PS5 consoles on eBay listed for up to £15,000 following launch day disaster
Yesterday’s PS5 launch was undeniably messy and now the console’s out in the UK, eBay scalpers appear to have become more brazen.
Before the PlayStation 5 launched, there were reports of pre-orders being sold on eBay for as high as £7,000, despite the console retailing at £450.
Now with the PlayStation 5 finally out in all territories, things appear to have only got worse.
A quick eBay search now shows people selling the console for set prices up to £15,000.
A listing for one priced at £25,000 was spotted earlier, though it has since been deleted.
One PlayStation 5 is being offered at a starting bid of £100,000, though this is clearly some form of protest given the image is actually of a Wi-Fi router with two plates pressed against it.
With how unreasonable some of these prices are, it’s likely that many of them are actually the work of bots.
There have been claims that, in response to the scalpers, people are using bots to place bids and artificially raise the prices with no intention of paying, thus denying the scalpers money.
Although there’s no hard evidence of that, the bidding history for one PlayStation 5 that, at the time of writing, is sitting at £7,900 is very suspicious.
The original price was actually only £250, but at numerous points the same users placed multiple bids in a row that inflated the price.
Since there’s no reason for one person to bid against themselves, it’s likely that this is a bot.
However, not every listing provides the option to bid, only buy now, so some of these high-priced consoles are probably the result of scalpers hoping to find someone who can justify paying thousands of pounds for a new console.
Thankfully, there are plenty of listings that are far more reasonable in comparison, starting from roughly £360 to £400, but in general auctions seem to end at anything up to £800.
Some auctions will let you skip the bidding and use the Buy It Now option, but the average cost there seems to be roughly £900 to £1,200.
The PlayStation 5 is available worldwide now.
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Source: Gaming – Metro