Here’s Your PS3 Slim Pricing!

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After the PS3 Slim was announced, we’ve been inundated with requests for news on when the console would launch locally, as well as its indicative recommended retail price.

I’m happy to report* that in-line with European price cuts the 120Gb PS3 Slim is expected locally towards the end of September – at a RRP of R3799. All things considered, that’s really not a terrible price for such a capable console. Locally, it’s priced the same as the soon-to-be-retired Xbox 360 Pro, but absolutely trumps it when it comes to specification; It has a Blu-Ray drive, built in Wi-Fi and twice the storage space of the 60gb Pro. With R3799 cash-in-hand, the PS3 slim is the obvious choice – and I know which one I’d buy.

The 80Gb regular PS3 in turn now has a RRP of R4199, including 2 platinum games (although Makro currently has that bundle at R3999 – so if you want a PS3 and can’t wait for the slim, that’s probably your best bet).

*Ed: Unfortunately SK has refused to answer our requests for comment so this report is based on the very best information our moles could dig up

Last Updated: August 24, 2009

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Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • janrik

    Rip off. Should max be R2500!

  • easy

    that price is not entirely surprising, but i do think the 80gb price tag should be dropped more (i would say R3600 at least) otherwise most people will just wait for the slim.

    its not going to be easy shifting old stock.

  • easy

    how do you figure that out?
    $299 is currently R2335.00.
    how are the distributors and retailers going to make any profit?

  • janrik

    R150 is a nice profit per item.

    How does the US retailers make a profit?

  • If we were working on straight conversion you could expect that, but you’d also expect the Xbox 360 Pro to retail at R2500. That too sells for R3799.

    One contributing factor to our inflated local pricing is that customs charges levies on bulk imported electrical goods sometimes in excess of 40%

  • The $299 already includes retail profit!

  • ewie

    Agree in japan retailers only make $8.

    so anything over R100 is a ripoff.

    but this is south africa.

    http://kotaku.com/5344035/japanese-retailers-making-peanuts-off-ps3-slim

  • janrik

    Nice company line. :tongue:

    I’m sure customs takes a toll, but surely the distros/retailers dont them selves pay $299 per item?

    They must surely get it even cheaper, since the $299 includes profit in US.

    And shipping is really not that expensive in bulk.

    And yes I feel teh same about the Pro price.

  • easy

    do you live in south africa? anything electronic goods in this country cost at least more than half extra than our american compatriots.

    then again you might not be buying your own goods? 😉

  • Remember to be fair you need to compare with PAL countries.

    It’s EUR299 in Europe which works out to R3 324 which is pretty close to this price.

    Obviously cheaper is always better but I don’t think we are being ripped right now

  • janrik

    Blu ray is region free last time I looked… :devil:

    where is a one gov / one currency world when you need it.

  • fallen_angel

    Yip, pal territories always pay 40-50 % more for some reason. Still fair is fair but why should we be happy to pay more. Too many companies wanting to milk the situation, while preventing the market from growing.
    affordability = growth

  • ewie

    correct, and last year when the $ gained a lot against the rand and the pound tanked, we got a increase because of change in dollar.

  • Fox1

    But September is Halo: ODST month and October is Forza 3 month. Makes the Elite seem like the better choice :tongue:

  • Oh I agree 100%, I just wanted to point out we weren’t being singled out in South Africa on this one, the odd pricing is reflective of the entire PAL territory.

  • fallen_angel

    An ideal world would be where no such distinctions exists. Or maybe Sony etc are just carrying the NA market while we foot the bill. My conspiracy theory for the day

    10 more minutes till work is out….:w00t:

  • Fox1

    Also remember that we don’t have the population numbers to push out as many consoles 🙁

    And whats the sense of having a Blu-Ray player if a Blu-Ray movie costs R299 just for one movie. I could get 2 HD games for the same price :dizzy:

  • RSA-Ace

    Only for games. Movies can still be region locked.

  • RSA-Ace

    Uncharted 2, Ratchet and Clank, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, maybe GT5 in Dec (but i doubt it).

    Also the Q1 2010 games are looking great (Heavy Rain and GoW3).

    Both consoles seem to have some good games coming out, i just prefer whats coming out on PS3. Halo doesnt interest me. Forza 3 seems cool though – but i think GT5 will be much better if it ever comes out…

  • Um, what profit?

    Consoles (PS, Wii and Xbox) have ALWAYS been sold at a loss. The profits are made on game sales.

  • Phoreals

    Where did this information come from?

    If SterKinekor did not announce it (them being the exclusive local distributors and all), then who did?

    Just curios.

  • Unfortunately all corporates suffer from the same information leaks, the PSPGo and PS3 Slim are 2 perfect examples of information escaping before it was meant to.

  • WitWolfyZA

    Lets wait till December then… We are bound to get awesome bundles with a slight discount then… I think that’ll be the best option. If the Pricing is still too steep. And plus then its BONUS season!

  • Dark

    Guys seriously dont compare US prices for our market as the channel is VIA europe and the UK as Lazy put it. The Americans are on their own wave length. All electronics are waaaaay cheaper than anywhere else. If you wanna complain complain about how we get ripped off on CAR prices. Now thats BAD seriously BAD. I could be driving the Baddest CAR ever if I could get American prices. You can now even take your old clapped out crappy car and get an awesome rebate 🙂

  • janrik

    Indeed. But why do we?

    If only people would wake up and not say thanks for being mauled all the time.

    Sigh. I miss the reds.

  • Lupus

    I like how people always say SA doesn’t have the numbers, we are sitting on a population of 44 Million at the moment, less 12 million or so to the Poms, twice that of Australia, a quarter of North America ;-). We have the numbers we just don’t have the buying power due to companies ripping off everyone left right and center, keeping the poor, poor and the government pockets nicely lined.

  • easy

    buying power is very important, but not as important as unemployment figures.
    sa currently has 23.5% of its population out of work and probably a similar percentage that are on minimum wage. that’s almost half the population that are not anywhere near the lsm that console manufactures are targeting.
    there are many other factors to take into consideration.

    unfortunately not everyone in this country is as privileged as you or i. please bare this in mind next time you use sa as an example of luxury living in comparison to first world countries.

  • kab123

    It’s simple. The USA is almost a 100% consumer driven economy. We’ve seen with this current recession that is the USA consumser stops buying, their entire economy stands on the brink of collapse.

    For every PS, 360 or Wii sold in RSA a 100 sell in the USA. Consumer goods is what drives their economy. “Stuff” will always be cheaper in a economy based on such a “method”

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