By helping resellers buy hot commodities such as in-demand toys and shoes before customers can buy them, so-called “grinch bots” help resellers make it impossible for customers to buy in-demand items at retail prices. This forces customers to bay resellers’ exorbitant prices, squeezing middle-class customers and families.
Resellers are the modern equivalent of commodities speculators, purchasing items at volume under the assumption that they’re undervalued or will become more valuable in future. Such people play a vital role in the economy, helping stabilize prices over time. There’s no need to crack down on reselling or bot usage as practices.