Hi I'm a student and I've recently caught the Assassin's Creed bug. I've played the first three games on my iMac but Revelations was never released for Mac. I've decided to buy a PS3 in order to play the rest of the games. However, I'm a full time student (and thus have no money) and I'm doing an unpaid internship (so I don't have time for a part time job). What's the best way to make the $400 or so I need to feed my addiction? Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks, Apprentice Assassin
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However, we're not convinced that you actually need to do any of this stuff. Unless you're completely destitute (in which case you should probably shift your priorities away from gaming), a PlayStation 3 is hardly an insurmountable purchase. In fact, it's surprisingly affordable if you know where to look. For some reason, you seem to be stuck thinking in 2010 dollars — in reality, the console hasn't retailed for "$400 or so" in at least three years.
You can currently snap up the 12GB model for well under $300. In fact, we just did a cursory Google Shopping search and found one selling for $194, brand new, including shipping and handling.
If that's still too much money, it's possible to find even cheaper deals if you're willing to buy second-hand — we've seen them go for as little as $30 on eBay, for example. While you're at it, you can also pick up a second-hand copy of Assassin's Creed: Revelations for around $10, although the usual "buyer beware" caveats apply.
In the coming months, the price of the PS3 is expected to drop even further as the PlayStation 4 takes centre stage. If you can stave off your addiction until after Christmas, the additional savings could be worth it.
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