Hey look, the in-game cartel coin purchasing thing is live! I’m ready to get my big cartel coin pack at 50% off, yo.
Starting today, you can purchase Cartel Coins from inside the game!
No need to log out. Now you can purchase Cartel Coins directly from the Cartel Market.
To celebrate this launch, Subscribers save 50% on their first in-game purchase of Cartel Coins through November 30th! …
PLEASE NOTE: To get started, you must opt-in for in-game purchases of Cartel Coins by visiting your Cartel Coins Ledger and have made at least one purchase of Cartel Coins through the SWTOR.com web site using a Credit Card:
- From the SWTOR.com home page, click “MY SWTOR” → “My Account” → “Cartel Coins”
- If you’ve never made a purchase of Cartel Coins through the web site, you will first need to do so by clicking “Buy Cartel Coins.” You will then be able to opt-in for in-game purchases of Cartel Coins by clicking “Enable.”
- If you’ve made at least one purchase of Cartel Coins through the web site, you will be able to opt-in for in-game purchases of Cartel Coins using your existing Credit Cards by clicking “Enable.”
- Paypal and Boku payment methods are not supported for in-game purchases of Cartel Coins. If you’ve purchased Cartel Coins through the web site using only one of these payment methods, you will need to make another purchase using an accepted form of payment to opt-in for in-game purchases of Cartel Coins.
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What the fuckcrap? First, I’d better get my shit together in the next 25 days, or I’m out of luck on the discount.
But the part that super-sucks is that I have to first buy cartel coins at full price to access my discount at all. I call bullshit. There is no earthly reason why I can’t input my credit card number on a website WITHOUT making a purchase – well there are two reasons that I can think of. One: shoddy programming (haha, that has happened). Two: greed. I’m going to say it’s likely number two.
My plan: buy the tiny cc pack of 450 for $5 to get my credit card in the system (even though it has a crappy cash-to-cc ratio). Then use my discount in-game to buy 5500cc for $20 ($40 half price). That leaves me with 5950cc at a price of $25. Not terrible, but NOT the 5500 for $20 that I was expecting.
Edit: A twitterati pointed out that if you’ve bought cartel coins before as a paypal customer, you will still have to buy yet another full-price pack to get access to your discount. That’s even worse, because you’ve already done a purchase and you’re getting screwed because of your method of payment.