eBay Enforces Its Will On Prospective PS3/Wii Sellers
We all figured eBay would be a hotspot of activity around the time of the PS3 and Wii launches, as it usually is for any game console launch. However, this time around, eBay is making some significant preparations to protect the consumer...who are going to get reamed in terms of price, anyway (nothing eBay can - or wants to - do about that).
With last year's Xbox 360 fiasco and the ensuing number of eBay scams (i.e., people selling just the X360 box), the biggest online auctioneer doesn't want a repeat performance. They've come up with a set of rules, effective immediately, that every PS3 or Wii seller must abide by:
- Only one of each console can be listed per seller at a time prior to the system launch dates.
- The seller must only accept PayPal payments and have a minimum of 50 feedback and a rating of 98% or higher to qualify for PayPal Buyer Protection.
- The pre-sale can only be in Auction format, no Buy It Now listings will be accepted.
- The listing must include a clear photo of the pre-order receipt in the description of your auction.
Well, they're certainly making it difficult for the scammers, that's for sure. The PayPal rule is a tad suspicious, which basically just sounds like a way for eBay to make more money...after all, they do make 3% on each PayPal transaction. Still, it can help to prevent wire and check fraud. Either way, these rules must be followed if you plan on flipping a rare - and possibly very pricey - PS3 or Wii this holiday season.
10/27/2006 Ben Dutka