Shift its not about whether I can afford it or not. I'm working 40 hours doing a very well paid internship. I'll be able to afford a PS3 and a 360 and many games for both along with wii by the end of the summer (Hell by the end of the month actually). I do however feel like spending that amount of money on games is not something I can bring myself to do. I spent most of my younger years playing downloaded computer games for free. I felt guilty paying $250 for a wii. I'm glad I did of course, but I only bought 2 games (besides wii sports). Then I chose to get gamecube games because they were cheaper. Seeing as I missed out on the entire lifespan of the PS2 (other than San Andreas which I played on my roomates PS2), I feel like buying a cheapy PS2 with cheap games is going to be far more fun than VC games and I won't feel as guilty about blowing money on gaming. It has to tell you something when the PS2 is selling far far better than the PS3.
I was out of gaming since the N64 era until the Wii and now I'm somewhat interested again. But honestly not very much could sell me on buying a PS3 over a 360, unless the price came down to something comparable. PS3 is losing many exclusives. It's a far better decision to invest a little more money and just buy a PC instead. Sorry shift, you gotta realize that the PS3 is a little behind at this point.
As for silver ps2s, best buy still has them listed online, just not available in stores. They go for less than $150 on ebay it seems like. But I'm thinking I might just wait till I get back home after the summer and borrow a friends who doesn't play his anymore. Feel free to call me cheap, I am just of the opinion that spending significant amounts of cash on gaming is not prudent.