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Beware Xbox One and PS4 Ebay Scams

by William Schwartz

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For those that didn’t have the foresight to pre-order their Xbox One or PlayStation 4 this holiday season, Ebay is going to be a place to pick up the new consoles. Demand is high and supply is short, and this means that scammers are on the lookout for unsuspecting victims.

Boxes, pictures, and guides being passed off on Ebay

There are a couple of scams that are currently making their way around the online auction site. These scammers prey on those who don’t read the fine print, and are anxious to get a deal on the new consoles before Christmas.

So what should you be looking out for? First and foremost, you want to make sure that the auction you are participating in is for an actual console. Scammers have been trying to get Ebay users to pay big money for boxes or pictures of the consoles. You’ll want to make sure that somewhere on the page it doesn’t say that the auction is for anything other than the console itself.

To cover themselves, these scammers will include somewhere on the page, that the auction is for a box, or a picture. There are also a few scams that are selling guides on where to find the console, commanding high prices as well. You’ll want to make sure that you aren’t just buying a piece of paper with a list of retailers.

Your best bet is to always check the seller’s feedback, and communicate with them before sending any money. You’ll also want to keep your correspondence, so that you have recourse and proof if you need to get a refund.

You’ll end up paying a premium for the consoles on Ebay, but it can be a great place to find them if in a pinch. Just remember to read the fine print.

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