Oculus Is Canceling eBayed Rift Pre-orders

The pre-order of an Oculus Rift DK2 that was auctioned on eBay has been canceled by Oculus VR.

More than 45,000 Oculus Rift units have been pre-ordered by the end of last month. Of those, only 10,000 units are expected to ship this month while the rest will have to wait indefinitely for the next shipment. As usual, people tried to cash in on the supply gap by auctioning their pre-ordered units on sites such as eBay. The headset's retail price is $350, but asking price on eBay went up as high as $5,000 in one listing that has been canceled now.

Needless to say, Oculus Rift fans were not very pleased with the fact that some people are buying their ways into the line. They started bombarding the seller with questions in hopes of getting out enough details to get his pre-order canceled. Not much later, they managed to pinpoint the exact time the reseller’s pre-order had been placed.

"Don't worry guys. We found him and we cancelled his order," an Oculus VR community manager assured the fans by the afternoon.

"Just so everyone is clear, the information provided alone was not enough to take action. We perform our own investigations with tools at our disposal to make sure that there isn't a false positive."

"Our community is awesome! Thank you for helping us make sure that we are getting kits into the hands of devs and shutting down profiteers."

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With regards to the comments

With regards to the comments below. Its great to sell items that that are in demand, but the problem is these are Dev Kits for Developers. If people start buying them all up just to resell them then it wrecks the point of a dev kit. They should be sold to developers only. When the retail version comes out then it should be first come first serve, and if you want to buy them just to resell or destroy in front of a crowed then that's up to the buyer.

still fuck them

I completely understand what your saying, simply put it was an error on oculus, making dev kits available to the public and not having something in the terms and conditions of purchase. this is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

fuck them

honestly 5,000 dollars is a lot but they purchased theirs legally so unless it was in the terms and conditions of the preorder not to sell it than the person who's preorder was canceled could take legal action. how dare someone see an opportunity to legally make money. what about the over priced ps4s and xbox ones on launch?

There is no way to ascertain

There is no way to ascertain that, so you just have to click a checkbox that says 'I'm a developer', since they guy showed without a shadow of doubt that he is not one, his order was cancelled as it should be.

You miss the point

This is not a consumer product, when you order one you have to claim you are a developer who will develop software to utulize the headset. A guy reselling it may not be doing anything illegal but he sure as hell isn't going to develop for it, so it's fair to cancel his preorder of a product with extremely limited supply for the moment.

There's literally nothing

There's literally nothing even resembling what you're saying in the terms of sale on their website - and it's the only product they're selling, so it's not as though the dev kit is special hardware in a way a hypothetical consumer version isn't. And having read through their terms of sale and FAQ, they are an awful company to buy from and clearly state that if you get a faulty unit the only course of action you have is to buy a new one at your cost. Fuck these guys, ugh. Not only is that illegal in my country, it's unethical and anti-consumer behaviour globally. These guys are not writing themselves a very friendly track record.

They're selling a preview

They're selling a preview version of a product that hasn't been finished for devs who intend to educate themselves and cash in on the new tech. The whole 'not a consumer product' thing implies that. Stop looking at it as a consumer, complaining about something that's not meant for you and that you only stand to benefit from in a couple of years.

People, watch closely - this

People, watch closely - this is the inception of the Oculus Fanboy. With that post, which ignores thoughtful discussion and shuts down releveant discourse surrounding concerning practices, there is no more reason to be found in this thread.

Congrats on reading the terms

Congrats on reading the terms of sales and faq, now if only you had pointed your eyeballs a bit lower you would've seen the unusually large checkbox that says "I understand this hardware is intended for developers and it is not a consumer product.", you can't order a rift without agreeing to that.

I'm dreadfully sorry, but a

I'm dreadfully sorry, but a checkbox asking you to recognise that the hardware isn't finalised does not constitute a binding agreement forbiddig the resale of your property. They can say "not consumer" as much as they like, but it is sold as a product to consumers as a practice and not through any kind of restricted, legally bound distribution channels.

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