Oh dear. The PlayStation Classic video game console has started popping up on eBay at ridiculously inflated prices. Hopeful "sellers" are currently charging between $400 and $1000 for something they don't actually own yet (the device doesn't launch until December 3). Do not be fooled.
The sheer, opportunistic gall of these eBay sellers really takes the breath away. There are currently around 20 listings for the device with an average asking price well north of $300 - which is double the recommended retail price.
"PlayStation Classic Console - Very Rare!" crows one such listing with a 'Buy Now' price of $1000. "Will be shipped with tracking as soon as it arrives at my home," the seller adds. That would be in December, when you will be able to buy the same product yourself for one sixth of the price.
Needless to say, you should steer well clear of these sales for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few off the top of our heads:
- Currently, we have no idea how many units Sony will be shipping at launch - there might not be a shortage at all.
- We don't know which games the PlayStation Classic comes with - what if there's a bunch of duds?
- These people don't actually own the console yet. There's no guarantee they will even receive their pre-order, which means you will need to waste time negotiating a refund.
- You can literally pre-order your own console right now for $149.99. Why on earth would you want to pay some stranger six times as much for the same product?
In short, don't be an idiot. Pre-order from an actual retailer, or wait until launch day.