There has been a slow trickle of PlayStation 5 stock into the retail channel these past few weeks, but scalpers are continuing to hoover up the headlines as brands are forced to battle bots and organised ordering efforts. Argos is the latest chain to come underfire after reports suggest today’s planned stock refresh was hijacked by scalpers earlier in the week.
According to IGN, members of a scalping ring were able to use URL manipulation techniques to gain access to Argos’ stock almost 24 hours early. This means they were able to add the product to their basket, checkout, and then pick up their console today. Argos has said that it cancelled those orders, although images on social media suggest some scalpers were able to slip through the cracks.
This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2021: specialist retailer GAME also played down similar stories earlier in the year. It’s gotten so bad recently that the British government has threatened to intervene, with a group of Scottish MPs lobbying for new legislation to prevent this problem from escalating further.
Argos did comment on the latest scandal, with Eurogamer.net reporting that it “understands” the aforementioned exploit has been addressed. “It's clear our customers are excited for the new PlayStation,” a spokesperson for the retailer said. “We released a small amount of additional stock and have seen huge numbers of customers trying to place their orders with us and we have now sold out.”