Almost a year after PS5 and Xbox Series X came out they are still incredibly hard to findand expensive, even on Amazon, where the monopoly retailer appears to be selling at least a few Microsoft consoles for about $ 1,000, or twice what they are supposed to cost.
Kotaku was alerted to the seemingly incomplete activity by an informant who was perusing Amazon Warehouse game offerings earlier today when they came across a listing for the Xbox Series X marked up to $984, and in some cases even more. The Xbox Series X is supposed to retail for $500, and Amazon Warehouse is supposed to be the online retailer’s discount shop for refurbished and opened box goods. So why is Amazon selling used ones for double?
It could be a coding error, or it might have something to do with the dozens of scalper-made listings on the site trying to price gouge desperate consumers seeking latest-gen consoles. You might have noticed in recent years that Amazon’s online store experience is kind of a mess, and especially since all of the supply chain issues arose after the start of the pandemic, all kinds of pricing anomalies have fallen through the cracks.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As Ars Technica reported A year ago, a report by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen found cases of rampant price increases and defective products in the world’s largest retailer. That adds to Amazon’s existing struggles to sell all kinds of mislabeled junk through its battle royale of third-party resellers, mostly unsupervised. But as the months go by, it is clear that some people are more willing to take risks on price and quality to finally get their hands on a new console.
“I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and pay double for the XBox Series X compared to the retail price in stores,” wrote a recent reviewer on Amazon’s Xbox Series X listing page. “I was a little wary of paying that much (about $ 900) and doing it from a third party, but I really wanted to experience the next generation of games.”
In that person’s case, the console turned out to be faulty. Microsoft was able to fix it with the existing warranty, but the whole fiasco ended up being an overpriced headache. “If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn’t make this purchase. I would wait patiently to find a console in retail stores, ”they wrote. “I can’t help feeling cheated.”
Unfortunately, it might still be a while until that is possible. Next-gen consoles are still mostly out of stock everywhere, and new stock runs out as soon as they arrive, even as scalped inventory is still priced at nasty margins. Just last week, people across the country lined up for blocks just for a chance to buy PS5 and Xbox Series X at Best Buy for MSRP.
“[The shortage is] it will be with us for months and months, definitely until the end of this calendar year and until next calendar year, ”said Xbox boss Phil Spencer. in a recent interview with The coat. In the meantime, try to resist giving in to resellers, or in this case, Amazon.