I have tried to use fast fingers to preorder a PS5 as soon as it restocks and have failed. Now I want to turn to the dark side.

What do I use to achieve this? I know python and shell scripting but know nothing about web development.

poVoq
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Game theory at work turning this into a mutually assured destruction scenario where everyone loses.

Next step will be an AI that predicts when there will be stock and sends the order a few milliseconds before the stock is officially listed.

@ksynwa
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I don’t see the game theory aspect here. Can you explain?

poVoq
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Well, like game-theory applies to all such scenarios.

@ksynwa
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That is technically correct but game theory is not useful here because scalpers and normal consumers aren’t parties that can ever (even hypothetically) reach a compromise. If you look at the 101 example of “two hostages being interrogated separately”, this situation is nothing like that. Everyone is just trying to preorder one or more video game console as stupid as it sounds

Popular libs for web scraping are requests and beautifulsoup. You may want to check out this tutorial for the basics.

I wouldn’t be too optimistic that you stand a chance against “professional scrapers” but good luck anyway!

@ksynwa
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I have used bs4 before but didn’t know it could be used for that. Thanks.

Windows is Malware
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PS5 is evil device with DRM. Give your money to charity instead of S*ny.

QuentinCallaghan
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For Python I would use requests and Selenium.

@ksynwa
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Thanks. Will look into selenium.

QuentinCallaghan
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Selenium is great because it allows one to do browser actions such as clicking an element and going to a different page, so it could be used to implement “sniping a PS5”.

@ksynwa
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Selenium worked. Thanks a lot.

@edward
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You’re probably better off finding a bot someone else has already made. Here’s a few.

@ksynwa
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I had to modify the code for one of the bots in there but was able to preorder one finally. Thanks a lot.

@ksynwa
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Nice. Thanks a lot.

realcaseyrollins
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Isn’t like Walmart keeping a cache to sell exclusively in person? I feel like that’d be your best bet

@ksynwa
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Sorry but I don’t live in a region where Walmart operates.

down daemon
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fucking gamers

@ksynwa
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Down with g*mers indeed

To solve this problem… ask yourself… why you want this PS5? What motivates your desire for a closed capitalist hardware full of neocolonial games? To the point of this clicking nonesense?

@ksynwa
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I asked these questions and the problem wasn’t solved but thanks for trying.

coleman
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After the Revolution, the only game is Farming Simulator 2095

realcaseyrollins
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LOL 😂😂😂

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