People do have some very odd ideas about how markets work and should work. On game shops not selling incidentals. I am sure they have very long lists of associated sales with consoles, which without knowing anything other than my observations of launches over the years I shall still bet it all on being "little and less". Bonus the second is if most of these are realised with straight cash rather than trade in then they also are spared that headache, which probably also makes up for the lack of local game sales if the middle income area consoles themselves are being plundered for the more money than sense/meh it is just $1000 crowd. The console makers don't care as it is not like they are going into storage as increasing price assets. Indeed if the rich people are buying them they will probably get some short time game income, and long term as well (which will happen anyway as people eventually will get them once stock levels rise and it is not like there are any games out now). Plus the whole free marketing bit. Worst case scenario for Sony is the new Xbox is all that and more and thus they miss out on something there, however first mover and first Christmas only means so much if the public sentiment has shifted/quality is evident. That sort of thing has been happening for years https://www.theregister.com/2005/12/08/xbox_photo_auction/ Is it naive to buy from scalpers? If I am some random business wonk that will happily drop $1000 in a bar/restaurants of a weekend, on clothes to wear a few times or out skiing then the notion of buying the new shiny is nothing outrageous really. If said same has a spoiled brat that wants the shiny shiny then market the second. Suddenly my little country house is a block of flats (and with the rate of house building around here nobody has a current list of anything), floors 1 through 30 and A through Z on each floor (maybe even some number-letter combo to go further), or indeed if my mate works in a block of flats as a doorman then package intercept for people never addressed to, never paid anything for and will never know (they never paid for anything after all, maybe even just the little old ladies if they do think to check against their database and confirm activity). Makes it harder but if the incentive is potentially more than 100% return for a month's work (likely not even losing anything if you can still do the new in box, or simply return as new in box, when Sony or whatever magically ramp up production such that demand is met) and some shipping it is not that hard to sort. A lot of effort all to solve a problem that isn't yours and isn't exactly impacting your bottom line.