I have one premium steam account that I play TF2 on, and another F2P account that I idle in. I don't know how to transfer my items from my idle account to my main account on the same computer. I don't feel like installing Steam and TF2 on another computer; that will take too long.

What can I do to transfer these items?

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    For starters, you can't trade items from F2P TF2 accounts. Mar 28, 2013 at 19:46
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    @Ullallulloo you can, but you're subjected to restrictions: teamfortress.com/freetoplay/faq.php Mar 28, 2013 at 19:47
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    @SamueleMattiuzzo: The restrictions being that you can't trade any drops from that account until you upgrade, so you transfer idling items. Mar 28, 2013 at 19:49
  • If you have a friend that you can trust maybe give him the items, and he can trade them to other account? thats how I am gonna upgrade my new account to premium.
    – user49642
    Jun 5, 2013 at 20:06

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Sandboxie provides an excellent capability to run two instances of Steam on the same computer. As long as you're only using a single account, you can use the free version of sandboxie. This Facepunch thread Explains exactly how to set up the sandbox to correctly interact with Steam. Super simple steps would be:

  1. Copy your entire Steam folder to another location
  2. Download and install Sandboxie
  3. Use the settings specified in the Facepunch thread
  4. Launch your alt account within the sandbox, and your main account unsandboxed (aka as you normally would)
  5. Send trade requests between the two freely

If you're not going to launch TF2 within the sandbox, you could even omit copying the steamapps folder, saving some disk space. You can also use the mklink method specified in the thread for both copies of Steam to reference the same steamapps folder.

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    Mind marking the answer complete if it did work for you?
    – Gigazelle
    Mar 31, 2013 at 4:46

You have to use:

  • Two different computers, or
  • A computer and a virtual machine therein, or
  • A native Linux copy and one running under Wine (or perhaps inside a chroot?), or
  • Commercial Windows software such as Sandboxie.

If you are using a mac, you can use parallels and have 2 operating systems run at the same time. Then just have steam installed on both and log onto each account and transfer.

IF you can't do that then I would suggest you do what badp stated, as it's the only other real option.

It would be much easier to use another pc, however.


When you add your second account to friend list, you can go to its profile... and send offers.

Then accept em from main account.

You don't need both accounts working at same time.

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    This is the correct answer
    – user28015
    Jul 19, 2014 at 15:13

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