Character Bazaar

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The Character Bazaar is a CCP sanctioned forum-based marketplace where EVE Online players can buy and sell their characters for ISK.

General Notes

  • Down-payment plans are not supported by CCP Customer Support. As a seller, you are agreeing to a certain amount of ISK only, which is to be paid in one payment. Once again, any forms of scams regarding character sales is prohibited.
  • All skill training must be paused before transferring the character.
  • Accounts can only be involved in one character transfer at a time. If either the sending or the receiving account have an ongoing character transfer, other transfer attempts will fail.
  • The character bazaar forum is for buying and selling of characters, you may reply to the threads with bids or questions regarding the character/s. All other posts are off topic and will be removed. Answering posts of this nature will be counted as your daily bump.
  • Due to technical issues, players with accounts through Steam cannot currently have characters transferred to their accounts. They are able to transfer characters off of them as long as all other requirements are met.
  • Accounts that have been previously banned for macro use are not eligible for character sales.
  • Agreements on the forums or in game, or winning an auction does not guarantee a character will be transferred to you. The seller may choose to renege on a deal at any time, prior to the transaction being completed.
  • Further information about character transfers can be found in this knowledge base article.
  • There is a mandatory 10-hour waiting period between initiating a character transfer and the transfer being completed.

Character bazaar rules

The following rules are set in place by CCP in an effort to reduce the amount of character scams, GM workload and player frustration. Character bazaar scams are strictly forbidden by CCP. These rules are updated on a regular basis so it's always a good idea to verify them on the official forum post before buying/selling a character. The following rules have been updated as of March 24th, 2017:

Before posting, please be aware that any sales threads posted by characters that are not the character being sold will be locked and/or deleted.

Proof of ownership of the character comes in the form of the character that is being sold making the sales thread in which people can bid for it.


A. General rules

1. Accounts that have been previously banned for macro use are not eligible for character sales.

2. Lottery style sales are not permitted. Auctions and buyouts are the appropriate method for selling a character.

3. The character being sold must receive the ISK for the purchase and only ISK. Characters may not be sold in exchange for items.

4. The selling of accounts is prohibited; characters may only be sold individually.

5. Bumping is allowed only by the character who started the thread once per calendar day. Friendly or multiple bumps per day are not permitted.


B. Before making your thread

1. Proof of skillpoint count for the character you are selling must be provided for the auction to be valid. This can be offered in the form of an API verified eveboard26 profile. The use of out of date eveboard profiles for character sales is prohibited.

2. The character being sold must be in an NPC corporation at the time of posting, and for the entire duration of the sale/auction thread being active.

3. Prior to leaving a corporation, the character to be sold MUST send a corp-wide EVE mail stating that they are going to be sold and will be leaving for an NPC corporation.

4. The sell post must reflect the character correctly, posting that the character you're selling has more skillpoints or ISK than it actually constitutes an attempt at character sales scamming.

5. The sale of characters with SKINs is permitted, and prices of characters can be adjusted as seen fit by the seller to reflect the value of their skin collection on the character being sold.

6. Any attempts at misleading a buyer regarding SKINs that a character possesses, or any false representation of skin ownership during a character sale will be treated as an attempt at characters sales scamming, and will be subject to the full penalties of an attempted character scam, including potential suspension of accounts.

7. You may not extract skillpoints from a character after it has been advertised for sale. Character sales threads must accurately represent the character's state. Extracting skill after a character has been advertised for sale will be considered character sales scamming, and reprimands will be issued as such.

8. Items cannot be listed among the character's valuable assets, only skills, implants, SKINs, and reputation. You are buying/selling the character ONLY and nothing else. Ships and items can be readily bought or sold on the market for ISK.


C. You must disclose the following information

1. Wallet balance. You must disclose whether the character being sold has a negative balance in its wallet and the amount. As the ISK received for the character sale is transferred directly to the character for sale, that character gets in virtually all cases a positive ISK balance. It's up to the seller to remove only so much ISK as that the character is still in the plus prior to transfer.

2. Kill rights You must disclose if there are kill rights on the character for sale. Kill rights you possess on other characters are to be treated as assets and not included in the character listing.

3. Jump clones The seller must disclose whether jump clones are located in 0.0, lowsec or highsec space and may for example not claim the character for sale character is able to fly ship X or Y when that is clearly not the case.

4. Character location. The location of the character must be disclosed and whether it is in high security, low security, null sec or wormhole space. You must also state if the character is in space or in a station.


D. Purchasing and sales

1. Down-payment plans are not supported by CCP Customer Support. As a seller, you are agreeing to a certain amount of ISK only, which is to be paid in one payment. Once again, any forms of scams regarding character sales are strictly prohibited.

2. Agreements on the forums or in game, or winning an auction does not guarantee a character will be transferred to you. The seller may choose to renege on a deal at any time, prior to the transaction being completed.

3. Whenever a character is transferred before the seller has moved the ISK received from the sale to another one of their characters, the Customer Support team will return that ISK to the rightful owner. The buyer cannot expect to receive both the character and the ISK that they paid to purchase it.

4. The ISK that a buyer sends when attempting to purchase a character is considered to belong to him until such a time as the character being purchased has been delivered to the account of his choosing. If the character sale is not completed, the ISK must be returned in full to the potential buyer.

5. Customer Support will not remove bounties placed on characters either as part of a sale, or after they've been transferred to a new owner.

6. The owner of the character being sold is responsible for paying CCP the character transfer fee.


E. Transfers

1. All skill training must be paused before transferring the character as characters can not be transferred while having an active skill queue.

2. All character transfers have a 10 hour waiting period for security reasons.

3. Accounts can only be involved in one character transfer at a time. If either the sending or the receiving account have an ongoing character transfer, other transfer attempts will fail.

