Idiot Pays $1,725 for Early Modern Warfare 3 Copy on eBay
UPDATE: If you have a legit MW3 copy, Robert Bowling says you won’t get banned. Stephen Toulouse tweeted this earlier, reversing his original you’ll-get-banned statement: “hey gang, as @fourzerotwo mentioned today on @gamespot, no plans to ban legit MW3 copies, but wait til Tuesday to play with everybody.”
UPDATE(?): MCV’s screenshot of the winning bid (embedded below) shows the estimated delivery time as “3-4 business days,” which paints this whole thing in a different, sadder light. That would mean the $1,725 copy of MW3 could quite possibly arrive on or after 11/08/11, the game’s official launch. But tell us if that’s wrong. We hope that’s wrong. Imagine spending that much and getting the game after everyone else who paid $60…
I’d spend a little more for an early copy of a game I really wanted. Wouldn’t you?
Skyrim, for example–I could see myself dropping, oh I don’t know, maybe $100 for an early leaked copy. It would be impulsive, I’d probably regret it, but for a few good days there I’d be in love with the decision.
Let’s kick it up a notch: how about $1,725 for an early copy of Modern Warfare 3, a mere 78 hours ahead of the game’s official launch? Think it over for a moment.
You wouldn’t? I wouldn’t either. That’s good. It means you and I are pretty sane people, with decent senses of value and a respect for money.
But this happened yesterday. Someone bought a leaked copy of MW3 on eBay yesterday for that insane price, after 88 bids. This whole thing started earlier this week when a Kmart in Tampa, Florida accidentally broke the street date and put the game on shelves early. Some industrious Floridians snatched up a bunch of copies and put them up on eBay, which is exactly what you or I or any sane person would do–to prey on the insane people who would pay this.
If you consider each hour between now and the launch as an individual unit of value (because that’s the only reason to pay for an early copy–you’re getting it before you’re supposed to, before everyone else), that $1,725 comes out to $22 per hour he paid.
I haven’t even gotten to the #1 reason this was so ridiculous. Activision says if you somehow obtained an early copy of MW3 (even legally), and you play it, you’ll get banned from Xbox Live.
Enjoy your $1,725 single-player Call of Duty campaign, man.