PS5 Restock Latest Update: Essential tips to Buy, Avoid Scalpers
|PS5 Restock. Photo: BBC|
If you're searching for where to buy PS5, you might be in luck this week. It appears Sony is releasing PS5 restock on its own online store sporadically, so as long you're sharp, your chance to score the elusive console could be coming soon.
Sony Direct had the PS5 in stock yesterday, but the units sold out in less than 30 minutes following a virtual queue. Today is a new day, and it's beginning to seem like PS5 availability is catching up to the unprecedented demand. Of course you'll still need to beat the scalpers, but the probability of you successfully checking out should be improving, Tom's Guide cites.
As of 5:20 p.m. ET on January 27, there is no PS5 restock available. The Sony Direct Store had stock earlier, but has since sold out.
However, there's some good news to share. A regular PS5 stock tipster has claimed that millions more consoles will arrive each month until April. So if you missed the last PS5 restock, we could see another surge in stock pretty soon.
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We'll update this page when we learn of available stock. But in the meantime, you can use the links below to check where to buy the PS5.
Walmart: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition
Best Buy: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition
GameStop: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition | PS5 Bundle
Amazon: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition
Target: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition
Sony: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition
Newegg: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition
Adorama: PS5 | PS5 Digital Edition | Bundles
How to prepare for a Sony Direct PS5 stock drop
If, at a later date, you are make it into the queue, make sure that you keep your browser sound on to hear the chime if you get to the front of the queue - it appears places are randomly assigned and sadly there's no way to know if you're going to be able to grab stock - as Sony says, just getting in the queue is no guarantee of snagging a console, according to Tech Radar.
Also remember to make sure you've got a PSN account with Sony, and fill it with payment and shipping details to make your life a little bit easier and make it through. You'll only have 10 minutes when the chime goes, so act quickly.
Why now is better than ever?
If you’re reading this, you may have been struggling to buy a PS5 since November, and you aren’t alone: many consumers have tried jumping in online queue after queue to no avail, as the consoles sell out before they get a chance to buy one. It’s not you, it’s low supply and enormous demand for a new generation of consoles after seven years of PS4 and Xbox One.
Even if you don’t end up getting a unit with this restock, we can guarantee more will come – likely within the week. Retailers have quietly continued their push to get more stock in on a regular basis, though as with all the restocks we’ve seen, they tend to come with little notice. This GameStop tweet, then, is a nice change of pace, giving all of us time to prepare.
And best of all, waiting this long means a shorter wait for all the new PS5 games slated to come out over the course of 2021.
Essential tips to buy PS5
Get prepared: Make sure you have all the right payment card details and two-factor authentication available and to hand when you find a PS5 ready to buy. Units can go so fast that if you’re fiddling around trying to find your credit card you could miss your chance to secure a PS5 order.
Select a retailer: As you can see from our list above, there are plenty of retailers to choose from, which can actually make the whole process of buying a PS5 a bit complicated. We suggest you select a couple of major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and keep an eye on their PS5 landing pages.
Sign up to stock alerts: Plenty of retailers offer to alert you to when they have PS5 stock in. We suggest you sign up to those services for the retailers that are offering them.
Find the right product page: It might sound obvious, but make sure you’re on the actual buying page for the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition. If you’re on a landing page, you might end up missing the moment new stock arrives.
Sign in to retailers: Make sure you sign in to any retailers you might already have an account with. This will make things a lot faster when buying a PS5 if you spot one on sale. And speed is of the essence today.
Keep refreshing and don't give up: It can be a little demoralizing trying to find PS5 stock when everywhere looks sold out. But regularly refresh product pages to see what pops up; you might get lucky. And also keep checking back here for any PS5 stock updates.
You can also make it a habit of checking Slickdeals, the online collection of deals that run the gamut from household appliances to gaming consoles like the PS5. The website has a few specific forum threads for everything PS5 that users continue to update. If you follow the thread, head to the last page and keep refreshing to keep up with all the latest news.
It's also a good idea to check a few of the subscription-based wholesaler retailers like Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Costco. You do need a paid membership to shop at these retailers, but that means reduced competition to snag a unit there. You may need to pay extra for a bundle, but it's worth checking out these locations either way. Currently, there are no online listings for these retailers to check, but it may be worth heading to each brick-and-mortar store to try your luck at this point.
It's been a fairly difficult process during this console generation to lock in any sort of next-gen purchase. But as we near the holidays, it's highly likely there will be additional PS5s available for purchase at some point as Sony catches up with those looking to buy PS5s.
Avoid the PS5 scalpers
Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for the shortage of PS5 consoles is down to scalpers. These opportunistic people have been using bots to scan retailers for PS5 stock when it becomes available and buy as many of the consoles as they can in one go.
Once they have the highly-desirable console, they will then sell them on for extortionate prices, often for thousands of dollars. Business Insider reported one reseller managed to get hold of 200 PS5 consoles and managed to sell them for more than $40,000.
While this isn’t illegal, it’s not exactly the most morally sound thing to do. But at least it’s not as bad as some people who’ve been pretending to sell PS5 consoles on eBay by simply posting photos of the console and scamming people to bid for them when there was no PS5 on offer.
We advise you avoid buying from such resellers, fake or otherwise. At $499 the PS5 is still quite an expensive console and it currently doesn't have a huge library of games to play on it. So if you can wait until 2021 you’re likely to have a lot more PS5 games to choose from and Sony should have more consoles available.
It might seem absurd to buy a PS5 for over $1,000, especially as its launch game lineup isn’t particularly profund. But with the coronavirus pandemic seeing more people staying at home, some PlayStation fans are clearly desperate to get their hands on a new console to keep them entertained over the holiday season.
Speaking of the coronavirus, social media posts from the recent Black Friday sales showed how people are so keen to get a PS5, they’ll crowd into shopping centers despite the risk of getting a deadly virus when social distancing can’t be maintained. Again, we advise you don’t put your health at risk to get a PS5 even though it’s a very impressive gaming console.
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