eBay is Cracking Down on Scalpers, Pushing Back on Overpriced Steam Deck Listings

by in General | Jul, 28th 2021

It seems that every time a new console is being released, scalper have been flooding the preorders to get their hands on it, hoping to sell the console to buyers who want it but are unable to find one in the wild. The only catch to this business exchange is that the scalpers are selling the console for a higher price than what the console is retailed for. This is happening with the PS5, Xbox Series X, the Switch OLED, and now, the Steam Deck.

However, Valve has been quick to make sure that the console is getting into the hands of the people who want the console more than the people who are looking to sell the console for a profit. The company is going out of their way to let accounts who have purchased a product on the Steam Storefront before June 2021 have first pickings for the first 2 days that the reservations have been out. However, with the reservations now closed, and hundreds of players waiting patiently for their Steam Decks to arrive in December or later, it seems that some scalpers may have slipped through the cracks, as the Steam Deck is selling on eBay for exorbitant amounts of cash.

Many have claimed to see the handheld PC on the marketplace for upwards of 1500 dollars, and some for even more. However, if you were were to look up the Steam Deck on the website right now, you wouldn’t find anything. It seems that eBay is putting a stop to scalping, although it might not be for long.

eBay Trying to Stop Steam Deck Scalpers

Speaking to Eurogamer, eBay has elaborated that the console being put on the website is in violation of their presale policy, and has taken efforts to completely scrub the site of any listing for the product.

“We understand how frustrating it can be for gamers to see overpriced listings for presale hardware. 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.”

This seems like a breath of fresh air for consumers since the scalpers have finally been stopped in their tracks and are going to be stuck with the Steam Deck for the time being, unable to sell it to desperate buyers. However, this practice is only delaying the inevitable.

Since Valve’s handheld console isn’t shipping until December of this year, it might seem like this is a win for eBay shoppers, but as soon as December comes around the corner, the listings for those that do have them are going to pop back up, and the cycle is going to continue.

What’s stopping scalpers from waiting a bit longer to make a quick buck? Especially with the fact that the Steam Deck isn’t going to be coming to consumers until Q2 of 2022 now, the Steam Deck is set to be changed from just being reservations to orders, letting players purchase the console in the same way they’d purchase their VR headset, the Valve Index.

Regardless, it seems like eBay’s answer to the scalper problem is only a temporary solution to an ongoing issue, and while Steam Deck listings are gone for now, it’s more than likely that they’ll be coming back once the Deck starts rolling out to the people who reserved it this December.


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