eBay bans PS3 imports to Europe

Following in the footsteps of Play-Asia, eBay UK bans "grey importing" of Sony's new console.

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Brit auction site eBay.co.uk has banned listings in Europe of Japan or US model PlayStation 3s, declaring that only consoles bought within the European Union can be resold there.

Last month, Hong Kong-based import-game seller Lik-Sang closed down after losing a law suit against Sony for selling Japanese PSPs to European consumers.

Sony announced shortly afterward that it would move to stop any other "grey importing" of its products into Europe, which led to another major online importer, Play-Asia.com, suspending all orders of Sony products to the EU.

Almost as soon as preorders of the PS3 became available in the US, ads from resellers started popping up on eBay, some asking for as much as $100,000 for the console. eBay removed the ads, telling GameSpot, "the seller must have legal ownership of the product. As such, preordered items cannot be sold on the site."

More recently, since the Japanese launch of the PS3 on November 11, adverts have been appearing offering the Japanese version of the console from regions including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan. But now, according to eBay, listings will be removed and accounts closed if sellers offer their Sony consoles for delivery to the EU.

A list of other rules have been added for those wishing to sell a PS3 on the Web site--only one console may be sold, the item must be dispatched within 30 days of the listing being posted, PayPal will be the only payment option available, and users must include a photo of their purchase or preorder receipt.

A spokesperson for eBay told GameSpot, "Now that the policy has changed on the sale of the PS3s, the currently listings are being removed and shortly there should be none left on eBay.co.uk."

Discussion

108 comments
TrondBraaten
TrondBraaten

It's BS that we in Europe have to wait over 3 months extra to get the PS3, and then have to pay a shi* load when it hits the stores. Here in Norway the PS3 will be sold for about $895... That's just insane...

financeranger
financeranger

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Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

any fony fans prepared to defend this lunacy? nope? thought not... feels great to be a ps fan now, doesn't it? THEY WILL SUE YOU FOR IMPORTING YOUR CONSOLE OF CHOICE lol

leigh547
leigh547

ah well even if i could import one i couldnt play ps1 or ps2 games blu ray movies or dvds so why would i want to

the_spread
the_spread

This is... incredible. I have been a playstation owner since the beginning, I've only ever bought their consoles. I have been worried about the state of the PS3 for a while now, what with the huge price tag, and the series of blunders, including the delay in Europe, but I've still stood by them, maintaining this is the right system for me. Now this? Europe have constantly been screwed in the software market, and I'm getting used to it, but Sony are just mocking us now. I didn't even intend to import one, but the fact that they have done this makes me very angry. I really don't see this system lasting with such bad management. I honestly believe this will be the next Dreamcast. It was really nice knowing you, Sony.

drdavewatford
drdavewatford

AJay25 makes a great point - Europe was a major reason why PS2 was such a huge success, and yet Sony have completely turned their back on us thanks to the launch delay (and no doubt a trickle of machines when they do eventually lower themselves to launch in the region). With it's headstart and ever growing user-base, I think Microsoft has the US sewn up for this generation. Nintendo will win in Japan as usual. Which leaves Europe for PS3....oh, hang on - we're not getting it, can't import it, and therefore looks like Sony have blown it here. Obviously it'll be years before we'll truly know how this gen has turned out, but I truly believe Sony have handed their market-leader's crown to Microsoft and Nintendo thanks to their greed in stopping importing plus a series of blunders with PS3. If I was a shareholder I'd be calling for the board to step down.

AJay25
AJay25

Err what the hell has it got to do with sony what people do with their systems??? they brought them if people want to sell them on then there is more ways to do it than ebay lol. Why the FUK do Sony seem to think it's ok to leave europe out EVERYTIME anyway??? !!! Well F.Y Sony . . . Microsoft understood that we are gamers too, and go out of their way everytime to insure europe is only at max a few weeks behind as do Nintendo, under a month later we'll have the Wii here in the UK. Also europe holds the most sold systems in respect to gaming in the world so i can't see the logic in making us wait. . . Well keep yer ps3 Sony, keep it. Oh and i do wonder what **** is going to do about the Londoners who went to N.Y and Japan to bag one. . They'll have s.w.a.t ramsack their house's no doubt.

