Something’s wrong, or cheap, in Sony Land.
The PlayStation Vita premiered in America two months ago. By all accounts, a console this early in its lifespan should be scarce. At this point, people will still scouring stores for the Nintendo Wii, Amazon was running promotions for a chance to purchase a PlayStation 3, and the red ring of death was starting to appear for Xbox 360 owners, those considered lucky enough to find the console. From firsthand experience, a local GameStop sells the 3G-enhanced Vita for $250, the same price as the WiFi model new.
Yet, Amazon apparently had enough used Vitas on hand to put them on sale this morning. Amazon Warehouse had them down to $162.50, marked as “Used- Good”. With free shipping, it was a good deal. Snatched up rather quickly, reports are in that Amazon’s actually issued a credit to those who can’t get one.
Many chains have been running bundle deals, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Target that doesn’t have some sort of Vita accessory on clearance.
The Nintendo 3DS didn’t fare too well in its early days, but never had a major used sale on Amazon. Does this indicate that many people are returning, or trading in, the console? Nintendo alleviated things for the 3DS by having a massive price drop. Could the PS Vita see one coming?
I’ve been on the fence on the console. I end up getting all consoles (why prevent yourself from playing certain games), but with the Vita, it seems smart to wait on a console revision, price drop, or killer games. With the largest retailer on the Internet clearing out an apparent backlog with a sale, it seems like a price drop might be sooner than later.
Then? I’ll probably grab one.