Loaded Pokémon Go Accounts Are Selling for Thousands

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Everyone rolled their eyes at those people willing to pay to be driven around to catch Pokémon. That was only the beginning. Laziness has reached a new level as people who want to play (but also not really) are paying thousands of dollars to buy Pokémon Go accounts on eBay.

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One user auctioned off his account for $1,500. This entrepreneur, a “broke college student” made the apparently convincing case that he had worked “tirelessly” to build up his account, which then “makes this a whole lot easier for you!” The level-21 account has 160 gold coins, 27 hyper potions, and “even Magikarps”!

Another are only asking a few dollars. I bet they don’t have Magikarps.

Yep, this is illegal according to the terms of service. But more importantly, what even is the point of Pokémon (or any game, really) if not to actually play it? Some people are hiring professional Pokémon Go trainers to make them better while others are just buying Pokémon? Seems like a dangerous violation of the moral code on which our civilization rests.

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It’s getting to be dangerous out there with armed robberies and crashes, but I highly doubt people are buying accounts because they want to stay safe and avoid getting shot. Come on. Well, at least for the rest of us, it’s officially cool to be apathetic about Pokémon Go now.

[The Guardian]

Angela Chen is the morning editor at Gizmodo.

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Loaded Pokémon Go Accounts Are Selling for Thousands

False!

Change the title to something like “people are trying to sell their pokemon go accounts for thousands” or anything less misleading really.

Please check if bids are from verified users before posting an auction next time, this is very common on eBay. It appears loaded accounts are only selling for $100 or so. This is like when people thought Iphones with Flappy Bird were worth 100k.