Radox_Redux
Radox_Redux

This is absolutely rubbish. Kemuri_recon is right in saying that to us UK dudes the PS3 is almost becoming a kind of unreachable myth. Between prices, delays, lost exclusives and this, it almost seems as if Sony are TRYING to lose the seventh generation console war. I don't really tend to judge a console on it's starting line-up tho, especially since the Playstation's release line-ups have never really been that good. It seems Sony have surpassed Bill Gates and Microsoft in what seems to be a quest to be the greatest sell-out company. For shame, Sony. Why do Europe always get the crappy end of the gaming stick.... It especially sucks for UK gamers who don't even have the excuse of retranslation to explain why they wait for games that are already out in America. This can be filed under just another one of those events....

kemuri_recon
kemuri_recon

im getting so mad man readin all this news..first its the wait till bloody march now tryin to make us cry for one by keeping it at a distance..i cant beleive this man .. i mean the psp is easy to access but for some reason the ps3 is turning into a story of myth its lucky i got a contact in america whos gonna ship one out to me...so up yours sony

drdavewatford
drdavewatford

U1 - Sony are losing more and more of their exclusives (GTA, anybody ?) while Xbox gets more and more of its own. The way we're going PS3 won't have any exclusives left anyway, so you won't have to fear Sony's demise. You'll still get some great RPGs on 360 and Wii, so no worries there either. Incidentally, we're all eagerly awaiting the Wii and Zelda, but the PS3 launch line up is dreadful. It makes me laugh that many of those rubbishing the 360 laun ch line up (which looked pretty good to me with PGR3, Kameo, COD2 etc.) are now lauding the dross being served up with the PS3 launch. About the best launch title is COD3 which we get on the 360 anyway. Bye bye Sony.

U1
U1

drdavewatford: I'm not opposed to that as long as Nintendo take their market share and I still get to play RPGs and all the other cool games PS2 has that Xbox doesn't :)

OremorE
OremorE

What is it with Sony. They charge Europe the highest prices amongst all the territories. Then they decied that people who have agreed to pay these prices will not be allowed to sell the PS3 for any more money. They want to control any sign of profit and not pass any to the consumer. Wrong, since when did sony become God. The mighty Sony will smite you with furious anger and vengance if you dare blaspheme againts the all powerful PS3, have murcy on us!!!!!

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

"some asking for as much as $100,000 for the console." POLL : Who will pay $100,000 for the PS3?

GrimBee
GrimBee

SO they remove ps3 auctions, but not japanese import psps? wierd!

drdavewatford
drdavewatford

Sony are truly the Devil's spawn - what a horrible bunch of extortionists. I will actually rejoice when Microsoft drive them out of the gaming business, and that's really saying something.

illzmasterofyou
illzmasterofyou

This is f**cking stupid....right no offence to you american's (not all americans just minority aka fat b*st*rd gaming freaks) but what makes u thnik u even deserve the PS3 before us Europeans...europe is a faster growing gamer market than american. In any case when u get yours we should have ours at the same time. Cause like with every console by the time we get ours....set up log on...you american **** have infested the servers and all the games then the british players just get sick of hearing you talk s**t ruins the fun. Thankyou Nintendo for appreciating that Europes is a bigger market than Japan and as important as US. Sony can like my balls, I'm want one cause its no doubt a decent console but im going to boycott it so sony go bankrupt and i can laugh so hard! whos with me Wii all the way!

Nico4
Nico4

Ok, we have to wait longer for PS3 and we won´t get a chance to try it, because Sony won´t let us. They are destorying themselves in Europe, why won´t they reliase it

i_like_evil
i_like_evil

Yep. Sony have absolutely destroyed themselves in Europe indeed. Not to mention the anger they must have caused all those people who waited and waited to get one to sell on ebay which they can't do now...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

lol. sony owned all the fanboys in europe. what else is new? europe is ALWAYS on the bottom of sony's list.

Neolucifer999
Neolucifer999

LIke said on the play asia related subject ... Sony better plan at the very least to lift that stupid ban once euro ps3 is released . Or i guess i'll just wait for piracy to find its ways , and finally play HOW i want the games i want . And since time around , i might not be against full on piracy ... I've been fooling myself once , by going through the hassle of being import games , thinking i'd be ,as a legit customer , able to play those on ps3 freely ... Npw that i'm being told that i gotta wait for a crappy euro ps3 release , so i could finally not be able to play my games ... i wont be fooled twice ..

feen_uk
feen_uk

Great, now Play-Asia. Sorry sony, but if i cant import games and you think im gonna pay £40+ for a game? hah! stuff the PS3 up your....

HatefulMidget
HatefulMidget

F*** Sony. They are up their own ass. People can do what they want with the PS3. When I buy it I can legally sell it on ebay. Sony are a bunch of Japanese f****** idiots.

Vergil4565
Vergil4565

There just so ****ing up there own ass SONY sucks i have lost all interest in them now, I got the ps2 and thats it no more bs

d_agra
d_agra

i hate sony for the delay for europe!!man it sux living in britain!

