We’ve already covered in detail the seedy story of scalpers who’ve been working overtime to secure PS5 stock, but how about this new low? eBay has issued a warning to sellers trying to flog photographs of the next-gen format. People are actually bidding on these listings for serious sums of money, not realising they’re effectively being duped – and the auction website has been forced to release a statement, as published by Eurogamer.net.
“We condemn these opportunistic sellers who are attempting to mislead other users,” the website said. “We are in the process of removing all listings for photos of PS5s from our marketplace and will be taking appropriate action against the sellers. For any purchase, but especially highly priced or in-demand items, buyers should exercise caution and thoroughly read the listing description.”
At the time of publication, we found a handful of fake PS5 auctions, although it looks like people are simply messing around at this point. Eurogamer.net reports that there were about 350 listings earlier today, but they’ve since been removed.
Sony’s new console has caused all kinds of craziness in the UK, which this is just the latest example of. Some people who purchased the system from Amazon UK received cat food instead, and this is currently the subject of a BBC Watchdog investigation. Meanwhile, the system is completely sold out worldwide, with no signs of demand slowing.