It should come as no surprise that, just hours after the PS5 became available in the United Kingdom, scalpers have been flogging their consoles only for a quick bit of money.
With the PS5 completely sold out in most shops and online outlets, buyers have been left searching the internet in hopes of getting one of Sony’s new consoles. Throughout launch day we were keeping track of available PS5 stock in the UK with retailers selling out almost instantly including Amazon.
Having managed to successfully secure their pre-orders, scalpers have been quick to respond to the PS5 shortage, taking to online marketplaces such as eBay, Gumtree, Depop, and Facebook to peddle their PlayStation at a premium price.
For those unaware, “scalping” is when people get hold of rare items (usually via pre-order) then sell them at launch for profit, hoping that there will be a shortage. We’ve seen this happen countless times in the world of gaming when it comes to consoles, and video game special editions.
A mass of PS5 consoles have appeared on eBay overnight with some chancers asking in excess of £10,000 with prices averaging at around £700 for the PS5 Digital Edition and £750-800 for the PS5 Disc Edition. With many of these consoles being available for cash in hand via local collection, many scalpers also appear to flouting the UK’s lockdown laws for some fast cash.
On top of having to pay more for a PS5 console, desperate gamers will also need to be aware of the pitfalls when buying from private sellers online. We’d strongly recommend waiting for a restock.
Keep an eye on Stock Informer which tracks retailers that have consoles. Good luck!
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