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This Amazon trick will help you snag PS5 and Xbox Series X restock — we’ve tested it

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Recent Amazon PS5 and Xbox Series X restocks have been a fiasco with thousands of eager gamers overwhelming the retailer's servers and product listing pages crumbling under the strain. However, hope is not lost if you're still on the hunt for a PS5 or Xbox Series X at Amazon. There is one small trick you can do that will help increase your chances of scoring a console next time the online retailer has stock. 

This trick is extremely simple to perform and involves the Amazon wish list functionality. All you need to do is add the PS5 or Xbox Series X to your wish list (you’re still able to do this even while it’s sold out). Then when Amazon restocks one of the consoles, you add it to your cart directly from the wish list. 

PS5: $499 at Amazon
Check stock: The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, the design is slightly fuller than the all-digital model. It sells for $499 and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at Amazon
Check stock: The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.View Deal

Don’t attempt to access the PS5 or Xbox Series X product listings, as these pages are always slammed with traffic as desperate shoppers compete for the minimal stock. Just go straight to your wishlist and click ‘add to basket’ from there. If possible, attempt it on multiple devices as well.

Amazon U.K. dropped Xbox Series X stock this morning (March 9) and by performing this trick we were able to get stock in our basket four times without issue. When we tried to add the console to our cart from the main product listing we weren’t able to get to checkout a single time as we kept getting a “this product is unavailable” error. 

Don’t worry, we didn’t complete the transactions and actually purchase four Xbox Series X consoles; we’re here to help fight the scalpers and not join them. But having tested it ourselves we recommend this method. 

While we have only directly tested this trick on Amazon U.K., we have seen multiple people confirm that the method will also work on Amazon U.S. on social media. 

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It is worth noting that this trick is by no means a guarantee that you’ll be able to score yourself one of these in-demand next-gen machines, but it’s a method of tipping the odds in your favor. 

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