Teenager Pays $735 For A Picture Of An Xbox One

Teenager Pays $735 For A Picture Of An Xbox One

English teenager Peter Clatworthy made some very bad decisions during an Xbox One auction on eBay, paying £450 ($735) and not even getting a console. He got a picture of a console.

The 19-year-old student told the Nottingham Post that he’d saved up the money so that he could buy the console as a surprise Christmas present for his four year-old son (right). Instead, he got the picture. And it wasn’t even a good picture! Just a crummy print-out.

Here’s the best part:

Despite the listing stating it was a photo of an XBox One Day One edition console, Mr Clatworthy said he’d expected to receive the console as it was listed in the video games and consoles category on eBay.

He instead received the photo in the post on Monday, with it having ‘thank you for your purchase’ written on the back.

All’s well that ends well though, as with eBay’s help he got the money back. Well, sort of. He still doesn’t have an Xbox One.

No word on whether he got to keep the picture.

Nottingham teenager gets £450 refund after buying a photo of an XBox One on eBay [Nottingham Post]


  • Despite the listing stating it was a photo of an XBox One Day One edition console, Mr Clatworthy said he’d expected to receive the console as it was listed in the video games and consoles category on eBay.

    He obviously has the right to make a paypal dispute, but how dumb is this guy? He’s making it worse on himself by creating this news because people with stupid usernames will be calling him dumb, stupid, idiot, retard, rtard, fucking retarded, etc.

  • My favourite part of this story is how shitty the quality of the printing is. It’s like it was printed at ‘test’ quality. So good.

  • […] so that he could buy the console as a surprise Christmas present for his four year-old son (right).

    Should probably make this a bit clearer. The thing on the right of the image is a picture of an XB1, not his four year old son =)

    • I don’t think the “right” in the article isn’t referring to the dude’s son, but was meant to be a “yeah right” (towards the fact he bought the Xbox One for his four year-old son) kind of “right”. His son isn’t even pictured in the original article.

      • Yeah I wasn’t sure which one he meant, which is why I said he should probably make it more clear.

  • If he was stupid enough to buy this without reading the description, then he doesn’t deserve a refund.

    • That’s actually wrong. Selling something with the intent to deceive is absolutely a crime, no ifs or buts. There was a fairly famous case where a woman sold photos of mobile phones on ebay for hundreds of dollars. She was stupid enough to go on Judge Judy about it. She was fines $5000, she ended up spending time in jail and as a result she lost custody of her kids.

      This kind of thing, selling photos or real products, is WAY more common than you’d think. It happens in spades on eBay and it’s a crime.

      • Yeah, but if the listing was in the correct category (photography), had the correct description, included photo in the title… I bet someone would still buy it. Legally, they’d have no right to refund either.

        • It states in the article that it was listed under the video games/consoles section which is probably why eBay decided to give him a refund.

          receive the console as it was listed in the video games and consoles category on eBay.

  • I don’t feel sorry for this teenager at all, the listing clearly stated what he was purchasing.

    My favourite part:
    …buy the console as a surprise Christmas present for his four year-old son

    If I had a four year old son he’d get Ben 10 toys or NERF guns, not a next gen console!

  • I don’t think people should actually be able to sell pictures like this for that much money.

    However, can someone please explain how this guy actually got his money back? He legitimately bought a product off eBay, as it was advertised (a process which involves clicking on a “Commit to buy” button). No one was conned or tricked – the guy’s just a moron.

    I’d laugh if it was because the product was deemed “faulty”, due to the bad quality of the printout!

    • he would have gotten his money back back because it was quite clearly a scam, even if the listing states that it’s just the image as long as the intent is determined to trick the person into thinking it was a console purchase then a case can be made, I imagine it was listed in such a way as to give the impression that it was a console and the whole image thing was squirreled away so as to be hard to notice or hard to understand in that particular context.

      even a perfectly legal transaction can be deemed a scam legally speaking, as long as the intent is to mislead the other party into giving you their money.

