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check two 12-06-2013 08:05 PM

UK bloke buys picture of X-Box One for $750 on Ebay

Sometimes, it really pays to read the fine print.

United Kingdom resident Peter Clatworthy learned that the hard way recently when he paid 450 (roughly $750) on eBay for what he thought was an Xbox One. What he received for his money, though, was just a picture of the console.

The auction description, it's worth noting, did say that bidders would receive a photo of the console - but it was still listed in the site's "video games and consoles" section, which led to the confusion. (Some shady eBay sellers pulled this sort of thing during previous console launches, offering just the packaging for their consoles.)

"It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," Clatworthy told the Nottingham Post. "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. It's obvious now I've been conned out of my money."

The 19-year old said he had been saving to get the new system from Microsoft as a surprise Christmas present for his four-year-old son, but apparently was unable to get one at a traditional retailer.

There is a silver lining to the story. Clatworthy paid for the picture using PayPal, which has a guarantee policy. eBay officials told him he would receive a full refund from the seller, as the ad was deemed to be misleading.

"Customers can shop with confidence on eBay as we guarantee you will get your item or your money back," an eBay official said. "Mr Clatworthy is covered by the eBay money-back guarantee and we will be contacting him to put things right."

Still, there's a lesson here for people who are desperately seeking a next generation console. eBay sales typically carry a high premium and the risk of scams like this is significant. The wiser choice is to stalk retailers, who are getting regular shipments from Sony and Microsoft. The best way to keep up with online availability, since it's so fluid, is to regularly check in with sites that track availability. ZooAlert and NowInStock.net can both alert potential buyers the minute online orders open up.

Sideshow Bob 12-07-2013 02:29 AM

Lmao @ the look of defeat in his eyes.

hashashin 12-07-2013 02:49 AM

gutted lol, at least he used paypal. Wouldn't have gotten a refund if he'd paid with bitcoins!

Sky Blue Bally Kid 12-07-2013 06:13 AM

I remember something similar happening when the PS2 dropped, someone bought an empty PS2 box on ebay.

KERZO 12-07-2013 06:03 PM

Lmfao at the fact they gave him a shitty photo, it would have been even funnier if the photo just had the text 'Xbox one'

hashashin 12-09-2013 04:47 AM

looks like he got lucky out of this, scored for a new console AND a refund!


The United Kingdom teenager burned by an Xbox One eBay scam received a free console from retailer CeX on Saturday, The Nottingham Post reports today.

19-year old Peter Clatworthy paid $750 through the auction site in November for what he thought was an Xbox One. Instead, he received only a photo of the system. The system was intended as a Christmas gift for his four-year-old son.

"I'm just overwhelmed by the reaction to the story," Clatworthy said. "All I wanted was a refund. I cannot believe this."

In addition to the Xbox One, he also received the refund he sought thanks to PayPal's buyer protection guidelines.

Sky Blue Bally Kid 12-09-2013 06:39 AM

I wanna see what he wrote as feedback :)

check two 12-09-2013 02:35 PM

If the console is about $500, why did he pay $750? Did it come with extras? Or cause it was sold out in the stores then?

dret.izm 12-09-2013 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by EAGLE EYE (Post 2418956)
Lmao @ the look of defeat in his eyes.

hahaah no doubt i laughed at that first before i even looked at the ghetto ass xbox one photo

Reiko 12-09-2013 03:52 PM

he looks sad ;(

JASPER 12-09-2013 05:14 PM

That's the face of Xboners.

Fucking retards.

Should have bought a Wii U

food for thought 12-09-2013 05:35 PM


lmfao @ the picture of the picture

JASPER 12-09-2013 06:08 PM


A teenager who was scammed into buying a photo of an Xbox One on eBay for 450 has been given the real thing by an electronics store.


Being retarded pays off.


MASTER PAI MEI 12-10-2013 11:28 AM

Hahaha and the picture is shitty

RADIOACTIVE MAN 12-13-2013 02:02 PM


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