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    Buying PS3 from the US

    Pretty much as the title suggests, I fly to america in a week and I am tempted to pick one up while I am over there. Questions are as follows (please add any other relevant info):

    Would I encounter any problems playing UK discs?
    Would I just need a new power cable - which one?
    Would Sony (UK) honour warranty if anything went wrong?

    Thanks,

    Wally

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    I thought PS3 were region free.

    Maybe coz US voltage is different so you need to transform it down/up.. hey im not that hot on electricals.

    I dont think Sony honour a warranty for US machines in the UK.


    Maybe im wrong on some of these so perhaps someone else can clarify... but thats the impression i have.

    dnt hink ud have a problem with discs, i think all blue rays are region free, dnt trust me on tht one tho :lol:

    power cable should be fine, youll need an adapter though

    doubt sony uk would honour the warenty

    the slim has been announced i think and a big price drop is expected in the normal model here

    Was gonna say id hang on for the slim... if you dont like the look of the slim though its gonna push the old one down in price i would of thought.

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    it would be ntsc from america so dvd and bluray would be locked to that region although a lot of bluray are region freee

    all ps3 games are region free

    no warranty whatsoever in uk

    need a standard kettle cord thats it

    The only problem you may face with the games is that downloaded content is locked to each region.
    So if you buy a US game you cant us UK downloadable content with it.
    Not to sure how a US console may affect stuff?

    casparwhite;6075979

    need a standard kettle cord thats it




    UMM surely youd need a voltage convertor. They run off different voltages dude - it would blow it up ???

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    niminator;6075991

    The only problem you may face with the games is that downloaded content … The only problem you may face with the games is that downloaded content is locked to each region.So if you buy a US game you cant us UK downloadable content with it.Not to sure how a US console may affect stuff?



    i imagine hell be buying uk games so no probs there

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    Squelds;6075995

    UMM surely youd need a voltage convertor. They run off different voltages … UMM surely youd need a voltage convertor. They run off different voltages dude - it would blow it up ???



    no it is built in mate 110v for china to 240v for uk.....universal pretty clever huh:)

    Buy a tidy used one from here ,

    casparwhite;6076003

    i imagine hell be buying uk games so no probs there



    Just incase he's thinking of getting a games bundle :thumbsup:

    USA = 110v UK= 240v

    A standard kettle lead aint gonna do the transforming.

    EDIT.. weeee so its actually built into the PS3 itself ? I didnt know that, in fact i didnt know that any electrical item could do that itself... very clever :-)

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    Squelds;6076022

    USA = 110v UK= 240vA standard kettle lead aint gonna do the … USA = 110v UK= 240vA standard kettle lead aint gonna do the transforming.EDIT.. weeee so its actually built into the PS3 itself ? I didnt know that, in fact i didnt know that any electrical item could do that itself... very clever :-)



    :?

    never said that

    No m8 i didnt mean the kettle lead done the transforming... i read it from you that the PS3 itself does it ?? Is that right ?

    I know on things like a computer PSU some have got the switch to do it on the back but ive never seen it on the back of the PS3... not that ive looked to be honest - so i take it your saying that the PS3 does it automatically by itself, ie it recognises the voltage ??

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    Squelds;6076042

    No m8 i didnt mean the kettle lead done the transforming... i read it … No m8 i didnt mean the kettle lead done the transforming... i read it from you that the PS3 itself does it ?? Is that right ?



    yes it does:)

    a kettle cord is all you need.....sourced from a kettle if need be

    > Would I encounter any problems playing UK discs?

    Blu-ray game discs - First party (i.e. Sony development house/Sony published) titles: no, unless they were enhanced discs with video content specific to a certain region. Third party (non-Sony) titles: maybe... it would depend on the title, but in majority you would have no problems.

    (Titles such as the Collector's Edition of "Quantum of Solace" would need to be checked, for example, as this is an enhanced disc with game & video content).

    Also note that some downloadable content will only be available for the original region; that is, for example, you couldn't buy "Prince of Persia" in the US & use European PlayStation Store downloadable content to work with it.

    Blu-ray movies - yes; unless you had any region free movies. Check the back of the Blu-ray box for clarification.

    > Would I just need a new power cable - which one?

    US PS3 consoles are designed for 120v AC/DC household current.
    European wall outlets use 220v.
    However, the universal internal power supply can support voltage in the range 100-240v.

