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is selling genuine windows product key illegal?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Ting86, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Ting86

    Ting86 Newbie

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    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question, but I need some help. I have access to genuine windows product keys, and I wanted to set up a website to sell them. However one of my friends advised me not to do it as I will need to have a license to sell, if not I will be sent to jail if I'm caught. Is it true that I can't sell them on website even if they are legitimate? My supplier has the license though.
     
  2. saxgod

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    Depends on the EULA included with the license and thus depends on the license.

    example:
    OEM licenses can essentially never be sold since an OEM license is ment to be sold together with a new PC. You can sell the PC with the license though.

    There are also other licenses like

    Personal License (for if you build your own PC)
    SPLA licences (for hosters that sell windows hosting, they need to send a report each month of the usage)
    Volume licenses (for companies and schools who have a lot of licenses)
    probably more..

    I also think you need to be able to deliver the Certificate of Authority label that comes with the license.
     
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  3. Valefor

    Valefor BANNED BANNED

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    OP what windows key you have and whats the price ??
     
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    Phoen1xx BANNED BANNED

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    Well everyone knows how to get "Genuine keys" for free. Used to be a beyond saturated method few months before. If you sell it on eBay, you'll get suspended, same with Amazon.
     
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    My guess is that you're using the MSDN method.
    To put it in short terms - yes you will get caught and yes there is a possibility of going to jail.

    To do it legally - you need to get a certificate from Microsoft and you need to sell the actual copy of Windows.
    The ones in the MSDN(I believe) are OEM keys / os's, don't quote me on that one though.
     
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    100% illegal
     
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    You will need a license to sell. I build gaming PC's and I used to sell copies of Windows 7 also but then I got in trouble for it. You can try, I got off with a warning.
     
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  8. Ting86

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    It's genuine. not OEM. But it's CD Keys, that means just the keys, no box and CD. I'm know my supplier has the license, but my question is, for me, I dont have one, can I still sell it on a website? Or can I borrow the seller's license?

    I wanted to sell on eBay but I'm worried about the same problem, I heard it's considered as high risk and can get your account suspended. But I have been seeing people selling the same thing on eBay for $60-$100.. don't know how they can stay up there selling.. Anyone knows how they manage to sell on eBay?
     
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    Yea definitely not legal.
     
  10. Ting86

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    I can get Windows 7, Windows 8, office 2010/2013, project 2013, visio 2013. If you are interested you can skype me, my id is auroretan
     
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    Ok.. looks like I really shouldn't try.. but I'm really curious how some people can sell using website? I have seen people doing it and are doing well.
     
  12. aceprogrammer

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    they are availaible for free so even if its legal it wont be worth the hassle
     
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    I need windows 2013 - mine expired
     
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    Correction: that would be Microsoft Windows 2013