It should come as no surprise that, just hours after the PS5 became available in the United Kingdom, scalpers have been flashing their consoles just for a little money quickly.
With the PS5 sold out completely in most stores and online stores, buyers have been left searching the internet in hopes of getting one of Sony’s new consoles. Throughout the launch day we kept an eye on the PS5 stock available in the UK with retailers selling out almost immediately including Amazon.
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After successfully securing their pre-orders, scalpers have been quick to respond to the PS5 shortage, heading to online markets like eBay, Gumtree, Depop, and Facebook to peddle their PlayStation at a premium price.
For those who are unaware, “scalping” is when people acquire rare items (usually by pre-order) and then sell them at launch for profit, hoping there will be a shortage. We’ve seen this happen countless times in the world of gaming for consoles, and special editions of video games.
A host of PS5 consoles have appeared on eBay overnight with some chancers asking over £ 10,000 with prices averaging around £ 700 for the PS5 Digital Edition and £ 750-800 for the PS5 Disc Edition. With many of these consoles available for cash in hand through a local collection, it seems that many scalpers are also denying the UK lockout laws for some quick cash.
On top of having to pay more for the PS5 console, desperate gamers will also need to be aware of the pitfalls of buying from private online sellers. We would strongly recommend waiting for restocking.
Keep an eye on Stock Informer which tracks retailers that have consoles. Good luck!
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