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Trading Standards Slams SimplyGames PS4 Pre-Order Debacle As "Profiteering," Potentially "Illegal"

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Jonathan Lester
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Trading Standards Slams SimplyGames PS4 Pre-Order Debacle As "Profiteering," Potentially "Illegal"

"Swift Injunctive Action Is Needed"

SimplyGames have come under fire for demanding that their PS4 pre-order customers upgrade to a significantly more expensive bundle, else risk their console not arriving at launch. Trading Standards have now entered the fray, and have branded the retailer's actions as "illegal" and "profiteering."

Apparently the situation will not stand, and they may well have to intervene.

A senior Trading Standards officer told CVG that "swift injunctive action is needed" to curtail SimplyGames' actions. "You can have a contract where the price agreed is the price at the time of delivery, such as a new car on a long waiting list," they said. "Here the seller cannot control the product price months down the line."

"This appears to be profiteering. The seller is raising the price hoping people either drop out or pay more. If they drop out the seller can resell at a higher price to another customer."

"It is illegal and up to the Home Authority to intervene if the seller is UK based," the representative concluded. "This is one of those occasions when swift injunctive action is needed to prevent consumers being ripped off."

Watch this space.

Add a comment5 comments
Kev99  Oct. 9, 2013 at 13:39

Oh look, there's some company ripping people off.... let's get them! Oh wait, while were at it, lets get almost every other company that likes to rip off too. Simplygames have just been ever so silly and blatantly obvious about it.

Yawn.

Theguy111  Oct. 9, 2013 at 13:57

LOL. "Home authority" isn't an official government department or a consumer welfare group. They are talking about the TS office acting under the authority of a consumer being under their remit (I.e. as opposed to he trader being in the same locality. Hence "home authority"). Are you getting confused with the Home Office?

Gitch28  Oct. 9, 2013 at 16:12

Oh look, there's some company ripping people off.... let's get them! Oh wait, while were at it, lets get almost every other company that likes to rip off too. Simplygames have just been ever so silly and blatantly obvious about it.

Yawn.

You have a serious problem.

Kev12  Oct. 9, 2013 at 16:52

Oh look, there's some company ripping people off.... let's get them! Oh wait, while were at it, lets get almost every other company that likes to rip off too. Simplygames have just been ever so silly and blatantly obvious about it.

Yawn.

You have a serious problem.


Not really Gitch, UK is very well known for being 'Rip off Britain' were over charged for everything, and most companies will do anything to make a buck and that includes screwing over their customers.

RiKx  Oct. 16, 2013 at 15:22

The Dude Minds...This aggression will not stand..man...

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