As the holidays approach, Xbox Series X and PS5 refueling events happen almost every day. In the last 48 hours alone, we have seen consoles replenishment at Best Buy, Walmart, Sony Direct and Microsoft Store.
Unfortunately, whenever the consoles are restocked, they are sold out within minutes. Where to buy PS5 and where to buy Xbox Series X are great starting points if you’re looking for a console, but here are a few more tips you can follow to increase your chances of scoring a new console.
Before the pandemic, getting a new console on release day meant waiting in physical line with other players in hopes of being one of the first shoppers inside a store. These days everyone is shopping online and we all have a common enemy: the bot. Scalpers use bots to buy as many shares as possible on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Then they sell those new consoles at great prices.
The best way to crush a bot is to simply not buy from scalpers. To do this, you need to stay alert 24/7. Twitter account like @ Wario64 is @ PS5StockAlerts they are great at providing availability updates. It is also worth following the Twitter accounts of your favorite stores such as Best buy Newegg, is Walmart. Keep these feeds on your radar 24/7 and likewise you can sign up to receive email alerts from some of your favorite stores.
Get there early and don’t give up
The console can be refueled at any time of the day. While some retailers give at least 24 hours notice, others may give you 10 minutes notice. The moment you discover an impending replenishment, bookmark that page and load that website a few minutes before the replenishment takes place.
In the case of the Sony Direct Store, you’ll need to form a virtual queue before you can buy the PS5. Many times your “waiting time” can be hours. But don’t worry because the estimates given by the retailers are just these: estimates. In the case of the Sony Direct Store, we’ve found that wait time estimates tend to be short despite messages that estimate wait times of over an hour.
However, it’s worth noting that just because you’re in line to buy the console doesn’t mean you’ll actually have one. We did virtual lines in the Sony store only to find that all consoles are sold out after just 20 minutes.
Know where to click
Below you will find a list of landing pages for PS5 and Xbox Series X at all major retailers. Whenever there is a replenishment event, these are the pages you will want to constantly check. (Unless, of course, said retailer provides a link to a new landing page.)
Getting to a dealer’s home page during a restocking event is a surefire way to lose the console you want. Make sure you know which page to check and check it frequently.