Many bloggers and posters are agog at the restrictions eBay has placed on the listings for presale Playstation 3 and Wii consoles. The rules, however, have not made a dent in the number of game machines up for sale.
As of Thursday afternoon, there were 3,144 listings for "PS3" and related items, and eBay had listed the Playstation 3 as the "It" item of the day. Listings for the Wii, due out November 19, numbered 2,189 and bids went as high as $2,000 for one console that came with 6 games and "extras." The Playstation 3, which ranges from $500 to $600 retail and is being released Thursday at midnight, has bids as high as $3,550.
The rules for selling the soon-to-be-unleashed consoles on eBay are one PlayStation 3 and one Wii console listing per eBay account for a seller with a 98 percent or better feedback score from at least 50 buyers. Qualified sellers must also post a photo of their preorder receipt on the listing, and cannot list the console as a "Buy It Now" or one-day listing.