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Offline noisyturtle

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The problem with resellers
« on: Sat, 03 April 2021, 15:23:42 »
Time was you could simply walk into a store and purchase the product you wanted, but these days that has become increasingly difficult even for basic everyday items. Sure the scalper market has always been there, you'd hear about a hot toy that holiday season or some new electronic everyone wants, but the past 2 years this has extended to every consumer market. TCG's, GPU's, really any computer part, shoes, concert tickets, electronics, board games, clothing, toys, household cleaners, toilet paper, food, even the very homes we live in are being bought and scalped. Not just every consumer product, but even the basic things humans need to live are being bought by soulless opportunistic scumbags and flipped at the expense of everyone else.

This is a huge problem that needs addressing immediately. The longer these jackals prosper the worse it will get. How can the current rampage of scalpers and resellers be stopped before they destroy the retail market completely out of selfish greed?

Working around video game sales my company has strict preordering and rules for limited stuff. Even TCGs we limit to 1 large item or 3 boosters per household. What I don't approve of is the 'First Come First Serve' way of doing business. There may be some Series X or PS5s going online, but even limited to one per purchase bots still ensure they are gone within 10 seconds of being posted.

Every customer I have spoken to doesn't have the time to stal;k a website all day long every day of the week, they have lives to live. Who do you think is getting these products then? Yup. Resellers. Solves absolutly nothing. I always approved the que system. Customers regularly tell me they would happily wait an entire year if they could simply set it and forget it, getting in a line and ensuring they will receive what they want eventually. No botting, no stalking, no bull**** games.

But in the meantime we need our lawmakers who are hopelessly out of touch with the situation to create laws and regulations preventing these vultures from being able to prosper by doing nothing.

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Re: The problem with resellers
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 03 April 2021, 16:22:07 »
What law(s) do you think could work and how can they be enforced?  I think the only way to stop bots online would be to have the fields for checkout arranged differently every time with random names and labels and no validation to 'help' identify them, but who would be brave enough to implement such a system what would the 'equalities' activists make of it (bots are essentially screen readers)

Would be much easier if people did walk into shops rather than looking online but if there's one thing Covid has taught us it's that shops are unnecessary so we're screwed
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Offline noisyturtle

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Re: The problem with resellers
« Reply #2 on: Sat, 03 April 2021, 17:10:05 »
What law(s) do you think could work and how can they be enforced?  I think the only way to stop bots online would be to have the fields for checkout arranged differently every time with random names and labels and no validation to 'help' identify them, but who would be brave enough to implement such a system what would the 'equalities' activists make of it (bots are essentially screen readers)

Would be much easier if people did walk into shops rather than looking online but if there's one thing Covid has taught us it's that shops are unnecessary so we're screwed

A simple pictorial CAPTCHA at checkout works for 90% of botting cases. Things as easy as adding a condition for multiple orders when cross checking the customer's credit info and address. Restricting number of purchases per customer. Creating a que system that holds orders in the sequence they were validated so when more stock arrives the next customer has their order ensured and paid for. Very simple stuff, it doesn't take a marketing genius or website designer to think of these obvious solutions that when enacted en mass creates a harder wall for scalpers to climb while also making the retail environment more customer friendly. The law comes in to force retailers to adopt these measures no longer as an option, but a requirement.

The hype drives sales and demand, but the retailers are not making anything off product they do not have to sell.
« Last Edit: Sat, 03 April 2021, 17:12:16 by noisyturtle »

Offline Leslieann

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Re: The problem with resellers
« Reply #3 on: Sat, 03 April 2021, 21:05:17 »
The scalpers are just taking advantage of a situation, vendors are caught in the middle, it's Covid, people and manufacturers who are the problem. Stop acting like you NEED a 3080, companies need to make more, and covid needs to clear up, which also goes back to people.

And no simple captcha doesn't stop the bots, not even close, at this point the bots are often BETTER at it than people. I've even seen a few lately that were wrong and that's probably because the bots over-ruled the correct answer. Something people don't realize is that captcha isn't verified, no one looks at the picture and decides the correct answer before it gets used, ever see one, make the right choice and still fail? That may not have been the real captcha, that is how they determine the right answer, it's group sourced by feeding you test samples before making you answer one that has been "verified", so if enough people pick wrong answer the wrong answer will be the right answer to pass it when that picture is actually used. The other issue is there's only so many pictures in rotation and the bots learn them fast.

It was a great idea and it did push machine learning forward, unfortunately it pushed machine learning on both sides and in some cases it learned the wrong thing, which is an issue with machine learning.
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