I am sure that most of you reading this blog know about the recent release of Sonyâ€™s Playstation 3 game console, if not just click this link. Due to the high demand and low supply of the units there were 1000â€™s of money hungry sleaze bags lined up all around the country with plans to buy the units only to turn around and sell them on E-bay for huge profits. I have to admit, I was even thinking of doing this until I realized that the launch had turned into an all out dash for cash instead of a bunch of eager fans waiting for their favorite new console.
There were reports of people getting robbed at gunpoint and shot and kids getting mugged only minutes after buying their systems. I firmly believe that this launch has driven the final nail into the coffin for midnight releases and camping out to get the first few systems. My prediction is that the next console release (other than the Wii!) will be done exclusively online, which is sad however with the increasing amount of greed in our society I think itâ€™s the only way to go.
I donâ€™t put all of the blame on society â€“ some of it belongs to Sony for being too slow on getting the systems out. There is a bright side of this whole thing â€“ the people selling them on E-bay are not smart enough to realize that by over saturating the market they are going to make nowhere near the profits they are hoping for. I have even seen a few systems selling for only a few hundred dollars more than what was paid.