The UK government wants to fight at the legislative level with resellers of PS5 and Xbox Series X | S

Politicians have asked the UK government to consider banning speculation on the sale of consoles (scalping). The main task is to prevent high resale rates Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X | S

At the end of 2020, a group of British MPs made a proposal. By now the movement is led by Douglas Chapman managed to get 32 ​​signatures in support of the initiative from the deputies of several parties.

“Voters first told me about the scalping problem. They were disappointed that it was impossible to legally purchase certain consoles or computer components before Christmas. In the course of the proceedings, we were able to get more information about the unfair practice of scalping by automated bots for bulk purchases. these goods with their subsequent resale at inflated prices, “- said the politician.

The scalping problem has taken on a new level with the advent of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and new graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD. According to some estimates, about 10% of all available PS5 consoles were resold in the US. Moreover, resellers, as a rule, put up a price tag that was twice the recommended retail price on eBay. In the UK, as in many other countries of the world, a similar situation has developed due to the shortage of devices.

By the way, according to Bloomberg, the deficit may be felt until the end of this year.

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