Steam Deck Scalpers Are Being Delisted On eBay
It hasn’t taken long for scalpers to find their footing with the latest desirable hardware, Valve’s recently announced Steam Deck. Though the portable PC itself won’t be releasing until this December for early buyers, that hasn’t stopped scalpers from hitting online for-sale sites in droves, offering promises of shipment for $2k and upwards. While the removal of all scalpers from the internet is more or less a pipe dream, eBay has begun to do its part by removing Steam Deck listings from its website.
As reported by Eurogamer, eBay has gone in and wiped out all Steam Deck listings from its website. We have previously mentioned that scalpers were getting around eBay’s “no sale of digital goods” policy by offering the Steam Deck hardware and not simply the reservations prior to the product’s release, though this still puts scalpers in violation of eBay’s presale policies. Said policy states that any presale listings must be within 30 days of the release of the product, so scalpers are out of luck until at least November of this year. “We understand how frustrating it can be for gamers to see overpriced listings for presale hardware,” an eBay spokesperson said in a statement to Eurogamer.
To comply with eBay’s presale policy, listings must clearly indicate that they are ‘presale’ items and must guarantee postage within 30 days of purchase. As the Steam Deck is not expected to ship until next year, these listings are in violation of our presale policy, we are working to remove all listings of the product.”
As mentioned, scalpers will undoubtedly flock to other online marketplaces to hawk their overinflated goods. Still, at least eBay isn’t allowing their shenanigans on its website.
Valve’s Steam Deck was originally slated to release this December, though new estimates have placed the release window at some point in 2022.
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