NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says online bots have expanded their reach, and have now started snatching up must-have holiday toys.
It used to be that sophisticated computer programs, known as bots, would scoop up tickets to Broadway shows and concerts so scalpers could sell them at inflated prices. On Sunday, Schumer warned of a new use for the sketchy technology.READ MORE: MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
“The same kind of bots have migrated and are now targeting holiday toys that people really want,” the New York Democrat said.READ MORE: New Jersey Native Jovan Collazo Accused Of Hijacking School Bus At Gunpoint, Holding Elementary School Students Hostage In South Carolina
It’s resulted in some of the most popular toys of the season only being available on third party sites for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Statue Of Polish Hero Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Is Vandalized
Schumer is calling on the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association to block the bots while he works on expanding his legislation that would prohibit their use on items beyond show tickets.