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The Final Chapter In PS3 Vs. Xbox 360?

I know most of you are beyond caring, but in the interest of full disclosure, my son this weekend threw in the towel on his Sony PlayStation 3 and returned to the Microsoft Xbox 360. Like an errant husband crawling back to his wife, he said, "I guess I should've thought this through."

Last July, this die-hard Xbox fan traded in his console for a PS3 after being impressed by the Sony press conference at E3. He liked what he heard about new PS3 games, and he liked the look of the graphics.

What he soon realized was that he missed his friends on Xbox Live.

So this weekend, he dragged his PS3 back to the same Game Stop where he bought it to trade it in for another Xbox. This, even as a friend in line with us complained about his Xbox acting up now that it's out of warranty.

How did my son come up with the difference between the trade-in price and the new Xbox? He made $300 this weekend selling his decked-out World of Warcraft character on eBay.

Lessons learned:

1-the gaming experience is more than a few games and cool graphics.

2-repeatedly doing trade-ins at Game Stop is a money losing proposition.

3-PC games like World of Warcraft can actually MAKE you money.

4-don't talk to your mother about these things.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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