Amid PS5 pre-order chaos, scalpers are selling consoles with huge markups

Perhaps it was inevitable: pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 have been a bit of a mess – and scalpers are taking advantage.

Pre-orders for the PS5 went live late on Wednesday night UK time – before Sony had officially announced they had begun. This sparked a scramble from those desperately trying to secure their pre-order. As retailer websites wobbled under the pressure of the online horde, the victorious took to social media to celebrate, while the defeated were left deflated, hoping for better luck in the coming weeks.

Now, just a few days later, the next step in the console pre-order dance has been taken: concern over cancelled pre-orders, retailer warnings about delivering on launch day, and scalpers laughing all the way to the bank.

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