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eBay says none of this nonsense for another month
In order to sell something, you must have something to sell

From an informal survey of the EB Games locations we visited during our pre-order quest, most gamers who camped out to get a system were planning on keeping it for themselves, as opposed to putting listing it on eBay. In fact, eBay has been actively canceling all PS3 auctions and suspending the accounts of the user who listed it.

According to eBay's policy, the seller must have the item in his or her possession and be able to ship it within 30 days in order to put it up for auction. As posted on the eBay Trust & Safety (Safe Harbor) forum:

Due to the high demand and limited supply of this item we are taking stronger measures to protect both buyers and sellers in the eBay community. Currently, eBay is not permitting “Pre-Sale” of this item, and sellers who list it on eBay must have physical possession of the products at time of listing.

Since even being the very first on an EB Games pre-order list does not guarantee getting a system at launch, it's impossible for any bidder to be sure he or she will be getting what's promised. eBay likely is using this rationale to cancel any PS3 auction it spots. Once the system is officially available, however, market forces will take over and PS3's will easily fetch four-digit dollars.

Despite eBay's policing efforts, a quick search consistently turns up results of several rogue listings seeking nearly $2000 to Buy It Now.

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Easy workaround
By othercents on 10/17/2006 10:38:39 AM , Rating: 0
You can technically still sell what you have which is the preorder slip. Just put the slip up for auction. You can also make a separate agreement if the person who wins the auction adds an extra $100 (cost of shipping) then you will go to the store on the day of release, turn in their slip for their PS3, and ship it too them. Then you can also state that if the PS3 is not available on the release date then you will try again the next day that the PS3 will be available. There won't be refunds because they purchased the slip and they get the same guaranty as anyone else who owns a slip.

So the buyer is buying the preorder slip and that you will email them a copy of the preorder slip as confirmation or the original slip if they want to pick it up themselves.


RE: Easy workaround
By Loc13 on 10/17/2006 10:46:33 AM , Rating: 2
You know what's easier? Sell it on Yahoo Auction! Granted, there aren't as many people who go to Yahoo Auction, but I've seen a few PS3 auctions up there and seems like Yahoo didn't take them down.

RE: Easy workaround
By othercents on 10/17/2006 11:10:17 AM , Rating: 2
Selling the slip on either auction house sounds better than selling the possibility of getting a PS3. Because if you sell the slip the transaction is done and the person receives their product. You get your $2k and they get their slip. Selling the possibility of a PS3 means that you might have to refund their money. I think I'm going to ask a friend for a copy of their PS3 slip so I can sell copies on ebay.


RE: Easy workaround
By Kilim on 10/17/2006 11:42:22 AM , Rating: 2
Um, that is a bad idea. You had to have had photo ID with you when you reserved your system, and you have to have photo ID with you when you buy it.

Maybe some stores did not follow this when you pre-ordered it, but my entire region did, and we surely will check when it comes time to buy it.

The Ebayer chump would have bought a worthless receipt unless he goes with you.

RE: Easy workaround
By othercents on 10/17/2006 5:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
They won't take a copy anyways. Your just selling the copy to someone so that they have an original copy of a preorder. This why they can show it to their friends or frame it for the future when the prices on preorder copies goes up.


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