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PS5 UK stock update: More Smyths drops inbound and GAME restock dates for PlayStation 5

PS5 customers have yet more chances to purchase the next-gen PlayStation console.

Smyths is the latest retailer to restock the PS5, beginning with a small stock drop on the morning of March 18.

Don’t worry if you missed out this morning, however, because Smyths is expected to put more consoles on sale throughout the day.

That’s according to the PS5 UK Stock Alerts account, which points out that Smyths tends to release stock in batches.

“Was quite limited stock, now out of stock.. Keep an eye on their site because they do tend to release in batches throughout the day, we hope this is the case today.”

If you want to nab a next-gen PlayStation 5 console from Smyths today, then it’s recommended you check out THIS LINK whenever you’ve got a spare minute.

Fortunately, even more PS5 stock drops are expected to take place in the month of March, including another huge restock at GAME.

“If you didnt manage to get one, don’t worry,” reads a PS5 UK Stock – Instant Updates tweet. “We still have the Smyths drop later half this week. Also several stores such as GAME are receiving stock next week! Expect next Amazon drop to be 1st week April.”

Despite the ongoing PS5 stock shortages, customers are having more joy when trying to purchase a console.

This has led to prices dropping on the second-hand market, including places like eBay and CEX.

Indeed, UK retailer CEX – which was previously criticised for selling the console at hugely inflated prices – has reduced the PS5 to £650. That’s compared to the £800+ price tag from just a few weeks prior.

Prices on eBay are also dropping. Disc-free PS5 consoles are now selling for around £550, while disc-based consoles are starting to average out at around £650.

It’s a far cry from Christmas, when PlayStation 5 consoles were routinely listed for more than £900.

While second hand prices are still extremely high compared to the recommended retail price, it’s a positive step in the right direction for genuine customers looking to purchase a PlayStation.

The drop in second hand prices may also put scalpers off buying so many consoles in the future, which means more availability when retailers like Amazon, GAME and Smyths restock the device.

Sony has also been working hard to address component shortages and manufacturing issues with the PlayStation 5.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout and relaxing of lockdown rules and restrictions should make it easier to manufacture and ship consoles in the coming months.

It will be interesting to see if there are more shortages at Christmas, or if Sony will have finally managed to catch up with demand.

PS5 ShopTo restock: UK retailer drops PlayStation 5 stock, although there is a catch

UPDATE: UK customers be warned: ShopTo is now selling the PS5 console.

Needless to say, it looks like the ShopTo website is struggling to meet demand, but try this ShopTo link to get in the queue for a console.

Good luck, and remember Currys is also selling the PS5 this week, and ShopTo may re-sell any consoles that were cancelled.

ORIGINAL: The PlayStation 5 restocks will continue later today (March 11), as ShopTo puts the PS5 back on sale.

Unfortunately, however, there is a small catch, because ShopTo hasn’t actually revealed a time for the PS5 restock.

ShopTo confirmed the news in an email to customers: “Hi, we intend to go live with our latest PS5 bundle options today, Thursday 11th March.

“As you will be aware, these items remain in high demand and this continues to exceed the available supply.

“For this reason we will not be able to state a go live time, as we are trying to prevent thousands of customers from refreshing/staying on site throughout the day.

“If/when needed we will be using a queue system that will allow you to wait for the PS5 bundles or to browse/purchase other non PS5 items.”

The ShopTo website tends to struggle with large volumes of customers, so getting hold of a PS5 console may come down to luck.

It’s also possible the retailer will post a unique code to access the website, so it’s a good idea to follow ShopTo on social media.

Express Online will also post updates when ShopTo announces a time, or when the consoles go on sale.

It’s also worth bookmarking the Stock Informer website, while following trusted social media channels such as Digital Foundry Deals.

Fortunately, however, it looks like the restocks are starting to drive down second-hand prices at the likes of CEX.

UK retailer CEX – which was criticised for re-selling PS5 consoles at inflated prices – has started to lower purchase prices and re-sell prices for the PlayStation.

CEX is now selling PS5 consoles for £750 (compared to more than £800 last month), and will now buy consoles for £500.

