As expected, scalpers are already trying to make money on Steam Deck by selling confirmed pre-orders for the device from $ 1,000 to as much as $ 4,100.
Steam Deck’s eBay listings began to leak shortly after pre-orders for the handheld gaming PC began Friday morning. The product itself starts at $ 399. But some scalps bet desperate consumers will pay more.
“WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR A MAN?!?! PAPA’S GOTTA EAT, “wrote a scalper, trying to sell the Steam Deck pre-order for $ 5,000 to someone who’s dirty rich. ”
The first batch of pre-orders of Steam Deck sold out quickly on Friday morning, which can make it difficult to get the product when it ships in December. But in some good news, it seems that Valve has come up with effective protective measures to prevent online scalps from crashing the party.
To place a pre-order on Friday, you must have owned a Steam account that made a purchase before June 2021. In addition, each Steam account was limited to just one pre-order, which cost $ 5 to place. As a result, scalpers were essentially blocked from creating batches of fake Steam accounts to secure multiple pre-orders.
We suspect that the system helped consumers reserve the product. That’s because three PCMag employees successfully ordered pre-orders for a Steam Deck Friday morning in what felt like a miracle, given the latest awful launches for the latest PC graphics cards.
The experience was certainly not free of hiccups. The capital of Steam Deck crashed after pre-orders opened at 10 p.m. Meanwhile, Valve’s checkout system first struggled to process our credit card information. But at 10:15, all three PCMag employees had ordered a pre-order.
Other users were not so lucky. For some, an error occurred where their Steam account was “too new” to be eligible to pre-order Friday morning, even though they had been Steam users for years. (Valve opens pre-orders for all Steam accounts this Sunday, July 18 at 10am.)
The Steam Deck page shows that new orders will not be fulfilled until Q1 and Q2 next year.
Friday’s first batch pre-orders of Steam Deck appear to be sold out by 10:41. That’s when we noticed that Valve’s website had changed the order availability for the product to “Q1 2022” instead of December.
Nevertheless, the Steam Deck site still takes pre-orders from current users. But the availability of the 512 GB model has been pushed back to “Q2 2022.” It does not bode well for consumers who failed to secure a pre-order.
However, we’ve only noticed about 40 Steam Deck listings on eBay so far – another sign that the reservation system kept scalps out. However, you can already find over a thousand eBay lists for the sale of confirmed pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED model. On Thursday, Nintendo launched the first batch of pre-orders for the upcoming console, which attracted both consumers and scalps.