Amazon is declaring war on the scalpers

by admin, Friday, 3 June 2022 (2 months ago)

Amazon has released a new feature in an effort to combat scalpers and rush scripts. Due to the hot sale of the latest Sony PS5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles, many scalpers often go to e-commerce platforms to grab goods from users. After that, they finally sell the consoles at a higher price. This results in a high number of ordinary gamers who can not buy their favorite consoles. As a result, Amazon has introduced an “invitation-based” ordering method for products that have “high demand and low supply”. The e-commerce giant hopes this will help legal users as much as possible to obtain this information.


In the US, you have to go through an invitation mechanism when buying a Sony PS5. This feature will also support features like the Xbox Series X in the coming days. In addition, the company told TechCrunch that it plans to launch the system in more products and in more countries. RObtaining an “invitation” costs nothing, nor does it require a Prime subscription. When you try to buy a Sony PS5 on Amazon, there is an “Invite Request” button.

Amazon will evaluate whether your account is genuine by looking at information such as account creation date and purchase history. If he thinks you are a regular user, he will pass your invitation. Amazon will then send you an email with instructions on how to purchase the product. This new method is more acceptable than the lottery mechanism on some platforms.

The invitation may not completely solve the problem, but it will help

If you pass the “invitation”, you can buy your favorite products for a certain period of time. However, whatever invitation you receive will have an expiration date. Once the valid period is over, you will need to request another invitation to shop for hot items.

At present, while the “invitation” mechanism does not guarantee that all users will be able to purchase a Sony PS5 or Microsoft Xbox Series X from Amazon, it’s clear it will help. Most importantly, the existence of this feature means that users do not need to make buttons on time, but should only buy after approval. In addition, Amazon will combat scalpers in other ways, such as limiting product pricing for Marketplace sellers.

Trying to buy a “hot” product can be really frustrating. You may lose sleep while waiting for the sales button to activate, place your order within a minute, and still not receive the product. This is because scalpers pick up all the units and resell them at higher prices.

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