There is no way (currently) to identify the PS3 FW from the box... unlike PSP unfortunately. We've compared (2) boxes, one from a 1.00 and one from a 1.10 stock PS3, and both had the same info/codes on them.
I also saw that costco bundle in stock for $699 so for another 100 you get a controller and that Genji game and the abilty to return the system whenever you want... I am not sure that is worth another 100 though.
If anyone is still seeking a PS3, they are now in stock at BestBuy online http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=999965800050007&st=ps3&type=product&id=pcmprd65900050007.
I picked up a 2nd PS3 from Bestbuy.com. It arrived yesterday and I fired it up today. It came with firmware version 1.31. I was kind of hoping it would have been one of the unopened returns from an ebayer with an earlier version but sounds like we're ok with 1.32 and under *crosses fingers.