In the US it was proposed at the legislative level
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In the US, it was proposed at the legislative level to ban shopping bots

A group of American congressmen from the Democratic Party proposed to urgently pass a law against speculators using special bots that instantly buy up whole lots of consoles, video cards and other popular goods on online platforms in order to artificially create a shortage and resell them at a premium. The bill filed by politicians is called the Stopping Grinch Bots Act. PCMag

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The document is named after the fictional villain Grinch, coined by American writer Theodor Seuss Geisel for his book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. American politicians compare speculators to the very same Grinch.

“Resellers use special bots to bypass security mechanisms and manipulate systems for online sales of goods. This ultimately creates conditions under which it becomes completely impossible to purchase certain goods at retail prices in online stores or in ordinary stores. In addition, their actions create additional stress on the entire supply chain, which leads to a shortage of certain goods.

At a time when families need to be able to spend time with their loved ones, digital bots are forcing Americans to scour online stores, hoping to find an affordable gift or otherwise pay an exorbitant price for it. “– says one of the authors of the “Grinch Bot Law”, US Congressman from the Democratic Party Paul Tonko (Paul Tonko).

These bots don’t just put pressure on consumers, he said, they create problems for small businesses, local retailers and entrepreneurs. In fact, we are talking not just about the fight against digital bots, as such, but with resellers who profit from consumers in the face of a total shortage of various electronics.

The proposed bill is proposed as an extension to a law passed in 2016 that prohibits the use of bots to automatically buy tickets for various events, such as concerts and sporting events, and makes it illegal to resell such tickets.

A similar discussion in the framework of the bill “On Play Equipment (Automatic Purchase and Resale)” has previously been raised in the UK Parliament. The purpose of the bill is to counter scalping gaming equipment, among other things. It is not yet clear if it will be passed into law. However, the petition that raised this issue on the website of the country’s parliament received more than 15,000 signatures.

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