I have to admit, I think it’s funny, too. I don’t find the description to be misleading, it’s says “this is for the P2 box and receipt.” And that’s what you get – the box and receipt. More importantly IMO is the fact that the opening bid was 10 bucks. Did people think bidding on the actual P2 unit would start at $10? Come on.
And IMO a box is an “accessory.” What else would it be? There isn’t a category for “garbage.” Anyway, some people might want an actual box – older toys, for example, are more valuable with the box than without it.
I don’t think the seller has the obligation to put “this is a BOX. It is not the ITEM that CAME IN the box, it is the BOX.” A truly ethical seller would make sure the buyer knew what he or she was buying (as LEX did), and hopefully would not take advantage of a person who was clearly making a mistake, so I will agree that the seller is a jerk if he tries to hold the buyer to the deal. But beyond that, put me in the carpe diem category. Either the seller is a jerk or the buyer is stupid or both, but it certainly isn’t e-bay’s fault. They don’t warrant that sellers will be angels or that buyers will be smart.
I think that either tru2dis2k or ebay themselves is at fault here, and one of those two should repay the unfortunate buyer. Tru2dis2k was definitely decietful here, he was definitley an asshole moraly, but I don’t know what action could be taken against him legally. If nothing can be done to tru2dis2k legally, I think then ebay is at fault here, and they should repay the buyer. Like wring said, the auction was listed as a PS2 accessory, and I don’t think a box would qualify as an accessory. If the seller’s description wasn’t misleading enough, ebay’s putting this aucton in the wrong category would be.