Report: Sony Stops PS3 Shipments to South Korea

In what could be viewed as a real-world version of a business tycoon game, the video game foreign trade wars appear to be heating up.

Earlier this month came word that Nintendo was jacking up the price of the Wii in the U.K. due to the weakness of the British pound vis-a-vis the yen.

Last week GamePolitics cited a report that China was using protectionist tactics by blocking entry of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft in order to promote home-grown MMORPGs.

Now, via Kotaku, comes word that Sony has stopped shipping PlayStation 3s to South Korea.

Thanks to the depreciation of South Korea’s won versus the stronger yen, it seems that Japanese tourists have been picking up PS3s on the cheap and toting them home from Korean trips. A Sony employee told Chosun Online:

We are troubled by ‘reverse-importing’, which is when products exported into South Korea are flown back into Japan," said a Sony employee.

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    gonzlamm says:

    Its funny reading this. If you go to my home town of Guatemala, Guatemala City Gamecubes still sell for more tha $150. Shit, a wavebird will run you 60 bucks XD

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    SeanB says:

    To: Sony and nintendo

    Sell your products in your own currency only, making distributers do the conversions and pricing. Stop telling people what prices they have to charge for your products, and let the market decide.

    Problem solved.

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    Wolvenmoon says:

    This calls for a universal ban on WoW to all chinese players until this is lifted. =)

    I’d also, if I were south korea, ban sony products for five years and give a government grant to microsoft to chop some of the price off of 360s and games.

    This kind of marketing should not be tolerated, and I would be tempted to ban all chinese games from being accessed by U.S. players until this BS stopped.

    I will not buy securom games. and

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    PHX Corp says:

    I think Sony should say one thing saying "we’ll sell it, But not to Japaneese people vacationing there in S korea"

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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    nighstalker160 says:

    I understand the business practice, but where does this leave South Korean consumers? Are they forced now to purchase their PS3 via online only so that it is shipped directly to them? 

    In which case what’s to stop private re-sellers from buying a few PS3’s jacking the price up higher than it it would otherwise be in South Korea but still less than the Japanese price and simply reselling?

    Or is Sony just saying "Sucks to be South Korean, no Playstation 3 for you!"

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