Sunday, January 28th 2007

EBay forbids sales of virtual property, delists current auctions

Internet auction giant eBay has officially stopped allowing auctions of virtual property. This means that people hoping to sell currency or characters in an online game will have to look somewhere else. This is actually simply the enforcement of a policy that's been around since eBay's inception.
The seller must be the owner of the underlying intellectual property, or authorized to distribute it by the intellectual property owner.
As an example of this policy in action, World of Warcraft currency is technically Blizzard's, so you cannot sell it on eBay.Source: 1Up
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9 Comments on EBay forbids sales of virtual property, delists current auctions

#1
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
good i think selling accounts ans shit is rediculous anyway
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#2
ktr
But selling virtual property is like selling labor...isn,t it?
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#3
TUngsten
wow, good thing I sold my W0W account 2 weeks ago!
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Darksaber
W1zzard's Sidekick
well I do think it is ok, but only for "Pay" accounts. Games which require you to pay a monthly fee. You pay for being able to play online and collecting items. If you want to sell the time you spent to recoup some of the expenses, thats fine.

I am not one for selling gold or stuff and making a business out of it.

my brother is a WoW player. Used to play on an American server. Now he is back in Austria. He has a level 60 character, decked out on the American server. He wanted me to sell it for him next week, as he will be playing on the EU servers with the expansion.

So what the hell is going to happen to his months playing, his years of paying (he has been playing since the beginning)?

So what rights do we users buy ourselves by paying that monthly fee?

cheers
DS
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#5
TUngsten
There are still plenty of ways to sell an account.....just not on Ebay

Users do not buy "rights" at all, other than the right to cancel your account once you get bored of the repetitive gameplay, quests, and develop carpul tunnel.
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#6
JC316
Knows what makes you tick
by: zekrahminator
Internet auction giant eBay has officially stopped allowing auctions of virtual property. This means that people hoping to sell currency or characters in an online game will have to look somewhere else. This is actually simply the enforcement of a policy that's been around since eBay's inception. As an example of this policy in action, World of Warcraft currency is technically Blizzard's, so you cannot sell it on eBay.

Source: 1Up
Generally people were selling a pencil that has a free character with it. Thats how they were getting around it a few years back.
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#7
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I agree with Darksaber. I wonder if Amazon and Yahoo banned this as well.
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#8
Death Star
by: Solaris17
good i think selling accounts ans shit is rediculous anyway
Ridiculously awesome? Yes it is :D There goes about a quarter of my internet-based income.. :( It's an great way to earn some extra cash for time spent and also doing it with no physical product. It's merely providing a service and when it comes down to it: selling your time. :toast: (This is what college nerds do in alot of their spare time)
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#9
pt
not a suicide-bomber
is a internet slave considered virtual property? :D
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