One thing's for sure, the media/publications are profiting off the PS3. For such a miserable "failure" of a system, no one can stop talking about it or reading about it. I mean, why do we even have sales numbers sites like this one, which I'm sure is profiting nicely off the ads and such?
Really, I think most people wouldn't mind eventually owning a PS3. They're just waiting for the price to come down. If there was a deal today for a brand new PS3 for $250, most people would take it. Yeah, $250 is not going to be a reality right now, but that's not the point. The point is that most people would buy one if (or, more accurately, "when") presented with what they think is the "right" price. At the end of its lifespan, 7 to 10 years from now, the PS3 will have compiled its share of good games, certainly enough to justify the $200 or whatever it will have gone down to by then. The continued strong sales of the PS2 even now shows there is no shortage of late adopters.