This week saw the release of more options for buying cartel coins other than just from swtor.com. The price for these options tend to hover around $20 USD plus tax and include an exclusive pet for each store. Currently, these are only available in the US, but we’re curious whether the Canadian versions of these stores might also carry them and also the EU retailers alluded to in the game forums. The codes and cards are available at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and GameStop. Wal-Mart sells both physical cards and digital codes, while Best Buy and GameStop sell only digital codes. Once you get the card or code, you have to go to http://www.swtor.com/redeem-code, sign in, and then put the code in. Although there were spaces between the numbers on the physical cards and dashes between each segment of four on the Best Buy receipt, all three stores’ codes entered on the website successfully without spaces or dashes. Once you put the code onto your account, you have to log out and back into the game for the pets to arrive in in-game mail.
One thing to bear in mind is that most of the employees you run across at those stores have no idea what you’re talking about when you mention cartel coins. Granted, none of the trio of retailers are big on PC games, focusing more on the console market. So, if you go shopping around your area, expect to get a few blank looks until you whip out some info on what you’re looking for. One thing to be careful about is that you get a code specifically for cartel coins. Sometimes, if the employees don’t truly understand what you’re after, they might try to sell you a 60-day game time card, and that’s not the same thing.
A Wal-Mart card or digital code will net you a Gilded Flutterplume. I personally found the card in the PC game section of one Wal-Mart in my area, while the other one didn’t have any out, not even one of those little yellow price stickers telling you what’s supposed to be on the shelf. However, I’ve also heard the occasional report of the cards winding up in the gift card displays they have at most of the checkout lanes. The SKU for the cards I found were 079936604974 if you wanted to have an employee try and locate it. The physical cards had a 10-digit code laid out like a US phone number, while a guildie who got a digital code said it was a 16-digit code with dashes.
Best Buy’s employees denied all knowledge of their digital code offer that includes the Arctic Manka Lynx, but a search of their own forums revealed the secret to scoring the digital code you need. They refer to a ‘gaming kiosk’ in their answer, but the only non-branded kiosk in the gaming area was the Pre-Order Kiosk. I searched with the name ‘Old Republic’ and boom, there it was, the same SKU 8919082 referenced in their response. The kiosk will print out a pre-purchase ticket, you check out like usual, and your receipt will have the actual code on it. Note: if you purchase multiple codes, have them ring up each code completely separately, because when I tried to buy more than one, the receipt only showed me the first code and I had to have their people do a return and redo the sale as individual entries. The guy at the returns desk was cool enough to do the return onto a gift card, so they didn’t have to refund the money to my bank and then run my card several times, he just used the gift card for the new transactions. They also email the code to you just in case you misplace the receipt or have difficulty reading the admittedly small text. The Best Buy codes are a sequence of 16 characters.
GameStop seems to have a SKU of 608001 060/000, according to a receipt from fellow TORWars guildie Kurtulmak, and it nets you the Lobelode. The GameStop codes are a sequence of 16 characters.
There are reports on the dev tracker that Target will be offering their own cartel coin sales ‘soon’. When we can get our grubby mitts on them, you can be sure we’ll post them here on TORWars.com. Hope this helped you in your quest to net yourself (or overseas guildies) some exclusive pets! Let us know how it worked out for you.