Originally Posted by RemoWilliams84
I saw where a bunch were listed, but couldn't find where anyone had actually purchased one. What people are asking for and what people are paying are two completely different things. Don't you watch pawn stars?
Edit: I did find a couple that had sold for $700. Most of the others just ended with no buyers.
I dont watch pawn stars, but I completely agree. It seems silly to pay higher than MSRP on Ebay for a "launch day" item that is/has:
1) Still available for pre-order at MSRP
2) Unknown launch quantities
3) No absolute guarantee of launch day delivery
Furthermore, who's to say the few people "buying" these outrageous auctions arent in on the deal. If there is one thing I learned about Ebay, is that there are a lot of fees.. alot of thieves.. and alot of shady bidders.
The last item I attempted to purchase on Ebay, was a used 16port managed gigabit switch. It retailed for about $1000 new.. but was 3 years old and my bid was around $40. About 10 mins after a bid, another bidder account with a (0) feedback bid the price up to $50. I thought that was odd, but went ahead and bid again. This back & forth continued until I eventually I reached my maximum price of $100 and stopped bidding. Right on time another bid came in for around $110. I did not bid again and left it alone. About 1 hour before the auction was set to end, the highest bidder (one of those ZERO feedback accounts) retracted his bid & now I was magically the highest bidder at $100 for a item I should have only pay around $50 for. Took about 3 seconds for me to figure out that the seller.. is using other accounts to falsely increase the price of his auction.. then retracting his bid at the last minute so he doesnt get stuck winning his own auction at the inflated price. So I retracted my bid too. And magically all the other (0) account bids also retracted theirs.
As it stands, noone knows how many of these consoles are going to be available at launch.. and if people are really going to pay enough money over MSRP for people to profit selling them once fees and negotiating is done. While I dont participate or agree with these "Ebay flippers".. I do know that some of them made some pretty decent bucks last generation with the 360 launch.. but also know alot of them ended up looking like fools most recently when the Wii-U launch flopped and these guys were stuck trying to return 10 consoles to stores like Toys-R-Us.
Anybody with half a brain.. should be smart enough to know that they can still simply just pre-order one of these launch consoles. And even choosing overnight shipping.. on a forced bundle.. can purchase the XB1 or PS4 for cheaper than paying $700-$800 on Ebay to some stranger who may/maynot ship a launch day console in a timely fashion.