From my experience of never leaving my apt. and learning everything about the world from my neighbor's blaring TV at 3am, isn't it relatively normal for things like that to be more expensive elsewhere?
I was in Europe awhile ago and found nearly everything to be of slightly worse quality and vastly more expensive than for the same item at my local Stop N' Go. Don't know what that was about, but I can only deduce that the reason that stuff's cheaper and of better quality in the US could possibly be that the company making it is a US company, but the product made is made in China or India or Taiwan, etc. thus making it super-cheap...which is fine with me as I'm not an idealist like my Teamster friends, I just want my junk to be cheap and not break before it is scheduled to. Also, I read somewhere that something like 80 percent of all international imports/exports come through US ports, making The Big United States Thumb heavier than ever when negotiating super-awesome trade agreements with others. Remember the WTO riots here in Seattle? I was there, and I saw 9 hippies sitting on the sidewalk with a bong and a cardboard sign ("anything helps god bless") and 1400 drunk frat boys throwing stones. idiots.
Microsoft in loss and well as for the pricing the core system is up for IR.24,000 i.e- 533$ and then comes the well premium version which is for IR.27000 i.e- yes....a cost of a ps 3 600$ people i am not saying that the system sucks but its dam' expensive though I wanted to buy a console is Xbox 360worth 600$ ?