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Costco Members only - PS3 40GB 2 games £211.00

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Costco seem to be clearing out their 40GB PS3 stock - I picked one up in Sheffield today for £211 including VAT. They have it alongside the new 80GB two game pack for £340. If its any indication there… Read More
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Costco seem to be clearing out their 40GB PS3 stock - I picked one up in Sheffield today for £211 including VAT. They have it alongside the new 80GB two game pack for £340. If its any indication there was a fair few display boxes left. Judging by previous threads prices and availability are probably store specific

The bundle is the Army of Two and Fifa 08 pack - very good price I think if you're not too fussed about not having a 60/80GB.
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#1
Bargain, good post.
Shame I do not get paid till the end of November :(

Come on Sony, give us a Merry Christmas.
#2
Is Sony like STUPID or what?


how can they charge 211GBP for a 40GB and 340 for a 80GB?????


so it cost 130GBP for the extra 40GB????





:x:x:x:x:x
#3
They're charging EXACTLY the same price for the 80GB and 40GB.

As the 80GB is now out, no one wants the old 40GB so places are clearing their stock at a reduced price.

Not really hard to understand
#4
Well if the 40gb is a model they no longer produce, it makes perfect sense to cut the price to shift them.
#5
good
Is Sony like STUPID or what?



how can they charge 211GBP for a 40GB and 340 for a 80GB?????


so it cost 130GBP for the extra 40GB????





:x:x:x:x:x



What planet are you on? This is just costco getting rid of old stock not a marketing strategy by sony.
#6
no, i feel that last post was bordering on biggoted. To cut a long story short, a firm like costco can mass buy these units and so experience something called economies of scale which mean that the more you buy, the cheaper the cost per unit. Therefore, this one firm (costco) can sell these ps3s far cheaper than the ps3 80gb being sold at other shops to a disproportionate discount. Either way, it is not a marketing strategy, per se. It if born out of necessity, times are tough and when this credit crunch affects the real economy times will be even tougher. Therefore, for firms to stay afloat they're looking for liquid assets aka cash, so sell these units at really cheap prices to get cold hard cash, rather than ending up with a warehouse of ps3s that no one wants to buy 6months down the line and so are effectively worthless, therefore selling these ps3s at any cost equal or above their purchase price from sony, which is probs around the £200 figure is actually a really great deal at times like this where banks are not lending money at all. Not to mention sony can't dictate the price of the units once they've been sold, only recommend the price they start selling them at but after that shops can name their price to customers. There's nothing about it being a japenese firm involved in the whole process as once they've sold em to costco, they're pretty much out the picture from there, with regards to the consoles anyway. Of course each console sold is like a mini bank to them as you have to buy games and upgrades as well as the general controllers and other accesories involved with a ps3. For reference i'm neither japanese or a ps3 owner, i'm just appalled such ignorance is posted on these forums, not ignorance of ecnomics, just the idea that changes in price of japanese products are the fault of japanese firms, even if they're lowered, some people are never happy eh.
#7
The 80GB isn't £340 and you have not mentioned the fact that it comes with a DS3 controller which is easily £25 by itself.
#8
Is it worth getting one of these? Do you really need a bigger hard disc?
#9
you can easily fit a high capacity drive to one of these yourself. these are available very cheaply on eBuyer etc
#10
I picked up one of these from Costco Tuesday night for £211. If you needed a bigger hard drive Sony has designed the PS3 to be upgraded by the end user and make it very easy to do so.

Costco also gave me the wrong game pack so I got Metal Gear Solid 4 and Mercs 2 which should only be with the 80GB version :D
#11
Do you get a 5 year guarantee with it like TV's? Also, do you get a 90 day money back guarantee too?
#12
Good on you mate, some people are just shall we say, small minded.

logical_zombie
no , i feel that last post was bordering on biggoted. To cut a long story short, a firm like costco can mass buy these units and so experience something called economies of scale which mean that the more you buy, the cheaper the cost per unit. Therefore, this one firm (costco) can sell these ps3s far cheaper than the ps3 80gb being sold at other shops to a disproportionate discount. Either way, it is not a marketing strategy, per se. It if born out of necessity, times are tough and when this credit crunch affects the real economy times will be even tougher. Therefore, for firms to stay afloat they're looking for liquid assets aka cash, so sell these units at really cheap prices to get cold hard cash, rather than ending up with a warehouse of ps3s that no one wants to buy 6months down the line and so are effectively worthless, therefore selling these ps3s at any cost equal or above their purchase price from sony, which is probs around the £200 figure is actually a really great deal at times like this where banks are not lending money at all. Not to mention sony can't dictate the price of the units once they've been sold, only recommend the price they start selling them at but after that shops can name their price to customers. There's nothing about it being a japenese firm involved in the whole process as once they've sold em to costco, they're pretty much out the picture from there, with regards to the consoles anyway. Of course each console sold is like a mini bank to them as you have to buy games and upgrades as well as the general controllers and other accesories involved with a ps3. For reference i'm neither japanese or a ps3 owner, i'm just appalled such ignorance is posted on these forums, not ignorance of ecnomics, just the idea that changes in price of japanese products are the fault of japanese firms, even if they're lowered, some people are never happy eh.
#13
deano_uk
I picked up one of these from Costco Tuesday night for £211. If you needed a bigger hard drive Sony has designed the PS3 to be upgraded by the end user and make it very easy to do so.

