how to buy a console on ebay avoiding scams?


Faced with the shortage of PS5 in the world, many players are turning to sales sites, including eBay. However, it is not always easy to distinguish between scams and genuine ads for PlayStation 5 for sale.

The launch of the PS5 was a global disaster, not because of the performance of the next-gen console which notably offers 4K at 60 FPS, ray-tracing and 120 FPS, but because of the extremely limited stocks. In addition, we must also take into account les scalpers who have considerably reduced the available stock by purchasing several consoles with the sole objective of reselling them at high prices online.

The PlayStation 5 and the DualSense controller
The PlayStation 5 and the DualSense controller – Credit: Kerde Severin / Unsplash

Therefore, players who don’t want to wait for the general restocking that isn’t expected until at least next summer are turning to classifieds and auction sites. eBay is the most popular of them. Of course not all PS5 sellers on eBay are scalpers and some just need the money or resell, say, freebies. Anyway, here are some tips for avoid scams by buying a PlayStation 5 online.

Carefully read the description of the PS5 ad and check the seller profile

First of all, the first thing to do is obviously to read the ad description carefully. Some unscrupulous sellers have indeed taken advantage of the PS5 hype to sell plastic cases and even pictures of the console. However, eBay has stepped up its vigilance and recently stated that: “ we are in the process of removing all PS5 photo ads from our platform and will take appropriate action against the sellers “. Of course you can always request a refund if the item you receive is not a PS5 when this was clearly stated in the listing description.

Then it is recommended to check seller profile and more particularly the history of its sales. For example, if he has multiple PS5 ads, he is probably a scalper. It is then up to you to decide if you are ready to pay double the price of the PS5, or even more, and thus encourage this practice. Also, don’t forget to contact the seller before the sale for more details such as the reasons for selling the PlayStation 5 and even video proof of how it works.

As a reminder, the PlayStation 5 are very rarely sold at consumer prices on the Internet. In general, the online resale price is often around 1,000 euros on eBay. Besides, there is not a big difference with the PS5 Digital Edition which is often sold for 990 euros.

EBay Customer Guarantee Protects You From PS5 Scams

Finally, you are never safe from a scam, even if you are extra careful and take all necessary precautions. If you have any problem with your PS5 order, here is the stages of the eBay Customer Guarantee to be continued :

  • Contact the seller within 30 days of the estimated delivery date;
  • Contact eBay directly if the seller does not resolve the issue within 3 business days;
  • eBay will contact you within 48 hours and issue a refund for your PS5.

Source : Express



Auriane Polge

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