PS5 UK price cut: Is now the time to get a pre-owned PlayStation 5?

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Despite launching just over a year ago, the PlayStation 5 is still nearly impossible to get your hands on.

Much to the frustration of customers, the PlayStation 5 console sold out immediately after going on sale.

This has caused second-hand prices to skyrocket, especially in places like eBay and CEX.

Fortunately, however, second-hand prices have started to fall, and just in time for Christmas.

At CEX, for example, a boxed PS5 can now be bought for £695, compared to over £800 at its peak.

It’s still a lot more expensive than buying a brand new PlayStation 5 console, but at least they’re actually in stock at CEX.

The PS5 is even cheaper on eBay, where PlayStation 5 consoles average between £500 and £650.

You need to be careful when buying from eBay, make sure to check the seller’s ratings, read the product description carefully and pay by card.

Customers should also pay close attention to shipping costs when buying through eBay, as well as estimated delivery times.

If you’d rather take the risk and buy a brand new console, Express Online will post a weekly live blog with warnings for restocking.

PS5 UK stock drop warnings for GAME, PlayStation Direct, Argos and Amazon

Also keep an eye out for the newly launched PlayStation Direct website, where Sony sells PS5 consoles directly to customers.

The site offers fans the chance to purchase everything from PS Plus subscriptions and hardware to games and accessories.

The US Direct website regularly receives stock, so don’t be surprised to see new stock later this week.

To give yourself the best possible chance of getting your hands on a console, PS5 UK Stock Alerts recommends setting up a Sony account sooner rather than later.

More PS5 buying tips can be seen below.

Where to buy a PS5 in the UK?
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Amazon – PS5 Disc Console

Amazon has been a great place to buy the PS5 in the UK this year. However, if you want to be first in line, you’d better update your Amazon Prime subscription. That’s because Prime members tend to get “priority access” to Amazon UK PS5 add-ons.

PRIME VIP ACCESS

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Very – PS5 Signup

Very also offers a range of PS5 purchase options for its restocks, including standalone consoles and bundles including accessories or subscription services. You can go to the Very PS5 signup by clicking here to receive email updates on the PlayStation 5.

EMAIL SUBSCRIBE

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GAME – PS5 Consoles, Bundles

GAME was one of the best places to buy a PS5 in the UK in 2021. GAME sells the PS5 Digital (£359.99) and PS5 Disc (£449.99) consoles separately, as well as a range of bundles of accessories, games and more.

FROM £359.99

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Argos – PS5 Disc

Argos was the other best place to buy a PS5 in the UK this year. One of the best things about ordering a PS5 from Argos is that customers were able to pick up a shiny new PS5 console from their local Argos store not too long after placing their order.

£449.99

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Argos – PS5 Digital

Unlike GAME, Argos typically only sells standalone PS5 consoles. The cheapest PS5 purchase option from Argos is the PS5 Digital console, which costs £359.99. With previous restocks, Argos has offered both same-day in-store pick-up and home delivery.

£359.99

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John Lewis – PS5 Digital and Disc

John Lewis is another leading UK retailer taking online orders for the PS5. The iconic high street store has had new stocks for both the PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital consoles in the past. But with John Lewis, you have to act fast as stocks tend to pick up quickly.

£359.99 AND £449.99

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Currys – PS5 Ordering Hub

Currys is another UK retailer that has taken orders for the PS5 this year. A VIP code is required for most 2021 Curry’s online orders. But we’ll have to wait and see if this schedule changes as PS5 stock – hopefully – becomes more readily available.

FROM £359.99

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BT – PS5 code required

Telecom giant BT also lets customers order a PS5 through its official online store. To be in with a chance of winning a PS5 from BT, you must be a customer and also register your interest online.

REGISTER

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EE – PS5 code required

As with parent company BT, EE also sells the PS5 to its customers. But you must register your interest, have received a code and also be an existing customer with a handset subscription that falls within the first 17 months of their contract.

REGISTER

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AO.com – PS5 Store

AO.com is another retailer that has taken innovative approaches to its PS5 additions. While some PS5 add-ons have been purchased through the conventional online route, other customers have had to call the store to place an order. You can head over to the AO PS5 store to find the latest deals currently being bought online.

LATEST OFFERS

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ShopTo – PS5 Stock Alerts

ShopTo is a specialist gaming retailer that has also taken orders for the PS5 in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when ShopTo gets more PS5 stock, you can sign up for email notifications on the retailer’s website today.

STOCK ALERTS

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The Game Collection – PS5 Games, Consoles, Accessories

Another gaming specialist that has gotten PS5 additions this year is The Game Collection. The retailer has previously opened orders for bumper bundles that include games and accessories. While you wait for the next stock, check out the wide range of other PS5 items the retailer has in store, as well as all the money-saving deals The Game Collection has right now.

PS5 BUNDLES

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PlayStation 5 shopping tips when buying GAME…

• Familiarize yourself with the bundles so you know which one to target first: obscure bundles are easier to get, standalone bundles almost impossible. [GAME]

• Click on warning as soon as possible to your first bundle of choice, this will put you in the queue. [GAME]

• If it says it failed at checkout, it means the bundle is now OOS. So go back to the bundles and pick another one. [GAME]

• Paying too much too soon will give you a 30-60 second timeout, so don’t rush. If this happens, please wait for a while and try again. [GAME]

General shopping tips for PlayStation 5…

• Log in if you already have an account with the retailer.

• Use multiple devices as much as possible – desktop browser, laptop, tablet, smartphone.

• If the retailer has a dedicated app, download and use the app to purchase a PS5.

• Sign up for retailer stock alerts whenever possible. Sites like ShopTo allow users to register interest.

• Track stock checker accounts and websites including PS5 UK Stock and Express Gaming.

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