Nerd alert: Get lucky and buy a PS5 at retail price at Commart Big Deal

Photo: Marco Verch / CC-BY-2.0
Photo: Marco Verch / CC-BY-2.0

Big deals on IT products are expected at Bitec Bangna tomorrow through Sunday, and it could be a chance to bag a still-elusive PlayStation 5.

At the Commart Big Deal event, four retailers will stock 50 of the gaming consoles each day to be sold at their actual price instead of the thousands of baht extra charged by the scalper extortionists responsible for their ongoing scarcity in Thailand.

For those who queue early, it will be a chance for a fair shot at buying a PS5 instead of the online reservation system which is overwhelmed by swarms of bots, a reality many gamers have experienced since Sony’s newest console went on sale.

The retailers – Banana, Power Buy, Power Mall, and Dotlife – will be located in Bitec Hall EH98-99.

Why is this a big deal? Well it’s still damn hard to buy a PS5 on this side of the world as many are reserved by bots and resold by scalpers at high prices. 

Securing a PlayStation 5 at its retail price has been a nigh-impossible feat for well over two years.

Usually every month, retailers announce that a new supply of consoles is ready to be reserved, only to see them vanish in a heartbeat, leading many Thai gamers nerdrage across social media.

The persistent problem has made some gamers lose interest or driven others to travel to countries such as Japan, where they are a little easier to acquire.

A PS5 with disc drive is THB17,000 while the digital-only version is THB14,000. There are also bundles that come with a controller and game such as God of War Ragnarok that retails for around THB23,000. Scalpers usually sell them for THB25,000 to THB30,000. 

Thai gamers seize on proof bots are buying all the damn PS5s

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