According to Western media, bids for the sale of a brand new Steam Deck portable game console have been flooding online marketplace eBay. Pre-ordered consoles have already arrived at the first buyers, many of whom turned out to be normal dealers and are now reselling the console at significantly inflated prices.
A console with a 64GB drive easily tops $1,200 on eBay, with a suggested $399. A 256GB Steam Deck variant with an MSRP of $530 can be found on eBay for over $1,500. And the most expensive version with a 512GB drive, rated at $650 by Valve, is priced at almost $2000. The buyout price in this case, if we speak of an auction, is approaching $2,500.
Demand for the console is so great that Valve has once again had to postpone estimated delivery dates for new orders. Now it is “not before the third quarter of the current year”. At the same time, buyers need to make an upfront payment of $5 to reserve the right to purchase the gadget.
Oddly enough, since last summer, resellers have been offering to place an order for Steam Deck. However, at the time, speculators were only offering to buy back the right to pre-order their console. Prices rose to $5000. Of course, they didn’t have the console themselves at the time, as its official shipments didn’t start until February of this year. With a change in eBay policy, all of these listings disappeared in September, as the site’s rules require goods to be delivered within 30 days of purchase.
Retailers seem to have finally received their set-top boxes and are now guaranteeing worldwide delivery in no time.