$9,800 PS5 eBay Lister Makes Bid For Scalper Of The Century
All yours, for just short of $10,000.
Did you miss your window to preorder a PlayStation 5? It’s probably best you wait until more stock is made available, if eBay is anything to go by. For the princely sum of £7,600 ($9,800), you can buy yourself a standard “disk edition” (sic) PS5–with an extra controller(!)–from a British seller who’s aiming to make the biggest payday in history, and become the most legendary scalper in the south-east of England.
Based on the U.K.’s standard PS5 retail price of £449 ($579), plus the additional controller cost of £60 ($77), the listing boasts an incredible 1,393% mark-up on the recommended retail price. Luckily, the automatically applied PayPal Credit option is gracious enough to allow you to pay in 24 installments of just £359 ($463) per month, equivalent to the cost of 19.6 PS5s at U.S. cost price.
eBay is known for bargains, as well as this sort of thing.
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While it may be the worst offender on eBay.co.uk, it’s certainly not the only bad one. At the time of publication, another 13 consoles are listed on the site with a price tag exceeding £1,000 ($1,290), ranging between a grand and £7,000 (£9,028). Conversely, just three Xbox Series X consoles jump past the same baseline, topping out at a comparatively paltry £2,000 (and said listing’s seller is gracious enough to allow for best offers).
Most of these eBay offers are emblazoned with a proud cry of “CONFIRMED” in their titles, but only the highest-priced listing has the nerve to show its proof of purchase, courtesy of a receipt that pegs the pre-order to a GAME store in Romford: a large town in East London and the stomping ground of celebrities such as R&B singer Billy Ocean, snooker player Steve Davis, and Jesy Nelson from U.K. pop band Little Mix.
As a firm disclaimer, it is not yet clear, nor in any way assumed, that the eBay user listing the $10,000 PS5 is Ocean, Davis, or Nelson. Or Jo O’Meara from former British pop band S Club 7, who also originates from Romford.
Luckily, GAME Romford has been made aware of the listing, and will undoubtedly be laying out preorder receipts on a clear glass panel, like an episode of The Blacklist, to find The Mark-Up Man; the username, plus the birth year at the end of it, will likely set the record straight.