The PS3 Slim's stand is not free. It costs $24, or about 8% of the console's $300 price. Worth it? (Spoiler: No.) Here's the detail shot:
But while Sony has done no favors for its fanbase, the company has just handed over a potentially huge pile of cash to third party peripheral manufacturers, like Mad Catz and Nyko, who will make a killing selling the things in hot pink polka dot finish for a still-ludicrous $15 a pop.
Oh, and to address those who think the Slim doesn't need additional hardware to stand upright, our own Jason Chen confirms that the Slim really isn't stable enough to balance vertically without one. [Kotaku]