Slannmage
Slannmage

why does everyone hate europe

d_agra
d_agra

ha ha ..got closed again!!

coolcon2000
coolcon2000

Don't care, I don't mind waiting, Im wouldn't buy it off EBay anyway.

deathside
deathside

there is a way of doing this without ebay though. and cheaper. and legal. order a ps3 of play asia. now they wont deliver to a EU address. now simply send the console to an airport adress locker. ( rent them at airport ). then give ups the key and get them to ship it over the EU. VOILA. ps3 for cheaper than ebay in UK... or you simply fly to HK. order one to your hotel room. easy..... but seriously expensive. (PS: in few weeks there are going to be some fights to HK for less than £75 including taxes). happy shopping. ive already goot a flight on the 12th of december. and garantied a console to be delivered the same day..... yehhhhh!!!

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I'm in the UK, I work for Honda, have contacts in Japan, can get hold of most things

d_agra
d_agra

well i am reporting them so..lets see how fast they close them down!!

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

To all of the UK readers here: Let us know how soon someone over there gets their PS3. I just want to know how long it will take for this waste of time to be proven as such. I've had sellers email me when they need a new buyer for whatever reason.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Ebay acts like they are the only auction site in the world. There's yahoo auctions too.

CloudStrifeFFO7
CloudStrifeFFO7

Lol I just looked at Ebay uk and people have relisted them there!

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

now thats lame and not cool but ebay is scared of sony ...for now

GSVale
GSVale

Yeah right, they'll probably keep it up for a week like they always do and everybody will just relist later on. This shouldn't even be news.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

its a shame ebay is scared of sony, that would be an interesting fight.

vaejas
vaejas

Welcome to the wide world of tariffs. Buy a PS3, get a free chunk of softwood lumber to beat off the robbers! :D

Jaeme
Jaeme

I just don`t get it. I thought the West was capitalist. I also thought Sony was pro capitalist. I mean, I buy an item. I CHOOSE to sell the item that I legally own. A person offers me legal tender to the amount I have requested for my legally owned item. I sell them the item. I don`t see where where they live has any berring on this process or why sony has any F*****G say in the process. When I purchased my 360 I do not remember signing any contract that limited what or with whom I do anything involving my 360, and I have yet to see any contracts being printed out by nintendo or any other company that I must sign in order to purchase a product from them. It must just be an extension of the whole music copyright nonsense they`ve been pulling. The internet hasn`t been hurting sony`s music sales, their goosestepping legal tactics have. Transplanting those tactics into this arena is going to hurt them too. I didn`t want to purchase a ps3 before all of this crap and I want one even less now. They`re only doing this crap because they think they own the industry. They`re about to find out that they don`t if they keep this crap up. Nintendo found out the hard way and it has taken them 3 generations(and counting) to get back to where they were. I don`t think sony can afford that kind of a beating.

Gamer12222
Gamer12222

i hope sony will let europe have the systems so everyone can enjoy the best system in the world.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

That's going to cool PS3 prices.

Stolen_Kuniva
Stolen_Kuniva

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PaperLink64
PaperLink64

This is getting ridiculous...why can't people buy a freakin' GAME CONSOLE in Europe after it's released elsewhere?

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

It's crap like this that makes me want to get an extra PS3 just so I can sell it to some crafty EU person who is using a different eBay account. Send the correct address through PayPal when you buy, eBay never has to know. Sounds good to me! It's like the gamers vs Sony, wtf is up with that? Seriously, W.T.F.

yyr
yyr

I hope this offends all European gamers to the point where they decide on the Wii or 360 instead. It will prove to Sony that bully tactics--which, by the way, should not be legal--can come back and punish them later. Nobody was able to punish them for what they did to bleem! a few years ago, but maybe this time, they'll get what they deserve. I have nothing against the PS3, but 1) Sony has just been too arrogant for their own good this time, and 2) 360 is good enough that we simply don't need PS3. Wii looks like it will be amazing. Europeans could just pretend PS3 doesn't exist, which it may not in a few years anyway...

akacheeco1
akacheeco1

Doesn't affect me, i wasn't going to get a PS3 for at least another 6 months, but if i wanted to buy one now, i would be really pissed. Oh well, i'm gonna be too busy enjoying my wii to care!!!

c0zmosis
c0zmosis

I am getting seriously ***ked off with all this anti EU ****... One of the reasons the EU was created was to greatly improve international trade and commerce what with the Euro too. But thanks to ****'s like Sony, who just come down on innocent companies trying to provide people with what they want EVEN WHEN THEY WILL PAY THREE TIMES MORE, people in the EU are still getting screwed over big time. Don't get me wrong, i'm somewhat a Sony fanboy myself - I blame the EU for it's trade regulations that are helping make this easy to block imports. Frankly, I can't wait til I move to Japan next year and s**t like this won't bother me again.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Oh, well. Fony's goin to heck anyway....