I'd forgotten to mention this interesting fact. Friday, when Jason and I took the retail PS3 out of its box and within a few seconds it was covered in dust.
I wiped some off with my hand, and lo and behold, it was scratched up to hell.
You'll want to keep yours in an oxygen bubble for maximum shinatude.
Wii and PS3: Complete and Synchronized Unboxing [Gizmodo]