Man Says He Was Tricked Into Paying $750 For Photo Of Xbox One On eBay

Introducing the new Xbox One Special Paper Edition... only $750 on eBay!

Introducing the new Xbox One Special Paper Edition… only $750 on eBay!

It’s a truism as old as time: Wherever there are people willing to pay a ton of money for a new video game console, there will be scammers willing to take that money and leave them empty-handed. Well, not technically empty-handed in this case, as the customer did get a photo of an Xbox One for his $750.

“I’ve had to make a joke out of it because I was that angry,” says the 19-year-old from Nottingham, UK, who paid £450 ($749) to a seller on eBay. “At least we’ve now got something to laugh about in the years to come.”

The young man says he’s an experienced eBay buyer and this is the first time he’s been duped.

In the seller’s defense, the buyer admits the listing did say it was a “photo” of the console, but he tells the Nottingham Post he assumed it was the real deal because it was listed under the heading of video games and consoles. He also says there was no negative feedback for the seller.

So either this was the first time the seller pulled this alleged trick on a customer, or his buyers appreciated the level of customer service.

After all, the seller did leave a “Thank you for your purchase” note on the back of the photo.

The buyer contested the purchase with eBay, which has given the seller until Monday to issue a full refund.

To anyone out there tempted to pay top dollar for a Xbox One or PS4 on eBay or other secondary market site… don’t. They will be back on store shelves shortly and there are only a very few games available to play on either console, and most of those games are available on current generation consoles. You can spend hundreds of dollars over list price to get an Xbox One or PS4 right now… and then sit around for months waiting for decent games to come out, or you can just wait and save yourself a lot of cash.

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  1. SingleMaltGeek says:

    I hope the seller gets their account revoked.

  2. Instegone says:

    While I think its a pretty mean trick the seller pulled, this guy is a moron. No one in there right mind shells out $700+ without fully reading everything.

    Though according to this article – http://www.neowin.net/news/teen-scammed-out-of-450-for-photo-of-xbox-one-on-ebay-receives-refund he bought it for his 4 year old son (which means he had a kid a 15) he is not the sharpest tool in the shed….

  3. CommonC3nts says:

    Since the seller lists it under the “game consoles” they have committeed fraud.
    I also hate how ebay/paypal says the seller must refund the money.
    Paypal controls the sellers account and can take the money back whenever it feels like it.
    Right now they should refund and make the sellers account go negative then reverse the sellers withdrawl from paypal with the bank.

    But also this is why you always pay with a real credit card, not a debit card, for all online purchases so you can do a chargeback if you are ripped off.

    • MathManv2point0 says:

      Fully agreed on your last point. I have never used pay-pall for this specific reason. Well… that reason among others….

    • MichaelA says:

      Two rules:

      1) ALWAYS pay with a credit card. If there’s a dispute, then it’s the bank’s money that’s tied up, not yours. If you use a debit card, then it’s YOUR money on the line.

      2) Never link your PayPal account to your regular checking account. Get a second one that exists only to transfer to and from your regular checking account, and keep it close to empty otherwise. IF someone cries fraud on you, and PayPal tries to take the money from you, all they’ll get is the small amount that you had sitting in the account. Sure, they’ll try to come after you for it, but at least YOU have YOUR money while it’s being disputed, and not them.

    • APK1080 says:

      When a dispute is opened, the funds are automatically frozen in the seller’s PayPal account. If this case is escalated and decided in the buyer’s favor eBay will take the money from the sellers account automatically.
      Ebay should absolutely not immediately act in the buyer’s favor just based on a claim by the buyer. Believe it or not there are plenty of lying thief BUYERS out there too, both parties have rights.

  4. JustPassingBy says:

    Didn’t this also happen when the Xbox 360 was first released?

  5. MichaelA says:

    I have zero sympathy. The seller should to be taken to task obviously, but this guy is just a complete idiot.

  6. arejay1984 says:

    I agree with the general consensus. While the seller should absolutely have to make this right, I don’t feel any sympathy for the buyer.

  7. C0Y0TY says:

    There is a scam where sellers will build a good feedback rating to appear trustworthy, then rip off a lot of people at once and disappear.