Desperate times call for desperate measures. And after the new PS5 sold out in a matter of minutes recently, gamers have taken to eBay in a bid to get their hands on the long-awaited console.
However, rather than the actual PlayStation itself dozens have - presumably accidentally - been bidding thousands of pounds on photos of one.
A quick scan through the online market site shows dozens of cases of people advertising pictures of PS5s, some of which are going for more than £2,000 ($2,666).
One listing is currently going for £7,100 ($9,467) - about £6,500 ($8,600) more than the actual console is going for on the site.
This particular ad reads: "Brand new!! Ps5 Disc Edition Photo."
A bit further down, the description then says: "Brand new!! Ps5 Disc Edition PHOTO.
"Condition is New.
"This is a photo.
"You will receive a picture thought [sic] email once bidding ends.
"Buyer must provide email address after winning the auction. Thanks."
While another listing is up for £5,100 ($6,800).
The description says: "New PS5 Disc Edition (photo). This is a photo of the PS5.
"You will receive a printed picture of a PS5."
eBay has since told LADbible that these adverts are being removed from the site.
A spokesperson for the platform said: "We condemn these opportunistic sellers who are attempting to mislead other users.
"We are in the process of removing all listings for photos of PS5s from our marketplace and will be taking appropriate action against the sellers.
"For any purchase, but especially highly priced or in-demand items, buyers should exercise caution and thoroughly read the listing description.
"Buyers who receive an item which is not as described are entitled to a refund via our eBay Money Back Guarantee, provided they completed the transaction on the eBay platform".
It's safe to say the console's release hasn't been plain sailing for a lot of gamers.
Happy #PS5 day everyone. Tried to document our one's unveiling, but Amazon have tricked us with an unsolicited air fryer instead (after giving delivery password). Anyone else had this problem today? pic.twitter.com/99IUSzSJUU
- Bex April May (@bexlectric) November 19, 2020
Numerous customers were left exasperated when they opened their package only to find... pet food.
I mean, it's bad enough when the supermarket substitutes your corn for peas, but a PlayStation switched out for a meaty pet pouch really takes the biscuit.
It wasn't just pet food that was delivered in place of PlayStations. Other customers reported receiving the likes of air fryers and George Forman grills - which admittedly is an improvement on pet food.
It is unclear why customers received incorrect packages but Amazon confirmed that an investigation had been launched.