Man Buys Picture of the Xbox One for $615
An English man, excited to get his hands on an Xbox One for a fairly reasonable price is taking his case to eBay after he paid the equivalent of $615 for just a picture of Microsoft’s latest entertainment console.
The Nottingham Post is reporting that Peter Clatworthy, a student at Bilborough College in the United Kingdom paid $615 for what he thought was the Day One edition of the Xbox One. Instead, what Clatworthy received was in fact a rough photo of the console’s box instead. Turning the mailed photo over, Clatworthy found that the eBay seller in question had scribbled a message on the back of the photo saying, “Thank you for your purchase.”
Though it may seem like a cut and dry situation, one in which Clatworthy could easily file a complaint with eBay and receive his money back, the entire ordeal was made more complicated by the listing itself. The seller was actually up front with users browsing the eBay listing. In fact, the listing said “photo” in its description. Regardless, Caltworthy claims that he made the purchase anyway since the listing appeared in the electronics and gaming section of the site saying, “I was in two minds but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me thing it was genuine. I looked at the seller’s feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal.”
Since the Xbox One debuted users throughout the world have been swindled in similar scams. Nottingham Post’s story includes references to one user buying the Xbox One Day One edition’s retail packaging for the European equivalent of $9,839.
For its part, eBay is promising Clatworthy that he’ll receive a full refund since he paid for the purchase using Paypal. In fact, the local Trading Officer for Clatworthy’s area is using the opportunity to push PayPal as the only safe means of paying for material purchased on eBay saying, “We would encourage all eBay buyers to pay for their goods using PayPal to give them extra protection. PayPal states that if the item doesn’t match the seller’s description or gets lost in the post then it will give the buyer their money back.”
Clearly, the entire ordeal serves as further proof that users need to be careful about purchasing electronics on eBay or anywhere else second-hand. Clatworthy’s statements didn’t include any reasoning for why he spent the time-saving for the console but choose not buy it from any of his local retailers.
The Xbox One arrived on store shelves on November 22nd for $499 and remains in short supply in most urban areas. The Day One edition Xbox One is identical to the base model, however users with the Day One console receive a special Xbox Live achievement and a Xbox One controller with “Day One” stamped on its front.