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Spending more than $5 on Steam upgrades your account from a limited one to a premium one. I know there are a few benefits and privileges enjoyed by premium account holders, such as adding friends.

What other features do you gain access to as a paid member that limited members don't get?

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According to Steam's help page:

Limited users are prevented from accessing several features on Steam, including but not limited to:

  • Sending friend and group invites
  • Requesting access to groups
  • Opening group chat
  • Voting on Steam Reviews and Workshop items
  • Participating in the Steam Market
  • Trading Steam Community items (trading cards, booster packs, gems, etc.)
  • Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions
  • Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
  • Submitting content on the Steam Workshop
  • Posting in an item's Steam Workshop Discussions
  • Accessing the Steam Web API
  • Using browser and mobile chat
  • Adding public artwork and screenshots
  • Adding messages to trade offers
  • Creating Steam groups
  • Counting towards Steam group membership

So, I assume you are able to do the above after spending five dollars.

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    Amazing, your posting times are the same...
    – Nelson
    Sep 21, 2017 at 1:02
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    Now we need to manage to give them the same net vote count.
    – Ian
    Sep 21, 2017 at 6:41
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    Some of these features require more than just spending 5 dollars, though (not sure if that's relevant to the OP.) For example, selling cards on the market requires that you set up two-factor authentication with the Steam Guard app, (apparently) in addition to spending $5.
    – Steve-O
    Sep 21, 2017 at 19:25
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    @Steve-O Not true. I've sold cards on the market, and I have never set up 2-factor. The sale is just held for 15 days.
    – Jerry B
    Sep 22, 2017 at 8:20
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    If I go to steamcommunity.com/market/ and click a link "Read about security requirements", a window pops up. It makes it clear that I can trade or sell stuff, but the action is on hold for up to 15 days, to have time to cancel if it's not me. Adding a Mobile Authenticator removes the hold, since you have to authenticate. Last time I sold anything was back in Feb. this year, but everything I'm seeing says I still can. Don't know why it forced you to.
    – Jerry B
    Sep 24, 2017 at 7:44
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According to this article by Valve, this is what a "premium" account gets over a "free" (officially called "limited account") one:

  • Sending friend and group invites
  • Requesting access to groups
  • Opening group chat
  • Voting on Steam Reviews and Workshop items
  • Participating in the Steam Market
  • Trading Steam Community items (trading cards, booster packs, gems, etc.)
  • Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions
  • Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards
  • Submitting content on the Steam Workshop
  • Posting in an item's Steam Workshop Discussions
  • Accessing the Steam Web API
  • Using browser and mobile chat
  • Adding public artwork and screenshots
  • Adding messages to trade offers
  • Creating Steam groups
  • Counting towards Steam group membership
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    To editor: you can accept friend requests with a limited account.
    – ave
    Sep 21, 2017 at 21:26
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    You can access the Steam API on a free account.
    – Burgi
    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:33
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    @Burgi you can't get an api key, though.
    – ave
    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:56

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