eBay Warns Scammers Selling Photos Of PS5s For Hundreds Of Dollars

Unscrupulous sellers have resorted to selling empty boxes and photos of next-gen consoles to buyers, and eBay isn't happy about it.

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eBay is one of the best places to go if you're trying to track down a previously-owned console, particularly for those that aren't produced anymore. However, when it comes to the PS5 and Xbox Series X / Series S, scammers continue to use the site to profit off the demand for next-gen consoles, which has prompted eBay to issue a statement.

"We condemn these opportunistic sellers who are attempting to mislead other users," eBay said via Eurogamer. "We are in the process of removing all listings for photos of PS5s from our marketplace and will be taking appropriate action against the sellers...Buyers who receive an item which is not as described are entitled to a refund via our eBay Money Back Guarantee, provided they completed the transaction on the eBay platform."

As Eurogamer reports, many of these fake listings advertise a "brand new Sony PlayStation 5," only to clarify that the buyer will receive only a photo of a PS5 in the finer description. Other scams include selling an empty box, raffle tickets, and even parents purporting to raise money to buy their child a next-gen console themselves. Such claims are dubious, to say the least.

These outright scams are the latest development in the strange grey market economy that crops up every time a new generation of consoles is released. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the expected console shortages, meaning that scalpers are free to charge double or triple the retail price of a console in hope of finding a buyer desperate or resourceful enough to fork over their cash. Though the consoles released weeks ago, would-be buyers are still lining up at their local GameStop for a chance to snag a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S after the Black Friday restock.

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Something will eventually give. Sony/Microsoft may enjoy the upfront sales from these scalpers, but they are only hurting the sales of game developers and the relationship with their software developers/customer base. I would be willing to bet that at LEAST 50% of the consoles on the market are currently just sitting and not moving because most can't or won't pay for the scalped console prices. By doing this they are effectively cutting the software sales by a large amount since nobody can buy games on a console they do not have and cannot get. If I was an executive at a notable software developer, I would be up their rear end about stopping this if they wanted us to be spending the time and money on developing these next gen console ports.

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These console launches bring out the worst form of lowlife. Ebay should(if they had any morals) ban scalpers and these scum pranksters for life. Ebay won't do that though because all they care about is money.

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@sandraria84: Ew! You're a woman!

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How about putting a price cap on these Scalped systems at let's say $800 MAX.

Or even better banning the sale of all newly released systems for 1 year!

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@dragonsama: the only reason someone is supposed to sell their new console is if they got bored or some other reason dont want it anymore.

the thing that happens every single time with those sales in normal market is that the seller gets less money than he spent. so msrp is a good max price for a year

but ofc those desperate buyers still exist so the market only moves from ebay to somewhere else

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