I just received a Mann-Co Supply Crate from the TF2 random drop system -- but it says it's locked.

I see that a key is available for purchase in the TF2 Store (for $2.50), but I have no interest in micro-transactions. Is there any other way to acquire a key or otherwise open the crate?

  • there goes the drop rate! Oct 3, 2010 at 22:24
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    I suggest you to trade it for a reclaimed metal
    – Drake
    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:18
  • @Drake The only crates worth anything are the salvaged ones. Jun 12, 2013 at 19:44

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It looks like you may have to shell out for the key if you want to open the crate.

This is from the TF2 wiki about the Supply Crate Key: "They are only obtainable from the store so far and there are no plans to make them available via the Item drop system."

As per the October 20th update the key to open a supply crate was made tradable.

Source: TF2 Wiki

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    And they're 2.50 at the store too, while the minimum purchase is 5.00. Clever valve. Very clever. grumble Oct 4, 2010 at 4:17
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    Wrong, the minimum amount you can charge is 5.00. The minimum purchase is the item price. If you charge 5.00 and you buy for 2.50 you still have 2.50 in your wallet that you can use whenever you want to purchase whatever you want.
    – Drake
    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:17
  • Additionally, you can use money in your wallet towards full game purchases on Steam.
    – MBraedley
    Oct 5, 2010 at 3:12
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    This answer is plainly wrong right now, October 20 patch changed the right answer to the opposite.
    – Malcolm
    Dec 12, 2010 at 11:26
  • @Malcolm Thanks for the update, I fixed the answer to reflect the patch
    – Rapida
    Dec 12, 2010 at 14:18

There is! You can trade for this key with other players.

Keys were not tradable initially, but October 20 patch changed that, so now you can exchange something for the key.

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