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As we get closer to Christmas, gamers and parents across the globe are getting desperate in their search for a PS5 console. Anyone who has tried to purchase one online has experienced the wrath of scalper-led bots, which continue to take the lions share of inventory!

Well, any thought or prayer that big box retailers like Target Or Walmart would make changes to their online purchase process for this years hottest gift were quickly dashed during the last week of online console releases.

If you were to truly immerse yourself into the world of gaming and the search for the coveted PS5 gaming system, you would probably be shocked to learn not only how much time and effort is required to give you a chance to get your hands on one, but how unfair it is that scalpers have been given free reign to take whatever they want. Recent reports in the news have followed large groups of scalpers that have banded together to purchase thousands of consoles to be resold at 2-3x their retail value.

in scenes that are closer to that of a movie, like the classic 90's holiday hit "Jingle All the Way," people all over the world are spending hours upon hours scheming on ways to get a PS5 in time for Christmas only to be left disappointed and empty handed time and again

I will say that big box retailers like Target and Walmart are probably totally unprepared for something like a group of professional scalpers continually stealing all their PS5 inventory, however its not like they only did it once! Problems with bots flooding websites and leaving customers empty handed has been happening on hot ticket item releases for years and retailers have had multiple chances to correct it.

One aspect that is not frequently enough mentioned is that while these consoles are quite expensive, the revenue generated from their sales pales in comparison to those of everyday purchases like household items, groceries and everything else you could imagine. That being said, the fact that PS5 and Xbox are not huge avenues to revenue for retailers like Walmart, the damage that is done to their reputation in the eyes of the consumer could be long lasting and any attempt to stop this theft should be corrected immediately.

For reference, let's go over some examples of these recent online releases so you can get a better idea of how widespread these issues are now.

The Walmart Dumpster Fire

On November 27th, Walmart conducted an online release for both Playstation 5 Standard edition and Playstation 5 Digital Edition. This was not random as the company began advertising it while promoting other Black Friday sales. By posting on its social media accounts, Walmart informed its customer base that it would release more PS5 consoles at 3pm EST and the sale would go until supplies were exhausted (note: they did say "quantities are limited").

Once news of the impending release hit the gaming community, people began scheming ways to make sure they would be one of the lucky new console owners. Some people strategized about ways to camp out on the website, continuously refreshing the page every couple minutes until sales began, while other tech savvy users devoted time to writing programs that would sound an alarm as soon as any changes were made to a websites product page. No matter what strategy you chose, most seasoned gamers knew it was going to be a long shot.

What most didn't know at the time was just how professional and organized these international groups of scalpers actually were and how big of an impact their bots would have on these holiday releases.

Fast forward to the day of the release. Chat communities on Reddit and social media accounts all over the internet were talking about the PS5 release. Excited gamers and hopeful kids had their online accounts managed to perfection, credit cards saved, and atomic clocks at the ready. Remember, the sale was slated to begin at 3pm EST.

As the minutes ticked closer to 3pm, reports of Walmart's website starting to act up began surfacing on Twitter. It wouldn't be wrong to attribute that to the fact that an enormous amount of traffic was flooding their site, meaning no bots yet. One minute out and people began feverishly refreshing the product page, remembering back on all the tips given for success.

3pm Tears

And then it happened. The clock finally struck 3pm and eager gamers all over the world began to twitch with anticipation being so so close to finally securing the coveted gaming system. To the surprise of everyone, including myself, and excluding all the scalpers out there, the Sony PS5 immediately showed as OUT OF STOCK. Obviously, the overload on the website caused a slowdown delaying the release and it would be available any second, right? Wrong. For the overwhelming majority waiting to make a purchase, those three words would be the farthest they got in the process that day.

Somehow, some way, most people never even saw the product go to in stock status, and moments later was listed as "unavailable or on backorder." By 3:01pm, news of the instant sellout began flooding the internet, while most people were still disillusioned and left trying to magically add the PS5 to their carts, but it was too late.

i wish this story was just a story but its not. It's a totally accurate portrayal of the events of that release because I participated in it and know many people that had the same result.

Scalpers Rejoice!

It is hard to really describe just how upset and angry consumers across the country were at the end of that release, but i will try. Countless posts on social media showed how dismayed people were at the instant sellout, most of whom believe there was a vast conspiracy against them to prevent PS5s from becoming their new lockdown approved toy. The truth is that they are right. It was a highly coordinated, professional attack on gamers and parents everywhere.

Within a half hour of the release ending there were dozens of new listings for PS5 consoles on reseller websites like Ebay and Offerup, making it clear that once again scalpers had their way with the gaming community. If you still had any doubt, an investigative report that aired shortly after, profiled a large group of international scalpers that claimed to have purchases more than 3,500 units. We aren't talking about peanuts here, that is close to $2,000,000 in merchandise that these people plan to use to take advantage of desperate parents at Christmas.

