The Asian gaming export business changed quite a bit in a short period of time. The last hurray was the Sony PSP in 2004, which launched earlier in Japan than the rest of the world. This was always the basis for Asian export businesses to make a nice profit selling the latest video games systems to early adopters all over the world.
The video game console companies now aim at global launches, which is the right thing to do. This removes the basis for a video game export business. The only problem arises if they fail doing it, like in the case of Sony. Now the whole Sony/Lik-Sang legal issue put an end though to the Japanese export business as we know it. Lik-Sang closed down. Play-Asia and now also Audio Cubes canceled Sony PS3 pre-orders. Sony warns about Sony PS3 pre-order scams that offer the PS3 at bulk or discounts. With how things are right now, I would even be concerned about a normal PS3 offer from any shop that would export to Europe.
eBay seems the last resort for Europeans to get a PS3. I do not have to say that eBay auctions are a risky business too. The save thing to do for European gamers is to pick up a Nintendo Wii (Germany, UK) for this holiday season and forget about the Sony PS3 until next Spring.
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