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PS3 to get even better at taking your money with add-on credit card reader

Discussion in 'Playstation Consoles' started by dedpoet777, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. dedpoet777

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    If there's anything Sony is really good at, it's devising new ways to take your money. The new PS3 firmware that was released this morning, version 1.5, includes support for swiping your credit card right into your console. Yes, video game consoles have gotten so nickel and dimey that it makes sense to have a credit card reader built right in. What the hell is going on?

    Luckily for my blood pressure, this update is Japan only… for now. If it catches on there you can be damned sure that Sony won't hesitate before trying to sell us this new "feature." Here's an idea, Sony: let people buy games and enjoy them without having to constantly pay extra. You never had to pay for extra levels in Super Mario World, after all. — Adam Frucci

    source of article http://blog.scifi.com/tech/archives/2007/01/24/ps3_to_get_even.html

    all i can say is wow. someone want some money? sony does... they are also jacking the price up in canada by 50 bucks...why? because it is actually selling... http://www.gamersreports.com/news/4876/sony-raises-ps3-price-in-canada/

    edit--- the link above about them raising the price in canada was false. sony did not raise the price, but some retailers are raising the price. here is the article with the updated news:

    Source: A short story at Gamers Reports pointing to product listings at the online stores of Best Buy and Future Shop.

    What we heard: When Sony revealed that the price of the PlayStation 3 would be higher than any of its competitors, some thrifty gamers swore they would wait to pick up the machine until it dropped in price. Those gamers might have been surprised today to hear that the price of the PS3 had actually gone up.

    Canadian online stores for Best Buy and Future Shop are currently listing the 60GB PS3's price as C$699.99 ($593), up from its original sale price of C$659.99 ($560). Assuming both stores didn't repeat the same typo on the same product at the same time, there's obviously some truth to the news. The question for prospective PS3 owners then became which is more unusual: reputable retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop charging a scalper's premium on desired products, or Sony embittering and driving away potential customers for the sake of a C$40 (more than $33) markup on recently released hardware.

    A representative with GameStop offered some solace to northerners, stating, "Our EB Games locations in Canada will hold their current PS3 prices...C$549.99 for the 20GB and C$659.99 for the 60GB." So clearly not everyone is jacking up the price on the hardware, but that leaves the questions of whether or not Sony asked them to and why the price hikes are happening in the first place.

    The official story: "Although the suggested retail price (SRP) of the PlayStation 3 in Canada has not changed, some Canadian retailers have chosen to increase their retail price as a result of the weaker Canadian dollar. This increase is solely at the discretion of the retailer, as Sony Computer Entertainment Canada has not issued a price increase."--An SCEC representative.

    Bogus or not bogus?: Sony raising the price? Bogus. That the price has gone up at some stores? Not bogus.

    source of corrected article:http://www.gamespot.com/news/show_b...d=25337080&sid=6164872&tag=latestnews;title;0
     
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    oh my... sony have completely messed the console up with this extra rubbish
     
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    As much as I dispise Sony, they know how to create demand and make a buck. Seriously, they practically brainwashed an entire generation and brought one of the best developers of all time to their knees (SEGA). I'm not surprised at this addition, but I can see where they can argue the convenience factor here. Loyalty to your consumer or the bottom dollar? Which do you think Sony cares the most about? I know my answer.
     
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    thats just dumb. what a money grab, they'll probly release games where you have to keep buying stuff to win/be best lol.
     
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    Imo anybody stupid enought to own a credit card deserves to get their money taken from them.
     
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    so i take it you dont have one.
     
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    When i was 18 I got one because I thought it was the smart thing to do. The interest rate was about 9% which isnt horrible, but its just plain stupid. I had it for a couple of years but wised up and got rid of it.
     
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    Awwww In Canada? Really? Ohhh I wanted to play the new Square-Enix titles (KH3, FFXIII). I can still play my Wii though :) Ohhh but I've collected the Squre-Enix RPGs for so long. I had a PS2 and GameCube, I was a Sony and Nintendo fan. Why are they backing out on the people who still have lives? Why do they just like the undergrad bastards who keep failing because they stayed up all night playing Socom 3 and blow their money on more FPSs? I was sad when there were only more FF side-titles coming to the Wii. I'm just gonna lay in a corner and think about the time I wasted trying to collect and play all of the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games :(


    I like my Wii.
    I never liked Sony, I just needed a DVD player and more FF and the new KH games. The price and stuff was OK before but now its plain ridiculous!
     
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    Thats the stupidest statement I've ever heard. Credit cards are good for a variety of reasons. If you can't control yourself and be responsible thats when you shouldn't have a credit card. I've got a card with a $4000 spending limit. I've had it for 2 years now, my current balance is $25. I used it for gas the other day. Bottom line is if you can't afford something don't buy it.

    That's not really an opinion, thats more of a flame towards people that do have them. Agreed that some people shouldn't have credit cards, but those of us that are responsible should if needed.
     
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    exactly
     
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    do you even have a ps3? because thatd be pretty sad if your bitching about something saying it brings up your blood pressure if you dont even own it
     
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    It's a quote..
     
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    lmao, my newb my newb
     
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    Agreed My Credit Card has a $500 limit, this is a deliberate stratergy, if i ever want to pay for something that is a thousand dollars, then i just put a thousand into it then press pay and it works fine

    current balance is about $150 in credit, i get about 2 to 3 credit card applications in the mail every week as my credit rating is AAA, needless to say they all get ripped up and put in the bin

    you dont have to have a 4000 dollar limit on your card, just insist that you only want 500, they will give it to you, all be it begrudgingly :sad:
     
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    yah its not really taking your money at all unless your an idiot, or they want little kids to swipe it but im sure you need the code or whatever, and ummm its kind of a plus so you dont have to get a prepaid card or whatever
     
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    It's... Kinda the same thing as buying wiipoints in the shop channel...

    Except with this, you don't have to buy points. You directly pay for the stuff.


    Sony just making it easier for people to buy their stuff.
    I don't see the harm.
     
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    Why are they needed? If you cant afford it, then dont buy it. If you can afford it then use cash or a debit card. The only benefit to have a credit card is if you pay your balance off every month and they are giving you flyer miles or other things. Over 80% of poeple do not pay off their balance every month. Out of those people that do pay it off, a very small percentage actually use the rewards given to them.

    You said they are good for a variety of reasons but didnt name one :lol: There are no good reasons besides rewards, but thats if you pay it off in full every month. I guess you can say it builds up your credit, but if you can for your cars with cash then its not really needed. If you need a loan to buy a home, a bank will care about debt to income ratio over a credit score anyday.

    Credit cards, cash advances, & auto loans are all for stupid people. Well not really stupid, but people who enjoy being ripped off.
     
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    Was no need to name any reasons, its pretty much common knowledge. Emergency situations and no direct link to bank account are two major reasons if you need a few. Not to mention some people can afford to spend say $600 on a PS3, but $150/week for that month is much easier to swallow for some. Rewards are a plus. Paying off in full monthly is easy as long as you know how to manage your money, if not then it is agreed those people shall not have credit cards for their own sake or at least not those with high limits.

    So speaking for yourself it does appear true that you shouldn't probably have one, especially after reading this last statement. You are implying that around 90% of the adult population is stupid, which is kind of ironic in your case, as that clearly proves my theory of you living in your own little fantasy world.
     
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    Well the most obvious reason is Consumer Confidence.
     
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    if you can control yourself its good to have. especially for emergencies
     
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