I didn’t want to deal with retailers like Fry’s who were probably selling only retardedly asinine bundles (i.e. the only way you could buy the PSP from them is if you bought a predetermined bundle of the PSP, games, and accessories, some or all of which you don’t need or want), so I went directly to my favorite local retailer, Gameplay.
When I went there about an hour and a half ago during an early lunch break, they had about 40 units in stock, and were selling them for the retail price of $249.95. Unfortunately, the only games they had in stock were Metal Gear Acid, Dynasty Warriors, Ape Escape: On The Loose, and about three or four other titles, so I drove east a few blocks to Best Buy to pick up Wipeout Pure, Ridge Racer, and Need for Speed Underground Rivals (I have a soft spot for arcade racers).
10937 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
An update and a correction since the time of this writing after the jump.
UPDATE: It looks like California retailers are supposed to add a $6.00 Electronic Waste Fee which “…will be remitted to the State of California for the safe recycling of the video monitor contained in this product.” From what I understand, this went into effect on January 1st, which is probably why California gamers weren’t charged this fee when buying the Nintendo DS. I only noticed this because I dropped by a Toys R Us store on the way home. If you bought the PSP from a retailer that *didn’t* charge this, consider yourself lucky!
ERRATA: In retrospect, I was asked by Gameplay to purchase a PSP game with the PSP. I hesitated and thought I could get away without buying one since I shop there a lot, but I wanted to play nice so I relented and bought Metal Gear Acid. Sorry about spacing out! It’s been a crazy week, so I apologize!