Some people are actually selling their Xbox One Day One achievement code

It's not a shock to learn that people who bought the Xbox One console on Friday are now selling them for what they hope is a higher price on eBay. Even a couple of the rare white Launch Team version of the console, given for free to Microsoft Xbox team members, are now popping up on the auction site.

Now there's word that many people who got the Day One edition of the Xbox One are keeping their hardware, but selling off the special Xbox Live achievement code that came with the console. There's a ton of listings for the item on eBay at the moment. Some of them are taking bids as high as $31 and some are going the "buy now" route where the prices can run as high as $89.

Xbox Live achievements are normally earned by completing challenges in Xbox 360 and Xbox One games, which means that they are available to all who buy the games and earn them. However, it appears that some people think that since the Day One version of the Xbox One had a limited production run, that will make getting its code more appealing to so-called "achievement hunters" who want to unlock as much as possible in Microsoft's Xbox Live service.

Source: eBay via Kotaku | Image via eBay

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Geezy said,
Might as well flip it if you can. I'm shocked people are willing to pay for it!

Same here. I would have sold mine if I'd known how worthless it was. LOL

I think the people who are trying to offload these codes are smart if you ask me. It's a great way to get some money back on that $500 you spend.

ePeen. Personally I found achievements took away from my enjoyment of games in the past generation. Hunting down every last easter egg grew more distracting and irritating and would lead to dropping games in frustration instead of adding to a feeling of progression, so I started ignoring them. I just don't care anymore.

shinji257 said,
TRhe achievement is 0 points... So why?

Exactly. I was a little offended personally that this carried no 'value' after they trumped it up as a selling point. LOL. It felt a little low...

If you bought the Day One because they toted the Day One Achievement as a selling point, then you deserve to get nothing. It's not a selling point. It's a way to say "Hey, I bought this the day it was released and i'm excited about my purchase". Honestly, I would feel like it was even less worth anything if it 50GS. As if that's all you get for something special.

Has nobody on this site bought something they liked and somebody else thought it was stupid? Stupidly judgmental.

Kibito87 said,
If you bought the Day One because they toted the Day One Achievement as a selling point, then you deserve to get nothing. It's not a selling point. It's a way to say "Hey, I bought this the day it was released and i'm excited about my purchase". Honestly, I would feel like it was even less worth anything if it 50GS. As if that's all you get for something special.

Has nobody on this site bought something they liked and somebody else thought it was stupid? Stupidly judgmental.


What an absurd post...

No one said they purchased the console for the achievement, and assuming anyone would is bizarre.

The point made was that, if a company is going to use something like an exclusive achievement as a selling point (which they did), it should carry a value. Doing so adds no cost to them either.

I really can't believe I'm explaining that further.

shinji257 said,
TRhe achievement is 0 points... So why?

The points aren't redeemable for anything anyway, so why not?

Yeah, it's like cheating at games. You'll always know that you didn't actually get a day one console and the achievement is "hollow".

I see no reason to buy the day one edition.. I feel that all these people are suckers because when it comes time to sell these in the future which one will you buy, the day one edition or the normal edition that they will be selling for the next year.

super smart of Microsoft and sony to do this because it dates the machines and makes them less valuable in the future because everyone knows how old they are..

But the "Date of manufacture" stamp also dates the machines

Seriously though, the only difference between a normal machine, and a day one machine is the code in the box, and the white writing printed onto the control. Otherwise they're identical, as such there's no reason to declare when selling it that it's a "day one" console, any more than you'd declare the manufacture date unless the buyer requested it.

Yeah, but with day one consoles you get to beta test the machine for the public... lets be honest, that's what's happening.

Think of it like this.
You're not buying the console just for yourself. Maybe you're buying it for you and your partner, or as a family console where you have 2 or more kids that share it.

You get 1 code with your xbox. Who gets the achievement? For some, it's easier to just buy an extra code so both accounts get the achievement and saves a lot of arguments.