Everything about the way the PS5 releases are going is infuriating, especially through Sony direct. Just let everyone that wants one preorder it and wait, it would kill off most of the scalpers if people knew they had an order in even if they had to wait months.
Yeah I really don't understand how and why this hasn't been done yet. Just basically let people enter a queue to preorder em, first come first serve, and as they come in stock, you just start going down the queue. At least at a store like Sony Direct. I can see why Amazon and Best Buy and stuff want to do it the other way to build up the hype and drive traffic to their sites, but even then, I feel like if they let people just get in a queue for them, it would be so much easier.
In the end, these big box stores don't even care who buys them. A sale is a sale, whether it's to a bot, scalper, or someone who wants it. The downside with bots and scalpers buying them is you don't get game and accessory purchases with the system either. But I really don't think that is a big deal because those people who end up with the systems will eventually be buying games and accessories and it probably all evens out in the end.