Currys PC World is charging £2,449 for Xbox Series X to deter scalpers

Excited gamers who pre-ordered an Xbox Series X might have been left scratching their heads when they got an unusual email.

Customers were met with a message dropping into their inbox telling them the price of the console had suddenly shot up.

But the strange correspondence from Currys PC World is not all that it seems.

The outlet informed shoppers that the new Xbox now costs £2,449, with an Series S console setting punters back £2,249.

Customers would have been staggered at the email – as Currys had not explained what they were doing, Metro reports.

Gamers who pre-ordered were suddenly being told that the price had gone up by a eye-watering £2,000.

But luckily no one will have to fumble around for that kind of money.

Instead, everyone will be sent a £2,005 discount code to make sure that pre-orders are “prioritised when orders open online”.

The bizarre stunt could be to put off scalpers and their bots from instantly buying up all the stock.

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Bots could be put off by the unusually high price and won’t have a voucher code, which will require manual input, reports Metro.

Unsurprisingly, the voucher codes are already being flogged on eBay for anything up to £100.

There are several listings on the online market place.

One preorder code is set at £202, with another boasting a buy it now price of £584.99.

Another listing has more than 20 bids from desperate would-be buyers.

Weirdly, there was no similar deal for the newest Playstation console.

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