SLIM??? Unless your comparing the current Kirstie Alley version of it! hahahah seriously, that thing looked bigger than my full tower. In all reality Slim or no slim, I would be looking to drop another 400 bucks on a console that is going to be reduced to specs that will almost equal a PS2. (ex. 2 usb ports, no wifi, no bla bla bla)
What Sony really needs to do is get its head out of its butt, and realize that the PS2 is dead now, and they can go on to drop the price of the ps3 to around 200 bucks, which in my book is still expensive, especially now with this economy, people would buy a lot more systems and games.
This is coming from the 'average' household with a medium income. Not from the 'average' who is not affected by the economy.