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Experts weigh-in on new gaming console craze

Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 10:51 PM CST
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(KXII) - They’re the hottest items on the market right now and the hardest to get. Forbes is calling them one of the best gifts you get your gamer friends this holiday season; it’s the Play Station 5 and Xbox Series X.

It’s desperation, as people are doing whatever they can to get their hands on a gaming console, some even shelling out thousands of dollars.

“Every year there is that item that everyone is seeking and wanting, (and) the crooks know it and they play off of that,” said Monica Horton with the Better Buisness Bureau of North Central Texas.

Since the official release date in November, retailers like Walmart and Target can’t keep the Play Station 5 or X Box Series X consoles in stock.

It’s causing many desperate shoppers to consider buying at resale prices.

“These consoles are big ticket items, so consumers are being scammed out of a lot of money right now,” said Horton.

Horton said this can be extremely dangerous. The BBB released this website, that they believe to be fake.

“Crooks are getting good, they make these look authentic” Horton said. “They’ll grab logos from gaming companies and they do a really good job of making it look real, when it’s not.”

Shoppers are looking for a deal, but Horton said many are willing to pay a fortune, just to get it by Christmas.

“There is no need to fall for any kind of scams, don’t pay double, it’s totally worth waiting three weeks after Christmas when it comes out during the second release.” Meiser said.

Lindy Meiser manages the ESports room at Pottsboro Library. As a gamer herself, she said shelling out the big bucks isn’t worth it.

She said if you want to get one by the holidays, you’ll need to shop smart.

“Pre-order with a major retailer, get on a list, have a receipt, go pick it up (and) don’t fall for someone else selling you something that you don’t even know what’s inside the box, and you’ve spent two thousand dollars.” said Meiser.

If you can’t get your hands on one, don’t stress over it. Meiser said there are tons of other great options that still make awesome gifts for the gamer in your life.

“There are other consoles, the Nintendo Switch is still really popular. It’s still releasing new games and it’s affordable” said Meiser.

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