A 19-year-old grown man from the UK, Peter Clatworthy, was recently conned out of $750 after he purchased what he thought was a Day One Xbox One. The deal went down through eBay, in which the listing was posted by a supposed reputable seller; the auction clearly stated it was for a photo of Microsoft’s latest console, but that didn’t deter Clatworthy in the least. When he received his actual prize in the mail, along with a cheeky note scrawled on the back, Clatworthy admitted he was left “fuming” after realizing what had happened. Naturally.
“I looked at the seller’s feedback and there was nothing negative,” Clatworthy justified. “I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal. It’s obvious now I’ve been conned out of my money.”
Despite going on sale worldwide, the Day One edition has become particularly coveted because of its rarity. Not only does it come in a special black box, but it has Day One stamped onto the redesigned controller. When a boring and plain Xbox One doesn’t do the trick, you can always spend more for essentially the same thing thanks to the Internet. Fortunately for Clatworthy, eBay has ordered the seller to return the money.
These type of incidents on eBay aren’t new by any means. Scam artists have found creative ways to abuse the website, mostly by carefully worded titles and misleading descriptions. Still, when an auction clearly states you’re bidding on a photo of a product, you probably shouldn’t feel like a victim. Clatworthy told the Nottingham Post that he was bidding on the console to buy for his four-year-old son.