The release of Fallout 4 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC is just a week away. A quick perusal of online auction site eBay raises the question on how many pre-ordered the Pip-Boy Edition for themselves or to try and make a quick buck.
Submitting a “Fallout 4 Pipboy” search on eBay reveals more than 1,400 listings for the normally $120 collector’s edition of the upcoming game. The number is slightly worrying considering how quickly the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition pre-orders sold out when it was first made available and how much work Bethesda Softworks put into getting its partners to ship more.
The highest asking price for the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition is a Mike Tyson-grade ludicrous $1,999.99 for an Amazon pre-order of the PC version of the role-playing game. Fortunately, there are pure auction-styled listings that start at $0.99 and go up from there as users bid on the game and collector’s piece. These sellers are taking the most risk by potentially not reaching a sell level high enough to cover the actual $120 cost of the game, though, unless they received a significant discount somewhere.
The risk of selling the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition for a price that does not cover the cost appears to be real as several listings ending today, November 2 have not reached the $120 price, much less extra needed to cover sales tax and the eBay selling fee of $15 to $20.
There are a number of Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Editions listed with Buy It Now prices over $200, but most of the actual bidding action appears to be those listed below the $200 line.
Fallout 4 is one of the most anticipated games of the holiday 2015 sales period, but the number of auctions available still outstrips what one normally would expect. For example, Call of Duty: Black Ops III launches this Friday, and the Juggernog Edition currently has approximately 200 listings on eBay.
Meanwhile, the Star Wars: Battlefront Deluxe Edition that comes with the Han Solo frozen in Carbonite mini-fridge has only around 30 listings.
Why are there so many Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Editions listed? It’s a combination of demand and Bethesda Softworks rushing to meet that demand, which only increases the perceived demand of the product while many remain ignorant to the now large supply of the product. If the Pip-Boy Edition was limited to just the first run, it is likely that we would have seen the total number of eBay listings at less than 200 and with higher prices too. The perceived value would have been enough for more people to hold on to the collector’s edition and the people who truly wanted it were the ones to grab the first pre-order.
Making multiple additional runs of the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition flooded the market with supply and also opened sales up to those looking to make a quick buck because they heard the package was in short supply and sold out.
Now the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition sellers find themselves in a situation where they will be lucky to cover the cost of their purchase unless they took advantage of a discount somewhere.
The good news is a flooded market means those truly interested in the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition and missed out on the opportunity to pre-order have an opportunity at getting it with zero to minimal extra cost. There’s even a chance to get it for less than the $120 starting price.
Fallout 4 is set to launch on November 10 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Be aware that the game has leaked, so there are potential spoilers out in the wilds of the internet.
Were you able to get the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition? If not, what do you think of the massive amount of eBay listings for the game? Sound off in the comments below.
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[Correction: Price of the Pip-Boy Edition is $120. Incorrectly had $150 stuck in the mind.]