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A Scalping Website Has Sold Over 100,000 PlayStation 5s At Inflated Prices

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A Scalping Website Has Sold Over 100,000 PlayStation 5s At Inflated Prices

If you're one of the millions of games-loving folk out there who've yet to get themselves a PlayStation 5, hey, I can relate. No dice right here, either - and the news that supply shortages of the console could continue into 2023 doesn't fill me with confidence that I'll be checking out PS5 exclusives like Returnal or Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, any time soon.

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And this story sure isn't making me feel any better. As reported at GameRant, one single supplier of scalped PlayStation 5 consoles has boasted about selling well over 100,00 units at way above RRP.

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StockX claims to have sold 138,000 PlayStation 5 consoles - 55,000 digital units, and 83,000 disc-drive models - since the system's launch in November 2020. The site says that the average price for a disc model has been $800, and $741 for the digital one - whereas the dollar-price RRP on these consoles is $499 and $399 respectively.

In pounds rather than dollars, the last sale price on StockX for a (US plug) disc-version PS5 was £567 at the time of writing - over £100 above its RRP of £449 - and the last digital version (again, US plug) was sold for £490, whereas its UK RRP is £349.

GameRant's report notes that if StockX's sales numbers are legit, they account for 1.66% of all PS5 consoles sold in the US - and if they weren't sold at a mark-up, the customer saving would add up to over $40m. In other words: we hate these scalpers. As of April 2021, the PlayStation 5 has sold 7.8 million units, worldwide, and in the UK it's already surpassed the total sales for consoles including the Nintendo Wii U (gone too soon, RIP), Sony PlayStation Vita, and SEGA Dreamcast.

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In wholly related PS5 news, 25 new games are currently in the works for the console, so expect to see and hear more about some of those during E3 next month; and a redesigned PS5 could release in 2022, potentially moving the needle on those shortages and finally opening this new system up to a wider audience.

Featured Image Credit: Totte Annerbrick / Charles Slim via Unsplash

Topics: PlayStation 5

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