Almost a year after the PS5 and Xbox Series X went on sale, including Amazon, where exclusive retailers appear to sell at least a few Microsoft consoles for about $ 1,000, or twice the actual price. , Finding them is still incredibly difficult and expensive. cost.
Kotaku was warned of a seemingly sketchy activity by a tipster who happened to peruse Amazon Warehouses game trading earlier today. The Xbox Series X has a retail price of $ 500, and Amazon Warehouse is expected to be an online retailer discount store for refurbished and opened boxed items. So why does Amazon sell second-hand goods twice as much?
It could be a coding error, or it could be related to dozens of Scalper lists on the site trying to price Gaudi’s desperate consumers looking for the latest generation of consoles. You may have noticed that the Amazon online store experience has been confused in recent years. In particular, all supply chain problems have occurred since the start of the pandemic, causing all kinds of price anomalies to crack.
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Amazon did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
As Ars Technica reported a year ago, a report by Consumer Watchdog Group Public Citizen found that the world’s largest retailers are rampant in price cuts and defective product cases. In addition to struggling to sell all sorts of falsely labeled junk through Amazon’s existing, almost unsupervised Battle Royale of third-party resellers. But as the months go by, some are willing to risk price and quality in order to eventually get a new console.
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On the Xbox Series X Amazon list page, one of the recent reviewers decided to bite a bullet and pay twice as much as the retail price of the XBox Series X. I was a little wary of paying this amount (nearly $ 900) from a third party, but I just wanted to experience the next generation of games.
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For that person, the console turned out to be flawed. Microsoft was able to fix it under the existing warranty, but the overall blunder was still a source of overpriced headaches. If I can go back and start over, I won’t make this purchase. I was patiently waiting to find a retail-priced console in the store, they wrote. I can’t help feeling fooled.
Unfortunately, it may still take some time before that is possible. New-generation consoles are still sold out almost everywhere, and even though scalped inventory continues to be priced with disgusting markup, new inventory is exhausted as soon as it arrives. Just last week, people from all over the country were lined up in the block just to buy the PS5 and Xbox Series X at MSRP’s Best Buy.
[The shortage is] Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with The Wrap that he’s definitely been with us for months from the end of this calendar year to the next. In the meantime, try to resist giving to Scalper, in this case Amazon.