Igor Baksht planned to give his 13-year-old niece a PlayStation 4 for Christmas, so he went to a Stapleton Walmart last Friday to buy one.
Well PS4 rocks, doesn't it Mr. Baksht? Glad that he got a replacement, for the future you shouldn't buy "previously returned" things though.
"previously returned" huh ... probably that person switched contents of the box and noone at walmart bothered to check it - classic play, very common and still effective due to some worker's laziness.
It's "a PlayStation 4 bybdke", those things are sometimes like that, he should get a bundle, those are usually fine.
@Bansai pay minimum wage expect minimum effort
@Bloodborn You can't tell. Walmart sells returned goods as new goods all the time. My parents bought me a cleaner for my hardwood flooring and when I opened the box yesterday all of the accessory items were missing and you could tell the device had been used and sloppily repackaged for return.
I worked in retail and this happens a lot over the Xmas period where retail staff have a lot less time to check everything over, I seen fully sealed laptop boxes with just tiles inside that people have tried to return the only reason I checked inside the box was because weight distribution felt wrong for a laptop. It's not hard to make a box look sealed. I've even seen people return games with nothing inside yet they still have the plastic wrapper on. The store I worked at had to open every single item that was being returned as unopened as to many people where trying it. Judging by a PS4 box they don't seem to have any sort of security seal on them at all which the staff should of really checked, but when your shop over run with people who think they are saving money (when in fact they are not) fighting over crappy little items they will probably never use its easy for this stuff to happen.
@Reefskye If it doesn't have a security seal or already been opened, you can open it.At least thats how target did it.
Why are there more disagree's to this than agrees? Not that I would normally give two flying fucks, but it does indeed prove that there are "tossers everywhere" when you get disagreed on something like this. There are tossers everywhere, and thats a fact. Anyone who disagrees with me is a fucking tosser!
whats the difference? 30fps is near rock bottom for a "next gen" experience anyway.
Wow you're hilarious.
That's Nick Cannon funny!
Actively trying to lose bubbles with your constant lame "PC Mustard race" comments.
No no, he said PS4 not xbone
Does ... Does that count as a sale on NPd and vgchatz,,?? Cause that all we care about right .?? ... Right ? Also did it have Driveclub bundled ? Better take that sale off cause you know bundles don't count now that Driveclub is doing good. Even tough forza been bundle since last year .....
Honestly, i'd be more willing to believe this guy is trying to pull some kind of scam than he legitimately bought a PS4 box that had rocks in it.
I dont see the problem, isnt that what you get when you buy a PS4 Jokes
I could believe it. walmart is a pretty bad place
Sound fake as hell I mean I but he did that on purpose .
believe it or not people that work at retail do sneaky things like this. Just recently my sister bought a toy crib for my niece which turned out to be 7 wireless speakers and a whole pack of flashlights.
You need to work at retail. Trust me no one wants to waste their time doing this if they even find the time. What this is, is probably a returned product or customers pulling prancks
Sounds like you got a good deal.
It's true. Bought a game once brand new still sealed somehow and had no discs in it.
Yes possibly. Retailers are supposed to open and check electronics even if they're still "sealed". Before consoles are restocked, they have to shipped off to be verified that they're safe for resale.
I work retail(customer service manager)and deal with returns every day, I've caught quite of few people doing fraud, if the product is sealed we do not open it unless something doesn't feel right. At my store people don't realize that we track virtually everything, so when you buy a big screen tv we register the s/n in your acct so when you bring the tv back stating that is defective and s/n doesn't match then I get my loss prevention team involved. This year along I helped prevent about $5,000 in loss due to scam.
Yeah at my local walmart a employee got caught stealing over 10 thousand dollars in Dvd's thats allot of movies lol. And he traded them all in as used movies at my local Hastings lol. Both companies people are clueless. But they do give you more for used games than gamespot so i like hastings for that lol.
Of course it's fake. Hasn't anyone else here ever picked up a box or bag or crate of rocks before? Pretty hard to mistake that for high-end electronics, no matter what the label says.
How do you pronounce the guys last name?
ROFL. Oh lord how do you pronounce that correctly.
Time to buy PS4 and return it full of rocks and cite this article.
This is possible. Key words "previously returned". Obviously the person who purchased it prior to him performed the ol' switcheroo. I'd be pissed especially if no one believed me, but then again as soon as I hear previously returned it's no thank you. Smh.
I call bs. All electronics that are returned must have an associate from electronics open it up and verify that the serials match up. Plus anything that can store images or videos must be returned to the manufacturer.
While I agree that the story is suspect, I don't believe your statement to be true. If the seal is in place, and does not appear to be tampered with, they don't break the seal and check the numbers.....at most they ask if anything is wrong with the product. On top of that, we know how inconsistent some Walmart employees can be.
This was done with Ipads afew years ago. Many bought a box of baking flour neatly packed. These people are smart, repackage the box very carefully.
