It's Not Just You: It Was Nearly Impossible to Buy The PlayStation 5 At Launch Thanks to Resellers Using The Same Type of Bots That Snatch Up Yeezy Drops
Nov 16, 2020
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The only way to get a PlayStation 5 at launch was through a preorder, but some retailers sold PS5s digitally on a first-come, first-served basis. Both Walmart and Target were walloped by customer demand.
The first drop of PlayStation 5 consoles on Walmart's website came at 12 p.m. ET last Thursday, and it promptly took down the entire Walmart web store. Subsequent drops, three hours apart, were similarly impossible for most customers.
Resellers boasting dozens of PS5 consoles have popped up on eBay, StockX, and Instagram, and they used the same type of retail-busting software that sneaker resellers use to get the latest Yeezys.
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