Man pays $750 for a piece of paper he thought was an Xbox One

[UPDATE] Retailer gives 19-year-old a free system.

Image Credit: The Nottingham Post

[UPDATE] 19-year-old Peter Clatworthy received a free Xbox One from retailer CeX on Saturday. He also got a full refund from the original eBay scam.

The original story is below.

One United Kingdom teenage did not get what he expected from a recent eBay purchase.

19-year-old United Kingdom resident Peter Clatworthy paid £450 +£8 shipping (around $750) for a piece of paper he thought was an Xbox One as part of an eBay scam, The Nottingham Post reported today.

Clatworthy, a student from Bilborough, said he saved up to buy the limited edition Day One system as a Christmas gift for his young son.

The auction listing stated it was for a photo of the console, not the system itself. However, Clatworthy said he still expected to receive the Xbox One because the item was listed in the "video games and consoles" category on eBay.

"I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal," he said. "It's obvious now I've been conned out of my money."

He has since brought the matter to eBay's attention. The auction site looked into the case and told Clatworthy he will receive a full refund thanks to PayPal's coverage for such scenarios. "We don't allow listings which mislead, and will take action against this seller," the company said.

The Xbox One launched on November 22 and sold more than 1 million systems during its first day.

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drkl0rd2000
drkl0rd2000

Well either this was a well thought out plan by the guy to see if he could not get the sympathy card played and maybe get something..hence his free xbox.


OR


He is rock dumb in placing a bid on something the CLEARLY stated it was for the photo. He was not scammed by the auction since it clearly stated it was for a picture.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

If the auction said it was, in fact, a picture, then the guy shouldn't have gotten a refund. Yeah it was a pretty sneaky thing to do on the seller's end, but it doesn't change anything. Are we going to start voiding contracts that "rip people off" because they didn't read the fine print? That's ridiculous.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

Apparently the british are mating with vegetables.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

wow, he got a full refund AND a free console…. the stupidity came out as slyness… I mean, seriously? he got way too lucky… 

gamer7736
gamer7736

Did the photo come with a Kinect?

am_h8ter_ade
am_h8ter_ade

Natural Selection fails again. This is why our world is going to hell. Societies all over the world praise and reward stupidity and bad behavior. Maybe if I take a shit on my boss's desk I'll be given a promotion. 

rickwhoo
rickwhoo

He said he wanted it for his 4 year old son???, I bet his son would play with the picture more... Friggin liar, He bought it for himself.

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

This retailer is irresponsible. You shouldnt give a 4-year old boy a console, that is primarly for playing violent games. Especially when his father is an incapable 19-year old student. What is this retailer thinking? Give the kid at least a WiiU and not an Xbone, idiots!


And beside that: Stupid people who do stupid things should be punished in general, until they stop being stupid. People who are defending this idiot must be stupid themselve and beg for compassion. I have never done such a retarded thing before and i also do not know anyone else who is this stupid (not even close). This dudes behaviour is an exception no one should tolerate.

brian_ghattas
brian_ghattas

So he gets his money back and a free Xbox One? No wonder our society is getting dumber and dumber. People are being rewarded for their stupidity now.


At least he can now buy another Xbox One for his son to help teach him what a great game football is.

vadagar1
vadagar1

if he was a hot chick with huge boobs u would all be like:


ZOMG why u scam this amazing saint, bad scammers bad bad.... she is so perfect and nice.... 


: /


vadagar1
vadagar1

scammers gonna scam i m glad he got his money back


and we are all vulnerable to making mistakes stop being such assholes gamespot commentators ffs



omenjamlord
omenjamlord

Todays word of the day is "rushed" , 19 year old with a 4 year old son RUSHED! Buys piece of paper despite not reading the fine print RUSHED! Best of luck to you sir in life! 

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

He's 19. He's buying a console for his '' young son ''. Do the math. The guy obviously have an history of bad choices behind him and it appears he haven't got any better.

conorhat
conorhat

$750 would buy a PC that can run 1080p graphics. What a bloody moron.

conorhat
conorhat

19 years old with a kid, obviously not very bright. I think it's funny Microsoft is rewarding stupidity. It really shows the type of customers they are after.

Trialkiller24
Trialkiller24

This dumbass should do natural selection a favor and go jump off a cliff.

Iffy350
Iffy350

"QATAR Airways" Nice FIFA.

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

Fn moron. Read the description next time. This guy was allowed to reproduce???

lambalot
lambalot

Full refund from eBay and a retailer has given him a XBO for free. So what we have learn't from this is that being stupid pays.

Gixzr
Gixzr

Damn, for $750 at least give him a pic with some better ink!

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

So now he has a full refund from eBay and has been given a free Xbox One from a retailer I've never even heard of.

