To continue buying and growing scalpers at PlayStation 5 resell prices, you may be wondering if there is anything that can be done to prevent automated bots from freezing all stock.
According to Walmart, the retailer has been successful in preventing new PS5 units from being snatched, pointing to a recent incident during pre-sale sales thanks to in-demand consoles before real consumers can buy them.
“A bot preventive action we implemented just hours before the PlayStation 5 event on November 5. Walmart’s Chief Information Security Officer Jerry Gisler wrote in a blog post,” More than 20 million bot attempts within the first 30 minutes Blocked.
The bots were able to create that staggering number of efforts thanks to software automation. Bot programs monitor retailer web pages for new product listings, and then repeatedly shop on behalf of the scalar within seconds, adding the product to their cart by removing available stock from real consumers beforehand.
According to Gisler, more than 20 million bot efforts represent a fraction of Walmart’s systems being introduced on a regular basis. However, the retailer says it is capable of thwarting scalpers using unspecified anti-bot technologies.
“The bot script is constantly evolving and being rewritten, so we’ve built our bot-detection tools, and are constantly updating, allowing us to see a lot of bots successfully,” he said.
“As an additional step, we also conduct audits and quickly cancel confirmation orders purchased by bots.” “As a result, the vast majority of our next-gen consoles have been purchased by legitimate customers, which is exactly what we want.”
Having said that, it is difficult to buy a console. Supply has been limited for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, while consumer demand has been overwhelming for them. With the epidemic and the need to stay home, Walmart has seen unprecedented levels of Internet traffic on its website and mobile apps.
A Walmart spokesperson said, “What we’re seeing at the end of the year is a person with two mobile phones, a laptop and a tablet, constantly refreshing the product pages.” “Potentially, millions of people are doing all of this at the same time.”
The company aims to address automated bots from the traffic boom. But Walmart also compared a failed cat and mouse game attempt. As a long-term solution, Gessler is calling on US lawmakers to crack down on automated bots. “We hope that others in the retail industry join us and ask them to do more to prevent these unwanted bots on retail sites, so customers will have equal access to the products they want,” he wrote.
Congress passed anti-bot legislation with the Better Online Ticket Sales Act in 2016, but it only outlines resale of tickets for commercial events that have been purchased using bot technology.
For the PS5 and Xbox Series X, Walmart plans to sell more stock on the company’s website and mobile app at 3pm EST / 12pm PST this afternoon. However, the units will only be available for delivery and will arrive after 25 December.