Xboxes For Sale May Be Tainted – Caveat Emptor

After hearing my son speak of many Xboxes showing up on Craigslist as “new in box” I started looking around on other places where things are sold, only to find similar results. This might be not that unusual for this time of year, with Christmas approaching, and the economy down, but I was still a bit spooked by it.

Looking around, it did not take long to find a story on Maximum PC, delivering the bad news about the sudden surfeit of Xboxes for sale.

Up to 1 million Xbox modders were pretty pissed to find that they had been banned from Xbox Live following the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the biggest launch in entertainment history. The mass ban was intended to prevent pirated copies of the highly anticipated game from spreading, a notion Microsoft will now have to defend in a class action lawsuit filed against the company.

“Although modification of Xbox consoles is arguably against he terms of use for Xbox/Xbox Live, Microsoft ‘conveniently’ timed the Xbox console ban to coincide with the release of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game and less than two months after the release of the very popular Halo 3: ODST game,” says AbingtonIP, the Texas-based law firm who filed the suit.

According to the lawsuit, the timing of Microsoft’s widespread ban may have resulted in more Xbox Live subscription sales than if the bans had taken place before the release of Halo 3: ODST and CoDMW2. The lawsuit also claims that some of the bans locked out users who had modded their consoles for reasons other piracy.

So perhaps the Xbox offered is perfectly legitimate, but then again…

I’m sure somewhere Microsoft has a list of banned serial numbers. It might be wise to obtain that list to compare before purchasing that deal just a tad too good to be true.

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