Roughly 3,500 PlayStation 5 Consoles Were Purchased by One Reseller Group
Roughly 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles have been snatched up by one reseller group since the system launched earlier this month.
In a report from Business Insider, a reseller group called CrepChiefNotify has purchased nearly 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles since its release.
Reseller groups on Discord such as CrepChiefNotify purchased as many PlayStation 5s to resell and acquired 2,472 consoles. In addition to those, the group also snagged “just under 1,000” consoles back when preorders were up in September. The group is made up of 12 core members and thousands of additional members. Each one has to pay for a subscription that starts at $40 and can go up to $530. They started out by reselling things like sneakers but realized as the COVID-19 pandemic struck, people flocked to buy odd items.
“During the first COVID-19 lockdown, we noticed a huge shift in products that people were buying,” said CrepChiefNotify’s leader named Tom. “The focus shifted towards the most ridiculous things, like outdoor hot tubs. We noticed that these began selling out in stores, and reselling on eBay for a profit. So our developer wrote some site monitor software, and we tracked the stock of the sites selling hot tubs! Every time they pinged into stock, we would notify our members to buy it all.”
Why is this the normal thing to see and not at best buy or walmart so people can afford it and not get scam by reseller!!!!! pic.twitter.com/0yFClNB1X9
— chuchainz (@hungry4pinktaco) November 17, 2020
Currently, we don’t know have official PlayStation 5 sales numbers, but they’ve been tough to get since preorders unexpectedly went up in September. In a report from Gamesindustry.biz, the PlayStation 5 sold 118, 085 units in its first four days while the Xbox Series X sold 14,184 units. Additionally, it seems like the digital edition of the PS5 will be harder to find than the disc drive version. Here’s hoping people can get their hands on a PS5 during Black Friday and the holiday rush.
The PlayStation 5 is out worldwide. You can read our review of the console here. As more news comes about the PS5’s stock and future updates, we’ll be sure to let you know.