JB Hi-Fi involved in PS5 scam

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According to our source, a JB Hi-Fi employee put the entire company in the middle of a PS5 scam meant to anger gamers.

If you’re one of the countless gamers desperately looking for a PlayStation 5 because you didn’t have the chance to land a pre-order at launch, then gee whiz the past six months have probably been a little tough.

Thanks to the unfortunate double blow of a global pandemic and a global chip shortage, getting their hands on the next generation of video game systems has been nothing short of a minor miracle. Whenever retailers have the chance to tag a new stock, it runs out in literal seconds. Madness.

That’s what makes what we’re about to tell you particularly crappy. An anonymous source came forward to inform us that a Sydney-based JB Hi-Fi employee made a deal with a friend to secure multiple PS5 units before they were made available to the public in the workshop. .

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That’s a big call, and the actual logistics of the program can get confusing quickly, so allow us to break down this absolutely disappointing process.

Based on the details provided to us, we believe the JB Hi-Fi employee in question agreed to pick up some new PS5 consoles that were delivered to the store’s warehouse and sneakily put them aside. This in turn prevented everyday gamers from being able to purchase these systems without any idea that they were even available in the first place.

The employee then allegedly helped his friend buy this treasure trove of systems at their usual retail price (around $ 749 for the disk version), who then went straight to Facebook Marketplace and started selling them at a premium. absolute $ 1,300. a pop. For anyone who doesn’t keep up with a calculator – that’s a huge profit of $ 550 per console.

FB convo JB scam
Just a small excerpt from our source’s conversation with the scalper in question

According to our source, at one point the scalper had in his possession 10 or more PS5s ready to be unloaded, stating that they had six on sale at the same time.

“I asked [the scalper] how they had so many PlayStations and at first they told me that they only got a few as gifts, ”says our source. However, when I kept pushing them, they finally admitted that they had an “inside man” at JB Hi Fi who plugged them in. “

This story is supported by the receipt below which was provided to our source when purchasing the system from The Scalper In The Spotlight. It goes without saying that we have hidden the location of the store.

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Pictured: receipt showing proof of purchase

A quick visit to the Facebook Marketplace will certainly show that this is not an isolated event. There are tons of like-minded scalpers out there doing their best to make a quick buck, but connecting to one of the biggest retail chains in the country is particularly upsetting.

While we certainly don’t have all the answers, the big question here is how the JB employee accesses systems in the first place, when many would likely be related to pre-orders.

One possible explanation could (and we must stress that this is speculation) relates to the news that we reported in February. At the time, JB Hi-Fi stores across the country started receiving small shipments of consoles that were assigned to customers through a physical listing. Many stores took orders either in person or over the phone, which made it much easier to get inventory out of people’s hands.

Naturally, we reached out to JB Hi-Fi about the whole thing, but they chose not to comment.

In the meantime, while we understand the temptation to finally get you a PS5 by whatever means necessary, just be careful who you buy it and where. Retailers are gradually getting more and more stock every month, which means scoring a new console will definitely get easier. And if you’re really excited, check this out real time tracker that an absolute legend reunited.

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