Gaming

Retailer crash lets customers buy Switch Lite consoles for free

Retailer in the UK Argos removed Nintendo Switch Lite from its website after users discovered a glitch that allowed them to buy consoles for free.

A website loophole that was discovered Thursday and circulated among popular reseller groups was adding a specific carrying case in addition to the Switch Lite to the website’s cart in order to apply an erroneous discount covering the entire order value (206.98 pounds). …

This meant that users using this trick only had to pay for shipping at £ 3.95 or pick up their console for free at a local store.

From the looks of it, Argos quickly removed the Swich Lite and Carrying Case from its website, and at the time of posting products are still offline

Dozens of users have taken to social media to brag about their free order (or less than £ 10 when ordering additional services), with many saying they plan to sell the console for a profit. Some even managed to secure multiple consoles for free.

This is not the first time that a mistake on the Argos website results in a profit for speculators. Earlier this year, a popular group of resellers discovered a loophole that allowed them to access and purchase PS5 inventory before it went public.

Argos eventually closed the loophole allowing users to place orders earlier, but many PS5 consoles seem to have been in demand before action was taken.

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As in many regions, UK consumers looking for consoles such as the PS5 and Nintendo Switch are regularly disappointed with retail stores selling consoles, as well as regular statements from scalper groups that they have managed to secure significant resale orders. benefit.

In January, one firm that developed bot software used to bridge virtual retail queues said its users had received more than 2,000 orders to resell for a profit. Another British scalping group made similar claims on their social media accounts.

Earlier this year, the UK government responded to calls for action against scalper groups that target and resell high-value items such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

In its response, the UK government said it has already passed legislation aimed at using automated bot software, which is popular with resellers who use it to buy high-value items faster than ordinary consumers.

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