UK MP renews bid for Console Scalping Bots


After a failed bid earlier this year, a UK MP has once again introduced a bill to tackle scalding schemes, which have caused problems with the supply of new generation consoles, graphics cards and other high-demand goods.

UK Member of Parliament Douglas Chapman has written to the government’s Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport in the hope of increasing interest in legislation to tackle automated bots. upset consumers and raise prices.

Chapman, now a powerful MP ​​for Dunfermline and West Fife, is hoping to increase pressure on the government to tackle the issue by raise a new movement about the problem after the previous introduced a bill earlier this year.

“This time last year, it caught my eye that scalers were using automated bots to buy goods in bulk for resale leaving consumers with no choice but to buy those items. overpriced or thrown away, an unfortunate situation at Chapman explained in a press release.

“Earlier this year I met the then-Secretary of State at DCMS to raise this issue; I have now written for the second time to the new DMCS Secretary of State, Nadine Dorries, to re-evaluate the need for ‘ban bots’ to include a wider range of goods in demand. I alerted her to the fact that across the Atlantic, our Democratic colleagues have also re-implemented their original ‘Stop Grinch Bots Act’ to prevent the problem from escalating. this increase and its adverse effects on both consumers and retailers. “

Chapman’s first bill was introduced before Congress in March but failed to go any further. While the bill has made no further progress, it should come as no surprise to the MP. At the time, Chapman acknowledged that the bill was unlikely to pass, but believed that adopting it in the first place would help hold the government “accountable” for the ongoing problem.

While pressure from MPs in the UK continues to mount on the issue, lawmakers in the US are continuing to do the same. Last week, some Democrats reintroduce a bill intended to prevent extenders from using bots to hoard products from consumers. Aptly named “The Grinch Bots Containment Act,” the bill was reintroduced on November 29 by Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) , Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM).

“At a time when families can spend time with their loved ones, digital ‘grinch bots’ are forcing Americans to scour the web in hopes of finding a great gift. affordable or exorbitant prices for a toy,” Tonko said in a press release. local retailers and other entrepreneurs trying to make sure they have the best items in stock for their customers.”

As we head into the holiday season, the timeframe to stop using scalping programs this year has long since passed. However, those trying to fix the problem within the government will hope that the changes can go into effect soon to minimize future problems for shoppers.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter. UK MP renews bid for Console Scalping Bots


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