A new report announced that a PlayStation 5 scalper group located in the United Kingdom managed to obtain at least 3450 of Sony’s brand new console with the sole intent of reselling them for profit during the machine’s release period, highlighting the big problem current-gen consoles are facing with resellers.
The PlayStation 5 is selling like hotcakes and remains extremely hard to find, with most online listings selling out in minutes and restocks uncertain when to arrive. Upcoming Black Friday deals seem to be the last chance for many hopeful fans to buy a PlayStation 5 online or in-store before the holiday season.
While the release period has been shaky for both Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 across the world, PlayStation 5 sales in the United Kingdom were on another level of disorder. Gamers generally had a hard time even managing to secure a PlayStation 5 preorder, but when the time came to deliver them, even more problems surfaced.
Popular video game retailer Game sent emails blaming basically every company involved except itself for their PlayStation 5 preorders no being delivered on time, and many people reported getting the wrong item, with perplexed fans receiving air fryers rather than the next-gen console.
According to a report from Business Insider, not everyone’s PlayStation 5 online shopping experience was a bad one, especially if they are a scalper. One UK-based scalper group with the name CrepChiefNotify has managed to obtain almost 3500 PlayStation 5 units across its preorders and members, giving it a stock that not even major retailers can currently contend within other regions.
The report also reveals how the scalper group was able to obtain so many PlayStation 5 units, utilizing bots to buy the consoles faster than a human’s reflex can do – specifically the stress it induces while staying up late or while keeping an eye on a screen for hours to try and secure a shot at the next-gen console.
While it’s disappointing to read this kind of news, especially for those who haven’t gotten the chance to order a PlayStation 5 physically or online, it speaks of the many flaws that are existing within the preorder process or buying high demand merchandise online.
Dedicated retailers will almost always have supplies – bots, employees, tips – compared to average joes, and these resources translate to a much bigger chance of success in obtaining a high demand product such as the Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.
As of writing, there are no signs that imply that the practice of reselling and scalping is going away since it is a very productive business. Resold PlayStation 5 units usually fetch marked up prices of almost double of what they were bought for, something that could actually still increase depending on where the demand is headed this December.
It’s a pretty appalling practical in general and keeps consoles like the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 out of reach from fans who want them just to enjoy the games they offer, but until these people stop working with resellers and providing them money for their items, it’s likely going to continue until the future.