    > Would Sony (UK) honour warranty if anything went wrong?

    No.


    PS. I would expect your domestic TV can support NTSC signals (as well as PAL) & a refresh rate of at least 50Mhz, but if you connect via RGB scart lead, a component lead &/or a HDMI connection the NTSC signal will be ignored anyway.

    BFN,

    fp.

    Well you learn something new every day... have some rep caspar just for teaching me ;-)

    any reason why you are going to buy it in america? the days of mega cheap electricals are long gone sadly-you may just save 10 or 15 quid but hardly worth the hassle.

    OP, you couldn't pick me up a bowling ball So cheap over there, twice the price in this country!!!

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    barky;6076147

    any reason why you are going to buy it in america? the days of mega cheap … any reason why you are going to buy it in america? the days of mega cheap electricals are long gone sadly-you may just save 10 or 15 quid but hardly worth the hassle.



    us is 299 dollars so around £180 atm 70 quid saving is pretty hefty

    casparwhite;6076162

    us is 299 dollars so around £180 atm 70 quid saving is pretty hefty



    didnt I see a post that tesco were clearing the ps3 for 200?

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    barky;6076178

    didnt I see a post that tesco were clearing the ps3 for 200?



    i dont know, did you?:thinking:

    slim aint getting cleared nowhere which i imagine is what he is after

    i'm holding out for a ps3, it'll drop 200 soon

    casparwhite;6076162

    us is 299 dollars so around £180 atm 70 quid saving is pretty hefty



    Personally I'd spend the extra £70 on a UK one, as £180 for something that's going to be thrown around in the cargo bay of a plane (I'd imagine you'd have to bring it back unboxed through customs), knowing that it'll have no warranty once it gets back to the UK is a bit risky IMHO. Also bear in mind that the slim is out here in a few weeks with a bigger HDD, and there'll be bundle deals coming up to Xmas.

    Although it does have it's advantages being a Region A BR player

    jasonodell;6076218

    i'm holding out for a ps3, it'll drop 200 soon



    doubt it the official price drop tht came with the announcement of the slim took it down to 250

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    jasonodell;6076218

    i'm holding out for a ps3, it'll drop 200 soon


    it already is. sell the extra on the amazon deal and it works out about £185! :w00t:
    I certainly wouldnt bother with the hassle of buying abroad. No warranty for starters!

    http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk173/csiman2/ScreenShot034.jpg

    The customs charges if you get caught with it will far outstrip any saving of £70...

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    Flodd;6076586

    The customs charges if you get caught with it will far outstrip any … The customs charges if you get caught with it will far outstrip any saving of £70...



    for a personal item? are you sure.......

    also what about tax free shopping 299 is the retail but when shopping abroad arent you entitled to claim gst/vat etc back if a tourist?


    You can bring in other goods worth up to £340 without having to pay tax and/or duty.

    If you arrive by private plane or private boat, you can only bring in goods worth up to £240 tax and duty free.

    If you bring in any single item worth more than your allowance, you must pay duty and/or tax on the full item value, not just the value above the allowance. You also cannot group individual allowances together to bring in an item worth more than the limit.

    To qualify for the tax/duty free allowances you also need to meet the following conditions:

    * You must transport the goods yourself.
    * The goods must be for your own use or as a gift. If the person you give the goods to pays you in any way (including reimbursing you for any expenses), then it's not a gift and you'll have to pay the duty and/or tax.
    * To bring in alcohol or tobacco you must be aged 17 or over.

    casparwhite;6076650

    for a personal item? are you sure.......also what about tax free shopping … for a personal item? are you sure.......also what about tax free shopping 299 is the retail but when shopping abroad arent you entitled to claim gst/vat etc back if a tourist?



    I'd imagine that is the before-tax price, as each state then adds it's only local tax rate on top of purchases.

    As for customs, it would probably have to be brought back unboxed to make sure it gets through as a personal item.

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    midlandscomics;6076691

    I'd imagine that is the before-tax price, as each state then adds it's … I'd imagine that is the before-tax price, as each state then adds it's only local tax rate on top of purchases.As for customs, it would probably have to be brought back unboxed to make sure it gets through as a personal item.



    no 299 is the retail price mate and ive updated the above post to include what customs official stance is on the matter, the box is irrelevant

    casparwhite;6076720

    no 299 is the retail price mate and ive updated the above post to include … no 299 is the retail price mate and ive updated the above post to include what customs official stance is on the matter, the box is irrelevant



    $299 is retail price, but local tax is always added on at checkout, as it varies by state (which is what you can then claim back upon returning to the UK). I don't know of any other countries where it isn't already included in the price on the shelf, but would be the case over there.

