Since the launch of both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X / S, scalping group talk and unusual third-party pricing have been talked about-and often feel like little has been done to prevent practice. However, today’s scalping story ends a bit differently, as all the groups that boasted of securing 1000 orders for the Xbox Series X have canceled.
The scalping group (same as the group that claimed to have ordered 2500 PS5s at launch) posted on social media yesterday to secure “more than 1000” Xbox Series X consoles from “very well-known online retailers.” did. The Scalping Group will charge a £ 29.99 / month subscription (or £ 399.99 lifetime membership) and use bots to automatically offer cheaper prices to get information on how members can perform scalping. It is reported to find and complete bulk purchases. The group claimed to have informed members about replenishment at retail stores and urged followers to purchase subscriptions for that information.
The retailer in question seems to have been Very. This usually limits console purchases to one per address. The scalping group seemed to be able to find a way around this limitation, but unfortunately for Scalper the company canceled all orders.
“Some people were able to order the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for a short period of time on Sunday as a result of technical errors,” Very told Sky News. “However, these items are not for sale and the affected customers have been notified that their order has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
Although some legitimate customers claim to have been involved in the turmoil, Very promised a refund to the majority of customers within 48-72 hours.
According to Sky News, Very is not currently checking if next-generation consoles are in stock. It’s very interesting to see the scalping group being beaten in their own game, even if bulk orders are only possible through technical slip-ups. At least on this occasion.
While retailers often hesitate to discuss scalping issues, Currys temporarily raises the price of consoles by £ 2000 and offers customers £ 2000 vouchers to create their own scalping brand. You may remember using it. This could have been used as a way for legitimate customers to complete their purchases without overwhelming the website with bots. Talk about bot rescue missions.