UK retailer Very has reportedly canceled 1,000 Xbox Series X orders allegedly placed by a scalper ring.
Eurogamer reports the scalper group claimed this week that it had secured over 1,000 Xbox Series X consoles from a, “very well known online retailer.” This scalping ring reportedly charges £29.99 a month to teach its members how to turn a profit in the resale market themselves.
Then, in an interview with Sky News, Very said the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles listed on its website on Sunday were actually not for sale.
“As a result of a technical error, some people were able to place orders for PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for a short time on Sunday,” a spokesperson with Very said. “However, these items are not on sale and affected customers have received notice that the orders have been cancelled. We apologise for the confusion caused.”
Apparently, some customers who only purchased one console were also impacted. It’s unclear if Very canceled the orders because they were placed by a scalper ring, or because the website actually didn’t have the consoles in stock. Very is working to refund the affected customers.
Scalpers have been scooping up PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles since the systems went up for preorder earlier this year. On launch day, the Xbox Series X was going for as high as $1000, and the PS5 saw prices close to $2000.
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Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.
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