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How to Beat PlayStation 5 Scalpers and Find Your Next-Gen Console

As gamers try to get hold of a next-gen console, those using scalper bots to snatch up the PS5 early are making things tricky. Now, there’s finally a way to beat scalpers and get your PlayStation 5.

If you’ve been one of the thousands of gamers left without a PlayStation 5 at launch, you probably have scalpers to blame. Yes, Sony’s stock levels are also an issue, but those who use bots to snatch up the consoles before you get a shot at them are the biggest problem with the next-gen launch.

Thanks to the scalping technology, those users can instantly buy a PS5 the same second it becomes available. They then substantially mark-up the price and post the purchase on eBay in a matter of minutes.

Beat scalpers to the PS5
(Source: Sony)

As an ordinary consumer, there’s been no way to compete with these PS5 scalpers. At least, until now.

How to Beat PlayStation 5 Scalpers to a Next-Gen Purchase

Thanks to a handy new plug-in, we can finally beat the PS5 bots at their own game. Reddit user rithpath wants to ensure that all gamers have the same opportunities that those paying for scalping bots already have.

The new plug-in is called Octoshop, and it’s straightforward to operate. Take a look at the guide below to get started.

  1. First, download the plug-in and install it on Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the Octoshop button that appears on the right-hand side of your screen.
  3. Now go to any retailer’s PS5 page, and use Octoshop to track the item

Once you’ve got the listing active in Octoshop, you can get your handy tool to check the item’s availability for you. This way, you’ll get a notification if any PlayStation 5 consoles become available at that site.

You can also adjust the setting to only notify you if the PS5 is at a certain price point. This way, you’ll be able to avoid finding products listed by PlayStation 5 scalpers.

Unfortunately, Octoshop is currently only available to those in the US, but it’s coming to other regions in the future.

The extension doesn’t have to be used for PS5 consoles, but it’s certainly the most in-demand product right now. Although some retailers had PS5 launch day stock, very few stores currently have any devices to sell.

We can’t all be as lucky as the fan who received a standard PS5 by mistake. That’s why we’ve got to use every advantage we can to get the drop on scalpers and bots.

If you’re one of the more fortunate gamers, who did manage to get a console at launch, make sure you know how to transfer and play your PS4 games on PS5.

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Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Best thing to do is not buy anything from a retailer that advertises for scalpers in their marketplace or third party section. Any retailer who profits by advertising for scalpers is clearly in a conflict of interest where the scalper becomes more important to the retailer than customers do. If you didnt already know these retailers are actively advertising for scalpers on the same webpages that remain permanently out of stock. Amazon, Sears, Walmart, Target, and best buy and probably more I don't know about advertise for the same resellers that they sell exclusively too. These companies have victimized Americans for years pretending to be official retailers, but also scalping in demand products..

Chris Johnson

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Octoshop is not a viable solution. It is not adequate enough to beat scalper bots. Best thing to do is just catch news of stock drops, try to get in and buy one, and if not successful, let the scalpers eat their inventory. Just don't be in a hurry. Wait until more stock is available to the point scalpers start to take a loss or a break even.