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We’ve been waiting for retailers to make Black Friday announcements, and it looks like the first has been found before the official announcement. According to a leaked photo of a paper advertisement from Twitter user Wario64, Walmart will have a PS5 restock on Black Friday. If this image is true, Walmart plans to make its PS5 restock available first to its Walmart Plus subscribers. This means the best chance to grab a console on Black Friday is to sign up for this service, as you will have a four-hour head start on anyone else.
Walmart is unlikely to be the only retailer with plans to hide a PS5 restock behind a paywall this Black Friday. Most other retailers now offer a way for you to pay to cut the line by joining their membership programs. Here are the services we’ve seen so far:
- : The first company to offer a way to cut the PS5 restock line is also the cheapest. In addition to increased points to spend on discounts in the store, you can get access to a console at least one hour before normal GameStop shoppers. And for $15 a year, that’s not a bad deal.
One major retailer we haven’t seen charge for access to a PS5 has been Amazon, specifically through its Treasure Truck program. You don’t have to be a Prime subscriber to sign up for Treasure Truck, and when a PS5 restock becomes available there you will get a text message early in the day to pick one up. The name is a little confusing — you don’t actually have to go to a physical truck to pick up your PS5. Instead, it will be delivered right to your door. If you’re not signed up for Treasure Truck texts,
GameStop has pages for both the $400 Digital Edition (click the button below) as well as the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500. You can also buy a full range of PS5 accessories from GameStop like the Pulse 3D wireless headset for $100.
Target offers the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below.
Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 as well as the $400 Digital Edition (which you can find by clicking the button below). The retailer is also offering a slew of accessories on its PS5 landing page.
You can check inventory on the $400 Digital Edition at Walmart by clicking the button below, or you can try to snag the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.
You can check out Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get in line for the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.
See the detailed instructions above for more info on how to queue up for a PS5 availability at Sony’s PlayStation Direct.
Newegg’s PS5 page has multiple bundles that include additional controllers and games along with the console. You can see the different options by clicking on the button below.
If you’ve decided you simply can’t wait another moment for Sony to get its act together and flood the market with inventory, eBay is a shortcut to getting your own PS5 right now. That said, let me reiterate our advice: No PS5 is worth spending hundreds over list price, and that’s exactly what you’ll have to do if you buy from an eBay reseller. The average PS5 price on eBay is about $850.
OK, you’ve exhausted all of the online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and you’ve decided you’re willing to pay upward of a $300 markup to get this puppy soon. As your friends, we have to tell you: Don’t do it. But if you don’t want to listen to us, you might want to check out StockX, an eBay alternative that made its name in the secondary market for sneakers and designer clothing. Last time we checked, prices for the PS5 were hovering around $800.
This story is regularly updated with the latest PS5 stock news.