US politicians unveil new bill to clamp down on scalping

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Danielle Partis

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Lawmakers in the United States have revealed a new bill intended to curb scalping of high-demand goods.

The Stopping Grinch Bots Act — named after the titular festive Dr. Seuss antagonist — aims to stop scalpers using bots to quickly purchase items that are in demand to be sold on for higher prices.

Once implemented, the bill hopes to “create a more level playing field so everyone has a fair chance of buying popular products at reasonable prices when shopping online.”

While the bill doesn’t specifically focus on video game hardware, both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have

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