Thursday, 19 November 2009 9:38 PMI bought a Windows 7 product key on Ebay and I want to know if it is real or fake. Is there a way to check just the key?
Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:37 PMNo. Most of the product keys sold on eBay are counterfeit and/or stolen. Seek a refund from the seller.
Friday, 20 November 2009 5:51 PMxXTOUTXx wrote:
> I bought a Windows 7 product key on Ebay and I want to know if it is real or
> fake. Is there a way to check just the key?
Why in the world would you have not asked this question *before* making
the purchase. Now, all you can do is try to use it. Then, you can
waste your time asking the seller for a refund and then reporting the
fraud to eBay.
A Product Key sold without installation media, unless purchased through
a Microsoft-Licensed Volume License vendor, is almost certainly
Microsoft Volume Licensing - How Volume Licensing Works
One should be very careful buying any software on eBay, as eBay makes
no prior effort to ensure that such sales are legitimate. The problems
stem from two different sources, but have the same results: the buyer
gets ripped off. A great many people don't fully understand the terms
of the license they own, and don't understand that they cannot
legitimately resell it, and - worse still - there are a great many
sellers who do know that they're selling bogus licenses. eBay reacts
only when someone files a complaint, and then all that really happens,
especially in the case of the many deliberate fraudsters, is the seller
of the pirated software returns using a different alias, to continue
selling illegitimate licenses.
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- Marked As Answer by Darin Smith MSOwner Friday, 20 November 2009 7:52 PM