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December 20, 2005

Xbox Photos X-pensive On eBay

Courtesy of TechWeb News

An eBay shopper from New York paid more than $600 for a photograph of an Xbox, thinking it was the real thing.

New York media reported that the shopper, who believed she was actually purchasing the real thing as a holiday gift, cried when she received a piece of paper instead of a gaming console. It's not the first time a scammer has capitalized on the shortage of the prized game consoles through the online auction site.

Another buyer paid more than $800, according to gizmodo earlier this month. And, it looks like the scam has crossed the pond, where a London buyer reportedly paid £470.

One eBay offer showed an image and had the words "photo of picture of Xbox" beneath it. The New York shopper told reporters that she followed up with an email and the respondent claimed it was a typo. She then believed she would receive an actual Xbox.

eBay did not immediately respond to inquiries about the matter. The company has been removing Xbox scam listings when it determines the descriptions are misleading or deceptive.

That includes listings for the box holding the game console instead of the actual Xbox.

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