    I posted my bit about the box at the same time you edited your thread, so I missed that. But all I was trying to say was that if you bring it back without the box you can say you already owned it and took it with you, so isn't classed as part of your allowance

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    midlandscomics;6076866

    $299 is retail price, but local tax is always added on at checkout, as it … $299 is retail price, but local tax is always added on at checkout, as it varies by state (which is what you can then claim back upon returning to the UK). I don't know of any other countries where it isn't already included in the price on the shelf, but would be the case over there.I posted my bit about the box at the same time you edited your thread, so I missed that. But all I was trying to say was that if you bring it back without the box you can say you already owned it and took it with you, so isn't classed as part of your allowance



    have you got some link or proof that 299 is the price before tax in the us as i think you are misinformed tbh

    amazon.com/dp/…751

    they are selling and promoting the price of $299 same as here at £249

    casparwhite;6076899

    have you got some link or proof that 299 is the price before tax in the … have you got some link or proof that 299 is the price before tax in the us as i think you are misinformed tbhhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B002I0J4VQ/ref=bt_atcg_mm?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=18YVHCTWV7G92790ZVC1&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=486840471&pf_rd_i=14210751they are selling and promoting the price of $299 same as here at £249



    Here you go

    amazon.com/gp/…ich

    The amount of tax charged depends upon many factors, including the … The amount of tax charged depends upon many factors, including the identity of the seller, the type of item purchased, and the destination of the shipment.[COLOR="Red"]Items sold by Amazon.com LLC, or its subsidiaries, and shipped to destinations in the states of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington are subject to tax.[/COLOR]For sales tax purposes, electronically delivered products (e-books, e-documents, and electronically delivered software) are considered to be shipped to your credit card billing address.No sales tax is charged when purchasing gift certificates; however, purchases paid for with gift certificates may be subject to tax.

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    midlandscomics;6076935

    Here you go … Here you go :)http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468512which



    that only states that tax has to be paid not that 299 is not the price you will pay:? as you will have to pay tax on top....tax is included same as its included here no?

    thats like me posting a link saying vat has to be paid in the uk


    so what price are ps3's then if they are not the advertised $299?

    casparwhite;6076992

    that only states that tax has to be paid not that 299 is not the price … that only states that tax has to be paid not that 299 is not the price you will pay:?thats like me posting a link saying vat has to be paid in the uk



    Sales tax in the US differs for each state:

    taxadmin.org/FTA…tml

    So the standard price is $299 + whatever the percentage of tax is in state in which you purchase it. Places like New Hampshire are tax free so you will get it for $299, where as in NY it would be $325.54

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    midlandscomics;6077088

    Sales tax in the US differs for each … Sales tax in the US differs for each state:http://www.taxadmin.org/FTA/rate/sales.htmlSo the standard price is $299 + whatever the percentage of tax is in state in which you purchase it. Places like New Hampshire are tax free so you will get it for $299, where as in NY it would be $325.54



    i understand what you are saying but i dont see any proof of the tax not being included in the $299 price point which is advertised across the whole of the u.s ?

    it wouldnt apply anyway as you are purchasing for the uk so no tax should be applied or it can be reclaimed at the airport


    so what about across europe where its priced at 299 euros, all countries have different sales taxes?

    casparwhite;6077179

    i understand what you are saying but i dont see any proof of the tax not … i understand what you are saying but i dont see any proof of the tax not being included in the $299 price point which is advertised across the whole of the u.s ?it wouldnt apply anyway as you are purchasing for the uk so no tax should be applied or it can be reclaimed at the airport



    Can't find anything from Sony on sales tax, but found this on the apple site

    Sales TaxIn addition to the price of your purchases, Apple will charge … Sales TaxIn addition to the price of your purchases, Apple will charge you sales tax based on your shipping address and the sales tax rate in effect at the time your order is billed. If you phone in your order, the Apple Store Sales Representative will provide an estimated dollar total of your order including tax and any applicable shipping charges at the time you place your order. If the sales tax rate for the state to which your order is being shipped changes before the product is shipped, the rate in effect at the time your order is invoiced will apply. The proof of purchase that Apple mails to you will include any applicable sales tax.



