When both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launched, both consoles were scooped up en masse. One of the biggest factors behind the frenzied--and occasionally violent--demand was the consoles' resale value on eBay. The auction site helped enrich many amateur entrepreneurs, who hocked both Microsoft's and Sony's consoles for as much as $2,000 to spendthrift gamers.
While the supply/demand matrix for the two consoles no longer supports massive markups, there is one console that still commands an eBay premium. According to a survey released by the Palo Alto, California-based online bazaar, Nintendo's Wii console was the most searched-for item on the site, 3,171 units over the holiday weekend. It commanded an average $349 sale price, some $100 over the suggested retail price. Right behind the Wii in terms of searches was the best-seller Wii Fit, which sold 1,059 units at $140. That's a $50 markup over the balance-board-bundled title's normal $90 SRP.