It’s been true since pre-orders started, and it’s likely going to be true for a while now: a retail PS5 is a rare beast indeed. People have camped outside of GameStops, people have tried their best to hop on restocks the second that they’ve become available, and even so untold thousands have gone away empty-handed, without what’s shaping up to be one of the hottest buys this holiday season.
Clearly, there is only one reliable way to get your hands on a PS5, and it’s expensive. Places like eBay allow resellers to move new consoles at wildly inflated prices. It’s not a great option, but in the absence of all others, it is an option. I won’t judge such things—sure, you’re encouraging “bad” behavior, but reselling like this is older than video games and it isn’t going away anytime soon. The simple truth is that enough people clearly value the PS5 at a price higher than $499 that the grey market is just bound to do a correction.
Here’s the warning, however: look at the listing very carefully. Eurogamer reports that eBay is trying to crack down not on people selling PS5s , but on people selling photos of PS5s. They’ve got tons of stories of people with listings that, while technically not lies, are clearly meant to deceive people into buying something that they didn’t want at a high price. One seller was offering an empty box that could theoretically contain a PS5.
"We condemn these opportunistic sellers who are attempting to mislead other users," eBay said in a statement, via Eurogamer.
"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.”
Clearly, some of these scam listings are going to make it through the cracks, so vigilance starts at home: read the listing very carefully if this is the option you want to go with. If you are going to pay $1,000+ for a PS5 I would, of course, also not recommend you do that. But that’s your business.more