Retail sites declare war as resale bots scoop up all the bargains

Stores try new tactics against emboldened bots rushing to snatch products online

08 December 2020 - 20:22 By Richa Naidu and Melissa Fares

Seven times last month, Benjamin Karmis, a 26-year-old priest from Wheaton, Illinois, failed to get his hands on the latest Sony PlayStation 5 video game console from retail websites including Walmart Inc and Facebook Marketplace.

But it wasn’t because another person beat him to the purchase...

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