Posted May 25, 2015
All I need to think about to avoid even considering buying from the shady sites is just how pissed off I'd be to buy a game and have it invalidated later and have to buy it again if I want to play it. It'd be 10 times more of a piss off if I already was playing the game and into it when it gets forcibly removed from my account. That's not an experience I want to risk going through to save a few bucks.
dyscode: I am totally with you! And the saying totally applies with these sites: if it's too good to be true, it most probably is.
What's interesting to note about this too though is that a large portion of people who buy from the shady sites that end up having their games invalidated end up pissed off at Valve or EA or whoever invalidates their codes instead of being pissed off with the scam artist that sold the game to them or being pissed off at themselves who are ultimately to blame for buying from a shady site either knowing full well it could be invalidated or being naive about it. :) Misdirected anger when it happens IMHO. If that happened to me ever I'd be pissed at myself, not Valve/EA because that's much more self-empowering to learn from. :)
But some people like to roll the dice knowingly or unknowingly and there's nothing really wrong with that either I suppose. I sort of do that a little bit myself buying games from amazon.com (instead of amazon.ca) sometimes using a fake US address. Never had a problem yet, although some people have reported that they are cracking down on that so I'd probably do my research before each purchase from here on out to be safe. :)