Like many of you, your writer has yet to purchase a Sony PlayStation 5.
The console never seems to be in stock; the scarcity of products means the market price is still inflated and, on top of that, nothing has been done to stop scalping websites that continue to profit while children – and adults – suffer without their new ones shiny toys.
Personally, I refuse to participate in this morally reprehensible practice and that is why I, a long-time player, do not yet have a PS5.
Nonetheless, recent history does the trick on GameRant suggests that a single supplier of PS5 consoles has now sold over 100,000 consoles at a price well above the RRP, which is quite an infuriating read.
The vendor / scalper in question is StockX, which claims to have sold 138,000 PS5s, 55,000 digital units and 83,000 disk drive models since Sony launched its NextGen product in November of last year.
StockX is selling the record models, worth Â£ 449 in the current market, for Â£ 567. The digital editions, worth Â£ 349, sold for Â£ 490, which is significantly higher than actual market value.
It is a shameful and disgusting practice, especially in this post-pandemic climate in which so many people are fighting for money.
It’s not just the big scalping companies like StockX that spoil the fun for gamers: in recent months, thousands of PlayStation 5s have appeared on the original eBay ecommerce site at totally unreasonable prices, often going as high as $ 900. Â£!
How can this shameful practice continue for long?
Is something being done to combat PS5 scalpers?
In February, UK Minister of State for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage publicly said state officials had deliberated on a bill (the Automated Buying and Reselling Bill of game hardware) which would ultimately make console scalping illegal.
Having said that, a similar bill was introduced for ticket machines not too long ago, but try buying tickets for any big concert to see how this bill works for the big one. British public – I had to move heaven and earth to take the woman to the Spice Girls for her birthday!
Hopefully the government will take action on the issue of console scalping as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please don’t buy your PS5 from a scalper.
Ultimately, sites like StockX will cease to exist if everyone, including those of us with huge sums of money on hand, refuses to buy from them.
Don’t allow yourself to be part of the problem. We the people have the power to correct this without government intervention.