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“Scalpers got new Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X and S and they got them by the boatload.”

Tech companies like to release big new products, like game consoles, in October and November because there’s guaranteed demand — in just a few weeks, everyone is looking for the perfect holiday gift.

But that leaves little time for manufacturers to make enough Xboxes and PlayStations. Demand outstrips supply, especially when scalpers buy consoles in bulk with the hopes of reselling for massive profits.




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Dave Gershgorn

Dave Gershgorn

Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.

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