$2 to the pound US PS3's all round....

TwoJs

Distinguished Member
as the title suggests, its the time to import I reckon guys get a US PS3 bloody cheap brillant news for importers I would say bad news for exporters :rotfl: :thumbsup:
 
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benzonar

Guest
Well I am currently in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on business and their currency is linked to the dollar. I picked up a PAL PS3 60GB for the equivalent of £320 3 days ago.

Games are also £30 or under, so will buy a few whilst here.
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
...and when you bring it through customs just tell them it's a new whizzy Sony sandwich maker with remote browning control :D
 
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benzonar

Guest
If they stop me, but i have an internal connection and so that will be unlikely. :D
 

themanwithapc

Active Member
...and when you bring it through customs just tell them it's a new whizzy Sony sandwich maker with remote browning control :D
People have apparently been carrying PS3 boxes through customs without any problems (although that's America I think). Either way, you could bring it in luggage.
 

MattZani

Banned
just put it in a suitcase, if they ask anything, say its a birthday gift (went to US to see family etc.)
 

Fillumgeek

Well-known Member
Brought mine back from the US with no probs at all....
Take it you just carried it through, had it scanned as hand luggage etc?



btw, VideogamesPLUS sell them (60gb) now (with today's exchange rate)
for £325 (postage included)
 

TwoJs

Distinguished Member

btw, VideogamesPLUS sell them (60gb) now (with today's exchange rate)
for £325 (postage included)[/QUOTE]



Thats what im talking about. only thing that worries me is the PS3 network, am I correct in saying I wont be able to get on the UK network with a US PS3.
If thats the case is that good or bad ?!
 

Fillumgeek

Well-known Member
If you buy at Amazon.com, you can get one for (current rate) £298 but you will have to get it delivered to a US resident and schlep if over here, I'd say
for an extra £25 VideogamePlus might be the way to go.

I can't help thinking prices will go further south though, regardless of exchange rate
 

Mark Botwright

Distinguished Member
Alot of people bulk bought expecting shortages and rightly got stung for it:D
With stock still good, prices can only go down.
 

rss

Active Member
Take it you just carried it through, had it scanned as hand luggage etc?
The only point where you can get stung is once you go through customs. If you go through Nothing to Declare and subsequently get stopped, then you might get slapped with duty.
 
I bought mine from fleabay brand new for $495 with $80 postage. worked out at £297 i was well pleased. i wanted a us one for the blu ray region
 

bishman

Well-known Member
Why are people so scared of customs charges anyway? Even if you pay them it'll still cost you far less than a UK model.
 

Moogle

Novice Member
Take it you just carried it through, had it scanned as hand luggage etc?



btw, VideogamesPLUS sell them (60gb) now (with today's exchange rate)
for £325 (postage included)
That price doesn't include shipping. Courier shipping is another £40-50.
 
Why are people so scared of customs charges anyway? Even if you pay them it'll still cost you far less than a UK model.
Only slightly, but you get all the disadvantages, like no warranty, games logging in on the wrong region, a Rev1 console, not a Rev2, NTSC output by default on analog connections, wrong mains lead and so on.

OK, you do get hardware PS2 BC (but is software THAT bad? not in my opinion), and it's possible the only the software units may do the FSAA/upscaling of PS2/PS1.

For the £10 odd, is it really worth it? (you will get stung 17.5% VAT, 10% import duty), making a total of £414 (based on £325 US price).
 

breadbun

Member
That price doesn't include shipping. Courier shipping is another £40-50.
Yeah. I just noticed that! What a shame, cos that puts it almost at PAL UK prices, and the only reason I would want a US version would be to save some money!
 

breadbun

Member
You know what.... I hadn't even considered that! Completely forgot! I don't suppose anyone knows any other pro's or cons of going down the US (NTSC) console route, in case I decide to go for it?
 

Moogle

Novice Member
Surely full BC is a bonus as well though?
Obviously you would only be able to play American PS2 and PS1 games as the PAL ones wouldn't work at all. For someone who has a large collection of PAL games this may not make sense. However for someone starting out with PS2 and PS1 games it wouldn't be a problem.
 

tscotsman

Active Member
i got my 20gb one for £250 including bloody customs charges £300 in total. Just about to buy a 400gb external drive to use with the ps3.
 

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