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The Ole "Cheap Windows 10 Key" Topic

Hey guys, some of you are already typing before you read this but just hear me out. I've been doing research and can't determine the truth behind the "1-5 dollar Windows 10 Pro Activation Keys" on eBay. Some people say they are bought from other countries for cheap and resell them on eBay, others say that people steal credit cards and buy them in bulk and then resell them, and other people say they aren't legit or only work for a limited amount of time. I just want to buy a legit key that will last me for a while for a cheap price if that is possible. Anyone know the truth about these keys or maybe if the story is different for each of the sellers?

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Simply put, cheap keys aren't legit. If they were, there wouldn't be 100+ dollar keys on Microsoft's website. 

The various resale sites can acquire keys from methods ranging from breaching terms of service by reselling from volume licenses, selling keys harvested from decommissioned devices, stealing credit cards, etc.

It is up to you to decide what is "acceptably legit" and what is not. I can say I have bought a key from ebay and it has been fine, they have a pretty solid buyer guarantee to protect you, and sticking to well-reviewed sellers always helps. I have also used say, kinguin, with success (as have others I know). I also took an old Windows 7 PC with a product key from a friend before and just used that key on activation, and that's been good as well. I guess I have also used Best Buy (probably not as cheap as you're looking for), and that worked too, for what it's worth. 

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2 minutes ago, LewisBros said:

Anyone know the truth about these keys or maybe if the story is different for each of the sellers?

That's the thing, the story could be different for each seller, or they could all have gotten the keys using any or all of the different methods you mentioned. You never really know how they get the keys. The only way to be 100% sure that a key is legitimate, is to get it directly from Microsoft. 

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13 hours ago, LewisBros said:

the story is different for each of the sellers

There's your answer. Just use PayPal in case something goes south. But generally, you should be fine. Do your research on the seller to make sure they're not a scammer.

 

But for what it's worth, you can buy off of a more legit place like G2A < link removed by staff >

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I mean it's only a couple of bucks so from what you guys are saying I think I'm just going to buy one and see if it works because in the worst case scenario I can always send it back or, if not, it's only like 3 dollars so not much money wasted.

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3 minutes ago, LewisBros said:

Hey guys, some of you are already typing before you read this but just hear me out. I've been doing research and can't determine the truth behind the "1-5 dollar Windows 10 Pro Activation Keys" on eBay. Some people say they are bought from other countries for cheap and resell them on eBay, others say that people steal credit cards and buy them in bulk and then resell them, and other people say they aren't legit or only work for a limited amount of time. I just want to buy a legit key that will last me for a while for a cheap price if that is possible. Anyone know the truth about these keys or maybe if the story is different for each of the sellers?

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A legit reseller Key is around 20$

I bought tons of different Keys from Kinguin.

No Issues at all.

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I'm not proud, but I and many people I know have used these keys. No issues, just don't expect to get support from Microsoft, as those keys are meant for OEM builders that offer their own customer support.

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12 hours ago, Praesi said:

A legit reseller Key is around 20$

I bought tons of different Keys from Kinguin.

No Issues at all.

Thats bullshit and you know it. Legit prices are $90 for Home OEM, $120 for Pro OEM, $150 for Home retail and $200 for Pro retail. Anything cheaper, and there's something fishy going on.

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1 hour ago, LogicalDrm said:

Thats bullshit and you know it. Legit prices are $90 for Home OEM, $120 for Pro OEM, $150 for Home retail and $200 for Pro retail. Anything cheaper, and there's something fishy going on.

Those are working legit Keys. How and why is another Story and no Bullshit.

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2 minutes ago, Praesi said:

Those are working legit Keys. How and why is another Story and no Bullshit.

Keys might be, reseller sure aren't. If any of them can produce either MS certificate of authorized reseller, or other proof where the keys are from (dead prebuilds etc.), then we can talk about legit resellers.

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Working doesn't mean legit. Activators works too and they're not legit. Cracked games works and still are not legit. Working cheap key means pirated key that works, nothing more. It's up to you if you want to pay for thief, use crack or use real legit key from official reseller. Only third method is legit.

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With the exception of Product Key Cards (PKC’s) distributed with COA’s, Microsoft does not distribute products keys as standalone products. If you see a listing on an auction site, online classified ad, or other online page advertising product keys for sale, it’s a good indication that the keys are likely stolen or counterfeit. If you were to purchase and use a stolen or counterfeit product key to activate Windows installed on your PC, the key may not work for activation, may already be in use on another PC, or it might be blocked from use later by Microsoft when the key is reported stolen. The best way to get everything you expect up front is to buy genuine Microsoft software preinstalled on a new PC or genuine Microsoft software from an authorized reseller.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/shop.aspx

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