I recently saw a 2nd hand copy of WoW in a charity shop for £5!|
But i thought will the game actually work, does anyone know if Blizzard have some copyright thingy in place thats locks (or soul binds) the WoW disc to a particular account?
2nd Hand World of Warcraft
Kami 2,578 posts
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These online games come with unique keys. You can't reuse a key, so you'd likely end up buying one from Blizzard anyway as the one you'd have wouldn't work. Would be a waste of £5.
Thunderhead 558 posts
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Kill the shopkeeper for accepting it in the first place.
Micro_Explosion 9,695 posts
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And give you access to all their personal information? Bargain.
Thanks everyone I thought it would be to good to be true
warlockuk 19,285 posts
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Aye. TBH I think they're legally in a grey area when it comes to refusing to let anyone sell their full WoW account. At least over here in "Europe".
But that charity shop copy will be absolutely worthless without the account info - and if the person gave that away in the box then it has their address etc in there. Scary.
...but yeah. Only of use to people whose discs are knackered and who want to do a re-install without downloading everything.
teamHAM 3,318 posts
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I think the general consensus is when someone sells their WoW software (box and discs) as second hand then they sell their login credentials aswell. As explained above this is because when you first install WoW you have to bind your CD Key to a new account in a one time process (you cannot play the game without creating an account that has been linked with a CD key), so without the account the discs and box are useless.
I dont think this is particularly frowned upon by Blizzard, its more grinding/powerleveling characters up to 70 and then putting them up for lots of money.
As Warlock says the only ever time you would consider buying the box without an account is if you already had an account but moved PC's or something and didnt want to download the client (a few GB's - once your account is activated you can download the client off the WoW site an unlimited number of times I think).
Bloodloss 4,497 posts
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You can get the game brand new for only a few pounds more anyway.
GreasyWeasel 463 posts
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Does anyone have any experience selling a WoW account? I have both the original collectors edition as well as the Burning Crusade collectors edition but they are both linked to a single account. Now I haven't played it for ages and any characters I do have are completely worthless (I think the highest I got was in the 20's).
I see that the original collectors edition seems to be worth quite a bit and I could definitely do with the money at the moment but don't want to end up getting the account shut down or accidently passing along personal info to any potential buyer.
Shinji 5,902 posts
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What you *could* legitimately do with a second-hand copy of WoW is this - get a friend to send you a trial key from within their account, create your account using that, install the game from the second-hand copy, and off you go.
No idea what Blizzard's stance on that is, but they probably don't give a shit given that you'll be paying the full subscription fee after the first month anyway. I can't imagine they make much cash out of boxed game sales at this point in time.
Spectral 5,052 posts
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Its cheaper just to buy the game new. You can get it for £5.99 from various online stores and in that you get your first months play aswell as a lot less messing about.