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Amazon Called Out For Selling Xbox Series X|S At Scalper Prices

343 Industries | Xbox

Written by 

Joseph Kime

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1st Oct 2021 15:13

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Amazon? Embroiled in a controversy? Never.

You don’t need us to talk you through the long list of problems that many have with planet Earth’s leading conglomerate, Amazon. At least the tech giant has done its best to appease gamers for a little while.

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Amazon's collaborations with Twitch and games like Apex Legends and World of Tanks have been keeping players happy for the time being - offering in-game cosmetics and currencies. Now, Amazon is in the firing line. It's been selling next-gen consoles, but fans aren’t happy about how much they cost.

Is Amazon Selling Xbox Series X|S At Scalper Prices?

Xbox Scalpers Have Made It To Amazon
Kotaku | Amazon

As though it needed more money, Amazon has seemingly been caught out selling Xbox consoles on at prices akin to the console scalpers that made bagging a console on launch a total nightmare. Kotaku has reported that some sketchy behaviour is happening behind closed doors. Over in the US, Xbox Series consoles are apparently being sold for extortionate prices.

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One listing reveals that the Xbox Series X is being sold for as much as $984, which is the equivalent of £727.

This would be trouble enough if scalpers had infiltrated the site - but the call is coming from inside the house. The consoles are marked as used, but sold and fulfilled by the Amazon Warehouse. Yikes.

Don't worry - it gets worse.

The Extortionate Xbox Series Consoles Are Broken

As if the inflated price of Amazon Warehouse stock wasn’t bad enough, one reviewer admitted to forking over for the extortionately priced Series X model, insisting that they "really wanted to experience the next generation of gaming" - and the console was broken.

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Even though Microsoft’s extended warranty was able to fill the gaps and patch the hardware up, it’s deeply unethical to be selling consoles for nearly twice the price, while also remaining broken.

Who knows where scalping will end (if ever) now one of the biggest global online marketplaces is serving as a platform for its nonsense. Hopefully, similar sales will be blocked off in the future - after all, it’d be a shame if Amazon's wealth was corroborated by unethical means, wouldn’t it?

 

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A Real-Life Arkham Asylum Is Opening Its Doors And Asking For Inmates

Warner Bros. | Rocksteady Studios

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Emma Hill

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16th Oct 2021 11:31

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