PS3 pre-orders hit eBay at $1000 and up, EB employees accused of unfair ordering

Earlier we reported that GameStop and EB Games were today starting pre-orders for PS3. DailyTech reader "05SilverGT" commented that his local GameStop had already filled up its pre-order allocation at the time of the store's opening, hypothesizing that GameStop employees may have a hand in the instantaneous sell-outs. Apparently, our reader's experience may not be unique.

It appears that EB Games and GameStop employees are permitted to purchase PS3 without going through the usual hoops that a consumer must jump. A Kotaku writer shares his experience at EB Games:

I'm always shocked at how blatantly obnoxious some of those guys can be. When I asked them about Playstation 3s, the manager on duty told me that every store in the chain is getting about four or five each, which means they aren't getting any. I asked him to explain and he said, while literally rubbing his hands together, "They're letting employees buy PS3s, so there won't be any left." I asked if they have to stand in line and he said no, the second we open we'll just buy them up. He did say that they can only buy one each, but I'm guessing most stories have at least five employees smart enough to know how to use Ebay.

With only 400,000 units slated for North America, this isn't the least bit surprising. In fact, some PS3 pre-orders have already hit eBay in the four-digit dollar range.

EB Games and Gamestop had a bit of a problem with XBOX 360 preorders as well.  Thousands of preorders placed as early as May 2005 were not filled  until almost two months after the launch of the console.

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