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eBay joins the fight against SNES Classic Edition scalpers, but it has limited control

by Ron Duwell | July 7, 2017July 7, 2017 6:00 am PST took the first step to helping ebb the flow of SNES Classic Editions into the hands of scalpers by limiting just one per customer. eBay UK is also poised to join the fight as it tries to cancel the listings of early pre-orders.

The online retailer retains the right to do so since pre-orders go against its policy, and it is using this rule to cancel many of the early listings that scalpers have put up. eBay claims in a statement to Eurogamer that any and all listings will be taken down if they pop up again.

We will remove listings for pre-release items and accessories if the release date of the item is more than 30 days away.

And indeed, Eurogamer confirmed that a majority of the listings were taken down in accordance with its statement

However, the move is clearly a temporary fix. Once we cross into Aug. 29, the online scalpers will no longer be outside of the website’s 30-day policy, and the problem will almost certainly return. Maybe Nintendo will be able to lay out something more comprehensive in the meantime… maybe.

Cut out the middleman, Nintendo! If this is really for your most loyal fans, sell it to them directly. They’ll know where to find it. That is the only way to guarantee that everyone who genuinely wants one will be able to get it at the asking price. If you’re doing this for positive headlines, you’re going about it in the exact opposite direction.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...