Epic Gaming Collection in a Mystery Box?
Someone is offering an Epic Gaming Collection in a Mystery Box on eBay (link here). Considering the listing price starts at $1000, the real question is how big is the box?
But in reality, that’s the wrong question. Mystery boxes are almost always disappointing because the buyer’s expectations outweighs the actual contents. There have been many cases were sellers do mystery boxes to intentionally make money off of.
There’s no rule saying you’re not allowed to make money, but it’s “how” you do it that made eBay ban mystery boxes since 2008 which is why the seller mispelled “mystery” as “mistery”; in order not to get the listing taken down.
It’s unethical in the sense that the buyer who’s driven by the sale decides the contents on the mystery box. The purpose of putting a mystery box together is to make money. I’ve yet to come across a scenario where someone bought a mystery box and found riches (only at garage sales unfortunately).
Here’s the actual listing below:
Rules in Place
Here’s the deal. Back when eBay started there were a ton of “mystery box” listings. Anything from “mystery box of coins” to “mystery box of artifacts”. eBay caught onto this and banned “mystery boxes” as a whole because it’s poor practice. They created the “Chance Listings Policy” which basically states:
Giveaways, lotteries, sweepstakes, random drawings, raffles and contests are highly regulated. Therefore, we don’t allow listings or products that sell an opportunity to win an item or prize, whether that’s by chance or in a contest. – eBay
Here’s an example of a scenario:
A seller put up 3 boxes. One contains a PS4, one contains a Nintendo Switch, and one contains a $100 gift certificate to Game Stop. You are bidding on one of the boxes with a guaranteed value of at least $100. The bids would naturally go close to the retail price of the Switch. The buyer would always get the $100 gift certificate and the seller would pocket the difference. This is unethical.
What will likely happen is that the auction will be taken down before it ends. Or perhaps the switcheroo of “mystery” to “mistery” fooled the top programmers at eBay who get paid $250k a year to create codes and fix bugs. Well it seems this one auction has flew under the radar.
In any case, this post is more for entertainment purposes and Game Life does not recommend bidding on this auction or any mystery box auctions.
Ironically, the seller has another auction that’s not video game related where a “green box” is presented from the 50’s era. They state that “Guarantee to get the green box as seen in the photo exactly and the mystery contents inside guaranteed to be from the 50’s era. You just have to unlock it!”
I’m a curious cat and one side of me would love to unearth old WWII artifacts, or 50’s toys that can’t be found again, but the rational side of me says the seller already opened the chest, say it’s a bunch of old clothing and closed the chest :).
Here’s the listing: