Originally Posted by Lifeshield
I don't see the point in citing the TOS here in particular when it goes against the entire marketplace section, which allows members to profit from each other.
The real issue is the hierarchy not wanting to deal with the hassle of scams due to no physical evidence of receipt and also any deadlines of usage that may occur. I see the proposal of having a staff member as a middle man but in reality that just sounds like too much work.
Better off just using eBay if they allow you to.
Actually we don't allow members to profit off each other in the MP either, at least not insofar as we 'know' that it is happening. We allow people to sell things for UP TO the amount that they paid for an item. We let people recoup what they've already spend, IOW, but not 'profit'.
If someone posts that they just bought a bunch of CPU's from Microcenter for 150 that normally go for 250, and they're selling them for 200, we shut down that thread or force them to offer the CPU's for 150, no more. Even if it's not mentioned what the person paid, if we discover there was recently a big sale somewhere on a given part that someone is selling >1 of, we may require PoP from the poster to show they aren't profiting.
So that's what we mean by 'you're not allowed to profit'.
Getting games essentially for free as part of a bundle, then selling them, goes against this principle.
Furthermore, you're right about the 'hassle' factor, as B&B mentioned above. The reality of the situation in the MP is that we SAY it's entirely 'at your own risk', but this is because we absolutely cannot ever promise to 'make someone whole' if they've been scammed in the MP.
But ask anyone who's ever come to OCN staff with a complaint that they've been scammed in our MP, and you'll discover that we take that stuff very seriously, and we actually will do whatever we can as staff to help.
Some of us (B&B in particular) have spent countless hours trying to 'get to the bottom of things' and help the person out who got jacked. But w/o 'proof' (things like tracking numbers) of some physical thing changing hands, 'helping out' becomes much more complicated