4. If the seller of the character is selling their main character, they must file a support ticket with CCP within 24 hours of the completion of the sale (once the character has been transferred) in order to have their forum username changed.

5. Please note that if a character has a negative ISK balance that character cannot be transferred until it has a positive amount of ISK.


F. After the deal

1. When a character is sold, the buyer must modify the topic title to reflect this to help other forum patrons know what characters are still available.

2. The new owner of the character may NOT pass himself off as any previous owner.

3. Posts in the sales thread once the character has been successfully sold should not be edited. Any information disclosed about the characters may not be removed.

How to buy/sell a character

Below are the general steps most character sales follow. While character sale scams are strictly prohibited by CCP, that doesn't mean they don't happen or aren't attempted. If someone deviates significantly from steps below, consider that a red flag and proceed with caution.

Buying a character

STEP 1: Define exactly what kind of character you want/need.

  • This step cannot be stressed enough. To avoid over-paying for a character that may or may not suit your needs, you need to have a very clear sense of what you need.
  • Once you have that, make a list of the specific skills you're interested in.

STEP 2: Do your research.

  • Patience is the name of the game here. Watch the character bazaar forum to get a sense of what the kind of character you're looking for generally sells for (NOTE: sells for, not what the minimum or starting bid is).
  • Check the eve board links to make sure the character your interested in is represented accurately.

EXAMPLE: Eveboard link

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STEP 3: Win the auction.

  • Place your bid by responding to the forum thread of the character you're attempting to buy with your offer.

EXAMPLE: Bidding on an auction.

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STEP 4: Seller confirms the winning bid.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure the seller explicitly posts in the forum thread that you have won the auction.
  • Usually the seller will also state that s/he is expecting ISK and account information from you.

EXAMPLE: Seller confirmation of winning bid.

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STEP 5: Send your ISK and account information.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Always, always, always verify the character's stats and skills via an up-to-date eve board link before sending any ISK.
  • Send your ISK and account name only to the character you are buying, and no one else.
  • While many sellers will ask for your account name via private convo, it is best if the account name is sent via EVE Mail so there is a paper trail of sorts. It is also helpful to put the account name in the 'reason' box when sending the ISK.

STEP 6: Confirm that you have sent the ISK and account information.

  • Post in the forum thread that you have sent the ISK and account information and that you are awaiting transfer of the character.

EXAMPLE: Confirm ISK and account has been sent.

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STEP 7: Confirm character transfer.

  • The seller will usually post in the forum thread that s/he has initiated transfer of the character.
  • Verify that the character transfer has been initiated by checking the email address associated with the account you are having the character transferred to.
  • When the transfer has been completed, post in the forum thread that you have received the character.
  • This step is, unfortunately, sometimes ignored by either the seller and/or the buyer.

EXAMPLE: Confirm character transfer has been initiated.

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Selling a character

STEP 1: Define exactly what kind of character you have.

  • This step cannot be stressed enough. To avoid under-selling your character you need to have a very clear sense of what you have.
  • Take note of any notable or level V skills you have.
  • Is your character primarily PvP or PvE based?

STEP 2: Do your research.

  • Patience is the name of the game here. Watch the character bazaar forum to get a sense of what characters like yours are selling for (NOTE: sells for, not what the minimum or starting bid is).

STEP 3: Create an eve board link.

  • To create an eve board link you'll need to have access to your API key.

EXAMPLE: Eveboard profile.

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STEP 4: Post an advert in the official character bazaar forum

  • Create a forum post that advertises the character you're selling.
  • In that post, list out the CCP required information:
    • Skill points
    • Security status
    • Positive/negative wallet
    • Location
    • Kill rights
    • Remaps
  • Put your eve board link (and any password required) in the post as well.
  • Make sure to list key selling points.
  • Also, make sure to explicitly state that you're following CCP's rules.
    • Many sellers abbreviate this process with a blanket statement (e.g., "All CCP rules apply").

EXAMPLE: Advertising your character.

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STEP 5: Bump your post.

  • Bump your post every 24 hours until your character sells.
  • Make sure you answer any questions that have come up since the last bump.
    • NOTE: You may not bump your post AND respond to questions within the same 24 hour period. This will get your thread locked by CCP for bumping too often.

STEP 6: Accepting an offer/bid.

  • Steps 6, 7, and 8 work best if done in real time, in private conversation, though it is not a necessity.
  • Once you have an offer that's acceptable to you, reply to your thread stating such and that you are awaiting the ISK and account name.
    • Suggest the buyer send you the account name via EVEMail as well.
    • PRO-TIP: Write down the account name and double check the spelling.
  • Per the character bazaar rules, the ISK must be given to the character being sold.

EXAMPLE: Accepting an offer.

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STEP 7: Transfer your ISK.

  • Ensure that the agreed upon ISK amount has been transferred to the wallet of the character you're selling.
  • Ensure that all the ISK and assets you want to keep have been transferred to other characters you own.
  • DO NOT forget to transfer all the ISK you were just paid to another character.

STEP 8: Ensure you have funds for the transfer fee.

  • A transfer fee to initiate a character transfer, which must be paid in real-life money. The seller is always responsible for paying the transfer fee.

STEP 9: Initiate the transfer.

EXAMPLE: Initiating the character transfer.

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  • Select the character portrait of the character you're selling and type in the name of the account you're transferring too.
  • Click the "Next" button.

EXAMPLE: Selecting the to-be-transferred character.

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  • Follow the prompts to pay for the transfer.

STEP 10: Confirm the transfer.

  • Reply to your forum thread stating that you have initiated the character transfer.

EXAMPLE: Confirming the transfer.

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See also

  • Skill trading, which allows the trading of skill points between characters