Very cancels 1000 PS5 and Xbox Series X orders made by scalpers

Very has cancelled more than 1000 orders for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles made by scalper groups.

Scalper groups using ‘bots’, or automated software able to buy up swathes of stock at lightning speeds, have been cashing in on the limited availability and extortionately high demand for the two next-gen consoles both of which were released last month.

Retailers have struggled to tackle the use of these bots, which have allowed some scalper groups such as CrepChiefNotify to amass more stock than almost all UK retailers and sell them on for exorbitant prices.

On Sunday CrepChiefNotify, the now notorious group which said it bought up 3500 PS5 consoles on launch day, boasted that it had managed to acquire 1000 PS5 and Xbox consoles from Very.

Sky News contacted the retailer about the group’s claims and was told that the orders had now been cancelled.

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“As a result of a technical error, some people were able to place orders for PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for a short time on Sunday,” it said.

“However, these items are not on sale and affected customers have received notice that the orders have been cancelled. We apologise for the confusion caused.”

The cancellations have also affected legitimate customers who managed to place orders for the consoles.

Meanwhile CrepChiefNotify stated that it had “no regrets” regarding its practices, despite it meaning the vast majority of shoppers would be forced to pay double the retail price for their consoles.

In a statement released last week the group said: “Lots of our community have been furloughed, made redundant, or at some form of disadvantage due the pandemic.

“These people have managed to cover their bills, put food on the table and supply Christmas presents to their children.

“It may be unfortunate that a child won’t wake up to a PS5 this Christmas, but another child may have woken up to nothing. We have no regrets.⁠”

It is understood that the PS5 launch smashed previous records for launch weekend sales, far exceeding the 250,000 unit record held by its predecessor the PS4 in 2013.

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2 Comments. Leave new

  • It’s pretty easy to stop this if they care.
    1. Use Image capture software that requires matching like reCAPTCHA or word typing to slow them down.
    2. Compare the delivery addresses. Don’t ship more than one item to the same address.

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  • Michael tucker
    January 30, 2021 8:11 pm

    Yeah they been hit hard made redundant well bo flipping who, so has alot of over people and secondly how can they afford multiple upwards of 10-15 consoles if there worried about Christmas and bills, it’s selfish and inconceivable that they should gain so greatly why others should suffer and for those selling empty boxes for upwards of £800 I hope karma grabs you by the neck and serves you justice for the disgusting behaviour. Why not realise a small amount online and the others a click and collect from store system as people don’t seem to care about this pandemic anymore and wounder the streets on furlough pay ignoring the laws set in place to look after us or better yet a one per address or card transaction, there must be software that can shut down multiple transactions to the same card or address or that recaptcha as in the bottom of this page I’m writing on. End of rant the (natsy swear words)

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