Microsoft had finally kept its biggest announcements for the Opening Night Live conference to open the Gamescom show. Taking advantage of a larger audience, Xbox unveiled new information on games, but also a new console and a new controller, both collectors. The problem is that some still take the opportunity to resell them at a high price.
A collector’s Xbox Series X gone like hot cakes
This is a problem which is unfortunately not new, but which still shows today that there is a real need to regulate this market, especially since the classic Xbox Series X are already very difficult to find.
Scalpers, those who buy products only to resell them for much more because of their rarity, struck again yesterday when Xbox announced a collector’s console. Xbox Series X Halo Infinite. It is sold for € 549.99 and many of you yesterday tried to get one.
On the Xboxygen discord and Twitter, our early warnings got many of you to walk away with the console, but Microsoft’s site was so saturated it was still hard to get. The console sold out within an hour. As a consolation prize, we indicated yesterday that Micromania will also be launching pre-orders for this Xbox collector soon, but we are awaiting the details at this time.
A console sold at a high price
If many of you want the object to be enthroned in your living room, others take the opportunity to do business. On Ebay, there are about fifteen advertisements which often exceed 850 € and some even exceed 1050 €. On Leboncoin, prices range from 850 € to 1200 € while the classic version of the Xbox Series X already often exceeds the suggested retail price of 499.99 €.
Today, both the Collector’s Console and the Xbox Elite Series 2 Halo Infinite Controller are out of stock, showing gamers’ enthusiasm for this type of limited-edition item. The scalpers are fortunately in the minority in all this, but continue to parasitize the market. As since the release of the new consoles in November 2020, we recommend that you do not buy these products sold at exorbitant prices in order not to maintain this parallel market which serves gamers.
In November 2020, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said to himself in favor of a new pre-order system which is fairer to the players. Earlier this year, John Carmack argued for direct auctions to customers and British deputies evoked a law against scalpers. The more we discuss the subject, the more public authorities and companies will be sensitive to it!