My friend got some genuines, and he wants to give them to me, being that he does not play TF2. I got on his account and got them, but they are untradable, even though some of them are from older games. Is there a certain time that must be waited from the time they are earned. He is not premium, but he can become one.
Genuine items are always tradable. However, if you're not premium on TF2 and you look only through the Steam inventory interface, every item (except those you've received from trades with premium members) will have the
Once your friend upgrades to premium, the
You must be aware that not all Genuine items are tradable (without use of Gift Wrap). Most of them are, as Yves pointed out, but that is not always the case.
Some genuines, for example, have remained untradable to this day, such as the Robot Chicken Hat, awarded to those redeeming an adult swim code during Pyromania.
Thus, this statement is not always true, and some items might require the use of giftwrap in order to become tradable.
Here is a list of untradable Genuines: