Banned Xboxes flooding eBay and Craigslist

In the wake of the mass Xbox Live bans hundreds of Xboxs have appeared on online marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist by gamers looking to offload their Xboxs.

In the past two weeks Microsoft has banned nearly one million users from the online gaming service after finding that they had modified their consoles to play pirated games.

Since the ban is connected to the console rather than a gamer's online account, many modified Xboxs have appeared on multiple bidding and personal sales sites.

eBay has issued a warning to potential buyers on its website to be wary of buying consoles in the wake of Microsoft's move. In a post on the website's guide section, it said: 'If you are looking to buy an Xbox 360 on eBay in the near future, ask the seller if it has been banned from Xbox.'

Curiously, most Craiglist "modded" Xbox 360 sellers are forthcoming about their console's "banned" status, whereas ebay sellers acknowledge the system modifications but often do not specify whether their system's been banned or not.

There's even a "want to buy" market on Craigslist for the banned systems. One Craiglist ad reads "I'm looking to buy one of the newly banned X-Box 360's," adding that it needs "to come with some new games such as Modern Warfare 2 and what not."

Microsoft has said that all bans are permanent to the console and no affected units will be permitted back onto Xbox Live on any account. Apparently, the race is on to offload banned systems and there doesn't seem to be a shortage of people willing to buy them.

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The Gunslinger said,
Yes, it is cheaper. You have to buy a Hi Def TV to play your console in hi def. A standard PC monitor can do that, and is usually included in the price of a PC.

you can still use that same monitor to play your xbox games on it. ^^

Glassed Silver:mac

I feel sorry for those that buy the banned consoles. Makes a useless point where as you can buy one yourself and mod it yourself. The benefits of having live is substantial minus the trailers/demos/gaming MP with others. Personally I need live for DLC buys, arcade games, game updates and things like Halo Waypoint for avatar goodies =3

I rather have a game that works than one that has glitch frenzied. Although most games aren't like that, you never know...

I'd imagine those that unwittingly buy a banned (ie. damaged) console on Ebay where the seller didn't explicitly state the condition of the console in the advertisement, would be entitled to dispute assistance from eBay. At the very least action could be taken against the seller's account.

TCLN Ryster said,
I'd imagine those that unwittingly buy a banned (ie. damaged) console on Ebay where the seller didn't explicitly state the condition of the console in the advertisement, would be entitled to dispute assistance from eBay. At the very least action could be taken against the seller's account.

if they sell it "AS-IS" they can do what they want. if they sell it non-DOA, they can still get away with selling a banned console while covering up the fact that it is banned. if they say outright it is a banned console, they are good.

other than that, they the seller are responsible

Wuffy said,
if they sell it "AS-IS" they can do what they want. if they sell it non-DOA, they can still get away with selling a banned console while covering up the fact that it is banned. if they say outright it is a banned console, they are good.

other than that, they the seller are responsible

All of my stuff sold on ebay has been sold on as-is basis so there is no chance of refunds or returns. I also emphasize the non-refundable and non-returnable nature of the purchase.

shinji257 said,
All of my stuff sold on ebay has been sold on as-is basis so there is no chance of refunds or returns. I also emphasize the non-refundable and non-returnable nature of the purchase.

I assume then you are based in the states, or at least outside of europe. If not, I'd be a bit more careful, especially about selling to people in the UK.

for anyone that cares regarding ebay, if you buy one that's banned and pay with paypal, you can simply file a claim and get your money back (and return the console) regardless of whether or not the auction stated it was banned. remember, to ebay (and paypal) all sellers are thieves and all buyers are saints, regardless of circumstances.

Rohdekill said,
I also somehow see a lot of (mysteriously) broken units being brought into Best Buy for warranty replacement

That's an excellent idea. If your Xbox gets banned, heat it up until it RROD's, then get a replacement.

The latest xbox360 ban has been reported that do: (not all the cases)
-You can't install games in the HD.
-you can't save games.
-You can't use network for streaming.
-Profile corruption.
-You can't play divx.

That one million number is fake. Microsoft said one news source listed it and the media ran with it. Totally false.

using a modified console to play pirated games is wrong and anyone caught doing it should be punished, if you can't afford the games then you don't need to play it let alone deserve to play it but if you go all legit then by all means play your games however you want.

well anybody who got banned for a modded xbox or playing a leaked game online is a idiot , be safe play offline problem solved & for selling a banned xbox get real the most i would even pay for a banned 360 is $50

"eBay has issued a warning to potential buyers on its website to be wary of buying consoles in the wake of Microsoft's move. In a post on the website's guide section, it said: 'If you are looking to buy an Xbox 360 on eBay in the near future, ask the seller if it has been banned from Xbox." yea so the seller can lie and ebay does nothing.My advice is if your looking for a XBox now buy a new one.

I think ive been very very lucky!!

My 360 is almost a lunch one ( just a month or so after) I softmodded it the day i got it (back when it wasnt so easy to do!!) my xbox live is still woking!! the console has seen better days ive had rrod, gfx crashed etc but its still going!!

I do worry everytime i turn it on ill have been banned!! I guess jthe advice is dont play copied ames online!!!!!!! DHU

I would buy a banned one just to have as a sapre ( mabye £10 - £15 with psu) but any more than thats just not worth it!!

Well dont to MS for trying to do something about the modded 360's. But better luck next time!!!

I dunno. I don't think I'd be buying a modded console... Live or no live, I don't want to not be able to play a game when the update the security or whatever...

Why ban the Account. If they want to get back on and use the account they have to go buy another 360. Pretty smart if you ask me.

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