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eBay updates its policies on PS3, Wii pre-order listings

eBay has instituted a new policy when it comes to Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii pre-order auction listings.  After cleaning up the site of PS3 pre-order listings, the company has instituted even more strict guidelines that could put a damper on sellers looking to rake in the big bucks selling the consoles and should help protect buyers in the process.

In a posting on the eBay "General Announcements" board, the following restrictions/policy updates have been put into play regarding PS3 and Wii pre-order auctions:

  • Only one of each console can be listed per eBay account prior to the launch of the console (PS3 is expected to be available on 11/17/06, Wii on 11/19/06).
  • The seller must only accept payment through PayPal, and have at least 50 feedback with a 98% or greater positive rating so that they qualify for PayPal Buyer Protection.
  • The pre-sale item must be listed in the 3, 5, 7 or 10-day formats, and cannot use Buy It Now.
  • The listing must include a photo of your pre-order receipt in the description.

The new policy should make buyers feel a little bit better when bidding on a PS3 or Wii auctions in the coming weeks, but eBay is a big place and rogue listings are still sure to pop up from time to time.

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RE: Good.
By h0kiez on 10/27/2006 2:11:46 PM , Rating: 0
Why shouldn't I be able to obtain, then resell one? This is capitalism, baby. Also, you seem to be implying that these rules will somehow dampen the reselling of PS3s on ebay. Incorrect. It will only mean that I have to sell them on launch day instead of ahead of time. Big deal. You live in a capitalist society buddy, and sleeping outside for many hours is worth something...those that buy on ebay are essentially just paying the "going rate" for time spent acquiring a very in-demand item. I've spent countless hours camping, monitoring, etc...and I certainly expect to be compensated for it.

RE: Good.
By Chaser on 10/27/2006 3:12:46 PM , Rating: 2
Thats crap. Those people have no interest in owning a PS3. They camp the lines and flood the pre-sales just to re-sell something to make a quick buck.

Maybe Sony should set the retail price at $1200.00 to embrace your view of Capitalism, "baby".

RE: Good.
By othercents on 10/27/2006 3:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
This does not limit the price that the auction goes for only that the seller can not set a buy it now price. Just like many of the Xbox360s the PS3s can still end up selling for more than $1000 and possibly more than $2000. I think the rules are nice to keep people from cheating the public however this limits me from selling them. I would have to get a friend to post my pre-order slip.


RE: Good.
By xKelemvor on 10/30/2006 12:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
$1700+ so far on the first one I looked at wen searching for PS3

RE: Good.
By freon on 10/27/2006 4:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
Uhhh, thats great and all, but the article you are responding to has to do with PRE-ORDERS.

RE: Good.
By h0kiez on 10/27/06, Rating: 0
RE: Good.
By freon on 10/27/2006 7:15:01 PM , Rating: 4
How is it different? Well, you dont actually have the console, you haven't even paid full price for it yet, the stores are saying a pre-order is no guarantee you will actually get one on launch day (same happened with other launches where early pre-oders still had to wait for second shipment), and you most likely did not have to camp out or sleep in line to get it.

All you have is a slip of paper, that cost you $100, saying you might get one on launch day. Obviously EBay doesn't see that as an item worthy of being auctioned in the manner it was.

RE: Good.
By h0kiez on 10/30/2006 7:02:35 AM , Rating: 2
Didn't camp out? Riiiight. Try 10:30 pm to 10:00 am. Hence, I should be compensated for my time in line.

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