Following Sony’s announcement earlier today that the PlayStation 5 will only be available to buy online on launch day, Best Buy and Walmart say they likewise plan to restrict in-store sales of next-gen consoles. At Walmart, the only way you’ll be able to buy the Xbox Series X and Series S on November 10th and PS5 on November 12th is through the retailer’s website. Best Buy, meanwhile, says it won’t carry Xbox Series X/S and PS5 in-store stock on launch and through the 2020 holiday shopping season. We’ve reached out to Walmart to find out if it has a similar plan in place, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from the company.
The 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 of gaming is coming❗ The @Xbox Series X | S will be available only ONLINE on November 10 at 12 PM ET, meaning that you have five days to practice your F5 skills. 😉 pic.twitter.com/qeBqaX8DPE
Best Buy will sell new units through its website “as soon as we have them available.” Provided you can secure an order, you’ll still have the option to pick it up at your local store. Likewise, those who pre-ordered a PS5, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S can pick up their new console at their local Best Buy, either when it opens at 9AM local time or at a scheduled appointment time.
The absence of in-store availability is likely to make it near impossible for some people to get a new console this year. At the same time, it’s an understandable decision. With states across the US going through second COVID-19 waves, both Best Buy and Walmart likely want to avoid a situation in which people camp outside their stores.
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A hot potato: Many consumers who were excited about buying a PS5, Xbox Series X/S, RTX 3000-series, and other tech products have been disappointed by their lack of availability this season. It’s no secret that scalpers are behind a lot of these problems, but one UK group says it has “no regrets” facilitating the purchase of almost 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles to resell at inflated prices.
The PS5’s availability has suffered more than most gaming hardware released recently. Referring to its console, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said that “everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold.” The company later promised more stock before the end of the year following “unprecedented” demand, but much of it could be snapped up by scalpers, again.
While demand for these products was always going to be high, the pandemic has made them even more coveted—and scalpers are taking advantage. Business Insider spoke to some groups that use monitoring software and bots to secure vast quantities of PS5s before anyone else. One of these, CrepChiefNotify, which is made up of 12 core management staff, said its members purchased close to 2,472 consoles in recent weeks, plus “just under 1,000” when pre-orders first opened in September.
Congratulations to our members 🎉 In less than 24 hours of the release of the PS5 and our members have secured over 2,500 consoles this morning. Stop missing out, reselling isn’t going away so jump in fast and maximise your profits. pic.twitter.com/WUTBFWNHfE
CrepChiefNotify charges $40 per month or $530 for a lifetime subscription so members can access its services. Like similar companies, its original targets were high-end sneakers such as Yeezys, but the group evolved when the pandemic hit.
“During the first Covid-19 lockdown, we noticed a huge shift in products that people were buying,” manager ‘Tom’ told Business Insider. “The focus shifted towards the most ridiculous things, like outdoor hot tubs. We noticed that these began selling out in stores, and reselling on eBay for a profit. So our developer wrote some site monitor software, and we tracked the stock of the sites selling hot tubs! Every time they pinged into stock, we would notify our members to buy it all.”
Right now, the only way to secure a PlayStation 5 is to buy one from eBay for a price that verges on the comical. The most expensive (on the US site) is $15,000, while the vast majority of those under that are at least $2,000.
With parents having to explain to disappointed children that they won’t be getting a new console this year, do the scalpers and those that facilitate their actions feel guilty? CrepChiefNotify certainly doesn’t. It writes (via Video Games Chronicle) that lots of its members have been furloughed, made redundant, or are somehow disadvantage due to the pandemic, though you have to wonder how they afford the monthly fee and the price of at least one PS5 console.
“These people have managed to cover their bills, put food on the table and supply Christmas presents to their children,” the company wrote.
“It may be unfortunate that a child wont [sic] wake up to a PS5 this Christmas, but another child may have woken up to nothing. We have no regrets.”
It also denies that bots were ever used to secure PlayStation 5 units, despite a manager suggesting to Business Insider that this was the case.
If you are planning to buy a PS5 from eBay, make sure to avoid the numerous listings for “photographs” of the console, which as the name suggests, are just photos and not the machines themselves. And you thought scalpers were bad.
“Merry Christmas, Jimmy. Here’s a photo of that console you wanted”
Black Friday deals are here to give you a deal before or after your Thanksgiving dinner. And the discounts are so strong and varied that it’s both a bit difficult to keep up and it’s also the ideal time to get a new phone.
We’ve found excellent Black Friday phone deals from both retailers and carriers alike, and they’re putting all sorts of phones on sale. That means everything from the brand new iPhone 12 all the way to the budget Moto G Power are cheaper than before. So, no matter if you’re getting something for yourself or a family member (or both) you don’t even have to look very hard to find the right deal you’re looking for.
