Prominent PS5 Scalper Says He’s Turning Young People Into Entrepreneurs, Actually

Prominent PS5 Scalper Says He’s Turning Young People Into Entrepreneurs, Actually
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The owner of a prominent PS5 and Xbox scalper operation says his business helps young people become entrepreneurs.

Jack Bayliss runs a British-based company called Aftermarket Arbitrage that offers a scalper subscription service. For £30 (AU$56.92) per month, Bayliss’ company will inform subscribers when in-demand items like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X get stock replenishments. Subscribers then buy the replenished stock in bulk and resell it at a markup.

This puts Bayliss’ service into a separate category to other PS5 and Series X scalpers, that use bot armies to scrape sites for stock and buy it in an instant. Aftermarket Arbitrage’s subscribers appear so well informed that they can buy the stock manually and complete their checkout before the public even has a chance to get involved.

Here in Australia, both consoles are still as hard to get as ever. Our Where To Buy Or Preorder A PS5 Console In Australia piece regularly finds its way into our top 5 most-read pieces on any given day. People are desperate to find these machines. People like Bayliss and his PS5 scalper army take cynical advantage of that desperation.

And an army it is. Bayliss’ service now boasts some 1500 subscribers. Bayliss himself claims he makes £45,000 (AU$85 85,382.55) per month for his part in the service. Many of his subscribers, he says, in an interview with the UK’s Sky News, are making substantially more.

Is there any wonder normal people can’t get hold of a new console when this is what they’re up against?

Bayliss has no quandaries about his line of work, saying “I’m very in tune with my moral compass, as a person.” He’s also aware that his business keeps hardworking families from being able to buy a new console for themselves. He says the thought bothers him, but then immediately reverts to talking up his subscribers and how wealthy they’ve become at other people’s expense.

“But I get to see the flip side of the coin, the area that the media and the general public who hate us quote ‘scalpers’ (don’t see),” he told Sky. “To me, owning the PS5 or an Xbox isn’t a necessity, it’s a luxury, okay? If you can afford to spend £450 (AU$853.83), spending the extra £100 (AU$189.74) should be pretty marginal, if you’ve got cash ready to splash on that.

“Yes, some families are gonna have to pay another £100, but what you don’t think about is our members, they’ve got 30 consoles, they’re making £100 on each one. And then they’re making a good month’s salary in a couple of days.”

Bayliss then continues to dig his hole a bit deeper, saying that many of his subscribers are “very young” and that what he’s doing, actually, isn’t teaching them to be a groaning weight on the supply chain. He’s creating an army of little businesspeople.

“What they’re doing is they’re being entrepreneurs, they’re going out, creating a side income, and they’re doing something that 90% of the population can’t be bothered to do.”

I don’t know, man. I feel like 90% of the population would prefer to buy a PS5 in a store at the retail price. Call me crazy.

He then digs himself in even deeper by claiming some of his subscribers have been making so much money scalping that they’ve been able to quit their day jobs, buy cars, and clear sizeable gambling debts.

If even a word Bayliss says can be considered true, then it paints a damning picture of the current retail landscape. If that many people can make enough money as a PS5 scalper that they can quit their jobs and live in comfort, the problem has reached a critical mass.

In recent years, numerous anti-scalper laws have been tabled in different countries. In the UK, the Gaming Hardware (Automated Purchase and Resale) Bill proposed in 2021 would outlaw the scalping of desirable items. US Democrats proposed similar legislation ahead of Christmas last year with a bill wearyingly titled Stopping Grinch Bots. The same bill was proposed in 2018 but didn’t get up. According to the official US Congress website, the bill was read twice and has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

It’s all just very depressing. Fuck scalpers.

Comments

  • “…isn’t teaching them to be a groaning weight on the supply chain.”

    If you’ve gone into a mainstream supermarket lately, you’ll notice scalpers aren’t the ones behind those shortages.

    The more people we can prevent buying PS5’s, the more incentivised Sony will be to get their cloud gaming service out.

  • The sooner the UK legislate to shut him and his kind down the better. The US at least has already started looking at scalping, but the UK and Australia are way behind the 8-Ball. $500 for two RAT tests says this needs to stop NOW.

    • “Jack Bayliss runs a British-based company called Aftermarket Arbitrage that offers a scalper subscription service. For £30 (AU$56.92) per month, Bayliss’ company will inform subscribers when in-demand items like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X get stock replenishments. ”

      He provides the same service as Kotaku’s ‘where to find PS5s’, except he gets paid to do it.

  • “I’m very in tune with my moral compass, as a person.”

    Every scumbag thinks they’re a moral person, people can rationalize anything to justify their scumbaggedness. Scumbagosity? Scumbaggery, that’s the winner.

    • Ive tried to explain that to people who claim to be moral arbiters, they dont seem to get it, they believe they are the exception. People are funny.

  • Managed to snare two PS5’s after joining a discord server that provided stock drop details… Took maybe 7 weeks before I got my first, then another 3 before I got the second.

    No subscription, no bots. just made sure to turn on notifications. Easy Peasy.

  • I don’t understand why people who want one that bad, don’t just pay a deposit and wait? Ffs, they’d have a PS5 already.

  • Yeah, scalpers can go do one….but I mean, it’s just a paid version of the ps5/xbox stock alert twitter right? The real issue in the scalping space afaik is people using bots to purchase stock before regular folk get a chance to. Theoretically anyone could get in at the same time these clowns do and get one – and there’s people/services providing drop time information for free, so…idk. Buying up a bunch and selling them for a profit is arguably a bit of a dick move tho tbf- but then again, not to defend the behaviour or anything, but how is that any different from an actual store jacking up the price on in demand items (au tech suppliers selling GPUs for waaay more than MSRP springs to mind).

    Side note (as has been said a million times before in the aforementioned ‘how to get a ps5/new xbox’ article) if you’re chasing, just put your name on the waitlist at your local JB – or maybe not your local I guess, depends on the queue. Mate of mine had a 6 month waitlist at his local, mine was quoted at 6 weeks and was actually like, a week and a half.

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