Scalpers have repeatedly been using bots to clear out the entire stock of consoles, graphics cards, and other highly sought-after items that have been experiencing a shortage. However, it seems that a group of US politicians is gearing up to crack down on these scalpers with a new bill.
The ‘Stopping Grinch Bots Act’ is being introduced by Representative Paul Tonko, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Ben Ray Luján to take action against scalper bots, as reported by VGC. Similar to the Better Online Ticket Sales Act that revolved around buying concert and other event tickets using bots that was passed in 2016, the bill is targeting the ban of scalper bots.
“At a time when families should be able to spend time with their loved ones, digital ‘Grinch bots’ are forcing Americans to scour online sites in the hopes of finding an affordable gift or paying exorbitant prices for a single toy,” Tonko said in a statement. “These bots don’t just squeeze consumers, they pose a problem for small businesses, local retailers and other entrepreneurs trying to ensure they have the best items in stock for their customers. Our Grinch Bots Act works to level the playing field and prevent scalpers from sucking hardworking parents dry this holiday season. I urge my colleagues to join me in passing this legislation immediately to stop these Grinch bots from stealing the holidays.”
A similar discussion had previously been raised in the UK parliament as well, which aimed to stop the scalping of gaming hardware, among other things. Scalping is certainly one of the biggest problems gaming audiences have been facing of late, and recognition of the same in any capacity is much appreciated. Here’s hoping it comes to something.