Steam Deck Scalpers Are Selling Reservations For $2000 And Up
Valve’s Steam Deck came roaring out of the gate earlier this week, putting other portable gaming devices to shame with its high-end quality and downright reasonable pricing. Alas, nothing is sacred, as evidenced by scalpers now selling pre-order reservations for the Steam Deck for upwards of $2000 on eBay.
Those that have taken a cursory look at the Steam Deck landing page have likely noticed that Valve is taking some much appreciated countermeasures against scalpers, with reservations requiring an active Steam account that has made a purchase prior to June 2021. Additionally, Steam Deck reservations are limited to one per customer. Customers must also put down a reservation fee, further deterring resellers. Unfortunately this hasn’t been enough to dissuade everyone, as shown by the screenshot below:
The kicker here is that eBay doesn’t technically allow the sale of digital goods, with Steam Deck reservations being one such example. Various scalpers appear to be loopholing their way through this by claiming that they will send the device itself once it ships out this December. Still, the entire thing is skeevy and will undoubtedly cause some genuine purchases to not receive a Steam Deck when it releases later this year. eBay may end up delisting any of the offers being made specifically for reservations and not for the product itself, though that won’t stop scalpers from taking their inflation business elsewhere.
The Steam Deck is slated to release December 2021. Those looking to reserve one can do so right here.
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