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