Buyers, beware. In a rather unfortunate tale of consumer caution and eBay scumbags, a young man from Nottingham was scammed into paying £450 ($750) for what he thought was a limited Day One Edition Xbox One. He received a bad photo of the item, instead.
19-year-old Peter Clatworthy wanted to surprise his 4-year-old with the console, but when he received his eBay purchase, he found a picture of the Xbox instead. He made the purchase on November 28 and paid a good £450, plus £8 for shipping.
Regarding the whole mess, Clatworthy says he often buys things from eBay and this has never happened before. He explained:
"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.
"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 back of the picture even said, "Thank you for your purchase." Yeah, no one can blame the guy for being angry. Fortunately, eBay did provide a full refund to Clatworthy, and have banned the seller from using their site.
The holidays may be a good time to shop, but be very careful when making larger purchases from third party sellers. Here's hoping we don't see anything else like this any time soon.