Buy a PS5 now that it’s official appeared? This is not an easy job, because almost every well-known retailer has almost zero stock. It is so extreme that also the national news about it message and also here on PSX-Sense we see record numbers of visitors. The first pre-orders appeared on September 17 and Bol.com and MediaMarkt, among others, were already out of stock within 20 minutes. Strangely enough, this happened while pre-orders went online unannounced at both stores. There were also stores, such as Game Mania and Nedgame, which have maintained a pre-order list on their own initiative since the announcement of the PS5. People who have waited a while for more information about the PS5 had no chance at these stores, because here the list was already so full by big enthusiasts who absolutely wanted the console, regardless of extra information, that you couldn’t stand a chance anyway to make.
Retailers also invented playful promotions, Coolblue has a kind of lottery organized where you had to put your shoe in the app to have a chance to win an order. Coolblue left via Twitter knowing that there were more than 80,000 interests, this shows how gigantic the demand is. It seems practically impossible to score a PlayStation 5 unless you got there really early. Yet there are also lucky people here and there, for example through the Tweakers forum we see several messages of people who are lucky with a relatively late order. There are also lucky people who could add the PS5 to their basket with a trick at BCC and because the product was already reserved in the shopping basket, they had so much more chance. So when the PS5 came online there, they could immediately strike.
What we also see is that some web shops suddenly put PlayStation 5 stock online in the middle of the night, such as MediaMarkt and Intertoys. There you could suddenly order a PS5 at night and this is still people succeeded also. Mazzelaars die yesterday on top of Amazon could also have a PS5 to score and that on the release day itself. It is therefore advisable to keep an eye on the Tweakers topic or tools that keep an eye on the websites for you where a possible pre-order may suddenly appear. Sooner or later stock will appear again and not every webshop will communicate this in advance, because then you have the chance that people will refresh en masse, causing the websites to suffer.
Those who have a little more patience will be rewarded, because Jim Ryan, the PlayStation CEO at Sony Interactive Entertainment, reports to The Washington Post that there will be more PS5s than PS4s at the time of the introduction. Don’t have patience? Then you keep paying close attention in the hope that you can score one as soon as possible. If you don’t feel like placing a pre-order quickly and you don’t want to wait? Then you can still go to Marktplaats, although the average PS5 is sold for about 400 to 500 euros above the suggested retail price.