We’ve been on the hunt for phone deals of all kinds, and you can check out the best of them below. Also make sure to come back over the weekend for the first wave of early Cyber Monday deals, and check out our roundup of dedicated iPhone 12 Black Friday deals if you want Apple’s latest and greatest.
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iPhone SE: was $399 now $149 @ AT&T AT&T offers the easiest way to save big on the iPhone SE. New and existing customers merely need to trade in an eligible phone and sign up for one of the carrier’s unlimited data plans. That cuts the cost of the iPhone SE to $5 a month over 30 months, so you’ll pay $149 instead of the full $399 cost of Apple’s phone.View Deal
iPhone 12: free Bose headphones + $150 GC @ Visible Black Friday deals have arrived at Visible. For a limited time, Visible is offering new customers deals on all iPhone 12 models. Each deal includes a free prepaid Mastercard and Bose SoundsLink II Wireless Headphones. You’ll pay slightly more than list price for each iPhone, but you’ll get more than reimbursed via the headphones and prepaid Mastercard. Gift cards range from $100 for the iPhone 12 mini to $200 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. View Deal
iPhone 12 mini: was $699 now free @ AT&T AT&T is offering $700 in bill credits when you buy a new iPhone 12 model and trade-in your old phone. That $700 covers the cost of a new iPhone 12 mini. This deal is open to new and existing AT&T customers. It’s one of the best Black Friday deals you’ll find on Apple’s new phone. View Deal
iPhone 12 Pro: Save $950 with new line, trade in @ T-Mobile The iPhone 12 Pro delivers the best cameras on any phone along with a stellar display and unbeatable performance. And T-Mobile offers up to $950 off both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max. You need to activate a new line on an eligible plan and trade in an eligible iPhone in good condition. View Deal
iPhone XR (64GB): $5/month when you switch @ Verizon If you needed a reason to jump ship and sign up with Verizon, this is it. The iPhone XR may be an older model, but it’s still a great phone. And for $5 a month when you bring your own phone number, it’s a great way to save even more.View Deal
Samsung Black Friday phone deals
Best Samsung phone deal
Galaxy S20 FE: was $699 now $99 @ T-Mobile The Galaxy S20 FE normally costs $699, but you save $600 on that cost by opening a new line at T-Mobile. The S20 FE features a 6.5-inch OLED display, 5G, a 120Hz refresh rate and very good triple rear cameras.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: was $699 now $549 @ Amazon If you’d rather have an unlocked Galaxy S20 FE, head to Amazon. You have to pay for the phone in full for the privilege, but it’s currently $150 off the usual price, making a great value phone an even better bargain.View Deal
Galaxy Note 10 Plus: was $1,099 now $649 @ MS Store The Note 10 Plus boasts plenty of great features, such as the signature S Pen with new air gestures, lengthy battery life, fast charging, and a huge 6.8-inch AMOLED display. It’s now on sale for an insanely low $649 at the MS Store. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G: was $999 now $799 @ Amazon The Galaxy S21 may be coming pretty early next year, but that doesn’t make the S20 any less of a great phone. You get a colorful 6.2-inch OLED display, very good cameras and a 120Hz refresh rate for $200 off the normal price over at Amazon.View Deal
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: was $1,299 now $1,049 @ Amazon Want something newer than the Note 10 Plus, and more powerful than the Galaxy S20? The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is your best bet, and it’s currently $250 off when you buy an unlocked handset at Amazon.View Deal
Save up to $750 on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series @ Best Buy Head to Best Buy if you want to save on the Note 20 series. You can save up to $450 with activation at Verizon, plus an additional $300 with any qualified trade-in. AT&T and Sprint have Note 20 activation deals at Best Buy as well.View Deal
Galaxy Z Fold 2: was $1,999 now $999 @ Samsung Samsung’s flagship foldable phone is 50% off in this epic Black Friday deal. Currently, when you buy a new Galaxy Z Fold 2 and trade in an eligible device, you’ll get 50% off the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a main 7.6-inch 120Hz display, 6.2-inch 60Hz cover display, Snapdragon 865 Plus CPU, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and three 12MP rear camera lenses. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G: was $1,449 now $1,249 @ Amazon If the Z Fold 2’s foldable tablet display isn’t for you, then maybe the foldable flip phone design is instead. The 6.7-inch AMOLED display is powered by a Snapdragon 865+, and comes with 8GB of RAM, a 3,300 mAh battery, and 256GB of storage.View Deal
More Black Friday phone deals
Moto e (PrePaid): was $99 now $59 @ Walmart If spending hundreds of dollars on a phone, whatever the reason, check the Moto e from Straight Talk. They’ve knocked $40 off the price, making a cheap phone even cheaper, and what you get isn’t too bad. It has a 13MP dual camera, 32GB of storage, a 6.2″ HD display, a 3,550 mAh battery, along with a Snapdragon 632 processor and 2GB of RAM.View Deal
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Moto G Power: was $249 now $179 @ Amazon The Moto G Power has the best battery life we’ve ever seen in a smartphone, lasting an epic 16 hours in our testing. You also get a 6.4-inch full HD screen, solid Snapdragon 665 performance and a capable triple camera system.View Deal
