• Mad at costly Grinch bots? Get yourself a free one.


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    This year’s global supply-chain crunch is making numerous electronic items go in and out of stock at retailers, and the problem has been made worse by “Grinch bots,” automated tools that some operators use to snap up whatever hot tech and toys may momentarily become available.

    Some worried tech buyers — and a few desperate parents of kids who “need” this year’s must-have toy — have tried to subscribe to their own Grinch bot (formally known as a shopping bot). But the services can cost $99 per month plus initiation fees, and they offer no guarantee you’ll actually score the items you want.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.48.0 (2021-12-13).