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Photo: Mr.Mikla (Shutterstock) Even though the PlayStation 5 has been out for a full year, Sony’s console is still very difficult to buy. It’s partly due to supply chain issues, and partly because of increased demand—both totally understandable—but the third reason for the shortage is an old problem: Re-sellers. To combat the guttier-capitalists who use bots to snatch up every available console then flip them at insane mark-ups, more and more retailers are giving first-dibs on purchasing to shoppers who pay for that access. There are no good guys in this situation: The bot-buyers obviously suck, but retailers efforts to fight them are almost as bad. While there are better actors out there— PlayStation Direct, for instance, charges nothing to register for the chance to buy a PS5, limiting sales to one-console-per-person and using your PSN ID to verify—more and more retailers are putting PS5s behind paywalls. Walmart, for instance, is offering timed-exclusive purchasing to Walmart Plus members . It costs about $100 a year, and will allow you to shop online Black Friday deals four hours before everyone else, as well as offering free delivery and other benefits. Best Buy has been releasing some PlayStation 5 consoles exclusively to Total Tech members, who pay $200 a year for tech support and delivery. Whether these programs are a good deal overall depends on how often you shop at the respective stores, but if you’re signing up just to buy a PlayStation 5, you’re sending retailers the message that they […]