One year has already passed since the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X were launched. Still, finding the next-gen console paying the right price is an arduous task, and now more when Christmas is right at the corner. However, following my advice, I can help you secure a console from a reliable store.
The reason behind the low offer is a shortage of semiconductors and other essential parts. However, factories and suppliers expect to return to their usual production in the future. Also, if we don't have enough problems with the lack of semiconductors and low production, there is another one that we have to add to the list, the so-called "scalpers". Using bots, scalpers buy large quantities of units as soon as the retailers drop consoles on their websites and then resell them on platforms such as eBay at inflated prices.
Therefore, this article aims to help you get your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X by paying the retail price, not the unrealistic amounts that scalpers and some resale websites are asking. I'm going to share with you the most accurate method to buy a console in only 4 steps.
First step: Create a Twitter account
The first piece of advice that I will give you is to open a Twitter account and download the app to your phone if you don't have one. Twitter messages are quick to check on the mobile, which is key.
But the main reason is that on Twitter there are some accounts that their job is to send stock alerts with links as soon as the PS5 or the Xbox Series X|S is available on the official retailer's websites, such as Target, Amazon, GAME UK and others. Also, they post news and rumours about when the console will be available.
Some of them claim that they have a type of bot that alerts them when the PS5 or the Xbox is available in real-time.
Remember, securing a console is a matter of how quick you are accessing the links and pressing the buy button. Again, Twitter is very handy in this aspect.
Second step: Select accounts to follow
The second step is to search, select, and follow some of these Twitter accounts. I highlight that one account is not enough as not all of them cover all retailers or sometimes some accounts are faster sending a notification to the followers, and in this case even a second is a lot of time. Keep in mind that thousands of people could be trying to get one or more consoles simultaneously, so the first ones that have access are the ones who will have more chances to get one.
Also, I advise you to make sure that Twitter notifications on your phone settings are ON and that you are receiving notifications from these accounts. Additionally, I recommend you temporarily turn off any notifications from accounts that probably are not important in your Twitter account if possible. Otherwise, you will think that any ring on your phone is a potential drop.
How to select an account for stock alerts?
Type any of these keywords in the Twitter search box depending on your country and console:
* PS5 stock UK or Xbox series X stock UK
* PS5 stock alert UK or Xbox series X stock alert UK
* PS5 stock USA or Xbox Series X USA
* PS5 stock alert USA or Xbox series X stock alert USA
I want to highlight that I don't promote any Twitter account in particular. You decide who to follow.
Select the ones that have a decent amount of followers, this can be a sign that the account is good. Also, you can check the comments as many followers give feedback about their results.
As soon as you select the accounts, check their recommendation and news about drops. Retailers tend to sell consoles at a specific time from Monday to Friday, and accounts holders usually remind their followers about this information. For example, Amazon regularly sells PS5's between 8 am to 9 am. Game UK around 9:45 and a second small drop the same day after 12 pm. Argos UK is more extreme as it typically drops consoles between 2 am to 6 am. So if your habit is to go to sleep very late, this retailer is a good option for you.
Third step: Create an account on each retailer website
The third step is to identify all retailers offering the consoles and create an account, if you don't have one, with all your information to speed up the process. Also, let your phone or computer save your username and password, so accessing your account will be faster.
Find the most common retailers offering consoles in the US and UK in the tables above, with the links to the three consoles if available.
Fourth step: Payment
Having a strategy for payment is very important. At this point, servers are overwhelmed with the number of people and bots accessing the same link on the retailer website, so finishing the transaction as soon as possible is very important. The website can collapse or have technical issues, or sometimes people can lose the console while paying. Here, I suggest you have your payment method on hand or, even better, setting autofill payment in your IOS or Android.
Probably getting a console at the beginning following these steps can be a bit tricky, and a sensation of disappointment can arise anytime you miss an opportunity. However, every attempt is a chance to learn and correct your strategy. Your chances will be higher the more you practice, and you may get your console after the second or third attempt if you are well prepared.
Persistence and speed are essential, and the reward is a fantastic console paying the fair retail price.
Good luck hunting your PS5 or Xbox series X, it really worth it!
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