Following skyrocketing prices which topped more than $1,500, Ebay has unexpectedly pulled many auctions for hard-to-find Playstation 3 preorders, and implemented new requirements for those wishing to post such an auction.
According to Gamespot which noted the removal of the auctions, the reason for the action is likely based on Ebay's "policy on reselling items that the buyer has not paid full price for and therefore does not actually own." Though auctions for Wii preorders had still been available when Gamespot posted their story, those auctions appear to have also been pulled as of Tuesday.
According to one post on the Ebay forums, members are being asked to provide Ebay with additional information before they will be allowed to post an auction for a PS3 preorder. According to the forum poster, the response from EBay to those who have had their auction pulled is:
"Due to the high demand and limited supply of this item we are taking stronger measures to protect both buyers and sellers in the eBay community. Currently, eBay is not permitting "Pre-Sale" of this item, and sellers who list it on eBay must have physical possession of the products at time of listing.
It is necessary that you provide information by fax that confirms your identity and allows us to review your current business practices. You will need to send all of the following:
1. A copy of the front and back of your driver's license or other government issued ID.
2. A copy of a recent credit card statement or utility bill clearly showing your billing address as proof of your registration information. Please remove any account numbers before sending.
3. Copies of manufacturer invoices or any other documentation showing purchase or possession of items listed for sale prior to your account suspension. This includes purchase records and related documentation from suppliers and/or other third parties.
4. Written acknowledgement that you have read and that you understand the eBay User Agreement. A link to the User Agreement can be found at the bottom of most eBay pages."