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Ebay Scalpers Targeting The Gaming Industry Is Getting Out Of Hand
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 11:07:29 Eastern

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Imagine yourself anxiously awaiting the release of a new game from one of your favorite video game series. You are a diehard fan of this series, and a recently announced Collector's Edition looks absolutely amazing. You MUST have it. You make sure you have enough money set aside to purchase this Collector's Edition and once the pre-ordering goes live you ensure that you place your order as soon as possible.

So the big day has come, the day to pre-order the fancy Collector's Edition, but you notice something that doesn't seem right. "Out of stock". WTF? WHAT IS THIS SORCERY!? Yep, that fancy Collector's Edition from the game franchise you love is gone forever. It was completely and immediately bought out by eBay resellers, who bought 10, 20, 50, 100 copies to flip on eBay for profit.

You furiously go to eBay to see hundreds of listings already, at double, triple, or even quadruple the MSRP. The Collector's Edition hasn't even been released yet, and it's ALREADY BEING FLIPPED ON EBAY.

This happened to me personally twice in the past couple months, one time for the Diablo III Collector's Edition and the other for Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest edition. I have been a hardcore Diablo II fan since it's original release so I had to pay a scalper a massive premium to get one. It pissed me off, but the scalpers had me by the balls so I caved in.

But the pain doesn't end here. Scalpers are launching a full-scale attack on the video game industry as a whole. The latest PAX Prime was an example of this. Once the ticket pre-orders went live, eBay flippers bought out the entire show instantly. Now, if you want to attend PAX you are at the mercy of scalpers. eBay listings popped up immediately for PAX tickets at a massive premium. The creators of PAX and of Collector's Edition's never intended for this to happen, but eBay scalpers has taken over the industry and have it in a vice-grip.

This problem exists in numerous other scenarios as well, not just the ones I listed. The people paying the price for this are the diehard fans, the ones who drive the indsutry, the ones who want nothing more than to have that amazing Collector's Edition of their favorite game series or to attend that awesome trade show.

Unfortunately the process is muddled, having to deal with shady thugs trying to rip you off. You have to go through what is essentially the black market to get what you want. I hope this gets fixed, for the sake of all true video game fans.
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