Costco also gave me the wrong game pack so I got Metal Gear Solid 4 and Mercs 2 which should only be with the 80GB version :D


wow u got a deal! you can sell mgs 4 for around 18 and mercs 2 for 20 making the overall price for the ps3 around 170.:thumbsup:
#14
Good deal.

I'm happy with my 360 for now, but this is very tempting.
#15
Best price at the moment and upgrading the hard drive is a simple process if extra space is required.
#16
Gumpy Joe
Do you get a 5 year guarantee with it like TV's? Also, do you get a 90 day money back guarantee too?


any one know if this applies ??
#17
I think it just 5 years on TV's but the 90 day return policy is definitely working as I bought and returned a WIi a few months ago.
#18
I am going to be getting a PS3 nearer to Christmas but I am totally confused about the difference between a 40 and 80GB

Why would I need the extra memory? I just want it for playing games on and watchhing DVD's so would the quality be any less with a 40 GB? I am not very technical I am afraid :-(
#19
greatminds
I am going to be getting a PS3 nearer to Christmas but I am totally confused about the difference between a 40 and 80GB

Why would I need the extra memory? I just want it for playing games on and watchhing DVD's so would the quality be any less with a 40 GB? I am not very technical I am afraid :-(


Nope! literally its just the 40gb which unless your going to copy or download content is useless game saves are tiny. the memory size doesnt interfear with the blu/dvd quality playback in any shape or form. this deal is really awesome for someone who doesnt care bout the space, and a laptop HD 500gb would cost around £60-70 if you wanted to upgrade it and doesnt void any warranty i read somewhere.
#20
Closer to £100 and it wouldn't fit anyway :).
1 Like #21
greatminds
I am going to be getting a PS3 nearer to Christmas but I am totally confused about the difference between a 40 and 80GB

Why would I need the extra memory? I just want it for playing games on and watchhing DVD's so would the quality be any less with a 40 GB? I am not very technical I am afraid :-(


You can store media such as MP3s, Movies and content you download from the Playstation store. If you don't want to do this 40GB is plenty.

It costs about £58 plus P+P to upgrade - first price I could find, haven't shopped around.

I've done this and the disk upgrade is a doddle - you really do just unscrew it, pull the old one out, plug another in. However I wouldn't say that the PS3's OS makes it the best choice of media centre.

The price i quoted was from http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-184-WD&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=896&name=Western%20Digital%20Scorpio%20Blue%20320GB%205400RPM%20SATA-II%208MB%20Cache%20-%20OEM%20(WD3200BEVT).
banned#22
WessexUnderwater;3177720
You can store media such as MP3s, Movies and content you download from the Playstation store. If you don't want to do this 40GB is plenty.

It costs about £58 plus P+P to upgrade - first price I could find, haven't shopped around.

I've done this and the disk upgrade is a doddle - you really do just unscrew it, pull the old one out, plug another in. However I wouldn't say that the PS3's OS makes it the best choice of media centre.

The price i quoted was from http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-184-WD&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat=896&name=Western%20Digital%20Scorpio%20Blue%20320GB%205400RPM%20SATA-II%208MB%20Cache%20-%20OEM%20(WD3200BEVT).


Theres a 320gb drive on ebuyer for around £40.
#23
abomination
Closer to £100 and it wouldn't fit anyway :).


thought they were lappy hard disks that went in? or was you referring that the ps3 doesnt support 500gb?
#24
The original 500GB 2.5" drive was just that little bit too big to fit into the PS3 iirc, another manufacturer might have developed their own model by now though, haven't checked.
#25
Dam good price, would get a second one for UNI if they sold them in NI.
#26
ame
Is it worth getting one of these? Do you really need a bigger hard disc?


I've had my 40gb ps3 for a year now and have no need for a bigger hdd, got about 9 games 'installed' but the installs are fairly small, i think a lot of stuff is read from the disc, go for it
#27
rashriaz
any one know if this applies ??


Costco doesn't give a 5 year warranty on PS3's, you get the standard 1 year warranty, and then the nice guys at Costco give you another year on top free of charge.

