Woman reveals secret Walmart stockpile of in-demand PlayStation 5s

Video has amassed 3.1 million views and thousands of comments

Shweta Sharma
Friday 22 October 2021 14:24
Comments
TikToker reveals secret Walmart stockpile of in-demand PlayStation 5Ss
Leer en Español

A viral TikTok video has allegedly revealed a huge stockpile of Playstation 5 in a Walmart warehouse, sparking outrage among gamers amid a global shortage of the in-demand console.

The clip shows huge stockpiles of boxes with a woman’s voice narrating: “This is why y’all don’t have the PS5s because Walmart’s hoarding all of them.”

The video, shared by TikTok user Hisham Hasan, has amassed more than 3.1 million views since it was posted on 12 October and prompted thousands of comments as users expressed disbelief.

The video fanned the flames of already existing rumours of possible hoarding of PS5 gaming consoles by Walmart. Japanese electronics giant Sony launched the latest version of its best-selling PlayStation, the PS5, on 19 November 2020. But ever since its release, the gaming console has been hit with shortages as the company was unable to keep up with the demand.

The consoles are quickly sold out as soon as the stocks are replenished. The company is facing customers’ annoyance for not meeting the demand as the appetite for home entertainment is said to have dramatically increased due to coronavirus-induced lockdowns.

Walmart stores reportedly haven’t had the consoles for much of October.

“Bro i swear to God you not lying, i worked at a walmart distribution center and they have over 2,000 ps5s i literally was touching them every second,” a user named Chris Patrick said.

Another said: “it’s been almost a year since released and still always sold out. Scalpers are ridiculous.”

Others suggested that Walmart is allegedly stocking up because the Black Friday sale and the Christmas season are around the corner. Another user suggested they are “probably planning to mass stock to curb the scalpers.”

A scalper refers to a person who buys in-demand items in bulk at regular price and resells them at a higher price when demand escalates.

Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s chief financial officer, recently revealed the reason for shortages, saying: “It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components... We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers [but] we continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5.”

The Independent has reached out to Walmart for comment.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in