      • It’s not like it’s illegal to sell photos of consoles on eBay. Why anyone would actually want one, I have no idea. But if it’s labelled as such on the listing page, and a bunch of idiots scramble over each other bidding on it, I think it’s their own fault. Doesn’t make it any less opportunistic and scummy on the seller’s part, though.

        • I never said it was illegal, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a scam and the intent is to mislead people into giving you money, in which case you can legally get your money back.

          there needs to be a certain level of clarity for these kinds of deals to be legally binding, evidently the people involved here did not reach an acceptable level of understanding for money to be changing hands.

          what I want to know is will they be sending the seller his photo back?

  • Nobody else is questioning the intelligence behind his choices? Still a teenager and he has a 4 year old son?

    • At oldest that makes him 19, which makes him a baby daddy at 15, and knocking up a girl at 14. No wonder he couldn’t read the listing properly.

  • Ebay should be banning people for pulling this shit because they try to catch out people who are old, stupid or challenged.

    My friends mum nearly bought one that said Xbox box, which she thought meant just the xbox itself and nothing else because the picture wasn’t of the box, it was a picture of the product.

    • As your friend’s mum almost found out the hard way, you’ve got to be very careful. If you’re unsure of something, either don’t buy it or ask the seller questions. Keep the emails they send, and if you get something different to what they said, those emails can be used as proof to help get your money back.

  • The listing clearly stated it was for a photo of an Xbone. He expected it not to be based on the category of it’s listing? I don’t understand. Listing a photo of an Xbone for sale is the height of douchery, but it’s not like they tricked anyone. This guy bought one thing and expected another.

    • As @cbrate points out, the fact that he apparently fathered a child at age 15 implies that he’s not the sharpest tool in the box.

      In any case, the listing may have been correct, but it was clearly intended to take advantage of people who failed to read the listing closely. The listing was not made in good faith and EBay have a known history of refunding for this sort of thing; the “seller” has no reason to complain.

  • so many gold comments on TOMS here is one
    “He supports Nottingham Forrest, clearly retarded.” he also made a video, he couldnt even manage to get that working correctly. http://youtu.be/nrb0HJY6Kt0
    he had that kid when he was 15 OMG what’s going on over in England that dude has some potent sperm!
    the add clearly say you are buying a photo! but yeah kinda kunty thing to do ebay seller. he got banned and the 15 year old father got a refund!

    and that xbox wasnt even for his 4 year old! jeez he even bought something he wanted for xmas instead of what the kid wanted!

  • Yes we all know people are stupid. This guy well he’s never going to be a member of Mensa, to be polite. Yes we all know he purchased the XBone for himself and the 4yo is just to get more sympathy from the Press. At the end of the day if it wasn’t him the next fool would be getting scammed.

    Without being able to see the E-Bay ad we’ll never know if the picture only was in the fine print down the bottom of the ad or up top on the heading. These ads are designed to trick the gullible, it’s similar to the people who prey on the elderly and offer a mowing service. And than charge them $300 an hour. Sure the person signed the contract but where told it’s $30 they rely on small print, bad eyesight and a charming demeanor (Con artists may be scum but they have a charming veneer).

    Stories like this come out every new release, when the toys are in high demand jerks try to flog photos on E-Bay. Yes smart people don’t fall for them, but we all know there’s a sucker born every minute.

    • It’s possible he bought it in a misguided attempt to bond with his son (I was instantly reminded of this btw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku-9JWKGRME ).

      It was pretty funny, esp the fact the seller didn’t even have the decency to go to a pharmacy and pay 50p to have the image printed as a photo, i mean seriously, that’s still a 1,500% profit. But it’s really not cool to say that “because he fathered a child at 15, by my reasoning this makes him stupid so he deserves to deserves to get scammed”. In fact it makes you sound like a complete douchebag.

      • I’m not saying he deserved to get scammed, but I did infer his intelligence was below average and that the son was mentioned for the purpose of getting sympathy.

        Nobody deserves to be scammed, with the possible exception of scammers and con artists. But I would prefer them to get caught in a Police Sting operation. Not ACA or TT where nothing happens but a Police one with real consequences.

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