eBay Pulls iPhone Pre-Sale Auctions
Remember those eBay iPhone "preorders" we warned you about? It seems the auction site doesn't like them either, since it deleted every last one of them from its listings. This is thanks in large part to a number of PS3 and Wii sellers who last year auctioned off their consoles -- well before they had actual units in their possession -- but ended up empty-handed on release day (thus screwing over the chumps who paid them several thousands of dollars). Some "winners" of these auctions managed to get refunds, but a lot were stuck waiting for weeks or longer to get the consoles they'd paid a huge premium for.
To try and prevent the same screwup from happening again with another big-deal launch, eBay instituted policies requiring a photograph of the actual item in question to be included with the auction, as well as the seller ID of the person running the auction. Since it's safe to assume none of those auctioneers actually have an iPhone on hand to photograph, the won't be putting any devices up for auction until the device's June 29 launch (and even then, it won't do buyers' much good if the AT&T contract is in someone else's name).
What exactly will happen for the ... excitable folks who already have already bid $1,500 for an iPhone? Presumably they'll just have to hope the seller can actually deliver the iPhone, or, in the case of fraudulent auctions, go through eBay's usual fraud complaint process. (eBay did not make any specific statements on how it would handle the auctions that already went through.)
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