UK PS3 Exec Calls Americans "Cheap People"

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Technoob

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Yeah, we should pay 800 bucks for the ps3, just for the privilege of the epic splendor :0
 

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Hey it isn't our fault things cost an Arm and a Leg over in the UK. I couldn't believe how expensive everything was over there in London. 50£ for a PS3 game. I guess we are spoiled over in the USA
 

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We already have sensationalist blogs all over the tubes of the intrawebs reporting this crap. We don't need it here too.
 

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Hecks yeah I am cheap! Capitalism at its finest. Besides $500+ for a console with almost no games doesnt sound like a good deal to me.
On the other hand, sure I'd buy a ps3 also if I got a huge a$$ hd tv for free with it....
 
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I agree that we're cheap, and I take it as a COMPLIMENT. Long Live Wal Mart, Wii, and may Sony take their overpriced shit electronics and pack it straight back to Japan.
 

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Americans carry an absolutely massive amount of debt. We buy things we can't afford and then end up paying twice what it would have cost because of interest. I would say most Americans are the complete opposite of cheap and spend way beyond their means.
 

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We already have sensationalist blogs all over the tubes of the intrawebs reporting this crap. We don't need it here too.

Yeah, because this isn't the console discussion forum. Thanks for telling us what we can and can't talk about here. Your moderator tag does you proud.
 

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No, this is apparently the "talk about consoles, unless it's news about sony that I don't like" forum.

Sony's executives have had an incredibly good run during the windup for the ps3 and afterwards about saying moronic things that hurt them PR-wise. They don't have a monopoly on it, but I'm sure their marketing execs just cringe when these dumbasses spout this garbage.
 

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If you take what's considered to be the most expensive and the least expensive – consider the US with its massive land and cheap people. Then you look at the UK – a little island where rent and rates are at an absolute premium, and the cost of people is a lot more.

Here is what he stated.

After you read it sure sounds like he’s talking about the cost of living more so than insulting the US, based upon his second sentence in relation to the "cheap people" remark. I would hope people would read articles and comprehend them a bit more than just the headliners from a site. I do agree his choices of words are a bit poor however.
 

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Well i was going to get a ps3 when it dropped $100. Guess ill wait till it drops $300... if its even around that long.
 

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If hes got a problem with how we do things in America, then he should just go kill himself, all there is to it.
 

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Justifying ridiculously high taxing by calling the US "cheap" is kind of ridiculous and that's basically what is being done here.
 

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Don't brits have some of the highest debt per person in the world? I believe i was reading that its a plague there. Running up credit etc.
 

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Don't brits have some of the highest debt per person in the world? I believe i was reading that its a plague there. Running up credit etc.

They do have an increasing problem with debt; I haven't seen comparisons between them and the United States yet though (Though I have no doubt that ours is ridiculous as well. Our instant-gratification society doesn't really seem to grasp long-term goals).
 

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Saying something along the lines of "Americans are cheap" is akin to saying "all Americans are cheap." I have no idea how cheap is meant in this context at all - does that mean we don't like spending money on things we need? Or things we don't need? I really don't get it. I'd like to think I don't spend gigantic amounts of cash on things I don't need but I do like to spend my money on luxury items every now and then. Suddenly, because I happened to be born in America, does that mean that I am a cheap person?

Some people need to think about what they're actually talking about before they open their mouths. I hate it when people talk for other people like this - saying a blanket statement like "Americans are _____" never works out (unless that statement was 'Americans are people that live in America').

We as a people need to realize that if we going to say a big group of people are something, (especially 300 million people in this case) that we just can't say that. There's way too much variation. I know the stereotype of an American overseas is a loud, overweight man who is incredibly materialistic, but in reality very few Americans are like this, and those that are are called 'jerks' just as much as those same people would be if they were overseas.

This isn't a problem with Sony execs, this is a problem with people. We need to stop labeling each other like this. I for one am sick of it.
 
