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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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I have mixed feelings on this...
By rushfan2006 on 10/27/2006 3:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
Let's do the "good guy feeling" first...On one hand I think protection measures should be in place to keep fraud down - as many many MANY people have stated in this PS3 thing...its very popular, demand is huge AND a pre-order is NOT a gurantee that the person with the pre-order is getting one at launch. This isn't anything to do with being for or against capitialism, this is just common sense saying "hey just because I'm willing to pay you $2000 for a PS3 doesn't mean I want to be defrauded in the process."

Then of course there is the "bad guy feeling" I have (which leans more towards my real feeling I must say)....This is all due to impatience....a product of a decadent society during the "ME" generation.....if normal working class folks that struggle to make ends meet are foolish enough to drop up to $2,000 on a system that in 3-6 months after launch will be plentiful in availability for just the "normal" MSRP....then hey you deserve what you get, scammed or otherwise.





RE: I have mixed feelings on this...
By Christopher1 on 10/27/2006 3:46:26 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, in most cases a pre-order IS a guarantee that you will get one at launch, IF they ship the number of consoles that they guaranteed the store.

Most reputable places won't take pre-orders over a certain amount that the manufacturer of the item has told them that they will get on the launch date. Electronic Boutique does that, EBX does that as well (they are both owned by the same company).


By rushfan2006 on 10/27/2006 4:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
True enough in most cases and in most cases I know that already.

But what I said wasn't commentary - its actually fact this time around....several places haven't beaten around the bush, its been announced in articles throughout the 'net and including right here at Dailytech....due to overwhelming short supply pre-order doesn't guarantee you'll get a PS3.

As for EB and EBX being owned by the same place, yep -- I know this too..I remember buying PC games back when the 486 was still in style from EB.


By Spivonious on 10/27/2006 4:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
Just FYI: every national game store is owned by Gamestop (Gamestop, EB Games, EBX, Babbages, Funcoland, etc).


RE: I have mixed feelings on this...
By One43637 on 10/27/2006 5:45:34 PM , Rating: 2
GameStop stapled a disclaimer on the Pre-order receipts that people received. it reads in verbatim:

"THANK YOU FOR RESERVATION."
NOTICE: As GameStop cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, the reservation deposit will only guarantee a spot in line when your reserved product becomes available. The reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Online product pricing and availability will vary and will be fulfilled independent of store reservations. Reservation/purchases are limited to 1 per household.


By One43637 on 10/27/2006 5:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

"THANK YOU FOR RESERVATION."
NOTICE: As GameStop cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, the reservation deposit will only guarantee a spot in line when your reserved product becomes available. The reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Online product pricing and availability will vary and will be fulfilled independent of store reservations. Reservation/purchases are limited to 1 per household.


whoops forgot 'YOUR'


RE: I have mixed feelings on this...
By Aikouka on 10/28/2006 2:08:33 AM , Rating: 2
Most likely the reason that they put that there is because of the fiasco with the XBOX 360 and how Microsoft shifted allotments around (supposedly because of Wal-Mart complaining), so a lot of the gaming stores lost some of the XBOX consoles that they expected to receieve and sold as preorders.


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