Originally Posted by _02;15617295
I'm sure there is an equation on a Valve whiteboard that looks something like this:
$earned (in purchases) - $lost (in bans) > $spent (checking fraud)
He didn't accept it from an unknown source. It was purchased from a legit source and gifted to a known user. If anyone is at fault here, it is eBay or Steam. Well besides the jerk that sold it.
You're definitely right. If an eBay seller has 100% good feedback, with thousands of eBay transactions made, how is that an unknown party? If Valve is going to say you can't buy from eBay, then they need to PREVENT and take down those eBay listings.
I hate to go a little off-topic and rant, but it's just to make my point at how annoying things like this are:
It's like some vehicle laws. I recently got a ticket for having tints that were "too dark." I took it to court. My argument was that I took my car to a Florida certified shop and told them I wanted the darkest legal tints. If the state demands that tints must have a specific transparency, they shouldn't certify a shop that offers darker tints to the public, just like Valve shouldn't let eBay sellers sell gift copies. I even still had the receipt that noted "darkest legal" (for warranty purposes) and the ticket was waived with permanent immunity for any future tint tickets on my car. I don't know that part will work, but I argued that I missed a final exam the day of the ticket, and missed work to attend court just because of a ticket over such a stupid thing. The judge told me I should not technically not be given any more tickets for my tints since I had proof that it was done at a certified shop. Lets see how long that lasts. I'm definitely holding onto that shop receipt.
All that said, I'm confident there is a law in place that forbids Valve from suspending your account if this happens again, so long as you legally purchased the product and can prove that it was from a reliable seller. In my case I've purchased a good 100 games on Steam. If Valve decides to block my access to those games I'm entitled to because I accepted a gift from someone I paid on eBay for "their time in gifting the game to me" (totally nothing wrong with that) there is definitely some illegality in business there.
It shouldn't be your fault that you were scammed by a seller. Microsoft at least acknowledges that you may be a victim of piracy if you try activating an invalid copy of Windows.