By Thomas Cowley
Peter Clatworthy, a 19 year old native to Nottingham U.K. made a terrible mistake a few days ago when he paid $735 on eBay not for an Xbox One as he thought, but in fact only a photo of the console (and a bad one at that).
Naturally this made him quite upset, especially because according to his claim, he bought it for his four year old son as a Christmas present. And while it is a shame that this young man was conned out of his money by an all to frequent eBay/internet scam, a large portion of this is his fault due to the fact that the listing said “Photo” in the description.
According to Clatworthy, “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,”. Many of even his closest friend and family members gave him a fair amount of stick as well. “I told my brother and he was crying with laughter, so were all of my mates, it is quite embarrassing...Even my mum said I was a bit stupid considering it said it was a photo on the listing.”
Well apparently Peter will get the last laugh because he has just received not only a full refund from eBay, but also a free Xbox One from local U.K. Retailer CeX.
“We as a company are always looking to do a good thing for somebody. Hopefully Peter and his son will both be able to enjoy this together.” said assistant manager David Draycott.
While this is certainly a PR move by CeX, I can't help but feel that this teaches the wrong lesson. While it was a shame that Caltworthy got conned, even he admitted to the fact that he should have noticed it said “Photo”, he did in fact receive a full refund. A free Xbox One seems like over kill when his refund would easily allow him to purchase a new one from a proper retailer and simultaneously learn a valuable lesson about the vile and scum-filled lair that is the internet. But no, I guess we can in fact have our cake, eat it, and then be given a free second cake as well. I also find it hard to believe that a 19 year old father bought the brand new Xbox One for a four year old and not himself. But then again I might be wrong when I look at all the kid-friendly titles such as Ryse, Battlefield 4, and Dead Rising 3.
So what do we take away from this? Stupidity is rewarded I suppose. Too bad, because I've been trying to explain to my credit card company that I thought the limit was a gift, not something I had to pay back, sadly to no avail.
Those of you who are after your own Xbox One, make sure to check out Fitzs Stocking Stuffer and try and win one of your very own! Not just a photo, the real thing!