Trying to buy a next gen console seems like an increasingly risky proposition these days. You can’t even meet up with some maniac you find on Craigslist at a seedy motel without being conned into buying a box of towels. On top of that, you have to keep checking the item descriptions to make sure you aren’t accidentally buying a PS4 some lunatic microwaved and is trying to sell as art. In fact, it is probably worth it to look closely at the item descriptions of all next gen consoles you buy on eBay, because a melted PS4 might be the least of your concerns.
According to The Nottingham Post, a teenager currently attending Bilborough was the unfortunate target of an incredibly stupid scam last week. Now, I’m nearly positive Bilborough is actually a fictional location from The Lord of the Rings, but it is good to know that pretend characters can be scammed out of their hard earned money as easily as real people. Peter Clatworthy (presumably from the Clatworthy clan of hobbits) paid 450 British funbucks on eBay for a brand new, fresh from the box Xbox One…picture. You can see the man’s displeasure with the purchase below, as indicated by how furrowed his brow is and how he took time away from second lunch and mid-afternoon song to pose for the picture.
The true tragedy here is that isn’t even a hi-res shot. I mean, if you’re going to scam a guy over a picture, at least use a laserjet printer. The unfortunate thing is that in the item description it literally said that it was just a picture, and the man knew it said it was a picture and bought it anyway. According to him:
“It said ‘photo’ and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine.”
His first mind was clearly the rational mind, that knew buying a product that said it was a photo of an Xbox One was a bad idea. Unfortunately, the second mind started hooting and yelling about how it was a good idea to go out and buy some instant lottery tickets, and poor Clatworthy was distracted long enough to be tricked into buying a photo. Still, it was intentionally misleading (as the product was in the video games section) and eBay has promised a full refund from the seller. I’m not sure if the seller will be willing to comply, as they were a big enough jerk to write “thank you for your purchase” across the back of the picture they sent out. Just as a heads up to anyone else shopping for a console this holiday: people are jerks, and you may want to double check what they are selling you aren’t towels, a picture, or a picture of towels.