Playstation 5 – PS5 Scalpers Are Being Beaten At Their Own Game In India
PS5 customers in India are reporting on scalpers at a rapid rate, leading them to be taken off of retail sites almost as fast as they pop up.
India has suffered its share of PlayStation 5 scalpers just like the rest of the world, but now customers are pushing back. These online resellers have been the bane of fans looking to pick up Sony’s newest console thanks to their use of bots to snatch up a given retailer’s stock in mere seconds.
While this has led to many players coming up short in their quest to buy a PS5 in the last few months, scalpers are now being met with pushback. In the US, retailers like Wal-Mart have started to take a more proactive stance in blocking bots during PS5 restocks, making it easier for actual customers to walk away with a new console. Likewise, a Japanese retailer has started refusing to sell PS5s to suspected console resellers. Meanwhile, India is taking a reversed approach of sorts, with the customers themselves taking charge in combating PS5 scalpers following the system’s release there a few weeks ago.
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According to IGN India, PS5 customers in the region have started reporting any console offers that exceed the maximum retail price of Rs 49,990 on social media, which has led to many scalpers being blocked from online marketplaces like OLX. This all started with a post on the r/IndianGaming subreddit, leading to a movement of commentators posting screenshots of scalping attempts on other social media platforms. In response to this recent activity, Sony’s Indian branch put out a statement reiterating its “zero-tolerance policy” regarding third-party retailers trying to sell their PS5 systems at prices above the MRP.
This isn’t the first time Indian customers have faced tech scalpers, as these shady resellers have reared their heads whenever Nvidia releases a new GPU or Xiaomi puts out a new mobile phone. Unfortunately, while online customers have done admirable work in fending off PS5 scalpers, offline and in-store outlets in cities like Pune and Surat have been forced to raise their prices due to a continuing high demand that isn’t likely to let up anytime soon.
In any case, it’s interesting to see how PlayStation 5 scalpers are dealt with in India as opposed to places like the United States, where customers are often at the mercy of retailers when it comes to actions being taken against bots and price gouging. Hopefully, all of the reporting by fans looking to grab a PS5 will help ease the process when new console imports arrive in India next month.
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Source: IGN India, r/IndianGaming
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