Man arrested for reselling PS5, switches and more delivered
Without a doubt, consoles like the PS5, Xbox Series X and Switch OLED are extremely difficult to buy even during Black Friday. Retailers have sold out, but they’re still moving fast. The next best bet is Walmart’s PS5 and Xbox Series X Will Re-Offer Cyber Monday, though it’s geared toward people who shop on Walmart+. This scarcity has led to scaling, sky-high resale prices, and more, a man in Tokyo, Japan has been arrested for allegedly reselling nearly 200 consoles and games.
The suspect, a 50-year-old man, confessed to the crime. It is noted that the total value of the gaming consoles he owns amounts to about 5.8 million yen, or $51,000. When reselling these machines hard-to-find gaming holiday gifts, he is believed to have earned more than 3 million yen, or $26,000.
It is known that the suspect possesses a number of PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as some unspecified games. He was entrusted to them by an acquaintance who worked at a delivery company, it seemed he was expected to deliver on their behalf. Instead, he sold more than half of those consoles that day in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. However, the reports are not entirely clear what the relationship between the suspect and the delivery company employee is.
The suspect stated, “I quit my job because I was having money problems. I bet almost all the money on horse racing.” The suspect, who is said to have been unemployed, is also said to be staying at an internet cafe (which offers private booths for sleeping in Japan). Not much is known about the money withdrawal and/or dashboard yet, but it’s likely not going to be easy.
Like most of the world, getting a PS5 is extremely hardand it can be difficult/almost impossible to track down the individual who purchased it, or a Switch, from stores around Tokyo. Slowly, it seems that PS5 rollbacks are happening more and more often, but many companies are expecting chip shortages will happen next year, if not 2023. High-end ergonomic gaming consoles will remain a hot commodity worldwide.
It should be noted that PS5 and Xbox Series X recently celebrated their one year anniversaryand there’s a huge range of games for every console on the horizon. Over time, it seems likely that demand for this hardware will only increase.
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The source: News Sankei, TV Asahi (via Kotaku)
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