PlayStation 5 falls prey to reseller groups
PlayStation 5 is high on demand and short on stock, and perhaps inevitably there’s a big black market of scalpers who bought consoles at launch only to fleece early-adopters.
One of these reseller groups operates via Discord, and has bought almost 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles by using bots to monitor retailers and buy stock as it appears, faster than any mere human is able to.
Puny Humans: "Our total collective number is 2,472 PS5 consoles across all of our members," a manager of a reseller group told Business Insider, in addition to “just under 1,000” pre-orders. How did the group manage this logistical feat? "We knew where to go before they announced it.
Scalp away: The group charges a subscription fee to access their market, where sought-after items like the PlayStation 5 are sold. It's not just Sony that's struggling to make sure demand is met: Microsoft says there will be Xbox Series X shortages until around April next year.