When Peter Clatworthy paid nearly $750 for an XBox One from an eBay seller, he expected to get the actual console.
Instead, he just got a photo of it, with a snarky "Thank you for your purchase written on the back."
It wasn’t even a good picture. Just a box cover printed on an old ink jet printer with nothing but magenta left in its cartridge, Dumb As A Blog reported.
Clatworthy, 19, of Bilbrough, UK, who intended to give the XBox One to his four-year-old son for Christmas, admits he was conned, because the listing clearly stated it was a photo of an XBox One Day One edition console. However, he decided to buy it since the item was listed in eBay's video games and consoles category.
"It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," he told the Nottingham Post. "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. It's obvious now I've been conned out of my money."
Although eBay has promised to take action against the seller because misleading listings are not allowed, it may not help him because the Xbox One is reportedly sold out in the UK, SWNS reported.
One saving grace: Clatworthy says his mistake has provided some Christmas cheer to his friends and family at his expense.
"I told my brother and he was crying with laughter, so were all of my mates, it is quite embarrassing," he said, according to the Metro. "Even my mum said I was a bit stupid considering it said it was a photo on the listing."