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2022/10/03 12:25:15 (permalink)
Hopefully I'm not crossing any lines here... At work we get a lot of junk PCs donated that end up going to the scrap pile along with a hand full of our old PC's. I was brain storming ways to make a little more off the old junk PC's. A thought was to sell the windows keys on them, sure its not much but say 2-5$ a key and 100 keys a month, well it adds up. That would be 2.4-6k a year on top of the scrap price of the PC's.  Anyway long question short does anyone know if this would be legal and a good place that buys keys?
 
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The keys in question are a mix of retail and OE, sometimes system builders keys.
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/03 12:41:45 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2022/10/03 12:48:59
You need to review the EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) to see what can be done. The OEM keys are tied directly to the hardware installed and often cannot be transferred. The retail ones can, but the EULA will define that. Giving them away is not an issue, it’s the sale of them that is the sticking point. Your team needs to judge if this is worth the additional few thousand dollars generated against the work effort necessary.
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/03 12:49:14 (permalink)
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You need to review the EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) to see what can be done. The OEM keys are tied directly to the hardware installed and often cannot be transferred. The retail ones can, but the EULA will define that. Giving them away is not an issue, it’s the sale of them that is the sticking point. Your team needs to judge if this is worth the additional few thousand dollars generated against the work effort necessary.

That is a big problem, we don't get the EULA with the dominated PC's. Would we even be tied to the EULA given that the PCs were never used by us?  Our thought was to just off load them to some other company for a few dollars.
But OE keys are more flexible then you think, we had moved the keys around internally in a pinch, we found that the OE keys almost always work on the same brand of PC's, but yes the concern is noted. 
 
Thanks for the advice. Sounds like we would need to bought up with the company attorney if we go down this road.
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/03 13:32:18 (permalink)

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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/03 13:45:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2022/10/04 13:19:51
Having legal review the plan and give feedback is a must here. Better to be told not to do it or change the plan than to deal with any of the ramifications of going off the reservation. I am usually an “Ask for forgiveness rather than permission” kind of guy, but for things like this I move slowly and include our legal friends every step of the way.



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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/04 13:20:43 (permalink)
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Having legal review the plan and give feedback is a must here. Better to be told not to do it or change the plan than to deal with any of the ramifications of going off the reservation. I am usually an “Ask for forgiveness rather than permission” kind of guy, but for things like this I move slowly and include our legal friends every step of the way.

yeah I'm sure we don't want sued by M$.
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/04 14:38:16 (permalink)
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Having legal review the plan and give feedback is a must here. Better to be told not to do it or change the plan than to deal with any of the ramifications of going off the reservation. I am usually an “Ask for forgiveness rather than permission” kind of guy, but for things like this I move slowly and include our legal friends every step of the way.

yeah I'm sure we don't want sued by M$.


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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/04 16:59:10 (permalink)
That’s something we rather not deal with. looking like we’d be better off leaving them be
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/05 13:32:25 (permalink)
Typically, on ebay they also sell the part the COA is attached to.
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/06 05:24:33 (permalink)
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That’s something we rather not deal with. looking like we’d be better off leaving them be

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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/06 06:06:23 (permalink)
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Typically, on ebay they also sell the part the COA is attached to.

That would be a option, but we did not want to be directly selling the keys. more like making a list of them and offloading them onto a 3rd party seller
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/06 07:06:05 (permalink)
The only country in which you allowed to resell a Windows key from a PC (dead or alive) is Germany and once sold in Germany you can not reuse the key from the PC in which it was taken. Assuming the law has not changed in Germany regarding this transfer. 

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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/06 20:59:05 (permalink)
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The only country in which you allowed to resell a Windows key from a PC (dead or alive) is Germany and once sold in Germany you can not reuse the key from the PC in which it was taken. Assuming the law has not changed in Germany regarding this transfer. 

That's just it, on ebay they were selling the part, not the key. The key just happened to be on the part sold. 
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/08 01:11:37 (permalink)
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The only country in which you allowed to resell a Windows key from a PC (dead or alive) is Germany and once sold in Germany you can not reuse the key from the PC in which it was taken. Assuming the law has not changed in Germany regarding this transfer. 

That's just it, on ebay they were selling the part, not the key. The key just happened to be on the part sold. 


The court case I am talking about involved the sale of OEM Windows CDs with a valid key from used computers. A German court determined that the keys can be sold, but this only applies to Germany. 

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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/08 04:12:51 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby austin86 2022/10/11 06:09:26
My advice is leave them were there at in Pile of scrap but for software.

 
  
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Re: Are there places that buys windows COA keys? 2022/10/11 06:10:40 (permalink)
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My advice is leave them were there at in Pile of scrap but for software.


That's what we will be doing, well if a staff member needs one for personal we will let them have it since those PC's will be going the scrapper. 
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