Thursday, November 25th 2021

Microsoft is Sending Private Xbox Series X Purchase Links to "Valued Xbox Customers"

More than a year after the release of Microsoft's Xbox Series X console and demand still hasn't abated - many customers are still trying to get their hands on a piece of Xbox Series X hardware, which is continually sold-out at most retailers and e-tailers that actually practice sane pricing. Many companies have tried to adapt to the new world of scalping by adding queue systems, locking inventory behind subscription services such as Amazon Prime, or via private buy links sent out via email. Microsoft seems to have chosen the latter as the 2021 holiday season fast approaches - the company has been sending links for Xbox Series X bundles to "valued Xbox customers", allowing them to purchase an Xbox Series X directly from Microsoft without having to compete with the scalpers or bots in the general Microsoft store.

The Xbox Series X bundles include an Xbox Series X with two controllers and one game. The Verge notes customers can choose one game out of Madden 22, GTA V, Rust, Far Cry 6, Hasbro Family Fun Pack, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Insurgency Sandstorm, or Diablo 2 Resurrected. There's no real way to tell how Microsoft is choosing which customers to send these links to - it sounds plausible that it's targeting users that have purchased either Xbox software or hardware via the U.S. Microsoft Store. Even with this mailing campaign, consoles will be sold in a first-come, first-served basis - the link may lead users towards a page where the Series X is out of stock all the same, but it certainly does give users that slightly higher chance to finally score a latest gen Xbox console.
Source: The Verge
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20 Comments on Microsoft is Sending Private Xbox Series X Purchase Links to "Valued Xbox Customers"

#1
DeathtoGnomes
Assuming m$ charges the same as retail stores, this practice could be more profitable for them.
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Bomby569
I can't believe this, i told someone should do this when the shortages of gpu's started, both Nvidia and AMD know who bought their gpu's, and could have easily done this if they weren't to busy counting their money to the bank and not giving a shit about the people that actually supported them for years when there was no crypto to cash in.

I take my hat off to Microsoft, amazing decision.
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#3
Chomiq

Too little too late.

It's just like EVGA with their notification system. Somehow cards are delivered to stores in EU, but people are still stuck in the queue since they entered it back in October/November last year. Maybe it's a bit better in US, but not by much.
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#4
lynx29
I got an email for this actually. It's legit. I may make my purchase on one xbox series x soon, considering the world is ending.

Only issue I have is it forces you to buy a second controller and a game with... which I need neither, as I will be using gamefly for games, and I only need 1 controller. i guess i could not open them and try to sell them here at a discount and just keep the xbox. i dunno
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#5
Bomby569
Chomiq

Too little too late.

It's just like EVGA with their notification system. Somehow cards are delivered to stores in EU, but people are still stuck in the queue since they entered it back in October/November last year. Maybe it's a bit better in US, but not by much.
i got a card from their queue in EU back in the summer, a 3060 that my brother is using
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#6
lynx29
Bomby569i got a card from their queue in EU back in the summer, a 3060 that my brother is using
how do you join that que?
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#7
The King
Their most valued customers are all scalpers. :roll:
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#8
Chomiq
lynx29how do you join that que?
You can't anymore. At least in EU they removed "auto-notify" buttons.
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#9
Bomby569
ChomiqYou can't anymore. At least in EU they removed "auto-notify" buttons.
They shut it down, they are supplying everyone that was in the queue and not accepting anymore applications.
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#10
Chomiq
Bomby569They shut it down, they are supplying everyone that was in the queue and not accepting anymore applications.
And they limited queue to 2 SKUs only.
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#11
AsRock
TPU addict
Bomby569I can't believe this, i told someone should do this when the shortages of gpu's started, both Nvidia and AMD know who bought their gpu's, and could have easily done this if they weren't to busy counting their money to the bank and not giving a shit about the people that actually supported them for years when there was no crypto to cash in.

I take my hat off to Microsoft, amazing decision.
Yeah, would be nice if other companys did this too.
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#13
Durvelle27
I’ve been getting these emails for months now.
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#14
lynx29
Durvelle27I’ve been getting these emails for months now.
I tried checking out on mine, it won't let me sadly. I wanted a series x too... :(
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#15
Durvelle27
lynx29I tried checking out on mine, it won't let me sadly. I wanted a series x too... :(
Try local stores

I’ve had luck and so far scored 4 Series X and 4 Series S. Along with 3 PS5
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#16
lynx29
Durvelle27Try local stores

I’ve had luck and so far scored 4 Series X and 4 Series S. Along with 3 PS5
sell me one with only a 5% markup? for a friend? :D
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#17
Durvelle27
lynx29sell me one with only a 5% markup? for a friend? :D
A Series X??

I normally don’t mark up items and The systems I got weren’t sold. I gave them away as gifts and kept only 3 personally
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#18
The Von Matrices
Bomby569I can't believe this, i told someone should do this when the shortages of gpu's started, both Nvidia and AMD know who bought their gpu's, and could have easily done this if they weren't to busy counting their money to the bank and not giving a shit about the people that actually supported them for years when there was no crypto to cash in.

I take my hat off to Microsoft, amazing decision.
This isn't Microsoft being benevolent. Microsoft makes most of its money on the software/services (games) that are purchased well after the hardware is sold. Having this "exclusive" program is a business move to ensure that the customers that spend the most $$$ on Xbox software/services can get a console and stay on the Xbox platform to continue spending $$$ on software/services.
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#19
Bomby569
The Von MatricesThis isn't Microsoft being benevolent. Microsoft makes most of its money on the software/services (games) that are purchased well after the hardware is sold. Having this "exclusive" program is a business move to ensure that the customers that spend the most $$$ on Xbox software/services can get a console and stay on the Xbox platform to continue spending $$$ on software/services.
Aren't you being a little cynical, do you have any proof they only sent it to whales?
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#20
mdbrotha03
Bomby569Aren't you being a little cynical, do you have any proof they only sent it to whales?
I got a link. I wouldn't call myself a whale. I have had Xbox live for 17 years.

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