PS5 fans furious as scalpers put new supply of consoles onto eBay for insane prices
PS5 fans have been left furious as rogue consumers put fresh supplies of consoles onto eBay for insane prices.
A stock alert Twitter account shared a screen shot of one of the sought after Sony consoles for up to double the original retail price.
The user, who uses the handle @UKPS5Notify, blamed scalper bots – a major thorn in the side for general consumers – and said the ads were “going against” eBay’s pre-order listing policy.
Sellers had managed to secure pre-orders from GAME after a major new batch dropped on Tuesday, before advertising them on the auction site before even receiving them.
The standard machine costs £449.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359 – but listings as high as £800 were appearing on eBay.
Previous auctions have seen bids run into the thousands of pounds.
Andy Temple wrote in response to the post: “Scalper scum!! Hope they get everything they deserve.”
After seeing the prices on eBay, Stephen Doughty tweeted: “I really do hope they end up with stock they can’t get rid of. I am so glad i waited, I am happy for anyone who beat them and got one at RRP.
“I am hoping to get mine this March.”
Larger stocks are understood to be coming to the UK in March, meaning scalper prices could be forced to plummet.
It comes after GAME customers were told to prepare for a mammoth restock yesterday, with a reported 15,000 consoles on offer.
But bulk buyers using scalping services for a leg up appeared to have beaten many desperate gamers to the punch again.
Scalping bots continuously monitor websites for products that are limited in stock, with subscribers paying monthly subscription fees for the service.
The moment they become available, the bot has the user’s payment details ready to go, to secure the items within milliseconds, making it near impossible for a human to compete.
One subscriber to a scalping ring boasted on social media he had used the service last month to pick up seven consoles from four different outlets.
“A PS5 for every room in the house, even the bog,” he wrote, according to EuroGamer.
GAME has previously played down reports one scalping group had secured 2,000 consoles in a day.
It has since said it has “strong measures” in place to ensure only one console is being offered per customer.
Meanwhile, Sony are set to mass produce a whopping 18 million PlayStation5 consoles in the coming months in an effort to meet rocketing demand, according to reports.
Industry news site Digitimes reports that PS5’s will be far easier to get hold of later in the year.
“Production for Sony’s PS5 games consoles is likely to reach 16.8-18million units in 2021,” Digitimes insiders claimed.
It comes after PS5 stock shortages saw Sony take a hit on consumer website Trustpilot to just 1.7 stars, with fans posting negative reviews claiming the manufacturer is failing to communicate with them properly.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan yesterday apologised to gaming fans still scrambling to lay their hands on a PS5.
He said: “I know there were people who wanted a PS5 and couldn’t find one. We’re very sorry about that and obviously grateful that demand has been as strong as it is.”