Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition: Now on Not-Sale on Ebay


A friend sent me a link to view Diablo 3 Collector’s Editions on Ebay, with prices that surprised me. (More than retail.) While there, I noticed a fair number of Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition appearing up in the search results. That was a lot more surprising, and you can share my reaction to the search results.

A fool and his money are something something...

A fool and his money are something something…

There are dozens of RoS:CEs listed now, from $110 up to $160+ US dollars, all set to be delivered after March 25th… and this completely baffles me. The game doesn’t exist yet, it can’t be sold yet, and even if you had one you couldn’t play until the servers go live. Plus, you can preorder it from real stores, not just some janky PayPal scammers on Ebay, and for much less than the Ebay listings! The digital edition is $60, and the physical version is $80 on Amazon.com, and you’ll see them for similar prices in every gaming and electronics store in two weeks.

So seriously, why are people trying to sell them in advance, at a huge markup, on Ebay? I mean duh, obviously they’re *trying* to do so to rip off stupid people… but are gamers really that dumb? This isn’t Silk Road and Bitcoins here; it’s a real product that you can spend real money on from a real merchant; there’s no need to pay double to shady resellers on Ebay. It’s not like you get a special achievement or dye color for being ripped off this way. (Though that would be kind of cool. There should be an in-game cone of shame virtual item to go with it.)

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  1. Probably the same people buying white items on the AH.

  2. Sorted by price+shipping & the most expensive was $126.61 + $135.65 shipping (to the UK)! That’s nearly £160! Setting a location as the US was only marginally better (163+72) @ ~£140.

  3. There are no CEs on Brazil – blue post on local forums says so. You would have to import it, so short answer – taxes (maybe).

    As for paying double – $160, well, it’s better buy from amazon and just pay taxes… I don’t know the explanation for the doubled prices (maybe amazon doesn’t ship at all for some countries?).

    If some of those $110 guys are willing to ship worldwide as gifts or declare a lower value to even try to dodge huge import fees (it happens, if it’s under $50 or if it doesn’t draw attention…)., which usually are 60% and up if the seller is a store (the “and up” is the key here, since there are tables for companies, merchandise, etc. Usually they slap 90% and there’s a fee if you appeal, etc.).

    If a person sends an item to another person, afaik, the US buyer has to pay the state tax and make an internation invoice, then the brazilian guy will pay only 60% because, yeah…

    A “dubious” ebay package(I won’t explain how you can make it dubious enough to dodge taxes and/or sucessufully appeal a tax…)can end up being cheaper than an Amazon “tax me” package with real value declared on it. Of course, you can end up getting a wood block 🙂

    If you’re lucky you can get CE tax free yolo from Amazon, since customs are working with very low personal nowadays.

    Personally, I accept the fact that Brazil won’t get CE – better than the “OMG $250-400 D3 CE” – it’s less slapping-in-the-face (Some companies manage to sell stuff here fore a higher price than a guy buying the merchandise on a retail store in the US and sending it overseas, even with the seller paying all taxes he can find).

    The $110 CE from ebay can end up being ~$60 cheaper (or even more – I would have to know the shipping and do a lot of searching to reach the final value). On Amazon, it’s tax for sure.

    (Based on the little research I did, some people usually buy from amazon anyway.)

  4. Same people that buy 50M gemstones in AH, with RoS just around the corner, are target of those great \sales\.

  5. This is the weakest CE that Blizard ever had and prices are going crazy. Nothing special compare to Deluxe Edition and Pre-Orders gets all what was great with original one. Kind of lame!

  6. If people pay, I sell. Enough said.

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