Secondhand PS3 console: Here's what you need to know before you go shopping!

Even after a price drop and with Sony allegedly losing money with every sale, PS3 consoles are still really expensive! However, with a bit of patience and cleverness, a crafty consumer can pick up a secondhand PS3 console at bargain prices.

The first place on your search for a secondhand PS3 console should be eBay (www.ebay.co.uk). There it's possible to pick up a PS3 for as cheap as £100, a full £200 under the new sale price! If there's one thing that you need to know about ebay it never to chase a bid! Set your price and stick to it, and ignore any item that gets bidded over it. Usually if you wait just a single week, you'll pick up a much better deal than it you just go bidding madly at the first secondhand PS3 console that catches your eye!

Another option for finding a secondhand PS3 console is to check local classified sites, like Gumtree (http://www.gumtree.com/). While you won't usually be able to bid on items here, it is certainly possible to do a bit of haggling. Plus, since al the listings are local, there be no expensive postal fees to pay!

If you are buying a secondhand PS3 console, make sure that you're protected. While the PS3 is more dependable than some of the other consoles on the market, it still can have it's problems. The PS3 suffers from several reliability issues, the most notorious being the "Yellow light of death" error. This error is named after a yellow LED that starts blinking after a general hardware failure, and can cost up to two hundred pound to have repaired, if it can be repaired at all. Some unscrupulous sellers try to sell "yellow-lighted" PS3s without mentioning this inconvenient little fact! Buy only from a sell with good "rep", make sure to read the description of the secondhand PS3 console you're thinking about buying thoroughly and get buyers protection if you're buying through papal.

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