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eBay scammers are making thousands by selling free Destiny codes

A number of shady traders have been pedalling Bungie’s free Destiny codes via eBay.

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Software_Lover923d ago (Edited 923d ago )

Edit: Atleast you gave the codes out for free.

bomboclaat_gamer923d ago

i used to sell free accounts for newsgroups/usenet access.
its not my fault you didn't have a clue how to get it for free..

so you are paying a finders fee :P

KiwiViper85923d ago

In NewZealand someone was selling Destiny Beta codes for $15 a piece. Every auction had "these are free, don't buy this" in the comments but he still sold a few. Until some auction soldier started selling them for 50c to take his business.

hasamalaha923d ago

Taking advantage of stupid people isn't a scam. You are getting exactly what you paid for.

Tetsujin923d ago

Takes less effort to Google the Destiny codes, yet some people out there are either that stupid, and/or lazy to "pay" for something that's free.

I swear common sense died in 2001.

Pro_TactX923d ago

I don't know that I would call this a scam. To scam someone is to cheat or defraud them. The people who are paying for the codes on eBay are getting the codes. The fact that the consumer could get the codes for free with very little effort is irrelevant.

hulk_bash1987923d ago

Right because making money on something people can get free is definitely okay. God I hate people sometimes.

Haki1112923d ago

Seems to work well for the water companies

Pro_TactX923d ago (Edited 923d ago )

My point is that the consumers who pay for these codes clearly believe that they are worth the money, otherwise they wouldn't pay for them. If the consumers here are getting what they are happy to pay for, then they are not getting scammed.

Frankly, I have no sympathy for people who are paying unnecessary money here. If the consumers in this situation made half an effort to find the codes for less money, they would discover that the codes are in fact free, and plastered all over the Internet.

Paying too much for an item (in this situation any amount of money is too much) doesn't mean the seller is scamming you. In this situation the codes can be found for free, but the logic you use could be extended to any item that could be found significantly cheaper elsewhere.

Edit: Seriously, half an effort.

Let's say Jack is a responsible consumer. Here is how he would find the codes:

Jack sees Destiny codes for sale on eBay -> Jack thinks to himself "I wonder if I can find the codes cheaper" -> Jack searches Google for "Destiny codes" -> Jack sees a link on the first page of the search results titled "All Destiny Codes...". -> Jack writes codes down.

admiralvic923d ago (Edited 923d ago )

"I don't know that I would call this a scam. "

It is.

"To scam someone is to cheat or defraud them."

Scam: "a dishonest scheme; a fraud."

Plus this sounds like defraud to me... " to trick or cheat someone or something in order to get money : to use fraud in order to get money from a person, an organization, etc."

@ your other post

While I know this will get disagrees and probably some negative comments, I think you're looking at things through your perspective with knowledge that someone might lack.

"Let's say Jack is a responsible consumer. Here is how he would find the codes:

Jack sees Destiny codes for sale on eBay -> Jack thinks to himself "I wonder if I can find the codes cheaper" -> Jack searches Google for "Destiny codes" -> Jack sees a link on the first page of the search results titled "All Destiny Codes...". -> Jack writes codes down."

Like why does this make Jack a responsible consumer or for that matter why is this a logical action? Most codes are sold by resellers who removed them from the CE, obtained them from a convention, received them from a promotion, got them from the company directly or via something like preorders (same as promotion, but I want it stated because it's a very common), so a google search probably isn't going to help. For the heck of it I did it for the Evolve Behemoth preorder code, LBP3 day 1 edition code and a few others trying to find another source to buy the code and nothing came up. More often than not it lead to questions related to the code or the original source of the code. So I don't think it is a logical action to automatically jump from a reseller site to google in hopes to find another reseller site that might have a better deal. What WOULD make the most sense would be to watch eBay auctions to find one that goes for your price point or purchase the cheapest one.

This is the issue with your logic. You basically know the codes are free, so you know to search for them, but if you didn't know they were free, knew most codes were obtained from sources that aren't free or easily obtained and usually won't find a better deal by Googling, why is it suddenly expected for every consumer to do when this is more of an exception than anything else?

vork77923d ago

this is why i dont use ebay

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