With GAME restocking PS5 stocks in the UK from the 23rd of February, is this the end for scalpers, and stock shortages all with it still happen for some time?
The current microchip shortage is threatening more than just car manufacturing. The shortage, stemming from the pandemic, is impacting all areas of manufacturing and leading to a global tech buying spree, with demand far outstripping supply.
One particular impact its having is on console makers’ ability to ramp up production to meet high demand. In November we saw PS5s fly off the ecommerce shelves and numerous people are still struggling to get their hands on it.
All this is providing increasing opportunities for bot interference, especially scalper or inventory fraud. This occurs when bots swoop in and snatch up high-value items before humans can possibly complete the process, they then go on to sell the consoles for a much higher price. Machines, as a general rule, work faster than humans ever could. And those items inevitably find their way onto third-party resale sites at an enormous mark-up.
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