UK resident Peter Clatworthy, 19, paid £450 - approximately 540â‚¬/750$ - for a photo of an Xbox One, when he thought he was buying the console. Clatworthy had saved money in order to buy the limited edition Day One version of the console for his son.
"I've had to make a joke out of it because I was that angry. At least we've now got something to laugh about in the years to come. I always buy stuff on eBay and this had never happened before," said 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. I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal."
Luckily for Clatworthy, eBay has already informed him that since the payment was made via PayPal, he can expect to receive a full refund from the seller, who has until Monday to pay up. "We don't allow listings which mislead, and will take action against this seller. Customers can shop with confidence on eBay as we guarantee you will get your item or your money back. Mr Clatworthy is covered by the eBay money-back guarantee and we will be contacting him to put things right," said an eBay spokesman.