Originally Posted by Depauville Kid
You are welcome to be EXTREMELY suspect. Everyone needs to make their own purchasing decisions. Just do some homework before you imply I'm recommending illegal keys.
First, I didn't imply a damn thing.
Second, the reselling of keys is extremely controlled, especially by Microsoft. They distribute their keys in very clear and specific ways, to very specific vendors/groups. "Bulk" purchasing of keys is even more controlled.
What you are describing is that of Grey Market key selling, a person or group purchasing keys from a economically depressed region at a lower price, and selling them at a profit here. You also see the described behavior in individuals who buy multiple keys through a discount (Student, Teacher, Work), and then flip them for profit on the side.
I am more than comfortable saying that the Reddit keys are Grey Market, or otherwise were obtained in a way that wouldn't be approved my Microsoft. Having dealt with Bulk licensing purchases, from Microsoft even, I can tell you that you don't see the price point you are describing until you get into very large bulk orders, or other "special" programs.