The UK government has called for action to be taken against the worying rising cases of UK PS5 and Xbox Series X/S scalpers, who as of early December have made a reported 28 million in profits from reselling them on eBay.
Monday saw a group of British MPs demanding legislation to block scalpers from reselling PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for ‘vast profits.’
Legislative proposals were called for in an Early Day Motion on Monday “prohibiting the resale of gaming consoles and computer components at prices greatly above Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price.”
As we speak the motion has been signed by nine Members of Parliament, and also calls for the government to make selling goods purchased suing automated bots an illegal activity. This method is often employed by scalpers to purchase high-demand goods and allows them to jump online queues.
New releases of gaming consoles and computer components should be available to all customers at no more than the Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price, and not be bought in bulk by the use of automated bots which often circumvent maximum purchase quantities imposed by the retailer.
The motion goes on to say that eliminating bots would “[deny] unscrupulous vendors the chance to make themselves vast profits at the expense of genuine gamers and computer users, while also deterring fraudulent cybercriminal activity.”
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