Scalpers aren’t the main reason you can’t find a new console

Patrick
Enlarge / The PS5 does indeed come in a box.

It’s been over two months since Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S/X officially hit store shelves, and both consoles still remain nearly impossible to find at major retailers. In light of these shortages, many would-be next-gen gamers have focused their ire on scalpers. These opportunistic resellers buy new systems the minute they become available at retail (often with the help of automated bots) with the intent to immediately list them for a significant markup on eBay or other third-party sales sites.

These resellers are certainly taking advantage

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