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ah, the joys of reading/watching/listening to the liberal media.
:rolleyes:

The Media isn't "Liberal" (per dictionary definition standards and historical contexts, mind you), they tend to range from Socialist/Communist to Fascist sympathizers. In short, they're pretty much just like the Democrats and Republicans (Socialists/Fascists, which share more in common than they differ on).

The only *true* Liberals, in the classical sense (think: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, those were real, genuine Liberals) living today exist in the fringes of the Libertarian party. They are uncoincidentally the only true Capitalists.

Of course, that's a discussion for another board, but hell, I figured we might as well spice it up a little :)
 

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Maybe this is just a plan to sell more consoles. Sony figures people in UK and Europe will go "Well I don't want to be like a cheap American, I better buy this console." While people in the US will go "What? Cheap? I'll show Sony. I'm going to buy TWO Playstation 3s!"

See, they're clever bastards :)
 

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Maybe this is just a plan to sell more consoles. Sony figures people in UK and Europe will go "Well I don't want to be like a cheap American, I better buy this console." While people in the US will go "What? Cheap? I'll show Sony. I'm going to buy TWO Playstation 3s!"

See, they're clever bastards :)


lmao - i think you are on to something
 

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With a successful UK launch underway, Maguire was happy to announce the start of what he believes is a more “real” next-generation. “Many people are saying we're now joining the next-generation console era, but I believe we've stepped over the current next-gen to create the real next-generation,” he said.

oh really..:p
 

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He Should he said "Americans are Cheap Moaning Fockers!" only then would he be 100% correct for once!!:p
 

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The United States has historically been a very price-sensitive market. That's probably what he meant - or the cost of living thing.
 

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Thomas Jefferson

liberal? the democratic republican who was against broad interpretations of the constitution and wanted the federal government to stay small and the states to have power? Calling any of the early American leaders by todays political standards is foolish. All of the leaders stood for many of the same values, they just differed on how the constitution is interpretted.

Shame Shame for dragging good men that died a long time ago into this arguement.
 

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liberal? the democratic republican who was against broad interpretations of the constitution and wanted the federal government to stay small and the states to have power? Calling any of the early American leaders by todays political standards is foolish. All of the leaders stood for many of the same values, they just differed on how the constitution is interpretted.

He said liberal in the classic sense. The word has taken on other meanings in recent history.
 
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liberal? the democratic republican who was against broad interpretations of the constitution and wanted the federal government to stay small and the states to have power? Calling any of the early American leaders by todays political standards is foolish. All of the leaders stood for many of the same values, they just differed on how the constitution is interpretted.

Shame Shame for dragging good men that died a long time ago into this arguement.

Yes, Jefferson was LIBERAL, according to the *original meaning* of that word. The fact that the modern Socialist/Communist (read: "Progressive") crowd has usurped the word for their own ends doesn't take away the fact that the word had a very different meaning in those days than it does today.

Yes, the founders in general largely believed in small federal government with the states retaining local powers in most areas, but that doesn't mean there weren't big-government whores in those days as well.

Of course, it wasn't like today, where Democrat and Republican alike are agreed that government should be huge and powerful and people should have as few rights as possible.
 
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I'll just have to remember that next time I'm considering buying some expensive Sony TV or monitor. "Oh, darn, I forgot, I'm too cheap to buy this, better get a different brand..."
 

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he was misquoted, damn some people just really want sony to fail. i wonder if some of yall work for ms/nintendo or something
 

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I wish it was Americans being cheap and not just British people being stupid.

Average house price that is 10 times the average wage.
Consumer Debt at 50% of GDP
Taxation in real terms is at 40.4%
One of the lowest standards of living in the Western world.

However on the upside our currency is almost ridiculously strong so whenever I go to the states I can buy loads of stuff and it costs almost nothing in comparison. Way to go for George Bush's first grade economics in weakening the dollar to encourge exports.
 
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