Console scalpers has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of an online retailer. Was this deliberate or a happy accident?
Since the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S became eligible for pre-order; various console scalpers have led a coordinated approach to buy up as much stock as possible. They then sell the stock on for an extraordinarily high price, taking advantage of gamer's eagerness to secure a console.
Essentially, these console scalpers are part of the reason why the stock is so low; so they can profit from the solution to a problem they created. Where it’s fair to say Xbox and PS5 stock was already low this gen launch, scalpers have made matters worse.
Console launches have always had to deal with scalpers, but this gen has been by far the worst. What’s even more frustrating is retailers seem to have done little to combat it.
Many have allowed individuals to pre-order multiple consoles at once from the same account. Without applying any limitations or restrictions on the amount they can purchase.
This has allowed scalpers to buy up the stock, denying others the opportunity to get even one. Unless it's through them at a grossly inflated price.
However one retailer may just have ruined the fun of one group of console scalpers.
Beating the Console Scalpers
Online retailer Very ran out of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S stock as quickly as everyone else. But also went to great lengths to restock as quickly as they could.
They were also aware of the console scalpers, so they limit orders to one console per account, thanks to customer feedback. However, one scalping group found a way around this.
They found a way to purchase “1000+ Xbox Series X consoles” which they then intended to unscrupulously sell for an inflated price. They then boasted about this score on social media claiming to have got the better of a “very well-known online retailer."
The retailer seemingly turned out to be Very, who promptly tracked down the order after catching wind of this boast and canceled it. – To the frustration of the scalpers and, less amusingly, some legitimate customers.
Console Scalpers May Have Been Victim of a “Technical Error”
Luckily, Very has reached out to these legitimate customers and offered reparations. A representative telling Sky News, "As a result of a technical error, some people were able to place orders for PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for a short time on Sunday.”
"However, these items are not on sale, and affected customers have received notice that the orders have been canceled. We apologize for the confusion caused." This seems to suggest that the console scalpers were actually victim to a technical error.
We feel bad for those who are still without a console, after thinking they had secured one through Very. We hope you guys manage to get one soon.
However we do love the fact that a group of console scalpers have had their plans ruined, either deliberately by Very or as a result of a “technical error.”
Either way, it’s still hilarious and shows that there is some justice in the world. Here’s hoping more retailers take a stand against console scalpers as we approach the holidays.
Let’s not forget that the PS5 is on track to have the most successful console launch ever. And the Xbox Series X has also done exceptionally well.