After months of anticipation, the PlayStation 5 went on sale in the UK last month, with retailers selling out in record time.
Many crafty buyers put their consoles straight onto eBay, with huge asking prices.
Now, a man in Utah has revealed that he was sent a brick instead of a PS5 console that he had paid a whopping $878 (£640) for.
The brick had been placed in a legitimate PS5 box, raising the man’s hopes when it arrived.
However, when he opened the box, he discovered a concrete brick inside, and not the console he had paid almost double the recommend retail price for.
The man reported the incident to the police, who recommended he contact eBay for a refund.
The news comes shortly after eBay issued a warning about scammers trying to sell photos of the PS5, rather than the console itself.
eBay said: “We condemn these opportunistic sellers who are attempting to mislead other users.
“We are in the process of removing all listings for photos of PS5s from our marketplace and will be taking appropriate action against the sellers.
“For any purchase, but especially highly priced or in-demand items, buyers should exercise caution and thoroughly read the listing description.
“Buyers who receive an item which is not as described are entitled to a refund via our eBay Money Back Guarantee, provided they completed the transaction on the eBay platform.”
The man in Utah isn’t the first to have received the wrong item.
Worryingly, several customers who pre-ordered the console from Amazon UK claimed that their PS5s had been stolen, or even replaced with other items.
For example, freelance journalist Bex April May claimed that she was sent an air fryer instead of her PS5.
And another family in Oxfordshire caught footage on their CCTV camera of a courier appearing to handle a large PS5-shaped box at the back of his van, delivering other packages but keeping that one.
For those still scrambling to find any last available stock, here is a full breakdown of what we know so far.
PlayStation 5 stock availability
Amazon – Currently out of stock with no date yet for restock.
- GAME – Out of stock – no word yet on when restock can be expected.
- Currys – Expecting more stock before end of the year.
- Very – more stock expected ‘soon’, shoppers advised to regularly check the website for next drop.
- John Lewis – no word yet on when the retailer is expecting to restock. The retailer also confirms online that “Unfortunately, PlayStation 5 consoles will not be available for purchase at our John Lewis & Partners shops or from our contact centres”
- Asda – Expected to restock in December.
Tesco – no word yet on when the retailer is expecting to restock.