With Sony’s PlayStation 5 selling out faster than people can order them, prices for re-sales on eBay have been soaring as people desperately try to obtain one ahead of Christmas.
In some cases, they’ve even been using the auction site to raise funds just so they can afford to try and bid in the first place.
Several listings have popped up on eBay, posted by parents panicking that they won’t be able to buy their children the PS5 as the Christmas present that they so desperately want.
Instead of offering a PS5, they’re instead running auctions to try and raise money for themselves – and some of them are going pretty well.
One account has managed to reach £100 from 15 bids so far. They posted a listing that read: “Please help me to raise funds to purchase a PS5 for my daughter
It is the only thing she has asked for and it’s heartbreaking that I just cannot afford to buy one at these ridiculous prices!! Although lord knows I’m trying!”
The parent went on to post: “Any amount counts – it will make my daughter’s Christmas and will be forever grateful!
The image for the listing was a handwritten note, which they said the winning bidder would receive, alongside “a photograph from our family with the PS5 showing how much this means!”
Another listing also depicts a handwritten note – replicated in the item description – that says their son will post his favourite toy car in exchange for a PS5 for Christmas.
“We are trying desperately to raise funds to help fund one for him having both lost our jobs due to Covid,” the account user wrote.
“Thank you so much in advance for the help and support to keep the magic alive.”
Meanwhile a mother lashed out at those bulk-buying consoles to sell at inflated prices.
She wrote in her listing: “I have saved up money for months in order to be able to get him one but by the time I had saved up enough money they were all gone, every… single… one.
“I will never be able to pay out what these people are asking for them, how do you explain to your child Santa couldn’t bring you your gift this year?”
So far she’s raised £50.
It’s understandable that some parents are feeling the pressure from their kids, with restocks being slow to confirm and prices on eBay for second hand consoles tipping towards the £1,000 mark.
Some are apparently finding it funny, however, with one user posting a listing of a ‘genuine vial of fresh child tears’ that were supposedly ‘harvested while being told that Santa will not be slipping a PS5 down our chimney this year’. Starting bid for these? £95.