PlayStation 5 scalpers are struggling to sell their consoles as supply returns to normal
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PlayStation 5 fans are showing little sympathy for scalpers who are struggling to sell their consoles as supply returns to normal.
Most gamers will remember the horrid times of 2020/2021 - an unprecedented period of Covid-19 coincided with lockdowns.
Bored and stuck in the house, all PlayStation fans wanted was to get their hands on the latest console. But as millions were stuck at home, the demand for the PS5 surpassed the supply and shortages were almost as bad as the lack of toilet roll.
Although you can't wipe your a** with a controller.
The impact of Covid caused a global chip shortage, which slowed down production - and shoppers were left really frustrated.
Websites with stock would constantly crash and bots would somehow pick up the consoles before anyone else.
Resellers, who have their own sneaky way of copping products, were making killer profits as people were willing to pay over the odds for something to help curb their boredom.
It got so bad that gangs were reportedly breaking into PlayStation filled lorries and - in general - doing whatever they could to get one, even if it meant breaking the law.
Anyway, now that supply levels are back to normal, and most of us that probably wanted a PS5 have now got one, it seems that resellers will be left with a load of unwanted stock.
A Reddit page filled with people who are enjoying the struggle of scalpers - people who buy high quantities of in-demand products - is titled 'Don't even feel a little bit bad for them'.
It reads: "I hope he has to go down like $230 for people to buy. Would be hilarious."
The lack of sympathy was brilliant to see, as another person commented: "I saw a FB marketplace seller doing this same thing!
"Around $400 as well, just under retail. However, when I messaged him he told me that was just for the listing and they're actually $500.
"Went to the store that day and got one, at least now I have a warranty."
Well, just as people are finally able to get their hands on a PS5 - two years after the release date - we might have a possible timeline for the release of the PlayStation 6.
According to official Sony documents, which have now been made public, the PS5 will go down as having the shortest lifespan of any PlayStation console.
On page 8 of the 22-page document, it is claimed by Sony that Microsoft had 'offered to continue making Activision’s games available on PlayStation only until 2027'.
The Sony document reads: “By the time SIE launched the next generation of its PlayStation console (which is likely to occur around [redacted]), it would have lost access to Call of Duty and other Activision titles, making it extremely vulnerable to consumer switching and subsequent degradation in its competitiveness.”
This means that Sony apparently intends to release the PS6 sometime after 2027.