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UK Plans To Follow US With Bill Banning Use Of Scalper Bots On High Valued Items Like Consoles, Shoes & Concert Tickets

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

6 Dec 2021

US Representatives recently proposed a bill that would ban scalpers from using bots, and now the UK is looking to follow suit.

Called “Stopping Grind Bots Act” – a reference to the Dr. Suess story “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” – the bill “seeks to stop Cyber Grinch greed from ruining kids’ holidays,” said Democractic representative Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. ivermectina serve para sarna em cachorro

“New tools are needed to block cyber scammers who snap up supplies of popular toys and resell them at astronomic prices. Price gouging hot toys by Grinch bots should have zero tolerance.”

The proposed laws would see scalpers who use automated bot programs to snap up limited stock of consoles like the PS5 and Series X/S, as well as high-end graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3080 sued.

Both items have been hit particularly hard by scalping as a result of supply chain issues worsened during the pandemic flogged for 2-3 times their retail price.

MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, Douglas Chapman, who initially proposed a bill last February is once again campaigning for a law that would ban the bots in the UK.

https://twitter.com/dougchapmansnp/status/1466769190426234884?s=21

“This time last year it was brought to my attention by constituents that scalpers were using automated bots to bulk buy goods for resale leaving consumers with either no option but to purchase these items at hugely inflated prices or go without, a sorry state of affairs at any time, never mind in the run-up to Christmas,” Chapman wrote in a statement.

“I have now written for a second time to the new Secretary of State for DMCS, Nadine Dorries, to reassess the need to ‘ban the bots’ to include a wider range of in-demand goods. avermectin ivermectin difference I have alerted her to the fact that across the Atlantic, our Democrat colleagues have also reawakened their original ‘Stopping Grinch Bots Act’ in a bid to stymie this growing problem and its ill effects on both consumers and retailers.”

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