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Well I gotta admit that farming the shiny coins in WoW isn't really my favorite thing to do, so I thought about buying some gold online.

Now of course just because I'm a lazy piece of sh*t , that doesn't mean I can't do it if it would get me banned for something that violates the TOS and I also don't really want to get hacked.

So what are actually the consequences of buying gold in WoW? My 3 main worries are about:

  • Can it get you banned?
  • How safe is your credit card?
  • How reliable/trustworthy are the gold selling companies?
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closed as off-topic by Studoku, kotekzot, StrixVaria May 22 '14 at 11:53

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After a very cursory search, it looks like buying gold is against the WoW ToS, which makes most of the rest of the question moot. –  StrixVaria May 22 '14 at 11:39
@StrixVaria well I heard many different things that's why I'm asking here... Some say it will get you banned others say it doesn't and some say it violates the TOS but it won't get you banned and they can't even take the gold away from you (which doesn't make any sense in my eyes but ... yeah Blizzard) –  Jutschge May 22 '14 at 11:40
If it violates the ToS, then that's pretty much as far as we can take it on Arqade. We don't really do questions about intentionally violating the ToS. –  StrixVaria May 22 '14 at 11:41
@StrixVaria Yeah sure but as I said I wonder If it even does violate the TOS... I really hear all kinds of different stuff about it. My question is more like "Is it allowed and why(not)?" and not "What's the best way to buy gold" –  Jutschge May 22 '14 at 11:44
Questions asking "why did they design it that way" are off-topic. –  kotekzot May 22 '14 at 11:50

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Selling gold is against the Terms of Use:

You agree that you will not, under any circumstances:

  • exploit the Game or any of its parts, including without limitation the Service, for any commercial purpose, including without limitation (a) use at a cyber cafe, computer gaming center or any other location-based site without the express written consent of Blizzard; (b) for gathering in-game currency, items or resources for sale outside the Game; or (c) performing in-game services in exchange for payment outside the Game, e.g., power-leveling;

emphasis mine

Since it is illegal to sell gold (it doesn't seem to mention the buyer), then we still can't address the question any further on Arqade. All sellers should be considered illegitimate. You should probably refrain from interacting with them.

Also relevant:

Blizzard does not recognize the transfer of World of Warcraft Accounts or BNET Accounts (each an “Account”). You may not purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, or offer to purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, and any such attempt shall be null and void. Blizzard owns, has licensed, or otherwise has rights to all of the content that appears in the Game. You agree that you have no right or title in or to any such content, including without limitation the virtual goods or currency appearing or originating in the Game, or any other attributes associated with any Account. Blizzard does not recognize any purported transfers of virtual property executed outside of the Game, or the purported sale, gift or trade in the “real world” of anything that appears or originates in the Game. Accordingly, you may not sell in-game items or currency for “real” money, or exchange those items or currency for value outside of the Game.

emphasis mine

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I wondered about the account transfer part recently, when I saw an account for sale on Craigslist. Seemed like a suspect thing to be doing, and now I have confirmation of that suspicion. –  DonBoitnott May 22 '14 at 13:00

Yes, it can get you banned, if you get caught. There's no reliable data about how effective Blizzard are at tracking down such customers, but they do claim to ban people for it.

Your credit card is as safe as the merchant you use. Most adverts for WoW gold suggest PayPal as a payment option, so that should remove your concern if you find PayPal acceptable.

How reliable are the companies? Well, they're intentionally breaking the rules of the game and, many suggest, source their gold from stealing other people's accounts. You can expect to be targeted for phishing attacks more often if you use them.

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