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Pachter says Sony is ‘ripping off’ consumers with PSP Go

On a recent episode of Bonus Round, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter states, “$249 is too much. Period.” He goes on to say that while the handheld is priced to compete with Apple’s $229 8GB iPod Touch, it doesn’t deliver the iTunes App Store or downloadable music from iTunes. 

Furthermore, he posits the $250 price of the PSP Go is vastly overinflated considering its contents, claiming it costs Sony less to build and ship the PSP Go than the PSP-3000 model, “The $169 PSP-3000 is a profitable device — the disc assembly, for a UMD, costs more than 16 gigs of flash does. So this new device doesn’t cost them as much as the PSP-3000 and they jack the price up $80?” When Keighley presses Pachter as to whether Sony is “ripping off” the consumer or not, he answers, “They’re rippin’ off the consumer … they’re making a lot more money on the PSP Go than the PSP-3000.”

[Via Joystiq]