i'm in colombia, here at sony style stores (yes we have a couple of those!) the fat ps3 is being sell for U$450, that's insane for us, that's two times our monthly minimun salary. i've got mine for U$800 two years ago, the mgs boundle, so it is very expensive to be a gamer here, at least a ps3 gamer because sony haven't ever paid attention to South american market, although nintendo and microsoft had.
their consoles rule seven gen pie here, i.e. a totally pirated wii with to controllers and 10 games cost u$350 and xbox arcade cost the same, pirated games are U$5 for both, ps3 games are U$100, so no wonder piracy rule my country, i've got a great job so i managed to own 9 games (but i'm buying them in the states) but i'm one of the 1200 ps3 colombian gamers compared to almost 100000 wii players and 25000 xbox players.
sony isn't the only one to blame for VGs to be expensive, in south america,the goverments of our countries are guilty as well, because they charge VGs with taxes that increases insainly VGs prices.