Buying CD Keys outside of battle.net?

#1 Posted by foggel (2777 posts) -

One would think that cutting out the middle man would cut the price, but it seems that we have to pay the price of convenience when buying from battle.net 
 
60 Euros is very steep, so I was wondering if anyone have any experience in buying CD Keys outside of battle.net? The websites I've seen seems shady. It seems like I'm buying from a key gen, and if there's something I don't want to pay for it's piracy.

#2 Posted by StrikeALight (1128 posts) -

I wouldn't risk it.

Even if the CD key is legit, I remember reading that some companies have used stolen CC details to purchase copies of said games, and selling them on. This could result in the eventual bannning of accounts.

#3 Posted by foggel (2777 posts) -
@StrikeALight: Alright, I don't think I want to risk giving my money to criminals. Either way, I looked at one site's facebook page and there were several complaints of late delivery of their code. 
 
I just finished my bachelor degree, and I want to play now.
#4 Posted by EXTomar (5029 posts) -

The Battle.net digital installer works well and buying the game there shouldn't be an issue. Do you have a concern buying from Battle.net or reputable vendors like Amazon?

#5 Posted by MonetaryDread (2373 posts) -

@EXTomar said:

The Battle.net digital installer works well and buying the game there shouldn't be an issue. Do you have a concern buying from Battle.net or reputable vendors like Amazon?

He just mentioned that 60 euros was too steep a price.

#6 Posted by Talis12 (522 posts) -

i thought the 60 euro was pretty steep too.. so i went to check an online store where i buy games often from and it was 65 euro's.. kept looking and finally settled at consoleshop.nl where it was sold for 50 euro and free shipping

#7 Posted by Bollard (6415 posts) -

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

#8 Posted by foggel (2777 posts) -
@Chavtheworld said:

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

Yeah, I live in China and it's impossible to get legit copies in stores here.
#9 Posted by StrikeALight (1128 posts) -

@Chavtheworld said:

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

I think its pretty much sold out everywhere online. Except Amazon, where third party sellers are asking for £55 for the standard ed.

#10 Posted by Bollard (6415 posts) -

@foggel said:

@Chavtheworld said:

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

Yeah, I live in China and it's impossible to get legit copies in stores here.

Ah, you said Euros so I assumed Europe.

#11 Edited by Gaff (2116 posts) -

@foggel said:

@Chavtheworld said:

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

Yeah, I live in China and it's impossible to get legit copies in stores here.

If possible, get someone (family, close friends) in Europe / America / a country that actually gives a damn about copyright to buy a physical copy in a store (ideally somewhere cheap but legit), then have them e-mail you the key. Then link the game to your Battle.net account and download the client.

#12 Posted by foggel (2777 posts) -
@Gaff said:

@foggel said:

@Chavtheworld said:

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

Yeah, I live in China and it's impossible to get legit copies in stores here.

If possible, get someone (family, close friends) in Europe / America / a country that actually gives a damn about copyright to buy a physical copy in a store (ideally somewhere cheap but legit), then have them e-mail you the key. Then link the game to your Battle.net account and download the client.

Damn, that's clever.
#13 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Diablo 3 costs 60 Euros? Damn.

#14 Posted by Gaff (2116 posts) -

@foggel said:

@Gaff said:

@foggel said:

@Chavtheworld said:

@foggel: Are you allergic to discs? I know in the UK you can save anywhere up to £25 buying a disc copy instead of downloading, so yeah, get a physical copy. At least you'll know it's legit.

Yeah, I live in China and it's impossible to get legit copies in stores here.

If possible, get someone (family, close friends) in Europe / America / a country that actually gives a damn about copyright to buy a physical copy in a store (ideally somewhere cheap but legit), then have them e-mail you the key. Then link the game to your Battle.net account and download the client.

Damn, that's clever.

Having sent a WoW: TBC key to a friend who was working in Taiwan for a while, I speak from experience!

#15 Posted by FritzDude (2316 posts) -

It puzzle my mind that I can get the game for 40 Euros on internet stores with the game box, art books, soundtracks, discs and manuals, yet Blizzard offer it for 60 Euros, 20 euros more, without any goodies and it's a digital copy... Doesn't make any sense to me.

But anyway I like Gaff's idea.

#16 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@foggel said:

I just finished my bachelor degree

Ah, I see now why $60 is steep for you ;)

#17 Posted by Mesklinite (854 posts) -

Buy on battle, quick and easy!

#18 Posted by foggel (2777 posts) -
@Ravenlight said:

@foggel said:

I just finished my bachelor degree

Ah, I see now why $60 is steep for you ;)

Actually it's more like 76 usd :) But I understand what you're saying, and yes I am a student that needs to cut costs where I can ;)

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