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Good Bots vs Bad Bots: How I got My PlayStation 5

It has been really difficult for genuine gamers to get their hands on the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles since their respective launches last year. All thanks to global semiconductor shortage (partly due to the pandemic) and scalpers having a field day with their bots.

The PlayStation 5 caught my eyes since I saw the launch videos. I was not actively searching for a console due to the aforementioned reasons. However, I came across this article 3 weeks ago and it sparked my interest to try again. The article details a good strategy for websites using a queuing system to keep scalpers and their bots at bay.

Then it occurred to me: If scalpers use their bots for ‘bad’, there should be good developers out there who also want ‘genuine’ gamers to get their hands on a console.

After a few keyword combinations on Google Search, I followed one of the good bots on Twitter with my notifications turned on. I used the strategy from the article days later when Euronics.de had stock. After about an hour of automatic refresh on the Euronics website, the PlayStation 5 was out of stock. Having seen the potential, I followed 2 more bots to increase my chances.

Good Bots to Follow on Twitter

@PSLetsPlayDE
@iloveps_5
@ps5botde
These accounts are relevant for residents of Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Expand your search, there are other country-specific bots.

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After about 2 weeks of clicking links and disappointments at checkout, I finally got one on Otto on the 30th of March. At first, I did not believe it when the order was completed because I had to create an Otto account as fast as possible. Luckily, I don’t have to enter payment details to complete the order. I gave up on the order when I got an on-screen message that the next steps will be sent to my email. Really?

Interestingly, many websites had stock on this day, I nearly snap up 2 consoles on Saturn, unfortunately, the pickup option was not available for Munich. Eventually, I received the email confirmation from Otto asking me to make a deposit of €170 to lock in my order. My Bank’s Instant Transfer service came in handy as Otto received and confirmed the payment promptly. I received my PS5 5 days later.

That’s it! That’s how I got my PS5.

Tips

  1. Follow the bots on Twitter.
  2. Turn on notifications for these Twitter accounts.
  3. Create an account on:
    • Amazon.de
    • Saturn.de
    • MediaMarkt.de
    • Otto.de
    • Alternative.de
    • Toys.de
    • Euronics.de
      Note: You can delete the accounts after the PS5 brouhaha.
  4. Add a payment method.
  5. Do not sign out of these accounts.
  6. Once you get a notification from a Twitter bot, click on the link immediately. You will be surprised a ‘big drop’ can be sold out within a few minutes.
  7. The word on the street is that you need to keep an eye on Amazon after the Easter holidays.
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PS5 Games Deals

Check the links below for ongoing deals and price drop on PlayStation games:
Price Drops on Amazon
PlayStation Store deals

In conclusion, I don’t think many gamers will get their hands on the PS5 any time soon. With scalpers on a rampage, semiconductor shortages, and going by the PS4 sales record, Sony has about a hundred million units of consoles to go. The results from the survey below tell only a fraction of the PS5 stock story.

PS5 Survey
PS5 Survey

I hope this helps. All the best!

Ọlájídé Ishola

Ọlájídé Ishola

A tech-savvy Linguist, lazy Writer and conservative Foodie.

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