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Would you buy a Video Game Console from Ebay?

Asked by JesusWasAJewbot (1510points) January 8th, 2012

I am an avid gamer but have not really used Ebay that much, i want to buy a Playstation 3 but i am kind of iffy on not having a warranty or anything on an expensive electronics purchase. Has anyone purchased any sort of video game console from Ebay before? Were there any issues?

I know Paypal ensures refunds if anything is wrong with the item but in the long run if something happens id have to pay out of pocket.

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HungryGuy's avatar

I wouldn’t buy expensive electronics from Ebay. I did once recently, because it was a discontinued item and I wanted an exact replacement. But if I can, I’ll buy from Amazon or direct from the manufacturer’s site if that’s an option (and when I say I buy from Amazon, I make sure it’s sold by Amazon, not a third-party “partner.”)

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

I really would rather have some sort of manufac. warranty or something on my investment as well.

NosyBut's avatar

If it’s inexpensive, then yes. If it’s costly, then I order from Amazon or get it offline.

digitalimpression's avatar

@NosyBut has the best idea. Vote x 2.

Personally, after my wife used ebay for years I cannot stand it. I will never use it.

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

But do you think its safe enough to purchase a console from someone on it without the issue of having it break like a week alter and be out of the money.

HungryGuy's avatar

No. Not safe at all. Very risky, in fact. Years ago, I bought something from Ebay. The seller then fell off the face of the earth and I couldn’t get my money back. I filed a complaint with Ebay, of course. Put a bad mark on his feedback. That’ll teach ‘em!

Moegitto's avatar

I have, and I never had any bad situations. First thing you do is look at the sellers ratings. Even if they have a high rating, look at their ratings, pay attention to the negative reviews. Sometimes people go overboard and expect too much, but there are some truths to negative reviews. Second, use paypal ALWAYS. Paypal is free, and it protects your bank account up to $10,000. Using paypal prevents the seller from having access to your money until UPS (or Fedex) confirms delivery or receipt. This way, if you buy something and it’s been longer than stated and you haven’t received your goods, they don’t get paid. I can’t stress the importance of checking the reviews on the seller enough though, a seller with 100% rating but only sold 4 items is questionable. A seller with 90% or better with thousands of items sold is what you should look for.

PS: When the PS2 first came out, it had that lens error. People would sell their broken PS2s on Ebay to cheat people. This is why it’s important to check the Seller ratings and reviews. If the price seems too low, then it probably is.

SmashTheState's avatar

You have to be really cautious with used gaming consoles. People who have been permanently banned from the PlayStation or Xbox networks end up with what is essentially a doorstop – and they frequently unload these doorstops on eBay. The machine is functional, it’s just not useful for anything, since that particular machine is now permanently banned from any kind of multiplayer play.

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