Well it finally happened. My PS2 has succumb to DREs on CDs, and it's only time before it happens to DVDs too. I could try repairing it myself, but I think it would be a lot easier if I could return it for a brand, spanking new system.
I want to buy a new PS2 from Wal-Mart, remove the warranty and model stickers from the back with a hairdryer, place them on my broken system and return it with everything in the box. What are the chances of this working? Are there any visual differences with the new batch of models aside from the stickers? I'll probably use cold hard cash to pay for the new system, so would I get cash back or just store credit?
I know this may be a little deceitful.. but so is selling consumers products that crap out in a year.