Last week, various retailers restocked the PlayStation 5 after incredible demand, but one scalper on the Internet managed to pre-order a staggering 2,000 units himself.
The scalper — who goes by the name Carnage — took to Twitter to show off about pre-ordering the PS5 consoles from U.K. retailer GAME, saying “It just gets easier every time.” Naturally, the Internet was outraged by the post, as many players tried but failed to secure pre-orders themselves. Many criticized Carnage for his actions, and expressed their dismay, one user saying “At this point [it's] not worth trying anymore” and another commenting that it’s “utter *****.”
Some users also reached out to GAME, requesting them to cancel pre-orders in the hopes of preventing scalpers like Carnage from taking advantage of the system, which prompted a company spokesperson to respond with an official statement explaining that all orders are subject to checks. “At the present time these orders are still pre-orders and as such, no payments have yet been taken from customers,” the spokesperson said. “Payments will commence once our order checks have been completed.” However, there’s no reassurance that Carnage’s orders will actually be canceled.
Carnage bots doing better than ever from @GAMEdigital‘s PS5 stop drop this morning. Really sad. I want a PS5 badly but refuse to fund scalpers so will just have to wait it seems. pic.twitter.com/BsvMOwSyQZ
— Rachel Dacre (@Stingrach_) January 19, 2021
@GAMEdigital I hope you’re going to cancel the preorderes for the PS5 that Carnage bot purchased to scalp the genuine buyers like me. ?
— Chancy (@Chancy76) January 19, 2021
@GAMEHelps this morning at 10:09, when clicked purchase for the PS5 digital I’m treated to a message saying out of stock even though others are buying them(including 2000 bought by carnage bots). This is ridiculous, was in at 10 on the dot and wasted time trying different methods
— Seb (@seb_0777) January 19, 2021
— Black_drone (@black_drone1) January 19, 2021
Carnage bot secured 2,000 PS5 today from Game, utter *****
— Philip Wilton (@PhilipWilton1) January 19, 2021
They can’t stop them these carnage people will just find another loophole it’s this kind of people that are destroying websites for people who can’t get hold of ps5 they need have some respect for other
— William reader (@Williamreader5) January 19, 2021
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