Google Pixel 5 (Verizon): was $699 now $499 @ Best Buy Save $200 off the cost of a Pixel 5, provided you activate your phone with Verizon. You can pay it all upfront, or split it into 24 monthly payments of $20.83 instead. This is easily the best Android camera phone. View Deal
Pixel 5: was $699 now $599 @ Best Buy That’s not the only Pixel 5 deal at Best Buy. You can save $100 on the Pixel 5 when you activate the phone with other wireless carriers. Getting the phone unlocked will still save you $50 off its regular price.View Deal
OnePlus 8 Pro: was $999 now $799 @ Amazon There’s no OnePlus 8T Pro right now, so if you want the best flagship OnePlus has to offer this is your best bet. This is the 256GB model, unlocked, and $200 off the normal price in Amazon’s Black Friday sale. OnePlus is selling the phone for the same price.View Deal
Motorola Razr 5G (2020): was $1,399 now $999 @ Amazon Motorola’s first foldable had some problems, but the 2020 model goes a long way towards fixing them — and it includes 5G while. With this deal you get 6.2-inch foldable display, a 2.7-inch exterior Quick View display, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 15W fast charging, a 48MP camera, all powered by a Snapdragon 765G. It even has a headphone jack.View Deal
Microsoft Surface Duo: was $1,399 now $1,099 @ BestBuy Get Microsoft’s dual-screen phone for $300 less than usual, and unlocked to boot. You will need to activate the phone with a carrier for the full savings, but the fact you get to choose is better than being forced into it.View Deal
UK Black Friday phone deals
Google Pixel 4a: was £349 now £319 (save £30) @ Currys Save on the latest affordable Google phone, which we think is a shockingly good value for its price. While this model doesn’t have 5G, it still comes with a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, a 12.2MP main camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 3,140 mAh battery life. If you need a new phone on a budget, this is the deal for you. View Deal
OnePlus Nord: was £469 now £378 @ Amazon While no longer OnePlus’s cheapest handset, it’s still pretty affordable, especially when you knock this much off the total price. The OnePlus Nord is the perfect phone for enjoying premium features for a not-so premium price. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite: was £579 now £479 @ Amazon Everyone might be going on about the S20 FE, or even the Galaxy S21, but there’s still something to be had in last year’s cheap flagship. It’s everything you could want from a Samsung, only using last year’s chips, and costing a fraction of the price.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (128GB): was £599 now £499 (save £100) @ Currys Another 4G-only phone, but since it’s such great value you can probably ignore that. If you want the best of the Galaxy S flagship, but don’t want to pay for the flashiest model, the S20 FE is for you. It mixes great features with a low price, making for a phone anyone can be happy with.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G: was £699 now £599 (save £100) @ Currys If you have 5G, or you want to be ready for when it arrives, then this is the Black Friday phone deal for you. The S20 FE 5G is the exact same phone, except it can connect to 5G networks; a feature that adds £100 to the price tag. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB): was £899 now £649 (save £250) @ Currys If you want 5G, or you want a bit more than the S20 FE can offer, try the original Galaxy S20. It’s got a better camera and screen, as well as a more premium design. Obviously it costs more, but since it’s nearly a year old (and it’s Black Friday) you can save yourself a bundle.View Deal
OnePlus 8 Pro: was £799 now £599 @ Amazon The OnePlus 8 Pro is the Chinese phone maker’s top smartphone, and for good reason. It offers a powerful Snapdragon 865, a quad-rear camera array, 120Hz QHD display and a rather lovely design. And there’s 5G connectivity to boot. You can save £200 on the unlocked model that comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.View Deal
Best Buy is offering a pair of great deals on Apple’s recently-released 10.2-inch iPad, with offers of up to $70 off. The retailer has knocked $50 off the price of the base 32GB model, which is now $280 compared to its usual asking price of $330. Meanwhile the 128GB model, which is the model we recommended most people should buy, is $70 less than its usual price of $430 at $360. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen the 128GB model sell for since its launch.
Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad sits at the bottom of its tablet lineup, but it’s still very good at doing the kinds of things iPads have always done well. This year’s model comes with a faster A12 Bionic processor that means the tablet still feels fast and sprightly to use, even if its outward appearance is starting to look a little bit dated. It lacks some of the features of more expensive iPads like a USB-C port or a 120Hz screen, but depending on your needs that might not matter. Here’s how Dieter summed up the performance of the tablet in his review:
“As I use it, I am continuously impressed with how well the iPad works and how much I can do with it. No other computer makes it as easy or as fun to bounce from editing photos to playing games to kicking back and watching some Netflix. And though there’s a bit of a learning curve, even this iPad can be used to do real work.”
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