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PS5 photo scams force eBay to issue stern warning

PS5 photo scams force eBay to issue stern warning

History is full of examples of people ready to take advantage of their follows given the opportunity, even during times of crises and misfortune. The launch of new hot products is easily one such opportunity and the new PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles are no exception, with eager and desperate buyers becoming easy prey for scalpers and scammers. One odd scam even involves trying to dupe people into buying what turns out to be just photos or the PS5 on eBay. Unfortunately, the low price seems to have successfully conned not a few interested bidders.

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eBay Sneaker authentication just changed the game (we hope)

eBay Sneaker authentication just changed the game (we hope)

Today eBay announced a "sneaker authentication program" for the first time*. This system works with an "initial authentication by an independent team of industry experts," allowing some of the most valuable pieces of footwear to go through the auction process with an added layer of trust. This may well be a sign of things to come, with eBay gaining a new level of usership thanks to this layer of professionalism never available at eBay before.

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The absurdity of Fortnite iPhones on eBay

The absurdity of Fortnite iPhones on eBay

A whole bunch of iPhone and iPad devices were listed on eBay in the past several days with one key feature: Fortnite. In the wake of the Apple / Epic Games battle over in-game purchases, Apple's effectively banned Epic Games and the games they've created from appearing on MacOS and iOS devices for the foreseeable future. The ban effects the app stores that'd normally distribute said games - games like Fortnite.

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The world’s rarest Star Wars toy just went up for auction

The world’s rarest Star Wars toy just went up for auction

A true prototype Rocket Firing Boba Fett Star Wars action figure was revealed for sale on eBay this week. As the Star Wars brand made the most valuable "collectors item" toys in modern history, the Rocket Firing Boba Fett is the most sought-after item in the whole Star Wars action figure universe. This version of the action figure is not only one of the very few examples of this action figure to ever exist, it might also be one of the rarest iterations of said action figure.

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EPA warns eBay and Amazon to stop selling faux coronavirus pesticides

EPA warns eBay and Amazon to stop selling faux coronavirus pesticides

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cracking down on the sale of various pesticide products sold on eBay and Amazon, particularly ones that are said to be misleading the public about their suitability for protecting against COVID-19. Both online retailers have been ordered to stop selling these products by the EPA, which says that several products targeted by this order are being marketed with various false or otherwise misleading claims involving the novel coronavirus.

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eBay bans predatory coronavirus listings amid price gouging and bogus claims

eBay bans predatory coronavirus listings amid price gouging and bogus claims

Following the US Surgeon General's recommendation that the general public stop buying face masks with the goal of preventing the spread of coronavirus, eBay has announced that it will halt sales of masks and a couple of other items that are associated with the outbreak. The move seems to be an effort to prevent price gouging from sellers who are trying to take advantage of the fear surrounding COVID-19.

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Free, open Amazon? Private app Haven seems too good to be true

Free, open Amazon? Private app Haven seems too good to be true

The app Haven was launched today for Android and iOS. Haven was launched as the official mobile app for the peer-to-peer sales site OpenBazaar. OpenBazaar is an Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba alternative devoid of data collection and fees. Haven allows users to connect with OpenBazaar on Android devices, iPhone, and iPad, and it's all free. Could such an idyllic system be real? NOTE: I need to be CLEAR here - I am equal parts surprised that this system could exist AND skeptical that it's actually real. Let's investigate together!

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eBay Authenticate now fights counterfeit jewelry

eBay Authenticate now fights counterfeit jewelry

Back in 2017, eBay launched a new program called Authenticate that does pretty much what it says on the tin. The program has gone through some changes since the beginning, but these days it essentially serves as a consignment service sellers can use to authenticate high-end handbags and watches so buyers can purchase with more confidence. Today, eBay announced that Authenticate will be expanding to include diamond and gemstone jewelry as well.

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eBay thinks it has the cure to thousand-dollar phone addiction

eBay thinks it has the cure to thousand-dollar phone addiction

Over the years, eBay has become a pretty popular place to buy and sell phones, and now the company is trying to turn buying a phone into a more holistic experience. eBay has announced that it will begin offering wireless plans alongside every phone it sells on its platform, allowing buyers to get up and running without having to visit a carrier. To accomplish this, eBay has partnered with Red Pocket Mobile.

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eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

Today, eBay made an announcement most probably wouldn't expect: it's been working behind the scenes on AI-powered assistive technology. In a broad sense, the open-source HeadGaze project, as it's called, uses the front-facing camera on the iPhone X and 3D information from Apple ARKit to allow users to navigate apps by moving their head. eBay has also created an app called HeadSwipe using HeadGaze technology.

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OG iPhone prototype up for auction on eBay

OG iPhone prototype up for auction on eBay

Some fans would be willing to pay anything just to own a rare piece of history. That is exactly why there is no shortage of scams, which are only made so much easier thanks to the Internet. Now this new eBay auction may or may not be one but it definitely shows the extent some would go through just to get it. A seller with the handle 321dady is putting a prototype of the first-ever iPhone up for auction on eBay and it has just passed $31,000 as of this writing.

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eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

eBay Apple Pay support arrives later this year

Earlier this year, eBay announced plans to begin changing the way it handles payments on its marketplace. As part of this plan, it dropped PayPal as the primary payment processor for purchases and announced its intention to begin managing end-to-end payments itself. While it won't be ready to flip the switch on that initiative until later this year, we now know that eBay will begin supporting Apple Pay when it does.

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