After almost a year on the market, the Xbox Series X remains a hard to find item, and there are several reasons for this. Part of the problem has been the aftermarket, where resellers use bots to sell the console for several hundred dollars above the asking price. This is unfortunately a normal sight on eBay, but users also report seeing these prices on Amazon. It’s not unusual to see this from individual sellers on the platform, but it looks like Amazon is directly charging much higher prices than the MSRP for the next-gen console.
As first reported by KotakuAmazon Warehouse is currently selling refurbished Xbox Series X consoles for $ 984.36, nearly double the console’s suggested retail price. At the time of this writing, the retailer has 17 consoles in stock at this price. Typically, refurbished items come at a discount on Amazon Warehouse, but the latest Xbox clearly isn’t. Kotaku suggests it could be a “coding error,” as opposed to an act of greed on Amazon’s part. Kotaku has reached out to Amazon regarding pricing, so hopefully those looking to purchase a refurbished Xbox Series X can get a response soon.
Pricing on next-gen consoles has been a sore point for many gamers over the past year. Microsoft and Sony are struggling to keep up with demand due to the global chip shortage and other marketing and distribution issues. Consoles have barely been offered in physical stores, forcing consumers to act quickly when stock becomes available online. Unfortunately, the bots made the process a nightmare, grabbing the product as soon as it became available and allowing resellers to charge exorbitant prices in the aftermarket.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any light at the end of the tunnel any time soon. In an interview with The Wrap published yesterday, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he expects these problems to continue “over the next calendar year”, so those who are interested in an Xbox Series X will have to continue to wait patiently.
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