Like every time a new console is launched, stock and resale issues immediately arise.
If you haven’t been stuck in a hole in the past few months, you already know that the next generation of consoles is finally here. Well, more or less. While it is true that both Xbox Series S as Xbox Series X have been officially released, only a few players can take advantage of these new systems at the moment. As anyone who has been in this world for years knows, the new material it’s usually hard to find during its launch window. It’s not unusual, in fact it’s something to look forward to. However, the problem it’s particularly serious this year thanks to the efforts of resellers to get tons of consoles before everyone else. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the individual economy, so resellers in many parts of the world now own more units than many retail chains. This is also due, at least in part, to lack of countermeasures
At the same time, however, these dealers can go about their business because a lot of people are willing to pay a lot of money for these new consoles. It’s natural to be excited about the launch of a new console, of course, but here’s the problem: there is no reason to spend such a ridiculous amount like the one seen in a multitude of shopping and buying sites. In short, these resellers get away with no reason.
At this point, it’s a cliché to point out that distributors only do this because people are willing to buy his products. It’s the exact same argument that is repeated every time companies like Ubisoft or Activision do something that positions everyone against one of their games. The problem is, if the majority don’t support what the dealers or shady business practices do, the minority does. is large enough to make it all worth it for these resellers. Just a uniform boycott of all would put an end to this sort of thing and it clearly will not happen. People should do their best to avoid supporting these practices, but that is not enough. It is necessary that the systems that support it make a greater effort to avoid this type of situation.
In this case it would help yes sites like Amazon would impose measures and policies to discourage and / or stop this practice. Do not allow large bookings or reselling a new console within two months of its release would go a long way to frustrating the world’s less determined resellers. It would also help stores add additional verification steps for each purchase attempt. Metrics such as codes sent to email, captchas, and address checks would make it harder to get out with yours to those who use bots. Tall of these things together wouldn’t solve the problemof course, but they will surely pr event individuals from grabbing around 40 launch consoles.
As for my case, I currently live in Japan. While it has always been said that the Xbox is not successful in Japan, this time around nothing is further from the truth. Right now, across all online stores and sales pages, the two consoles recently launched by Microsoft they are totally exhausted. And even worse, no replenishment date. It is true that it is not known how much stock reaches the stores of the Japanese archipelago, but it is also true thatwhich so far has been a success and at this point it is impossible to get a console.
As for the rest of us, patience is the key to victory. If anyone wants an Xbox Series X or S, they are free to try and buy one. Even so, my recommendation is to have a little more patience and wait. back in stock after Christmas. Is it worth paying double or even triple the catalog price we currently have for these consoles? I think not.
Supply and resale there will always be issues that pop up every time new material is released, but there are quite a few things that both retailers and consumers can do to alleviate it. Retail chains need to take more active steps to ensure legitimate customers can shop and gamers need to learn to put their enthusiasm aside and be more willing to wait a month or two in case they don’t. could not. redeem. As for the resellers, there is nothing to tell them, except to express our utmost rejection of their actions.