A 19-year-old man who thought he was buying an Xbox One on eBay instead was shocked to learn that he had purchased a photo of an Xbox One instead. 19-year-old United Kingdom resident Peter Clatworthy paid £450 +£8 shipping (around $750) for a piece of paper, according to the Nottingham Post.
Clatworthy told the publication that he had saved up to buy the limited edition Day One system as a Christmas gift for his young son. While the auction listing stated that bidders would be buying a photo of the console, not the system itself, Clatworthy said he still expected to receive the Xbox One because the item was listed in the "video games and consoles" category on eBay.
"I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal," he said. "It's obvious now I've been conned out of my money."
Clatworthy has filed a complaint against the seller with eBay, who looked into the matter and gave him a full refund thanks to PayPal's coverage for such scenarios.
"We don't allow listings which mislead, and will take action against this seller," the company said.
Similar scams were pulled during the Xbox 360's launch, where sellers tricked buyers into purchasing the empty packaging for the system.