Making it even worse, these people don't even pay taxes yet they are earning more money than most brick and mortar retailers in this COVID stricken world.

There Is Hope

Despite the fact that this entire release has been a large dumpster fire, perpetrated by Japanese conglomerate Sony, there is a silver lining.

It turns out that some big box retailers have learned a lesson and intended to make things more fair moving forward. We saw the first example of this from electronic giant Best Buy.

During the last online release on Best Buy's website, customers were pleasantly surprised to find that several steps had been added to the purchase process, in an effort to combat bots and scalpers.

After successfully adding a console to their cart, users were required to wait several minutes while Best Buy sent out a verification code via email or text, which you would then have to input in order to checkout. While this might not seem all that great, these are things that computer generated bots can't do without human intervention.

The result of their effort was a website that didn't crash, a purchase process that was smooth and organized, and the satisfaction of knowing that scalpers attempts to ruin the holiday season had been thwarted by the ingenuity of Best Buy.

Where Do We Go From Here?

As we approach the last few weeks before Christmas, there are still many people empty handed looking to add a PS5 to their list of gifts for the holiday. Luckily, it seems as if more progress has been made by retailers looking to stop scalpers in their tracks.

Recent reports show that Target and Walmart have tweaked their purchase process to end delivering consoles from online purchases. Moving forward, customers will have to buy a console from a location near them inventory which is then made ready for local in-store pickup only.

This is great news because it further disrupts the organization of scalper groups and also puts more consoles in the hands of regular people who deserve them. As the number of people that need a PS5 dwindle, so does the ability of a reseller to take advantage of someone looking for a last minute gift.

If you are still looking for a PS5, or Xbox Series X, I am here to tell you that there is still time and with these new purchase rules discussed above, your chances of getting lucky and taking one is much greater than ever.

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Something's Rotten in the House of Drew: Justin Bieber's Starting a Cult

Bieber's new fashion line screams of ripped off Yeezy, POW uniforms, and the lost innocence of 2010's "Baby" fans.

Justin Bieber is finally embracing his full potential.

On Tuesday, the singer's much-awaited clothing line, Drew House, debuted online. The apparel exacerbates the same slouchy, oversized look as Kanye's Yeezy line, but its mental asylum color scheme suggests that Bieber is evolving his cult following into an actual cult. Officially trademarked as the House of Drew, the brand is swathed in beige, corduroy, and Bieber's signature deranged smiley face logo bearing his middle name. The 24-year-old has created a fashion line that screams of ripped off Yeezy, POW uniforms, and the lost innocence of 2010's "Baby" fans.

But Drew House's inflated price points confirm that mega-success in the music industry qualifies anyone to market their bad taste as high fashion. Starting at $48 for a T-shirt and sliding up to $148 for plain corduroy pants, the brand's website captures its commitment to the comedy bit called fashion. Its About Us section reads, "Drew House is a place where you can be yourself. Blah blah blah blahsdbksjdfhl. Wear like you don't care. Come chill. K. Bye."

Some fans felt duped after looking forward to the full line's release since last month's preview, which featured a simple pair of slippers donning the branded emoji, that cost only $4.99. The company's marketing campaign seems hellbent on swaddling gangs of dead-eyed, unsmiling Beliebers (who have yet to find their purpose like the movement promised in 2010) in colors of prison-beige and one possessed doodle.

But aside from all that, the most irksome aspect of Bieber's clothing line is the lack of originality. Anyone who's ever shuffled into Walmart at 1 AM, sockless and in sleepwear, has borne a striking resemblance to one of Bieber's models. Come to think of it, so does Walmart's mascot:

So does the symbol of a fictional murderer in Alan Moore's Watchmen:

So does the symbol of real-life murderers from The Smiley Face Killers:

It's confirmed. Something's rotten in the House of Drew.


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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WATCH! Dog Crashes Car Into Walmart

Who let the dogs out?

Dog crashes car into Walmart;

Walmart shoppers and employees got a bit of a surprise Friday afternoon when a car crashed into the front of the store in Wayne, West Virginia.

An elderly woman had arrived at the store to do some shopping but obviously couldn't take her dogs in with her. So she decided to leave her two dogs in the car with the engine running to keep them cool.

Yes you read that right. WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING.

At some point, the dogs got pissed off waiting and started moving around in their impatience. They got into the front seats and managed to knock the car out of gear, sending it rolling right into the front of the store!


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One employee had to make a quick leap out of the way and anxious shoppers rushed over the the vehicle to check the driver was ok. They got the shock of their lives when they saw that the culprits were in fact two dogs—one in the driver's seat and one in the passenger's!

One of the mutts then managed to open the window of the vehicle and jump out (he was later arrested for leaving the scene of an accident), but luckily neither of the hounds, nor any humans were injured.

