1. subcon959

    OP subcon959 teh retro
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    Money is money baby. It's the same reason companies like Apple, Best Buy and Google don't have safeguards against scammers using gift cards.
     
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    the real idiots are the ones paying a premium for flipped consoles. that's why scalpers get to do that lol
     
  4. subcon959

    OP subcon959 teh retro
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    I get that part, I just feel that good will is worth something that money can't buy. People would probably like to support a retailer that was openly against bots and scalpers.
     
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  5. SG854

    SG854 If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It
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    This is pure evil of the highest order. We just want to game & have fun. And they ruins it. Give us our consoles!
     
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    This here.

    If people hate scalpers, then stop giving them business. If scalping was a losing venture, then they would stop doing it (or at least slow down). It's just like people that complain about corporations getting too big on twitter using their iphone, while wearing Nike shoes, waiting in line at Wal-Mart.
     
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    It is very hard to automatically detect whether an order is legitimate or a bot, especially when there are thousands of requests per minute, both legitimate and bots. You could implement a series of captchas every step of the ordering process but that's not very consumer friendly. And 99.9% of any store's inventory will not have scalpers preying upon it, so it's a lot of work to secure that one item doesn't fall into the wrong hands. And in the end, money is money.
     
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  8. Armadillo

    Armadillo GBAtemp Psycho!
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    Retail sites don't want to protect from scalpers. A sale is a sale.

    If people want it to stop, stop buying from scalpers. Be no scalping if people didn't pay over rrp because they have to have it right this second.
     
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  9. SG854

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    The same people that complain about corporations are not always the same people that support them. Way to go to generalize just so you can defend an anti consumer practice.

    It sucks for the people who don't buy at scalper prices, yet have to deal with scalpers taking away their chance of getting one. It's other people that feeds the existence of scalpers that buy at scalper prices that screw it up for the non stupid person who buys at MSRP.

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    I prefer micro centers approach. Show up to a store to get one. No online orders allowed. This should get rid of bots. Scalpers will still exist but at least you can solve the bot problem. Too bad the corona virus making showing up to a store not an option for some areas.
     
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  10. azoreseuropa

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    No you can't. Money is money. And because they are the scum! Greedy is what they are.

    Good thing that I already reserve mine for January 2021 to pick it up in a small private store so no worries.
     
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    Is this just in general? Because my Microcenter definitely had no PS5s, at least according to whoever I called up there.

    I do think it's a solid way to prevent scalpers, but even without corona, there's a simplicity to online orders. It's so much easier. And yeah, I don't think Microcenters are common outside large cities, which sucks.

    As for the people buying PS5s scalped, they clearly have more money than sense. Are they ever really going to stop? It's almost like a JRPG--when you have so much money in the endgame, you buy 99x of any healing item because money doesn't matter. I'm sure it's similar for them. They don't want to bother failing to get one before the bots do, so they just pay 3x the price because they can afford it.
     
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  12. SG854

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    Do micro centers carry PS5's? I'm just saying how they handle new releases like their gpu's. Other stores should adopts that style, Like Best Buy or Walmart or whatever.

    The convenience of online goes out the window when these consoles are hard to get to begin with. So its not much easier or simpler.

    Do no online till stock normalizes after a few months then allow online orders.
     
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    I know right?!?! Too bad people are only able generalize all people into one category when they try to bring up an argument. Imagine a world where I was only talking about the corporate supporters that complain about their size while not including those that actually live "off the grid" so to speak.... unfathomable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe you can try pulling your head out of your ass to see that the sun is shining before telling someone the sky is dark.
     
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  14. SG854

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    Then don't used generalized words if you want people to know what you're saying.
     
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    Also known as good old capitalism:
    Monopolize a scarce resource
     
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  16. subcon959

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    Aren't some forms of scalping illegal already? It seems some people have turned it into a source of income this year with all the big releases. Surely the tax people should be interested in that?
     
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    As above if it bothers you then don't pay the prices. Something costs what someone else is willing to pay. Getting bent out of shape is more or less just amusing.

    More or less emergency and some medical goods in time of emergency in some places (tornado coming in, evacuation for other reasons, in some cases this pandemic lark assuming it was declared an emergency at the time which it often wasn't), don't think the UK has anything though.
     
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    No need to worry about the PS5 my friend. Your choice I don't tell people how to spend I only give advice-

    You get the PS5 now and you'll be in the same position in life or Get XRP now and you'll not only be able to get the PS5 you will then be able to buy the whole accessories, Every game for the system and be way above middle class -All in the next 1-2 month.
     
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    In the case of one high street retailer I know of, they just don’t seem to give a ****, bar a basic picture identity to login to the website.

    I was speaking with a manager who said there was nothing they could do as corporate didn’t place any restrictions (e.g. 1 console per person), even though they ‘knew’ who were scalpers.

    As for incentives, I think they’re forgetting that they’re potentially missing out on games/accessories/product care (the latter being where the real profits are from what I’ve heard).
     
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    They are totally missing out on sales.
    I doubt scalpers buy a bunch of games and Point of Sale pushed products (stickers, candy, small toys).
     
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