Cheapest Ways To Score A PlayStation Vita
What? You were going to spend actual money? Come, let us show you a better way.
Sony's PlayStation Vita is one sexy handheld. It's also $249.99 or $299.99, depending on whether you desire 3G.
No matter how you look at it, that's a lot of cash for a portable system that doesn't even come with a game, much less a memory card. Granted, it appears to be worth every penny, with excellent launch titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 leading the way, but it's tough parting with that kind of money.
Thankfully, you don't have to. By making a few smart decisions, and receiving a bit of luck along the way, you can score a shiny new PlayStation Vita without spending a penny, or at the very least, on the cheap.
Find out how below.
Enter (and win) Taco Bell's Vita giveaway
Fast food giant Taco Bell teamed with Sony to give away one PlayStation Vita every 15 minutes. All you have to do is purchase a $5 Buck Box, head to this website and enter the code. There's no guarantee you'll win, but hey, it's worth a shot. Just go for a jog (at the park or to the nearest toilet) after eating all that food.
Spend holiday gift cards
We hope you amassed a small stack of gift cards last December, because now's the time to unleash those puppies at the nearest retailer. Don't spend your own money on Vita. Let relatives foot the bill.
Trade in games and systems
Hanging onto the old PSP? Still think you'll plow through that pile of games collecting dust? Listen, it's time to move past your separation anxiety and trade this stuff for in-store credit. GameStop usually has some sort of deal in place. In fact, you'll receive $25 bonus credit for trading your DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000 or PSP Go before February 6.
Not only that, but you'll get an extra ten percent for trading three games, 20 percent for five and 30 for seven or more. That should reduce Vita's price a sizable amount.
If you prefer cash, check out Gazelle to see what your stuff's worth.
Split the cost with friends and/or relatives
This is by far the worst option, but what the hell? Just team with friends or family and agree to pay an equal amount to pick up a Vita and some games. Yes, you'll probably get into fist fights over who plays it on what days, but in this economy, gamers need to keep their finances in order.