eBay promoting NES Classic scalping in the US

Ben Parfitt
eBay promoting NES Classic scalping in the US

Online auction giant eBay is encouraging owners of Nintendo's NES Classic to sell the machine on its site for a big profit.

Scalping has become a frustrating phenomenon for buyers. Some people will buy hard to find items with the express intention of selling them on at a mark-up, starving the market of in-demand items and pushing prices up for everyone.

Polygon reports that eBay is now offering potential sellers a Price Guarantee on the machine. This means that at the time of listing it promises that the console will sell for a certain minimum price, calculated based on recent sales. If for some reason it should fall short, eBay will top up the difference.

In Polygon's case, eBay guaranteed a sale price of $193. That's going to tempt a lot of people who paid the $60 RRP.

Scalping in an unavoidable truth in today's market, but to see eBay so openly promote it will be a frustration for many. The question is whether it will frustrate Nintendo into action.

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