Bots and scalpers have been a big problem for PlayStation 5 customers looking to score a console.

That’s in addition to a lack of components, which has made the manufacturing process difficult for Sony.

Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki recently said that the manufacturing of PS5 consoles has taken a hit in the last few months. This is due to a lack of semiconductors and other components.

“It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components,” Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki explained.

“We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers [but] we continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5.”

PS5 GAME and Currys restock TOMORROW: Live updates for surprise UK stock drops

Despite rumours to the contrary, GAME is about to get a huge PS5 restock this week.

After today’s PlayStation 5 restock at Very, UK retailers GAME and Currys are next in line to put PlayStation 5 consoles up for sale.

There are conflicting reports about the exact date and time for the GAME stock drop, although March 11 between 9am and 11am seems like the best bet.

According to one PS5 stock checker account, 56% of the consoles at GAME will be disc versions, while 44% will be disk-free.

“Stay tuned for GAME drop tomorrow or Friday from 9 40am Police cars revolving light we will post the links again when they drop! Let’s hope they follow through!” reads a PS5 UK Stock Alerts tweet.

“GAME has announced they’ll be releasing stock tomorrow between 9 and 11. They’ll have 56.3% Disc and 43.7% Digital this time. Very also drip feed stock after a drop so refreshing may work,” reads the PS5 UK Stock – Instant Updates account.

Currys, meanwhile, has updated its website with PlayStation 5 console listings. This means stock is almost certain to drop tomorrow (March 11).

One thing worth mentioning, however, is that you’ll need a Priority Pass in order to get hold of a console at Currys.

“So you heard it here first guys! Currys have now got their listing live but now drop yet! Soon to happen, not likely to be today,” reads another stock checker tweet.

If you want to get a PS5 Priority Pass, then you’ll need to visit the Currys website and sign up for a chance to buy a PS5.

Once on the PS5 Priority Pass website, customers are encouraged to fill out their details, including name, address and email.

Currys will select random entrants and send a Priority Pass to them, complete with a PS5 buying code. These codes will be valid for 72-hours only.

Remember to keep checking back for the latest stock drops in the UK, and to bookmark the Stock Informer website, while following social media channels such as Digital Foundry Deals.

It’s possible that this week’s Currys and GAME PlayStation 5 stock drops will be it for the month of March.

Fortunately, however, it looks like the restocks are starting to drive down second-hand prices at the likes of CEX.

UK retailer CEX – which was criticised for re-selling PS5 consoles at inflated prices – has started to lower purchase prices and re-sell prices for the PlayStation.

CEX is now selling PS5 consoles for £750 (compared to more than £800 last month), and will now buy consoles for £500.

Fingers crossed the same can be said for PlayStation 5 stock being sold on eBay.

India’s unemployment rate drops to pre-Covid levels

The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said on Thursday that the nation’s unemployment rate stood at 6.9 percent last month, which is much lower than the 7.8 percent clocked in February 2020.

“The unemployment rate has recovered to its pre-lockdown levels. However, recovery in the labor force participation rate and the employment rate remain significantly lower than their levels before the lockdown,” the CMIE said in its weekly analysis. 

According to the data, the labor participation rate was 40.5 percent in February 2021. That’s slightly lower than the 40.6 percent recorded in January 2021 and 42.6 percent in February 2020. “This means that the proportion of working age people who are employed or are unemployed and are actively seeking employment has declined,” the CMIE said. 

Meanwhile, the employment rate dropped to 37.7 percent in February compared to 39.4 percent in 2019-20. “The slide in the employment rate over the last three years continues. The rate has recovered from the steep fall earlier in fiscal 2020-21. But it has merely reverted to its trend of a steady fall that was established before the lockdown.” 
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The CMIE further said that the count of the employed has declined quite sharply in the period. According to its research, some 405.3 million persons were employed on average during July-February of the previous fiscal year. To compare, around 395.2 million persons were employed during the corresponding period of the current year.

“So, the post-lockdown period is characterized by a 2.5 percent fall in employment and 6.2 percent fall in the count of the unemployed. This translates into a 2.8 percent contraction of the labor force,” the CMIE added.

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