Ugh, well they proved themselves to be unethical within 2 weeks of my first purchase from them. I purchased 4 copies of Among Us to give away on here and the seller provided me with these phishy as heck links that are trying to collect my steam account information before they would actually give me the games. They of course were broken links anyway. Then when I pointed it out to the seller they refused to give a refund because they think their special redemptions instructions are part of their item description and therefore they cant possibly be in the wrong.

oh well. ive filed a paypal dispute from them which will result in them not only missing out on my money, but give them an extra chargeback feeresulting in them basically paying a fine because instead of refunding 22USD for unused unactivated games they insist on paying up to 44 dollars.

Rant over

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Isn't that game only available for purchase through Steam and not as a key from third-party vendors? Steam gifts always have extra steps, since you have to give your Steam account information for them to deliver it. And you can't really re-gift them unless they're old pre-mid-2017 gifts that are tradable inventory items.

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yes, its super annoying because what the heck am i supposed to do with 4 copies of the same game that need to be connected to my account? as far as i know it would probably break the sg rules to provide those weird links to GA winners to have some shell profile gift it to them on steam.

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Yeah. I wouldn't want anything to do with that either. As far as I know, selling Steam gifts is against the Steam TOS, unlike product keys which are generated for the purpose of selling outside of Steam (though many sellers on these kinds of marketplaces sell dubiously sourced keys such as reviewer/beta keys, keys from other regions, and in some cases credit card fraud).

I don't see any warnings on their page about Steam gifts being a weird convoluted process, but I think the seller's doing what's necessary given Valve's gifting restrictions and not phishing/scam attempt. I think the failure is not being upfront about the process before you gave them your money.

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is it against the SG rules to put the "getyourgame" link and have a bot steam acct send you a gift in steam instead of me sending the gift myself?

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Are the links directly to Steam? Gifting from other accounts isn't against rules at least, but I only have experience with my own alt accounts.

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https://imgur.com/1wAdvTz this is what the website looks like

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Well at least you can just enter your profile name there and don't have to log in with Steam so that's an improvement over shady login stealing sites. So I'd say bit less shady than G2A itself.

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ya, im still not sure if SG would be okay with it. i could enter in the winner's id and then just let them know that an account will add them and send them the gift?

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I'd say that would be fine since the main requirement is that the winner gets the game and that way they wouldn't have to deal with any shady site themselves. When I used other accounts I added the winner on main account first to tell them to accept another one as well.

One potential problem with this could be region, since you can't gift from cheaper to expensive regions. But I guess that's already included in the description at G2A and you can just make region locked giveaways if needed?

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Why not sending them the gift directly? Unless you want to send gift you bought, and don't want to activate yourself due to "phishy as heck links"?

For the purpose of proper use of the Website, You agree to register and sign-in through Your Steam account provided by Valve Corporation or Valve S.a.r.l.
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The Website Owner shall identify Your Steam community profile and access information about Your Steam account according to Your Profile Privacy Settings by sharing a unique numeric identifier or by Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator.

Is it really enough to put winner's ID into the box, and they don't need to register, provide e-mail etc.? Also with amount of scam flying around Steam people may not want to accept invitations from random bots.

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You mean that I would put my own acct details in, accept the gift from the bot, then regift it to the winner? Can you save games as giftable anymore?

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Generally speaking, the idea is for you to gift your winner, not make arrangements for someone else to gift your winner. Try to find a way to give your gift to your winner yourself.

If my understanding is correct, gifting someone on Steam sends the game directly to his or her library, so there is no way to transfer said gift to another person once you receive it from the bot.

P.S. (G2A has had a bad reputation for quite a while, now.)

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Ahh this is such a bummer. I had never used it until a couple weeks ago and now they're just going to take my money and run. Anyways thanks for the answers mods. I know it's a grey area were talking about here and frankly not one that I wanted to be in as I meant to purchase keys, not steam gifts through some third party garbo. Hopefully I can get paypal to take care of it for me and get my money back

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hey, that's me!

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Lesson learned: don't use black market sites.

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Lucky me g2a block my card for purchasers!

I think you can use other sites, but g2a is a bad site..
I buy a mysterious key, and was crap.

