Does it seem to anyone else that the out of control shill bidding a la PS2 is not being controlled at all by Ebay on the PS3 auctions? When PS2 was first on ebay they were like $1500 in all shill auctions but legitimate auctions were for about $500. I know becuase I sold 4 day one PS2's when it was released and the last one I sold for $475 less than a week after it came out. Well It seems some PS3's are being shill bid up to $4000. of course these could be legitimate first time buyers on ebay but myself personally would never sell an auction item to anyone with less than 5 feedback especially for that find of money.
Related news: http://www2.ebay.com/aw/uk/200611.shtml#2006-11-16135514
Ebay announce restrictions on PS3 sales (but only limited to ebay ireland by the looks of it!)
Originally Posted by Ebay
***Listing restrictions for pre-sale Sony PlayStation 3 consoles and games***
16 November, 2006 | 02:18PM GMT
We wanted to let you know about some restrictions that will be placed on pre-sales of the Sony Playstation 3 console and games. To protect the whole eBay community, sellers will not be permitted to list PlayStation 3 consoles and games on ebay.ie until the authorised European pre-sales period begins in February 2007. Once the official pre-sales period has begun, ebay.ie will also be asking sellers to comply with the following requirements: 1. You may only offer one PlayStation 3 console.
2. If you are pre-selling a console, your listing must comply with our http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/policies/pre-sale.html You must guarantee that the item will be available for dispatch within 30 days of the date it is listed on ebay.ie.
3. You must offer PayPal as the only payment option. The item must qualify for https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/general/ProtectionsSeller-outside
4. You may only offer a PlayStation 3 console that you obtained within the EU. PlayStation 3 consoles obtained outside of the EU cannot be listed on ebay.ie.
5. Your listing must include a photo of your purchase or pre-order receipt. We recommend that you block out any personal information such as credit card numbers on the receipt to make sure that they aren’t visible on the photo.
Our top priority is to ensure that eBay remains a safe and reputable place to buy and sell. Please be aware that we may take action against your account if your listing doesn’t comply with these guidelines.
That's a good point, i heard on the news that out of 54 or so people in line in front of a store only 12 had the intentions of buying them for use. What will the official release do to these ebay prices? My buddy watched some go for $4,000 today on ebay which is absolutely ridiculous. If you get one, you're carrying a sweet HDTV and the patience of knowing you'll be playing your ps3 on it in a few months.
Makes me wonder if the Wii will be worth standing in line for and pulling the ebay trick. My buddy's pretty into the idea but i'm still skeptical about if it would even be worth it.