Police warn against buying gaming systems online after violent robberies

Nov 17 2020, 9:24 am

Toronto Police are warning people against buying gaming systems online after “numerous” robberies, including violent ones, were reported.

The newly-released PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are both sold out at retailers across the city. Some buyers are looking to resell the coveted consoles, albeit at wildly inflated prices.

The PS5 retails for $629.99, the Series X for $599.99. Average resale prices in the GTA hover around $1,000 and $800, respectively.

Police say they have received “numerous reports of robberies” involving people “selling game systems online.”

Weapons and violence were used in some of the robberies, they say.

Toronto Police advised those selling the systems to let someone know where they’re meeting a prospective buyer and carefully choose the location.

Video games are played by 65% of Canadians. As people continue to spend time indoors due to COVID-19, they’re gaining popularity across the world.

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