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PlayStation 5 supply issue hits new low as reseller group boasts of securing nearly 3,500 PS5 consoles for sale

Scalpers have been bombarding eBay with listings for the PlayStation 5. (Image source: eBay - edited)
Scalpers have been bombarding eBay with listings for the PlayStation 5. (Image source: eBay - edited)
A reseller group has been detailing how its members managed to get hold of almost 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles purely for the purpose of selling them at a much higher price than RRP. As the PS5 is now reportedly sold out worldwide, country-specific sites for eBay have become littered with thousands of listings for Sony’s new console.

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Gamers trying to get hold of a PlayStation 5 have already found themselves feeling frustrated because of the distasteful actions of scalpers running bots, and just as Jim Ryan proclaims that the PS5 has completely sold out, news arrives of one particular reseller group that has succeeded in obtaining nearly 3,500 consoles just to sell for profit. A report from Business Insider has revealed how CrepChiefNotify secured 1,000 consoles when PS5 pre-orders were announced and then got hold of a further 2,472 units when the device was launched.

Although CrepChiefNotify claims that no bots were used to purchase the latter 2,472 consoles and that the figure was reached through the manual efforts of its members, the reseller group does employ the use of bots, as is described on the group’s site: “At CCN we have many different ways of purchasing items starting with raffles, bot slots and monitors”. Regardless of how the PS5 devices were obtained, members who have been posting pictures of their wares risk facing the unbridled wrath of those who simply want to buy a single PS5 for their own entertainment.

Unsurprisingly, the call to criminalize these kinds of activities has grown louder as thousands of PlayStation fans have been unable to secure a single console. Interestingly, CrepChiefNotify tries to legitimize its business practices by stating that members snapping up all these PS5 consoles simply want to “cover their bills, put food on the table and supply Christmas presents to their children.”

Such comments are likely to further infuriate shoppers trying to purchase a solitary PS5 at the fair RRP, and the eye-watering price inflation going on with the thousands of PlayStation 5 listings on eBay demonstrates that major retailers could have done more to ensure true fans got hold of the console they had been waiting months for. Instead, bots running riot and profit-seeking “manual” labor have led to the current wretched situation for PS5 hunters.

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Scalpers show off. (Image source: Twitter via Business Insider)
Scalpers show off. (Image source: Twitter via Business Insider)
£10,100...for a photo! (Image source: eBay)
£10,100...for a photo! (Image source: eBay)
$1,000,000 but with Spider-Man too. (Image source: eBay)
$1,000,000 but with Spider-Man too. (Image source: eBay)
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Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2415 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-11-26 (Update: 2020-11-26)