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Pressure Rising for a UK Console Scalping Ban

The UK continues to move, albeit slowly, towards a console scalping ban as more politicians confirm their support. In December, an Early Day Motion was tabled to discuss banning the process of acquiring multiple console units and using bots.

Things Are Getting Worse

The motion was headed by Douglass Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife. It now has 32 signatures from MPs across multiple parties. Support for the ban may be growing as it was revealed 10-15% of PS5s are believed to have been resold in the US. It is estimated scalpers have made around $43 million from resales. We also learnt last month that scalpers are managing to buy stock before its even technically available.

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Statement to IGN

Chapman issued a statement to IGN this afternoon revealing why he feels a scalping ban bill is necessary. “The issue of scalping first came up with constituents contacting me to explain their frustration about being unable to get hold of certain games consoles or computer components pre-Christmas. On investigation, we uncovered more details of the unscrupulous practice of ‘scalping’ by automated bots to bulk buy these goods and sell them on at inflated prices.”

He continued: “Given that experts in the cyber industry now predict the issue of scalping to grow across other important goods and services this year, we are looking at presenting a Bill in Parliament so that we can further explore legislative options to protect consumers from this unfair practice.”

Bills, Motions, and Laws…

Unfortunately, it may be a while before a scalping ban could be implemented. Early Day Motions do not guarantee change but are used to highlight issues in the hopes of forming a discussion. Chapman is now considering drafting a bill because this will put further pressure on the government for reform. It’s already illegal in the UK to use bots in concert ticket scalping so would not be unprecedented for the gaming sphere. If you are still waiting for the chance to get your PS5 at MSRP then be sure to keep an eye out for the Amazon listings of the PS5 here.

That’s all from me for today. What do you think? Should there be a scalping ban? Let us know in the comments. 

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