PS5: Sony is restricting sales – for a good reason

The PS5 has been on the market since the end of 2020 – but not always available.

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For the time being, many retailers will only offer Click & Collect when purchasing a PS5. The default comes directly from Sony.

Anyone looking for a way to buy the PS5 online has certainly come across an incredibly expensive offer at one point or another. As a rule, these are the so-called “scalpers” – people who take advantage of the scarcity of the new PlayStation to make a profit. It is not uncommon for them to offer the console at twice the price. A 16-year-old from New Jersey was able to generate sales of over 1 million US dollars by reselling the PS5. The scalpers can usually get hold of several consoles at the same time through the use of bots at different retailers. For real PlayStation fans this is of course annoying, but they are also a thorn in the side of Sony, which is why the company reacts with specifications for sales.

PS5 purchase only via Click & Collect?

How GamesWirtschaft reported the PS5 is in many electronics stores just still above Click & Collect available. This is apparently a direct specification from Sony. Orders to your home are therefore no longer possible for the time being. Sony or the partner dealers do not give the reason for this, but it stands to reason that this is one Measure against resale is. According to GamesWirtschaft Although this does not guarantee one hundred percent protection against scalpers, it makes multiple orders a lot more difficult. Some customers have reported that their order did not go through because they had previously bought a PS5.

also read: PS5 sold out: Sony wants to improve the availability of the consoles.

Buying PS5 in store: is it possible?

If you can’t order a PS5 online, you have another option: Just ask in the shop on site. Even if the chance is slim, some dealers still have the console in stock. GameStop the last contingent is said to have been offered exclusively in retail stores and not in the online store. Some dealers are also said to have waiting lists where customers can be called as soon as the PS5 is available again. Asking GameStop and Co. directly in the store could therefore be worthwhile. (Ök) * tz.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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