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Members of the US Congress introduce "Stopping Grinch Bots Act" to penalize predatory scalping and potentially ease supply issues for the PlayStation 5 and graphics cards

The Stop Grinch Bots Act could potentially make it easier to buy consoles like the PlayStation 5 (Image source: Sony)
The Stop Grinch Bots Act could potentially make it easier to buy consoles like the PlayStation 5 (Image source: Sony)
Members of Congress recently introduced the Stopping Grinch Bots Act. If it passes through, this piece of legislation could make it illegal for scalpers to use bots and scripts to hoard electronics for resale.

With games consoles and consumer graphics cards selling for 2-3 times their MSRP, US legislators recently introduced the Stopping Grinch Bots Act in Congress. The Act seeks to penalize scalpers who use automated bot programs to snap up limited stock of consoles like the PS5 and Series X/S, as well as high-end graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3080. 

As of now, there's no certainty as to when or if the bill will pass. If it does, though, US gamers could benefit significantly. StockX, a resale platform used by scalpers claimed that as far back as last May, it'd facilitated the sale of over 138,000 PlayStation 5 units at well over double the MSRP. The actual number of units scalper bots picked up could be even higher. 

In the GPU market, a combination of bot scalping and demand from cryptocurrency miners have driven prices even higher than in the console space. In some markets, the GeForce RTX 3080 is selling for as high as US$3000, over four times the original MSRP.

While it might not address the underlying silicon supply issues, the Stopping Grinch Bots Act could go a long way towards stabilizing console and GPU prices. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 600 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-12- 4 (Update: 2021-12- 4)