Xbox Series X restock tracker: Our best tips to get your hands on a console

by in BusinessAdvertising on December 16, 2021

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Getting your hands on a Xbox Series X this holiday season has been frustrating, no doubt, but don’t throw in the towel quite yet. As we get nearer and nearer to Christmas morning, we’re seeing more restocks than usual, including three drops this past week alone. While there’s no restocks officially on the books for next week, that doesn’t mean we won’t see some surprise availability. Take a look at our best tips, tricks, and pieces of advice to make sure you don’t miss your chance to grab one of these next-gen consoles. 

Here are some quick tips for catching a surprise Xbox restock:

  • Timing: Unannounced restocks typically happen after 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) unless they come from Target, which tends to drop them before 6 a.m. PT (9 a.m. ET).
  • Walmart, GameStop and Best Buy have membership subscriptions that frequently offer early access to restocks, but they’re not always required. Even if you don’t pay for early access, you should still create an account with these retailers for faster checkout.
  • Install the app for your preferred retailer — they’re often faster to use than the websites — but it’s better to use both. 

Want to know how to better your chances of getting a console? Here’s what we’ve got.

Xbox Series X: Check inventory restock

Walmart does a solid job of noting availability windows for PS5 and Xbox on its . You might also want to visit the retailer’s  for both new consoles. Bear in mind you may see higher prices from third-party resellers.

Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows. 

This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X. 

If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X homepage. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more. 

Amazon is selling both the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this product page. 

GameStop has in the past  a “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase” but is currently sold out.

This is where you can buy the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory. 

To be clear, we highly recommend waiting for inventory to appear at ordinary retailers, so you can buy an Xbox Series X at the regular retail price. But if you’ve decided you simply can’t wait another moment, the average Xbox Series X price on eBay is about $800.

Are you desperate by now? Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? Listen, we wouldn’t do this and we don’t recommend you do it, either. But if you want to take that path, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models — as long as you’re willing to pay upward of $700.

This story is updated frequently with the latest Xbox Series X inventory news.

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