreciate how things are being changed anytime,anyday,anywhere this generation.

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Douchebaguette
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:38:46 PM

What Sony should really do is revive the old Playstation font and put a 3 on the end.

Though I know they still keep that font; I've seen an updated version of it somewhere...

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www
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:43:44 PM

I for one thought I'll see that 'PS3' spiderman font we have on the spine of the blu ray cases with the red background on the slim

But I must admit after seeing better photos of the slim, I can say it looks sleek & sexy BUT.... the fat is still sexier. The slim is not as fugly as some us thought.

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Andysw
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:15:07 PM
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Great. That way xbots won't have to use the excuse of owners rebuying a playstation 3, thus the increase of playstation 3 sales.

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johnld
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:46:50 PM

wont matter cause microsoft releases number concerning units shipped so you cant really have a good comparison since figures released about sony uses units sold.

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Douchebaguette
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:36:15 PM
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1 free game?!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 1:42:35 PM
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They'll give you the $100 difference PLUS the game.


Last edited by Orvisman on 8/26/2009 1:43:00 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 2:58:24 PM
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I think this kind of minimal chaos was predicted by Sony, in the end it causes a big stir about the PS3 and will ultimately make for more interest in it as supply tries to reach growing demand.

If I didn't have and love my big beast for 2 years I would take the free game and then go home and sell the system on ebay if I needed a Slim so dang much.

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 5:12:33 PM

Might be on to something there World...artificial shortage+the new buzz about a PS3 slim. The Wii effect?

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chicko1983
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:15:20 PM

plausible

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chicko1983
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 6:14:58 PM
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I want a slim but already have a launch 60gb unit.
This may be the first time I ever buy two of the same consoles.

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Charger7302
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 7:58:08 PM
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Beside for the price, why would anyone want to trade in the "fat" ps3 for the slim? IMO the 'fat' ps3 is way better looking and just better overall.

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Troop
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 8:06:56 PM
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I agree with chicko1983. This will probably be the first time I buy 2 of the same consoles. I've been waiting for this.

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Jed
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:43:56 PM
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The slims are already being sold everywhere. We got 3 at my gamestop, and they were gone within hours.

I will stick with my launch day 60gig monolith. I love that damn machine.

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pyrobomber70
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 9:56:04 PM
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Did you guys know that on EBAY they are listing PS3 Slims for $350 and up already? I want to know if there is going to be a Drake's Fortune Package Deal! Any info on this?

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twenty8nine
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:15:30 PM
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Two words: Backwards Compatibility. I will not give up my 60 gig launch PS3 for one that is not so fully featured.

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djduke316
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 @ 10:28:58 PM
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I like my PS3 like I like my women. Big and Beautiful.

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___________
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 3:07:18 AM
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my mates pissed...... really pissed pissed, at me though because i convinced him into getting a ps3, and EB wont give back any refunds ..... cheap greedy mother ^%#$@%^^%$#$%$@

o and anyone who wants a 60GB ps3 let me know, ive got mine on ebay and getting a slim.
god knows why, but i have to get every single new thing that comes out, its a bloody addiction which is eventually going to kill me.
but as bart simpson said live fast die young and leave a big fat corpse.

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Nasty80
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 10:09:48 AM
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does anyone want to buy me launch 60gig?
i dont use the b/c or the memory slots, just play ps3 games and blue ray movies. I want a slim!

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lionfire
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 10:14:23 AM
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i have a 500 gig(originally 80), with 500 external hard drive also that is BC, i dont think im gonna trade mine in anytime soon.

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solidsnakins
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @ 11:12:02 AM
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Getting rid of my 60 gig when it comes back from sony for the second time. Got my 120 Gig slim yesterday from best buy. Sweeet. now i just gotta unload this 60 gig on someone

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