Real talk about security and safeguarding yourself

Tips for the buyer

Whether your a buying veteran, or a complete rookie to the online trading world with gaming digital goods (game account, items, currency, boosting, or unused product keys), there are some key factors and feelings that you would want to address to ensure you are getting what you are paying for.

  • Always ask questions – reputable sellers will ALWAYS take the time to answer 
  • If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is, so proceed with caution
  • When applicable, inquire if the seller is the original owner of the digital good(s) 
  • If a payment method doesn’t work for you, ask seller if there is a workaround
  • If buying accounts, find out if ALL the attached info to that account comes with the sale (Email account used to login, last 4 digits of the credit card used, third party transaction number (ex. PAYPAL / SKRILL for proof of payment), date account was created, personal info when the account was created (full name of the owner / date of birth), sometimes there is a secret question tethered to some accounts, the product key used if applicable)
  • If buying boosting services, NEVER pass your login info to the seller to play your account – doing so allows them to potentially capture all your personal info about the account, payment method/numbers/product key and potentially pose as you on a later date to claim the account via game support) – reputable boosting sellers will ‘carry’ (group up with you) your character through content to get whatever desired boost you paid for (Experience for levels, item drops, currency, ect)
  • Some games allow player to player trading when buying items or currency – try and be discreet in where you do the deal.
  • Product keys are a wild card and with those, at times falls into a stale mate between buyer and seller as to who goes first with paying or giving the code. Advice in these types of dealings would be to find a middleman, or look for a high rep seller with an squeeky clean track record.
  • Find out if the seller has any other digital footprint for feedback if your semi skeptical (Ebay account you can message for a form of verification, ect.)
  • Meet the seller via video call on Skype or Discord and feel them out – only you know what your gut feeling will say about them regardless of any online feedback

Tips for the seller

Whether your a selling veteran, or a complete rookie to the online trading world with gaming digital goods (game account, items, currency, boosting, or unused product keys), there are some key factors and feelings that you would want to address to ensure you are getting paid for what you are selling.

  • Always ask questions – reputable buyers will ALWAYS take the time to answer
  • If the buyer offers to grossly  ‘overpay’ for the goods – be cautious – you could be dealing with a stolen credit card or breached Paypal account
  • Be clear, descriptive and precise when advertising your sale – strong words such as ONLY, FIRM, or COMPROMISE can tell a prospective buyer exactly where you stand (ex. I will ONLY accept Paypal as a payment method, or I am FIRM on the price of $___, or lastly, I am willing to COMPROMISE with a serious buyer these conditions) The more information you give a reader, the more they can make educated choices
  • When selling a game account, remember to remove any recurring payment methods, saved payment methods, and 2 step authentication. Ask yourself if you are prepared to give a buyer ALL the information when the account was created if asked to do so (Real name, last 4 digits of credit card or transaction number from say Paypal, date account was created, secret question and answer, product key, email account and log in info, ect.)
  • Find out if the buyer has any other digital footprint for feedback if your semi skeptical (Ebay account you can message for a form of verification, ect.)
  • Meet the buyer via video call on Skype or Discord and feel them out – only you know what your gut feeling will say about them regardless of any online feedback
  • Should a middleman be an avenue for your sale, make sure both the buyer and yourself agree on the neutral party, the rules of escrow, and time frame. Experienced middlemen usually have a format they follow, and explain the rules to all parties involved should the deal be successful or unreachable.

Conclusion

As you can see, both buyer and seller have similar points to consider when dealing with digital goods. How one decides to conduct their sale or purchase is entirely up to them, but we hope we have added some insight to ponder on. Reputation is everything, so most transactions between players usually ends with both parties satisfied and gaining some type of recognition for doing their part (Feedback, a +1,or other form of fist bump)

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