Xbox Fans Furious at Scalpers Over Mini Fridge Sell Out
Today, pre-orders for the Xbox Series X mini fridge went on sale, and it went about the way most fans have come to expect from anything video game related. Pre-orders for the fridge promptly sold out online, and eBay is already flooded with auctions for the item, with bids more than a hundred dollars over the item's $99 MSRP. So, once again, fans are forced to deal with resellers that scooped them up immediately online, only to sell the pre-order before the item is even in hand. Understandably, fans are quite upset, and many took to social media to share their frustration.
While video game merchandise has always been tough to secure at launch, the last year has led to a lot of understandable frustration from gamers. It seems that any hot item will inevitably sell out in seconds, and fans that want it will have to spend significantly more, or hope for a restock from the manufacturer. At this point, there are no easy answers, but fans are desperately hoping to see businesses find some way to prevent resellers from continuing to do this.
Keep reading to see what fans are saying about the Xbox Series X mini fridge sell outs!
Xbox fans are sick of coming up empty-handed.
#Xbox20 #Xbox #XboxandChill To Xbox, we're all sick of this preorder crap. True Xbox fans can't get anything from Halo Infinite Edition Xbox Series X, 20 years xbox hardware and even the xbox mini fridge. Ebay scalpers are just ripping everyone off and how can you not stop this?— Rowdy Van Cleave (@rowdyvc) October 19, 2021
Unfortunately, sales only encourage resellers.
The scalpers strike again today.
This time it was a @Xbox mini-fridge (that I really really want)
I say make the scalpers put their money where there bots are. Don't buy from scalpers, let them sit on it.— Nikolas Durain (@NiiloxDurain) October 19, 2021
The frustration is real.
Cool cool. I couldn't get either the 20th anniversary xbox controller or the Xbox mini fridge. Thanks scalpers. I guess I'll check for stock for the controller when it comes out. On my birthday.— Lost Candidate #27 (@DharmaScientist) October 19, 2021
Some think retailers need to step in...
@Target with your shotty xbox mini fridge launch you lost about 6 customers being my family.i was awake since midnight waiting on the launch and you release it at 9:30 am with no measures in place for scalpers.i will never give target a penny for life now— sterling ellingwood (@silver1154) October 19, 2021
...while others are taking their case directly to eBay!
@GAMEdigital @eBay_UK @xboxuk Are you going to do something about scalpers? They're selling pre orders for the Xbox mini fridge on ebay for ridiculous prices. Or are you going to let these selfish idiots ruin another release?— Matt Gibson (@The_Froggy_McG) October 19, 2021
It's hard for fans to compete with bots.
Welp. Didn’t get the @Xbox mini fridge, because scalpers with bots got them all in .05 seconds. pic.twitter.com/D7bsxILuNy— ashton coojar (@AshtonCoojar) October 19, 2021
There has to be a better way!
Freaking scalpers dude. Xbox mini fridge sold out in seconds and it’s already posted on eBay for 3x the price. @Xbox please come up with a way to circumvent these horrible people in the future— Charles Jorgie (@charles_gj) October 19, 2021
Thankfully, some fans managed to get one.
I’m so glad I managed to pre-order my mini fridge. Seeing all of these bots news and how the prices are already so high is depressing. I truly hope they make more and take more pre-orders so these scalpers can’t benefit from it.— V (@vforfive1) October 19, 2021