The 19-year-old father from Bilborough, England, is understandably ticked off after spending a whopping $750 on a photo — yes, a photo — on an Xbox One gaming console. And it's not even a high-res image; just a simple print-out.
Clatworthy was attempting to purchase an XBox One Day One edition console for his four-year-old son from what he thought was a legitimate seller on eBay. The Xbox One was released in the UK on Nov. 22, so many eager gamers had to resort to eBay in order to procure a Day One console. And with the new console in extremely high demand, eBay quickly became flooded with scammers attempting to sell empty boxes to hapless gamers.
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Clatworthy acknowledges that the item was explicitly listed as a "photo," but since he was shopping in the video games and consoles category, he apparently thought very little of the photo mention.
"I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative," he shared with the Nottingham Post. "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."
Thankfully for Clatworthy, eBay agreed, and the seller has since been ordered to return the money.
Nevertheless, Clatworthy is surely kicking himself for the careless purchase. Yet perhaps he can take some solace in knowing that, as the Post reports, at least 80 people have placed bids on an item listed as "XBox One Day One edition retail packaging." The highest bid for this potential scam: $11,755. Yikes!
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