This should be a sticky:
"FW3.55 or less PS3s are becoming an ever rarer commodity. As such they are probably/should be worth more than a brand new console. So, if you have one and are thinking of upgrading so you can play the latest games and get back on PSN then avoid any complications and probably make some profit by selling your current console and buying a new one. That way, you win (without any risk), and the person who bought your console wins."
"We all agree your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?" - Neils Bohr