Lee Odden

Playstation 3 Baby!

Lee Odden     Online Marketing, Rant

I couldn’t help myself. The Best Buy employee walking around the games area with a Playstation 3 under his arm was just too tempting. I was there to buy a Nintendo Gameboy Advance game for my oldest and I had to ask, “How many of those PS3’s do you have?”. The BB guy said “6”. I said, “I’ll take it”. And walked out of the store with 1 game, 3 Blu-Ray movies, an HDMI cable and a 60 gig PS3.

Somehow I’ll rationalize this as a purchase for the kids, but who’s kidding who? I know what a stand alone Blu-Ray DVD player costs right now, so in my mind, this was a good deal. Besides, we used our old PS2 for movies 90% of the time anyway.

It was an interesting sales tactic by Best Buy, that’s for sure. Having 1-2 employees walk around the store with the PS3’s. I bet they sold a lot of them that way.

The only thing that nearly made me walk out of the store was the customer service gal that rang me up. She pitched the ESP hard. One more peep and I was out of there but I think she sensed I just wasn’t in to her pitch. I may go back and get it later, I believe I have 30 days after the purchase. I haven’t had the hard sell from Best Buy like that in 10 years. It was lame.

Incidentally, they were out of Gameboy Advance players at Best Buy so I got one from Target. They were out too, but I asked their customer service people to check the return bins and they found one, unopened. 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on integrated content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely on a beach somewhere doing absolutely nothing.


  1. How do you buy a PS3 and stop yourself from opening it before Christmas morning?

  2. You do not. You open and play or watch.

    Merry Christmas


  3. Ha, I know my limitations, so I left it at home during the w/e and will open/play/watch when we get back home. “Anticipation….”

  4. Igor M. (BizMord Blog) says:

    Lee … you’re still going to blog right? 🙂

  5. Lee – I also got a Playstation 3 just two days ago. I was reading through the San Jose Mercury News and noticed a “Frys Bundle” which included the PS3 and 9 games for $1,100. I had to have it. So, I called my wife, beg for 10 minutes and promised it would be Christmas and birthday gift for the next two years; and here I am playing the 9 games until the early morning…

    – Michael

  6. Wow, that’s quite a deal Michael. I picked up several animated kids shows in blu-ray plus a few action flicks. Am really looking forward to see how they work with my home theatre.

  7. wow, you guys are lucky for having such a system. Hey Micheal did you say you were playing 9 games?

  8. I finally watched a movie, MI3, in the PS3 last night and tried a game this am. They look great but I ran into a few bugs.

    It turns out my TV only supports 760 dpi, not 1080. Also, there’s no HDMI port on my Yamaha receiver, so the audio has to come through my TV because that does have HDMI input.

    Without the surround sound system connected to the PS3, I’m missing out on a lot. I’m no AV guy, so I may have something mixed up but eventually I’ll get it worked out.

  9. I compared them both and the Wii looks like a Mac product. More cool than functional if you’re into that sort of thing. 🙂

  10. Thomas McMahon says:

    You know I’ve been looking for a Wii for over a month and have had no luck. But PS3’s you can find much easier and there are fewer of them. Must not be as cool. 😉

  11. Lee – try connecting the PS3 using the S-Video cord directly to your TV. I am no AV guy either but the reception/resolution is much better and I can use the surround sound by changing the video output. I hope that makes sense.

  12. You are lucky, i live in the UK and i have to wait till at least March before i can get my hands on a PS3 and it will cost us the earth over here as well