    Trust me it's true though, as I found out to my displeasure the first time I went to Chicago and had to pay just over 6% on top of everything I bought

    You'd still have to pay tax when purchasing, but yes, you can claim it back :thumbsup:

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    midlandscomics;6077265

    Can't find anything from Sony on sales tax, but found this on the apple … Can't find anything from Sony on sales tax, but found this on the apple siteTrust me it's true though, as I found out to my displeasure the first time I went to Chicago and had to pay just over 6% on top of everything I bought :)You'd still have to pay tax when purchasing, but yes, you can claim it back :thumbsup:



    i would of thought that sony would just be sucking the taxes up tbh across the board or they are false advertising it at $299 unless there is small print which i cant find.....with it being america im guessing people would be sueing over this if its not $299

    kind of interested now, but cant find any info to support what you are saying that ps3 will cost $325 not $299?

    casparwhite;6077385

    i would of thought that sony would just be sucking the taxes up tbh … i would of thought that sony would just be sucking the taxes up tbh across the board or they are false advertising it at $299 unless there is small print which i cant find.....with it being america im guessing people would be sueing over this if its not $299kind of interested now, but cant find any info to support what you are saying that ps3 will cost $325 not $299?



    You're keeping me from doing my work now....but as it's Friday I don't care :lol:

    America has charged sales tax on stuff for almost 100 years now, so people are used to having to pay it on top of list prices.

    I can't find an exact quote from Sony saying it's $299 retail, but $325 in NY, $XXX in LA, $XXX in Michigan etc, but I have found a clearer explanation of it on the EB / Gamestop website

    ebgames.com/gs/…spx

    GameStop collects tax according to applicable law. The following states … GameStop collects tax according to applicable law. The following states do not have a sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. [COLOR="Red"]In states where the tax is applicable sales tax is applied to the total amount of the order including handling charges. [/COLOR]However GameStop does not collect tax on handling charges in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

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    midlandscomics;6077455

    You're keeping me from doing my work now....but as it's Friday I don't … You're keeping me from doing my work now....but as it's Friday I don't care :lol:America has charged sales tax on stuff for almost 100 years now, so people are used to having to pay it on top of list prices.I can't find an exact quote from Sony saying it's $299 retail, but $325 in NY, $XXX in LA, $XXX in Michigan etc, but I have found a clearer explanation of it on the EB / Gamestop websitehttp://www.ebgames.com/gs/help/Payment_Options.aspx



    yeah i found similar quote from kmart where it says you get an estimate of sales taxes when you click on your location or whatever....
    We are required by law to collect all taxes based on where your order is being shipped or delivered. When you review your order total during the checkout process, you'll see the estimated sales tax. The actual charge to your credit card will reflect the applicable state and local taxes.

    to me this seems kind of sneaky advertising it at $299, especially when you get all the moaners here whinging about it being so cheap over there.....as i explained many times to people our taxes and business charges are all more expensive not to mention transportation and fuel costs to be factored into the equasion

    thanks as ive never been to the states so dont have personal experience, i actually assumed that when you see the price advertised on a site thats the price you would pay but it appears that is not actually the case...repped

    casparwhite;6077543

    yeah i found similar quote from kmart where it says you get an estimate … yeah i found similar quote from kmart where it says you get an estimate of sales taxes when you click on your location or whatever....to me this seems kind of sneaky advertising it at $299, especially when you get all the moaners here whinging about it being so cheap over there.....as i explained many times to people our taxes and business charges are all more expensive not to mention transportation and fuel costs to be factored into the equasionthanks as ive never been to the states so dont have personal experience, i actually assumed that when you see the price advertised on a site thats the price you would pay but it appears that is not actually the case...repped



    It seems sneaky to me too, but I suppose they've always been used to it over there so don't think anything of it. Like you say, a PS3 over here for £249 (inc 15% VAT) isn't that bad compared to one at $299 (exc approx 7% tax) when you look at how crap the £ is at the moment.

    I also read that anything imported into Europe thats manufacturered outside Europe is also subject to 10% import duty, that Sony have to factor in to our price (not sure if that's true or not though) which means we really don't get a bad deal on it.

    It was a shock to me the first time I went, as I went to buy a magazine, got to the checkout with (what I though was) the right change and then had to break into a note :roll:
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