A scalper group who’s been securing an exorbitant amount of consoles and reselling them online has had its efforts backfire.
A scalping group that’s all too fond of boasting about its growing haul recently had its penchant for bragging backfire, with over 1000 of its alleged Xbox Series X orders cancelled by a retailer in a sweet tale of justice. The group in question is one that not too long ago claimed to have secured upwards of 2,500 PlayStation 5 consoles at launch. Its most recent scheme has been toppled, however.
New console launches are always an exciting time. Unsurprisingly, the advent of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S last month was no exception. The two releases were mired in controversy, though, due in large part to scalping groups taking advantage of online sales. Using various schemes and bots, myriad scalpers were able to get their hands on the next-gen consoles en masse, sometimes securing orders by the hundreds. The newly acquired consoles are then resold by these groups online or in-person, and are always priced well above the hardware’s original cost.
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One group’s advances were recently halted by the efforts of a UK retailer. Yesterday, the scalpers took to social media and divulged that they had secured “over 1000+” Xbox Series X machines from a “very well known online retailer.” Supposedly, this was done by alerting the group’s members, which pay a subscription fee of £29.99 per month or a lifetime membership worth £399.99, about the Xbox console’s restock at the popular online storefront. A report via Sky News (thanks, Eurogamer) suggests the retailer was none other than the UK-based Very, which typically allows customers to order only one unit at a time. It would seem the scalpers found a work-around, but it’s since backfired.
A spokesperson for Very told Sky News, “as a result of a technical error, some people were able to place orders for PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for a short time on Sunday.” Since those items were not supposed to go on sale, the orders attached to them have been cancelled, the spokesperson revealed. Naturally, consumers who legitimately purchased one of the consoles, and didn’t order them at high volumes, are similarly affected by the news. All can expect to receive refunds within 48 to 72 hours, the Very representative informed Sky News.
While this is indeed good news in terms of suppressing the spread of scalped hardware, it also adds to the ongoing confusion about stock for Sony’s and Microsoft’s new consoles. Sony has promised that more stock will hit retailers sometime by year’s end. Xbox Series X stock also continues to sell out, with no word as of yet about when the console will be reliably available to purchase.
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