If you’ve ever wanted to import a Japanese game or gaming accessory not available in the United States, you’re probably familiar with Lik-Sang. The “gray market” Taiwanese import/export firm (in the case not apparently used as a cover for clandestine operations) made their livelihood selling, among other things, Japanese versions of consoles like the PSP to customers in the US and Europe.
“Ultimately, we’re trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not – in PS3’s case – backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty.”
This, despite the fact that the PS3’s power supply is auto-sensing, handling anywhere between 110V and 240V on the fly.
Is news of the retailer’s demise greatly exaggerated, or will importers have to look elsewhere for their gaming fix? Sony is a heavy hitter, but popular support seems to be on Lik-Sang’s side. I doubt we’ve heard the last word on it.