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Your original technique of looking for a God of War 3 unit sounds pretty good, as long as it does not turn out to be used.
Otherwise, I would suggest looking on Ebay. Try to find some auctions where the seller doesn't know how valuable a 3.55 PS3 is. You can tell because the firmware wont't be mentioned in bold letters, or in the auction title. Find about 10-15 of these types of auctions, and ask each seller what firmware version the unit is on. Provide instructions on how to get the firmware version. You will surely find one evenutally.
You can also keep an eye on the Buy/Sell section of this site (http://psx-scene.com/forums/buy-sell-trade/). You're more likely to pay more this way though because everyone here knows how rare they are.
Did you get your money back on the PS3 you bought?
ya bro.. obviously... they used that bundle and plus they also updated it to 3.70
i heard that console with manufacturing date before 2011 can be hacked is it true ?
how can i check the date ?
okk guys i searched the malls today and found these console
CECH 3008A.....import date is december 2011....160gb
CECH 3008A.....import date is jan 2012....... 160gb
CECH 3008B......import date is october 2011....320gb
CECH 3008B......import date is dec-2011....320 gb
any idea which one should i buy...i stay in india