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i think they will end up blocking me as well since i went straight to paypal when i was refused a refund. theyll have to pay a chargeback fee from paypal which will cost them more than just refunding it.

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didnt help PayPal only for material goods?

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paypal definitly lets you dispute digital goods

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Only buy keys from G2A. They work most of the time, as long as you get them from a reputable seller. I haven't had any issues with these (yet?).

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I meant to buy a key. I honestly didn't know that they sold gifts and just completely missed it when I was making the purchase

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I tried selling there back when I knew nothing about code trades and such (they're kind of the first google search result) but I learned my lesson really really fast. Never again.

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People still support G2A by buying things there?

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clearly 88% do not

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They have nearly the same amount of monthly visits as Humble Bundle does. So I doubt that.

Source: similarweb.com

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okay cool. thats a bummer. g2a doesnt deserve money.

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I agree, but complaining here won't do anything unfortunately.

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? okay? warning others not to use G2A seems pretty relevant to steamgifts since some would use it as a source for keys...

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G2A always gives me a hassle with my payment methods. I go to Kinguin.net instead. The prices are usually equal to or better than what's offered on G2A, there is always a list of sellers that lets you pick a seller with the best reliability for the price, and I've never had a single issue buying anything from them.

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Kinguin's mandatory Platform Development Contribution fee for buyers is utter bullshit

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The extra fees are a bit ridiculous but it's never been so bad that it became a deal breaker for me, and I never complete a transaction without finding a decent working discount code first to take some of that back off.

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only time i use g2a and kinguim is when getting unlisted games

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The only listings I can find on G2A cost the same or more as on Steam. They all clearly say "Steam gift" in the title. I'm confused why you went there in the first place. The last thing you want on SG is to have a gray market key that may or may not work or be revoked in the future, not to mention that the developers are losing money on it.

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I used to

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I mean, I can't blame G2A for this at all. The fault is on you. You went to G2A, you selected a product labeled as "Gift" and while being aware what steam gifts are, you expected a "key". You then proceeded to get upset with G2A for not being able to give you "keys" when keys haven't been out anywhere else for purchase for this game. So why would G2A have a supply of them and for whatever reason label them as steam gifts?

To make it worse, realizing your mistake and that you now have 4 "gifts" you can't do anything with, you now are charging it all back, trying to blame G2A for their "inability to magically create steam keys" and putting the fault on them, even though, it isn't their fault, it's yours. You're spreading even more bad propaganda about them, even though you are the problem in this scenario.

Your money provider will most likely side with the customer(you) over $22 because they don't understand this whole steam gifts and steam keys and the difference and how it all works, and add another mark on their account.

I also like how you say " ive filed a paypal dispute from them which will result in them not only missing out on my money...". They couldn't make you happy even if they tried, this game has no keys. The developer probably couldn't make you happy if they tried right now, they probably have no keys ordered for their game yet. Not even humble has it yet so why would some key re-seller have it?

I know G2A has a pretty bad track record on paper, but falsifying info like this doesn't help their case either. I don't like to take sides since I've read plenty of bad things about them, but I wonder how many of those posts are actually true? I personally have never had an issue with G2A. Not that I shop them every week or something, but whenever I used them, I've never had a complaint.

I keep seeing these posts where the OP is admitting fault, but then blaming the company.

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Hi, this issue is not that they are steam gifts instead of keys, it's the process of having to enter in information about my steam account in order to receive those gifts. And when I saw what the process was and realized that it would be unacceptable to put an SG user through that rigamarole in order to get the games they had won, I had asked for a refund. Keep in mind I didn't see any keys, nor did I accept any gifts. I've received nothing and the seller had lost nothing. Every other ecommerce site can give you a refund for goods and services that are unused. I only went to paypal to dispute it because they would not grant me a refund.

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Of course you are required to enter your steam account so that you can receive the gift, what did you expect?

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i expected that i needed to have an account to receive it, but not that i needed to go through a random 3rd party site to do it

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But also, you are accusing me of "falsifying" information. What could I possibly stand to gain by lying about this to the SG community? I find your response to be misguided and incredibly rude. I literally never once said "key" in this post so idk where you got that idea either

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