The $9.99 PS3

Balance is being restored to the universe. Is it karma? Is it the work of a Jedi? Yoda? Are you there, buddy?

We just don’t know. What we do know is that someone trying to sell their PS3 for $1250.00 mislisted it/ended the auction early/somehow fucked it up and quickly found a bidder at $9.99. —MEGHANN MARCO (Thanks, Ian!)

UPDATE: Chemman says:

    “This has been on Digg for a few days and the buyer had been contacted and stated that the seller ended the auction early because he worked out an offline deal with the him. If you look at the auction it states the seller has ended it earlier, he didn’t get screwed, Ebay did, they just lost out on auction fees.”

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  1. joehowe64 says:

    Now, will the circle of life close, and the seller honour the deal…..

  2. Trae says:

    I’m just shocked the guy was too stupid to institute a RESERVE… yikes.

  3. Frank Grimes says:

    What a joke. I was looking last night at the thousands of units up. It looks like a 20gig systems is fetching about $800-1000 and a bit more for the 60gig. Considering most of these chuckleheads are offering free shipping and then Ebay takes their share and of course Paypal, it looks like the original investment will return about 25-40%. How many of these morons waited in line all night/for a few days then other related expenses to make maybe $200-$400. Still a nice tidy sum but like Bart found out, having your soul end up with the Comic Book Guy can be a bitch.

  4. Steve_Holt says:

    I think it’s more about the rush for most of them. The whole process, from the pre-order hysteria to the store-line campouts to the morning melees to the ebaying, is a form of entertainment. The excietment and satisfaction from successfully re-selling one is probably worth making only a tiny profit.

  5. misskaz says:

    Couldn’t it be that the buyer/seller agreed to conduct the rest of the transaction outside of eBay/Paypal’s fee-grabbing purview?

  6. chemman says:

    this has been on Digg for a few days and the buyer had been contacted and stated that the seller ended the auction early because he worked out an offline deal with the him. If you look at the auction it states the seller has ended it earlier, he didn’t get screwed, Ebay did, they just lost out on auction fees.

  7. Breticus says:

    North Carolina? hmmm, maybe it belonged to John Edwards

  8. RandomHookup says:

    Of course, this won’t attract any suspicions from the goon squad over at eBay.

  9. Echodork says:

    Most likely, the seller will be receiving a certified bank cashier’s cheque courtesy of Prince Mubuto of Nigeria for the full amount of the Playstation 3, plus a small extra sum that will need to be wired back for a very important business transaction…

  10. 24fan24 says:

    I believe ending an auction early to sell it to a buyer is against eBay policies for a number of reasons. I’m not positive if they are allowed to end early to sell to someone else, but I am certain that sellers and buyers are not allowed to solicit sales off of eBay.

  11. con40dmitri says:

    I’ve never thought to do that (agree outside of ebay/paypal terms) with my buyers or sellers. Good call.