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Camping Out for the PS3

Washington-area lines for the PlayStation 3 have begun. In Rockville, about 100 people have already staked their places in line to take the Rockville Pike Circuit City store's inventory of the new game consoles.

Bethesda residents Michael and Valerie Torres joined the line Tuesday afternoon, grabbing positions 78 and 79 outside the store and next to their tent--where they intend to wait until the console goes on sale Thursday night at midnight. Sony is shipping a limited number of consoles at launch, making it likely they will sell out quickly.

Michael is a video game fan, but he seems about as interested in the console's Blu-Ray DVD player as he is in any of the games that will be available at the new PlayStation's launch. "It's supposed to be really good," he said.

The two will probably buy two of the consoles, if they can: They might keep one and sell the other, to make the wait a little more worth their while. On eBay, the $600 version of the console is selling for a couple thousand dollars. The two have flexible work schedules and will be covering for each other over the next couple of days.

The line is a friendly place, but it's also sometimes a tense place. The Torres's are friendly with the neighbors for about four tents in both directions. People in their neighborhood of the line are worried that those at the front are going to squeeze in extra folks.

Like a few others in line, Michael said he likes being part of the PS3 launch. "We're enjoying the experience," he said. "If we don't get one, whatever."

The number one position in line is held by Douglas Shelton, Sr., an Oxon Hill, Md. construction worker who has been waiting with his wife and son since Monday night. "It's a special cause for my family," he said, "to inspire them to do the same thing for their kids."

His 12-year-old son, Douglas Jr, standing nearby, said he wants the new console mainly for the new Madden game. Douglas makes good grades in school. But if he doesn't keep them up as a result of playing video games, the new console will go "straight in the closet," his mother warned.

By Mike Musgrove  |  November 15, 2006; 5:30 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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Umm, isn't the general word that individual stores are only getting 5 or so PS3s at best?
If you see more than 10 people in line, you might as well go home.

Posted by: tallbear | November 15, 2006 10:33 AM

The 6 Circuit Cities with midnight launches are getting 100 consoles.

Posted by: East Falls Church Dad | November 15, 2006 11:44 AM

The number one position in line is held by Douglas Shelton, Sr., an Oxon Hill, Md. construction worker who has been waiting with his wife and son since Monday night. "It's a special cause for my family," he said, "to inspire them to do the same thing for their kids."

I love this. He wants to inspire his kids to camp out for overpriced video game consoles! That's not exactly setting the bar high!

Posted by: Jake | November 15, 2006 12:03 PM

I know exactly what these people are going through. I did it when the PS2 launched back in 2000. It is an extraordinary experience to be in the first rush. I just want everybody to be safe out there and if you don't get one there's always Christmas. Enjoy.

Posted by: Gamer dad | November 15, 2006 12:06 PM

You'll be able to pick these up probably in January pretty easy and maybe within the next 6 months a little cheaper. I wouldn't camp out to spend $600. There won't be any REALLY good games for it til next year anyways.

Posted by: Paul_in_Ga | November 15, 2006 1:20 PM

The number one position in line is held by Douglas Shelton, Sr., an Oxon Hill, Md. construction worker who has been waiting with his wife and son since Monday night. "It's a special cause for my family," he said, "to inspire them to do the same thing for their kids."


Yeah inspire my kid to ditch school and to skip work and leave everything to get somestupid video game which by next year in june will cost less and they'll be everywhere good one dad you'll sure win father of the year

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 1:24 PM

Each store has 8 units at best, depending on population base.

Posted by: circuit city manager | November 15, 2006 1:55 PM

crap, im just gunna camp out and then sell mine on ebay

Posted by: anthony | November 15, 2006 1:57 PM

Morons.

Posted by: God | November 15, 2006 2:19 PM

Those will be lucky, because the next release date in large amount is the europe market in March of 2007, ANother 100,000 units. You might be able to walk in and buy one off the self around june / july of 07' but don't expect teh cost to go down. The x-box is still selling at its original price a year later. I thought the 360 x-box would have dropped a little but it hasnt either. Have fun waitung.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 3:35 PM

I want one soo bad !!!

Posted by: My Self | November 15, 2006 5:29 PM

SEE YOU ALL ON EBAY>>>$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: I HAVE 6 of them | November 15, 2006 5:42 PM

i hope that ps3s break just as bad as the ps2s. i wouldnt want a ps3 in the first year

Posted by: yay area | November 15, 2006 6:58 PM

the ps3 will probably break in the first year. best bet is too wait 6 months and get xbox 360

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 7:05 PM

All of you who are criticizing these folks for waiting in line are a bunch of morons. You guys don't know anything about video games so stick to whatever gay stuff you guys do. These people are going to be playing one of the best gaming consoles in the word while you are going to be at home watching Seinfield, or posting in this thread.

Posted by: Gamer | November 15, 2006 7:59 PM

My husband is waiting in line as we speak. He and his friend are going to sell them on ebay so that we can pay for Christmas in cash. Just like we did last year with the big game system that came out!

Posted by: Kari | November 15, 2006 8:32 PM

I love the ps3. Once i get mine i'm gonna make love to it.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 8:46 PM

i sold 20 360's on ebay last year and made several thousand dollars. the year before i did it with the psp and ds's. if people are willing to pay....i'm willing to sell.

Posted by: gaming insider | November 15, 2006 10:30 PM

So, you sell the thing for $2,000, make a $1400 profit (tax free) for sitting around a couple days. Not bad. i would still rather have a ps3 tho.

Posted by: Adam Smith | November 16, 2006 7:43 AM

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS. LET THAT MORON STAND IN LINE 3 DAYS. BID ON HIS PS3 TILL YOU WIN. PAYPAL TRANSFERS THE MONEY, YOU GET THE SYSTEM. NOW CHARGEBACK YOUR ACCOUNT. YOU WILL HAVE YOUR MONEY AND A free PS3. THE IDIOT WHO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF DECENT AMERICANS WILL HAVE A VALUABLE LESSON. PLEASE CUT AND PASTE THIS OFTEN.
I HATE YOU EBAY SCUMBALLS.
===========================
(A chargeback occurs when a buyer asks their credit card company to remove a charge from their credit card statement. The credit card company will ask the buyer to provide an explanation about why they are disputing the charge.

Two common reasons for reversals or chargebacks are:

* A buyer's credit card number is stolen and used fraudulently

* A buyer makes a purchase, but believes that the seller failed to fulfill their side of the agreement (e.g. did not ship the item, shipped an item that was very different from the seller's description, or the item was damaged when the buyer received it).

Posted by: GOD | November 16, 2006 4:27 PM

Heya Guys and Gals, I have Japan PS3's for sale from my store. www.cheepzone.com They are avalible to ship right now for 2 day shipping!
-Chris.S
Marketing and Sales

Posted by: Anonymous | November 16, 2006 6:39 PM

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