in a move that excited gaming enthusiasts across America, both Sony and Nintendo released their newest consoles last week. As the Sony PlayStation3 and Nintendo Wii hit stores within days of each other, eager gamers camped out in front of Best Buy stores.Rather than fight the lines, many parents turned to eBay. There were numerous reports of a single console selling for $3,000 or more. Some had “Buy It Now” prices approaching $10,000.
In what had to be one of the most interesting listings, a self-described “former male model” was selling a PS3 along with a “free” Cadillac Escalade and personal delivery for $190,000. According to the ad, the Escalade is for sale because he’s dropping out of the modeling industry to start a business in the funny t-shirts industry. I think the fact that the auction page played “I’m Too Sexy” is really what sold me.
On the other hand, I am not crazy. I completely avoided the crowds and refused to buy into the latest gaming fads. But I did get a good deal on that Tickle Me Elmo my girlfriend wanted. If any of you are like me (broke), you probably didn’t even consider getting a new gaming console yet. But for the rich among us, there are plenty of better ways to spend that ten grand you were saving up for a Wii.
- Buy 40 iPods. Everyone has friends who want an iPod, right? They’re just the right size for a stocking stuffer. If you don’t have that many Pod-less friends, you could cut back to just 20 iPods. That way, you will end up with enough cash left over to treat yourself to five thousand songs from the iTunes Store. That ought to get you the Complete U2, with some songs to spare.
- Buy 10,000 lottery tickets. With that kind of investment, your odds of winning are pretty high. Who knows what great prizes you might get? You could even win large sums of money, like $10,000!
- Get a muscle car. If classes are getting you down, you can have your mid-life crisis twenty years early. At the time of writing, eBay had ads for a 1966 Mustang and a 1973 Corvette Stingray, both under ten big ones. If power isn’t your highest priority, you could also get a 1999 Dodge Neon for under $200. By getting your mid-life crisis out of the way this early, you’ll be ready to have another one when you’re in your forties. Hang onto that Neon; it will be a classic by then.
If none of these suggestions spark your interest, you could always do the sensible thing and put that money towards paying off student loans. Or sending a present to your hard-working technology columnist. I accept iPods in denominations of 20, 40 and 60.