... and he gets to keep the photo!! :o)

villa4europe
villa4europe

19 year old student bought it for his 4 year old son...


welcome to modern day UK

wildamnesia
wildamnesia

He has the face you just want to smack.

OGKNav
OGKNav

He gets dumber and dumber looking every time I see his face. And I get less and less sympathetic.

luky7dayz
luky7dayz

Ok, it said on the site that it was a PHOTO. So he willingly read the title stating it was indeed a photo of the xbox one, and proceeded to pay for it. Why is this misleading? It's a 750 dollar photo, which has been sold before. Ebay should not have to refund someone for failing to read the title, not even fine print, it is written plain and clear for everyone to see. 


Also, he is saving up all his money to buy his "young son" a brand new console. He is 19, which means the oldest his son could be through biological means (sperm being produced at age 13) would be 6. Why would he spend 750 dollars for his son? Thats a little much for a kid. 


Really, this guy is an idiot, and it isn't ebays fault he can't read. And this is totally not for his son.

bkohary
bkohary

Miley Cyrus had to prance naked in her music video to be famous.

This man bought a piece of paper. He's a genius!

Amorphis2k
Amorphis2k

@drkl0rd2000 He's obviously not known for making very good decisions... He is 19 with a 4 year old son... That would make him 15 when he made his first silly mistake :P

IncinX
IncinX

@SoulxReaperx366 eBay wants to promote itself as a safe way to trade commodities between other people without fear of being swindled by fine print.  Perhaps he should have read all the wording and fine print carefully, but that doesn't change the fact that eBay should rectify things to make sure people feel happy with their service.

IncinX
IncinX

@am_h8ter_ade Natural selection doesn't work with humans, you should know that.  Besides, everyone makes mistakes, sometimes expensive mistakes.  I can guarantee you will piss away thousands of dollars in your life with mistakes.  Whether you are dumb or not depends on if you repeat the mistake.


Pro tip:  Learn from other people's mistakes! =)

drkl0rd2000
drkl0rd2000

Maybe he should have used that money for some reading lessons instead, since it was unable to comprehend the auction when it stated "Picture of the Xbox One"


Way to reward stupid though, hey why don't you toss up an auction for a picture of a PS4 for me and I will bid see if I can't get rewarded.

IncinX
IncinX

@brian_ghattas It's a sweet deal on his part.  However, Microsoft and eBay got some sweet publicity out of the deal.  Microsoft paid $750 and eBay paid nothing since they can recind the paypal transaction.

conorhat
conorhat

@lambalot Only pays to be stupid if you're an Xbox fan. Everyone else will point their fingers and laugh.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Guy is stupid indeed, but the Auction was made with scamming intentions nonetheless.

drkl0rd2000
drkl0rd2000

Which begs the question does he actually have a son or is this all some elaborate scam by him to get a free Xbox by playing the sympathy card?!?!?


I hope it's a scam cause I would hate to think this dude procreated with an IQ level like his.. and YES I am being rough cause I am sick and tired of dumb being rewarded by our society!!



drkl0rd2000
drkl0rd2000

RoadStar1602 

Please tell me how this is deceptive by HIS OWN admission the listing stated it was for a photo and not the system itself!!


"The auction listing stated it was for a photo of the console, not the system itself. However, Clatworthy said he still expected to receive the Xbox One because the item was listed in the "video games and consoles" category on eBay."

am_h8ter_ade
am_h8ter_ade

@IncinX @am_h8ter_ade You completely missed the point. Sure everybody makes mistakes. Not everybody gets an Xbox thrown at them every time they do something stupid. Stupidity shouldn't be rewarded. How else is somebody expected to learn from mistakes if they never have a negative consequence. 

Mitch0712
Mitch0712

@santig91 @conorhat I think he's focusing on the fact the guy paid $250 dollars over retail price for the xbox.  If he's willing to spend that much money for gaming hardware it should be spent on a PC.  

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

@Warlord_Irochi No. If one wants to sell a photo on E-Bay one is free to do so. It would have been a scam if the auction did not have the word PHOTO in it. It did however.

We have a saying in Romania: "stupidity is expensive"

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

No you are not. It's a free market. You are allowed to charge whatever you like for your wares. If I want to go the market and charge 1000 euros for a an old sock, I can.


Sure it's not the most moral thing to do, but as long as the buyer is not tricked into buying something else than what was advertised it's not a scam. And the seller did advertise for a Photo.

It would have been a scam if the seller would have advertised for an Xbox One and sent the guy only the case or a controller. Or if the buyer would have gotten a photo of a PS 3 instead of a photo of an XBOX One

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

When you sell a photo of a product charging such an insane amount and you list it in "consoles and games" you are aiming for a scam.

That Romanian saying is appropriate (and true, we have a similar one in Spain) in this case; this selling aims for stupid people that buy this stuff after being misguided; there is nobody who will willingly pay for a photo. Hence the bad faith behind this selling.