While what you say is true. What you are disregarding is that it is the Christmas season. Walmart is swamped. They key for most associates is to get customers in and out, meaning that it could have happened if the associate was rushing to clear the usually long lines. I used to work at Toys R Us years ago and was close with the loss prevention manager. You would be amazed at the amount of things that are returned as part of the ol' swticharoo scam.
Or the guy himself put the rocks in and claimed the previous customer did it. Unlikely a return will just have bags of rocks and no one notices, I can't imagine that the previous customer went in there with a bag of rocks in the box and just hoped they wouldn't look. Not a good plan. I would guess it's either an inside job or the guy himself did it.
Last year i bought both the xbox one & ps4 to try them both out with the intention of returning the one i didnt want, i talked to a manager at best buy about what my plan was he told me it was fine. When i went to return the xbox one the lady at returs just asked if there was anything wrong with it, i told her no & she handed me the cash back & said have a good day. Didnt open the box, it wasnt busy no one else in line. Just a lazy person i guess & this was best buy even.
ps4 rocks. even if he didnt do this, i bet no one would believe him.
It's the Daily Mail, it's probably BS.
PS4 rock edition
brought to you by "The Rocks"
Rock Band bundle.
Did he not checked it first before he bought it? I mean that's the basic thing you do before you buy something right?
Try and open a PS4 in Walmart, they will kick your ass. Plus call the police, which they might shoot you cause you are breaking the law.
I mean in the counter or cashier before he buy it, just to check everything inside the box is exactly in order. If wallmart doesn't allow that either than that's crazy!
WTF with the law over in USA, sound like it run by Monkeys
Our society acts like monkeys.
Don't know about the U.S. but here in Canada I bought a laptop from Best Buy years ago, took it to the LP desk where I promptly opened up the box and checked all of the stuff inside with the LP guy and left satisfied. It is a consumer right to inspect a product you are going to pay money for. Do it at customer service desk or LP desk but they can't refuse you.
with a purchase that size i usally just kinda look at it to make sure it hadnt been opened first. But yea good luck opening it at the store.
I've been told that I can't open an item before paying for it, that I would have to open it outside and return it then if I needed to.
MRHARDON is 12.
There was a similar scam in my home town a few years back; a gang were selling 360s at knock down prices in the classifieds. It was only when someone checked and found two house bricks in the box that the police had to put out a statement. Many of them had already been wrapped and put under the tree.
He more then likely bought it in a parking lot, retail stores uusually check the merchandise before refunding people...the bricks in a box is an old school scam.
Yes most stories like this turn out to be scams the guy probably knows the person he bought it from and they knew it happened or something like that, people do anything these days to get something free
im fairly certain walmart wouldnt even have been talking to the guy if he didnt have a receipt. No way in hell the manager would have given in without a receipt!
They check if the seal is broken or appears tampered with....
Not in my home town. U bring something back and they just toss it in a cart. Same for gamestop. Bought my buddy a xbox one for xmas and the disc drive didmt read. Brought it back to gamestop and he did not even look in the box just did an exchange. All he did was ask me if all was in the box i said yes. This was a gamestop manager who did the return.
I had same thing with my Xbox One, returned it toGAME and they asked me then gave me a replacement. It wasn't until I got home I remembered I hadn't put the controller or headset back on the box, so I kept them.
I can tell you exactly why that happens. Because retail employees get bitched at a lot from customers for silly things that are against policies. So sometimes they just try to make the customer halt and skip procedure so people don't bitch
@Dante: Added to that that a lot of retail companies hire a 3rd party company to do customer service and said company usually tells the stores to break policy and give the consumers what they want anyway.
" Previously returned, felt heavy " Yeah that couldn't been done by a Walmart employee.This would be the ultimate way of getting a PS4 and shifting the blame elsewhere.
LOL..what did you get for Christmas Charlie Brown?....I got a rock...ROFL Now if I am not mistaken, do they not scan the system barcode that can be seen without opening the box anymore?
A pet rock lol.
When i worked at Game, we saw a few things like this. We had a box of full of empty psp boxes, a ps3 with an encyclopedia in place of the console, gameboy games inside n64 boxes among other odd things. So not too out there.
Looks like I'm going to Walmart to "return" my xbox... Just kidding that's fucked up
BC PS4 rocks! Duh /s At least his console wasn't a 'brick' Oh lord, somebody stop me!
The PS4 rocks have sold way more then the crappy Xbox rocks...PS4 rocks rock....
Two years ago I brought a $200 Netgear wireless router from Office Max only to find out once I got it home and opened it that it was a photo book of India Monuments lol. Don't get me wrong, it was a really nice photo book! Just not worth $200 lol. Good thing Office Max was willing to give me a actual router the second time around. Sad a lot of times the store employees perpetrate these crimes when the opportunity arises, because when you're talking refurbished items, usually the stores check these things when someones brings them in and, also before they're resold.
Would this count towards the NPD figures for the month?