If you're thinking about picking up a second-hand Xbox 360 in the next couple of months, be very careful. As a result of the mass banning of about 3% of the console's userbase from Xbox Live, many unlucky gamers are attempting to offload their consoles through eBay, Gumtree and Craigslist.

Some users are being honest about the fact that their console has been banned - after all, it'll still play games, it just won't connect to Xbox Live. Others, however, are likely being shadier about it. So if you're planning to buy a used Xbox, be sure that you grill the owner on whether it's been modded in any way.

If, however, you're after a console that'll play games and watch movies, but won't connect to Xbox Live to get updates or access multiplayer functions, then now is a great time to get yourself a deal. Banned consoles are going for as little as £100 with a pile of games.