eBay Canceling PS3 Pre-order Listings
October 17, 2006 9:15 AM
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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
, 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
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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RE: What if...
10/17/2006 10:35:01 PM
I think that would be grasping a bit much. I suppose you can try to just sell it as a receipt, but if the item says PS3 anywhere in it, I can't imagine them not taking it down. I can't imagine anyone paying for it unless they somehow knew that it was a PS3-related item.
This reminds me of one particular shenanigan where a person listed the PS2 box on eBay, it was cleverly worded too. The box sold for above-market prices for an entire system, so some person got duped into paying for an empty box.
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