So you get:

90 Day money back guarantee (no quibble)
2 Year Warranty (with Costco, again no quibble) (Note: If you get more than a year with the PS3, Costco give you an extra year on top)

So Costco are nice like that :-)
#28
I W A N T O N E P L E A S E !
#29
logical_zombie
no, i feel that last post was bordering on biggoted. To cut a long story short, a firm like costco can mass buy these units and so experience something called economies of scale which mean that the more you buy, the cheaper the cost per unit. Therefore, this one firm (costco) can sell these ps3s far cheaper than the ps3 80gb being sold at other shops to a disproportionate discount. Either way, it is not a marketing strategy, per se. It if born out of necessity, times are tough and when this credit crunch affects the real economy times will be even tougher. Therefore, for firms to stay afloat they're looking for liquid assets aka cash, so sell these units at really cheap prices to get cold hard cash, rather than ending up with a warehouse of ps3s that no one wants to buy 6months down the line and so are effectively worthless, therefore selling these ps3s at any cost equal or above their purchase price from sony, which is probs around the £200 figure is actually a really great deal at times like this where banks are not lending money at all. Not to mention sony can't dictate the price of the units once they've been sold, only recommend the price they start selling them at but after that shops can name their price to customers. There's nothing about it being a japenese firm involved in the whole process as once they've sold em to costco, they're pretty much out the picture from there, with regards to the consoles anyway. Of course each console sold is like a mini bank to them as you have to buy games and upgrades as well as the general controllers and other accesories involved with a ps3. For reference i'm neither japanese or a ps3 owner, i'm just appalled such ignorance is posted on these forums, not ignorance of ecnomics, just the idea that changes in price of japanese products are the fault of japanese firms, even if they're lowered, some people are never happy eh.


You'll get better marks in your Business Studies GCSE if you learn to use sentences properly.
#30
calen
Costco doesn't give a 5 year warranty on PS3's, you get the standard 1 year warranty, and then the nice guys at Costco give you another year on top free of charge.

So you get:

90 Day money back guarantee (no quibble)
2 Year Warranty (with Costco, again no quibble) (Note: If you get more than a year with the PS3, Costco give you an extra year on top)

So Costco are nice like that :-)


This is what I like about Costco. You can return an item for no other reason than that you've changed your mind. You don't have to negotiate with a arsey sales clerk to return a faulty item or face them claiming that it needs to be repaired and that they won't replace it. It's a simple instant refund and if you want another one you go back into the warehouse and pick one up.
#31
How do i get one of these, their site is weird, do i have to sign up or something? Or is it a In-store product only? If so is there one near Doncaster?
#32
Supalynz
How do i get one of these, their site is weird, do i have to sign up or something? Or is it a In-store product only? If so is there one near Doncaster?


"Costco is an exclusive wholesale cash and carry membership warehouse club and is not open to the general public. Membership is required. You are eligible for trade membership if you are a bonafide business owner/manager who can provide evidence of trading."

If you can provide proof then you can join b downloading their Trade Membership Form and it's £20 a year.
#33
Just phoned the Glasgow store and they quoted £270.71 (including VAT) for the 40gb PS3 with 2 games - looks like this could well be store specific as mentioned by the OP.
#34
good price...will have to go to my local costco tonight!! already have membership

You have to either be a trade member or you can take out a individual membership which is £25 pa for the 1st card!!!
#35
Spunkytherat
Just phoned the Glasgow store and they quoted £270.71 (including VAT) for the 40gb PS3 with 2 games - looks like this could well be store specific as mentioned by the OP.


thanks spunky
1 Like #36
Quickblood
"Costco is an exclusive wholesale cash and carry membership warehouse club and is not open to the general public. Membership is required. You are eligible for trade membership if you are a bonafide business owner/manager who can provide evidence of trading."

If you can provide proof then you can join b downloading their Trade Membership Form and it's £20 a year.


Well thats sh*te then, why is this so hot, your not telling me all people who have voted hot are businesses? Deffo should be mentioned at the top, and how come the other guy has rang Glasgow and it £270 not £211? This deal is full of holes. Not gonna vote either way, its a good deal if you a business and you can get it for £211, but otherwise its a **** deal.:thinking:
#37
Supalynz
Well thats sh*te then, why is this so hot, your not telling me all people who have voted hot are businesses? Deffo should be mentioned at the top, and how come the other guy has rang Glasgow and it £270 not £211? This deal is full of holes. Not gonna vote either way, its a good deal if you a business and you can get it for £211, but otherwise its a **** deal.:thinking:


You don't have to be a business to be a member. I know this cos my sister is a member and she's not a bonafide business manager/owner.

Spunkytherat what were the 2 games you were offered with it in Glasgow?
Cheers.
#38
nice price
#39
The Evil Monkey
You don't have to be a business to be a member. I know this cos my sister is a member and she's not a bonafide business manager/owner.

Spunkytherat what were the 2 games you were offered with it in Glasgow?
Cheers.


To become a member of Costco, you have to be:

1. A VAT Registered Company
2. Work for a specific set of companies e.g. Utilities, Government, Local Councils, Education, Healthcare, Inland Revenue etc

Also the membership fee is £25 (Excl VAT), but that gets you a membership card, and a further card for almost anyone that you wish. So you could take your friend in there and sign them up.

The membership lasts for a year, and it may or may not be worth it to you. If you know an existing member, for £15 they can add a card to their membership and thus you have all of the perks of a costco membership. I think there is a maximum limit of 4 members on one card though.
#40
Just to confirm this deal is dependent on branch as the Milton keynes store charges £235, they used to charge the £270 like Glasgow when other stores were charging £230, now the cheaper stores have come down to £211 MK have dropped to £235, shame it's not fixed centrally, to the lower price obviously :-) !... anyway I was happy enough with £235 so picked one up myself.

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