The Hong Kong and European versions of the PlayStation Store now offer one more way to empty one's virtual wallet, one dollar at a time, with the release of "premium avatar packs" for the PlayStation 3's XMB.
The first of four avatar packs, each featuring three or four LittleBigPlanet-themed icons that can represent you on the PlayStation 3 cross media bar and friends list, are going for $8 in Hong Kong, which translates to about $AU1.17. In Europe, individual premium avatars are priced at £0.20/€0.25 each. Not a bad deal, should you have a dollar or two rotting in your wallet.
On the other hand, it's a formerly free thing now monetised, something Sony seems more and more interested in doing lately. Good for business, bad for people who want things given to them gratis.