I know about G2A SCAMS years ago from TB , but I want to know if there other sites like that that I should not use.

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18 thoughts on “What other sites I should not use like G2A?”

  1. Hi! If you’re lamenting that you were scammed by a gray market seller or asking about whether a seller is legit, please see [this article about key resellers](https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/2yhlw4/key_resellers_and_what_they_mean_for_you/). If you want a secure purchase, only purchase keys from authorized sites. G2A, Kinguin, CDKeys and others are not authorized and rely on third parties (sometimes with illegal methods) to provide keys. *(If this comment has nothing to do with this thread, please report it so the mods can take me away!)*

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  2. Just use g2a who cares what people think. If you weren’t going to buy the game regardless you’re literally hurting nobody.

    I already know I’ll be downvoted, but who cares🤷🏻‍♂️

  3. Just buy from G2A if you don’t have money for the full price 🤷 so fucking what it’s either that or pirating. Not about to drop >40€ on a vidya nuh uh even less of a chance in 2019 with their scalping techniques I mean micro transactions.

  4. Just use Steam. It’s not rocket science, there’s no “trick” to it. Just go on Steam and buy the game you want to play, and you’ll be fine.

  5. I don’t even get why people ever go to these scummy sites? Do you actually *need* to buy more computer games? Games have never been cheaper, we’ve never had as strong a AA market and Steam has a sale like every weekend and having loads of games you will never find the time to play is literally a meme.


    There is no justification in using these dodgy sites.

  6. I know what you did there op, well done, but I still haven’t seen a hidden gem.

    G2A was way cheaper some time ago 🙁

  7. Stick to Steam, GoG, Origin, and uPlay. You’ll be fine if you do. Anything else, and you’re rolling the dice.

  8. If you want to buy a game, you check what stores are authorized to sell their product.

    Large publishers like EA, Ubisoft, Activision etc. have a list of all authorized sites to buy from.

    Indie devs will either sell directly on a storefront like steam, or sell from their website, maybe even humble bundle, but the info will be on the games’ website.

    So if you’re unsure, search for the publisher of the game, and see their list of authorized resellers.

  9. Yeah I’ve heard of these sites before too, just terrible. Really awful stuff. I too would like to know about any other’s offering the same services (exact site names, please) so I know what to avoid. Just can’t be too careful in this day and age.

  10. Depends what you mean by scams. If it’s regarding things like their fees and G2A shield then I’m not sure, but if it’s about them supporting credit card fraud by criminals then:




    In this case the fundamental issue is whether or not you believe you should be able to sell Steam keys obtained through hardware purchases, humble bundles etc.

    If you do, then it makes sense for marketplaces to exist to facilitate these sales – like G2A.

    If you don’t then their mere existence is a problem. This is the position that some(most?) developers and even some respected commentators like TotalBiscuit take.

    They claim that the existence of the marketplaces creates an incentive for criminals – it’s easier to sell goods the marketplace deals in so they steal those goods, in this case Steam keys via fraudulent credit card purchases. This fraud is a big problem for stores because of the large penalty fees and the risk that they might lose the ability to accept credit cards.

    One thing to note is that a criminal’s fraudulent purchase somewhere like chrono.gg will turn into another fraudulent sale on G2A, which will face the same penalties and sanctions from the credit card companies.

    So next we have to look at how much this fraud occurs and whether the marketplace does enough to prevent it. G2A recently published some numbers on this. They claim that 1% of their transactions have some sort of problem, of those:

    * 90% payment declined, customer regret or mistaken purchase
    * 8% key didn’t work
    * 2% where the game was removed from the purchaser’s Steam library – these are likely fraudulent

    If these numbers are accurate that means at best one in five thousand transactions are fraudulent (0.02% of total transactions). It seems like they might actually be doing enough to prevent this fraud.

    There’s plenty of good reasons to hate on G2A but fraud doesn’t appear to be one of them.

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