195w ago - As reported last week, the PlayStation 3 Slim console is now available at GameStop.
When GameHeadzOnline.com (linked above) asked the manager about the PS3 Slim's early arrival, he told them the PS3 Slim consoles "came in today, and they have Sony's blessing to sell them."
In related news, Kotaku is reporting that Best Buy is now offering free PS3 games to prevent standard PS3 trade-ins.
To quote: "An internal memo (below), verified independently by a number of employees at different stores, shows that Best Buy is offering people who come into the store to exchange recently purchased PlayStation 3's for the newly released PS3 Slim a choice of a free PlayStation 3 title and price match in lieu of the new slimmer, larger-hard-drive sporting console.
Due to the interest in the new Slim model, the memo warns, stores may see people trying to return their console for the newer model. Before doing the exchange, a store is allowed to offer a choice of a free copy of Infamous, MLB 09 The Show or Killzone 2. Not a bad selection, but is it worth more than the smaller footprint and bigger hard...
244w ago - The used games market has always been something of a problem for games publishers and developers as there is a certain belief that the respective market undervalues their work.
However, Bob McKenzie of GameStop has trashed such thoughts. He admits that used games are a very profitable part of GameStop's business, but there is a benefit for the publisher in what they call the "circle of life."
The reason being is that the trade-ins GameStop get help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well. To quote:
Multiplayer: Sales of used games are a big part of GameStop's business. What do you say to people who say that selling used games undermines the value of the work done by publishers and developers?
McKenzie: The used games, as reported in our financials, are a very profitable part of our business. The major benefit, not only for us but for the publishers as well, is what we call a "circle of life." The trade-ins we get from used games help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well.
I've got an eight-year-old boy who's very much into gaming on all formats. [The used game trade-in option is] really neat. It's not just teaching him some economic lessons hopefully at a young age but it's really about having a broader assortment of...
272w ago - Have an HD-DVD player laying around and want to get rid of it? Well, if you bought it at any Circuit City location, you can now trade it in towards a purchase of any Blu-ray disc player.
Don't want a Blu-ray player? That's okay! They'll hand you a gift card in the amount of the original purchase price instead.
According to customer reports, the trade-in deal is good towards a PlayStation 3 unit as well. Keep in mind this deal is in-store only. The full memo is detailed below:
HD DVD - The End. Toshiba stated in a press release that they will stop manufacturing and selling HD DVD players. The marketplace has spoken in favor of Blu-ray. We are delighted that consumers now will be able to invest with confidence in next-generation video disc players and titles. Based on Toshiba's announcement, we expect to phase out HD DVD players and movie titles in our stores and on our Web site in the near future. FAQs
Why will Circuit City continue to sell HD DVD players for the near future?
There are large numbers of HD DVD movie titles still in circulation and some customers will want to be able to view those titles.
Also, HD DVD players are very affordable and will continue to play and up-convert standard DVDs with improved quality. So, during the phase-out,...