Man who paid $750 for photo of Xbox One gets free system

Happy ending for UK 19-year-old, as retailer CeX gives him a free Xbox One after eBay scam.

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The United Kingdom teenager burned by an Xbox One eBay scam received a free console from retailer CeX on Saturday, The Nottingham Post reports today.

Image Credit: The Nottingham Post

19-year old Peter Clatworthy paid $750 through the auction site in November for what he thought was an Xbox One. Instead, he received only a photo of the system. The system was intended as a Christmas gift for his four-year-old son.

"I'm just overwhelmed by the reaction to the story," Clatworthy said. "All I wanted was a refund. I cannot believe this."

In addition to the Xbox One, he also received the refund he sought thanks to PayPal's buyer protection guidelines.

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

Discussion

2248 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

in other news more people have 10+ children just for the hell of it .....


just breed like Bactria and everything will be A OKA later :D  

Anteares
Anteares

He's 19 years old and has a 4 year old son.  Obviously, this guy aint dat bright.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Apparently this "scam" plainly said on the page that the person was paying for an IMAGE of the system.  Dude still bought it.  If it said on the page they were paying for an image of the system, they shouldn't be surprised if they get an image of the system in the mail...this is why you have good communication with the seller.  Since it's not a cheap item, I'd MAKE SURE I confirm everything that I'm getting.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

this kid should be more worried about his job than games right now. i mean he's got a son...

Haloaddict5
Haloaddict5

he already paid $750, I wouldn't call that free 

vadagar1
vadagar1

why is the store guy so fucking hot? 

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

UK man rewarded for being dumb.  More news at 11.

jmc88888
jmc88888

But it wasn't a scam.


Shouldn't something actually be a scam, before being called a scam?


Was it shady? Sure.  But in no way was it a scam.

The auction clearly listed that the person was selling a picture of a console.  Sure they were shadily hoping someone would think it was a real Xbox One, and sure enough they found a sucker.

He's rather lucky, and doesn't this reward people for being morons and not reading?  I think we just crossed another notch downwards on the idiocracy chart.



vadagar1
vadagar1

come to think about it... there is no way he has a 4 year old kid : /

UberMan5000
UberMan5000

Let this be a lesson to us all: if you're a fiscally irresponsible dullard who falls for one of the oldest scams on the Internet, people will feel sorry for you and you'll get rewarded with free crap.


And my opinion of humanity takes yet another major slip.

qbik911
qbik911

19 years old with 4 years old kid...shit for brains...bet he didn't even read what he was buying...

blueknight1st
blueknight1st

Dude shouldn't have even gotten his money back seeing as the original auction said that you were bidding on a picture. So of course someone has to go and reward his stupidity.

cyborgninja92
cyborgninja92

Two brain cells = Xbone for free. Fuck Logic.

frylock1987
frylock1987

Lets reward the dumbass for being a dumbass.

What the fuck UK? I expect this shit to happen in my home country of America....not over there.

get your shit together.

owlcake
owlcake

Wait wait wait...he is 19 and has a 4 year old son? And that kind of money? Really world? REALLY? And how would a 4 year old even hold an xbox one controller let alone play with it?

Dirty_Hairy
Dirty_Hairy

Microsoft trying to put a positive spin on this little ordeal.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

*Prints a picture of a PS4 and an Alienware laptop with i7 plus the latest graphics card* ... Oh noes!! I didn't know T.T (waits for free stuff) lol all joking aside if this is not some sort of PR stunt I hope the best for the guy and his son and have fun.


If its a PR stunt by MS.. F#k OFF!!

TheJamin
TheJamin

Ah well, now maybe he can use the refunded housing benefit money on something else.

TheJamin
TheJamin

OMG I WANT AN XBONE!!!.... for my 4 year old son... honest.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

The guy on the left looks like he doesn't want to be there.

VenomousOne
VenomousOne

Yeah yeah, good marketing. I got it. And yeah, yeah of course he was clearly scammed, but sweet jeebus christ on a popsicle stick, how much can we reward his stupidity? Flash forward 12 months and Nigeria will be paying him $8 million dollars because a prince promised him some free money.

CrashOV
CrashOV

so basically,
man walks in to a Cex, says he wants a Xbone, and clerk hands him one for free.


sounds extremely believable

itchyflop
itchyflop

if he did indeed get his money back, the only point i can see here is clever marketing from microsoft. Lucky fella, cherish your new system and dont go selling it on ebay !!! 

Uangry
Uangry

He got his money back and that was enough....it was his own fault.

Stinger78
Stinger78

I'm sure it's already been said a few times, but the guy willingly paid for a PHOTO of an Xbox One.  Why does he get a reward for it?

nomailx
nomailx

Nice advertising move Microsoft. But "Free" is still overpriced for this piece of c%#p... xD

hypnoticon
hypnoticon

Survival of the fittest is no more; now we are rewarding stupidity...

owenstoodstill
owenstoodstill

Yep , sums up the type of person we have in the uk these days.

Mauras2013
Mauras2013

hmmm... if he is walking around telling people he is buying a next gen (or any gen for that matter) console for a 4 year old child then he's also a bit of a scammer :).

accretia27
accretia27

19 and a four years old son...... what?

tehtacoguy
tehtacoguy

@wolfyrabbit  This was for his son, if you read the article. "The system was intended as a Christmas gift for his four-year-old son."

surferosh
surferosh

@Aphyosemion  looks like dumb is the new smart..


there was that UK family who said it was unfair that they racked up a bill of over 2 grand when their son 'accidentally' bought stuff through microtransactions.. and Apple refunded them.. 

UK surely is going to the dogs in terms of society;s common sense

HotelDon
HotelDon

@jmc88888 It was a scam because it was placed under a misleading category. While the description itself was accurate, the auction was placed under the "Video Games and Consoles" category on eBay, and a printed out picture is NOT a video game console. If the auction had been put under a more relevant category (say, photography), then it would be harder to call it a scam, and Paypal would have told that guy he was screwed (you do know that PayPal is run by jerks, right?). 

meatz666
meatz666

@frylock1987 Does everybody there thinks the country has the name of the continent? Because if they do, you're totally right.

meatz666
meatz666

@owlcake Are you sure you shouldn't be commenting on Foxnews site?

drkl0rd2000
drkl0rd2000

It's a scam dude...he played the sympathy card in hopes it would get a free xbox. I would wager money on it if anyone dug deep enough they would find him laughing at the bottom of that rabbit hole.