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The scalpers want $5,000 to buy a Steam deck

It didn’t take long.Scalpers push up the price of Valve’s new products Steam deck Handheld game consoles are as high as $5,000 one day after the start of pre-order.

Valve offers three different versions of Steam Deck: the basic model priced at $399, equipped with 64GB eMMC storage, the $529 model equipped with a 256GB NVMe SSD, and the $649 model equipped with a 512GB NVMe SSD and a display screen Anti-glare glass.

The demand for handheld devices seems to be higher than Valve’s expectations.its Server is tight At the beginning of the booking, as of the time of writing, the delivery date for the 64GB and 256GB models has fallen to the second quarter of 2022, and the delivery date for the 512GB model has fallen to the third quarter of 22.

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Valve technically classifies these orders as reservations, and when the equipment is close to shipping, a deposit of $5 will be charged to the final order. It seems that in some cases, the scalpers are only selling reservations, which means their buyers must also buy hardware from Valve, but in other cases, the Steam Deck itself is indeed for sale. This ambiguity not only makes it more difficult for buyers to determine the true cost of the system, but it also provides a way for scalpers to maximize profits by requiring less upfront investment.

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