The building and the car had minimal damage and the owner drover home with her pooches after speaking to the police deputy who responded to the scene. No police report was filed.

A local told WSAZ;

"I didn't know dogs could drive. Dogs can be your best friend, and in this situation they can be your enemy too."





Walmart kale theft...

A Florida man was arrested on Friday for simply trying to eat right.

Unfortunately, he wanted to look after his health without paying for it and was busted stealing kale and other salad items from a Palm Harbor Walmart.

It's not the first time Shane Stahl, 33, has targeted Walmart. According to the police report he has stolen from the superstores on numerous occasions, and on Friday he blatantly wheeled his trolley out without paying for goods to the value of $27.77—which apart from the kale included shrimp and croutons.  He was planning a tasty supper!

Stahl, who is a resident of Tarpon Springs is being held in Pinellas County jail on retail theft charges—let's hope the food he's getting in jail is up to his healthy standards.

Just in case you're wondering what all the fuss is about, here are 5 health benefits to be found in kale (which is disgustingly bitter);

  1. Boosts metabolism—can aid weight loss (always a benefit)
  2. High in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals—more iron than beef!
  3. Rich in antioxidants—which can help fight cancer
  4. Activates detoxifying enzymes in the liver—great after a boozy night out
  5. Is lutein rich which can improve your eyesight—useful when you get to a certain age...

You can see why Mr Stahl was so desparate to get his hands on it!

Now kale is not the weirdest thing to be stolen from Walmart by any stretch of the imagination. Here are our top three Walmart thefts;

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 Walmart kale theft....

 

Revolting Walmart woman food stamp shames man and his son—because there's nothing like kicking someone when they're down

A truly revolting excuse for a woman unleashed an expletive-filled rant at some poor young dude for using food stamps at Walmart.

To top it off, her foul-mouthed food stamp shaming tirade was all in front of the guy’s young son.

Nice one Trump supporter.

Thankfully, someone was on hand to capture the truly revolting excuse for a woman’s rant on camera, and they uploaded it to YouTube.

It all kicked off after she noticed the young man was paying for his groceries with WIC food stamps.

Which, according to the Government website:

Provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

That prompted the truly revolting excuse for a woman to inform her son—in a super loud voice to ensure everyone around her heard it:

See, this is why you go to college, so you don't take handouts.

Seriously? Words can not even….

The man responds, telling the truly revolting excuse for a woman, “you know, I put in 50-60 hour weeks trying to provide for my family.”

“You’re not providing for it, I am!' The woman snaps back. “The government is.”

“You're not,” the man insists.

“They take it out of my check,” she snarls. “Bullshit they don’t.”

Then they get into the inevitable political mud-slinging, with the truly revolting excuse for a woman declaring, “Oh, trust me, I am not a bleeding heart fucking liberal.”

No shit Sherlock!

Then she tells the man he must be a Bernie Sanders supporter.

“That's who you vote for. They give it to you, so you vote that way,” the truly revolting excuse for a woman says.

Going on to insist, “I have a degree. I am pretty damn smart.”

Really, truly revolting excuse for a woman?

If you’re that damn smart you’d surely be aware of the irony of you going off on someone for using food stamps in a Walmart.

Because, Walmart treats their employees so badly—and has the shittiest health care provision possible, that the tax-payers are left to foot the bill.

How shitty?

Well, in 2014 the corporation cut benefits to its part-time employees—those who work 30 hours or less a week.

Which, as the Daily Dot points out:

While Obamacare may provide coverage for some of the 26,000 workers who lost health care benefits, employees who work in conservative states reticent to accept government plans may be left out in the cold.

To make matters worse, these employees were given no choice or warning in the outcome of their healthcare, and as per usual, those that stay on Walmart’s plans will be left with less than adequate coverage.

As it stands, employees will have to deal with 20 percent co-pays, as well as a $5,000 out-of-pocket maximum.

Thus, in a worst-case scenario, a severely sick employee could end up with a $7,500 medical bill.

Adding further to Walmart’s despicable employee treatment record, a report by Americans for Tax Fairness found:

A single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.

Which Forbes estimates, makes for $6.2 BILLION in tax payer money a year going towards subsidizing Walmart employees.

Now, just to put things in perspective here—this is the exact same Walmart that made a $130.6 BILLION gross profit in 2015.

The Nation reports that according to Florida Congressman Alan Grayson:

In many states Walmart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients.

They are also the single biggest group of food stamp recipients.

In other words, those everyday low prices at the chain are, in part, subsidized by your tax money.

Meanwhile, an estimated 18 percent of food stamps (SNAP) are spent at Walmart.

You know what, truly revolting excuse for a woman?

You might want to direct your venom and anger at the real culprits when it comes to robbing you blind of your hard earned tax dollars.

And, that’s not some poor young guy who’s down on his luck.

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