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There once was a time of plenty. A time when you could get The Sims 2 for free on Origin. A time we still speak of as the age of glory…
Ok, I’ll stop.
But in case you didn’t know, those days are over. As of October 2018, free copies of the Sims 2 are no longer available on Origin – even if you beg and plead and provide proof of purchase. See this forum post on the official forums. However, it’s not impossible to get your hands on the best game ever.
So, how can you buy The Sims 2? The best way is to purchase a used copy of the disc version on Amazon or Ebay. Check both sites for the best price, as it varies depending on what’s currently available. For the best deal, look for bundled editions like Double Deluxe and then purchase other must-have expansions separately.
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Buy it on Amazon
Amazon has a ton of copies available for dirt-cheap. Click here to view the listings.
If at first glance, they look really expensive, that’s because the brand new ones are listed first. Scroll down to the “More Buying Choices” section under the expensive price and you’ll see hundreds of new and used offers for just a few bucks.
You’ll find everything available including the base game, various bundles, all expansion packs, and all the stuff packs.
Buy it on Ebay
Ebay is another good place to find used copies of The Sims 2 – and often at a lower price than on Amazon too. Click here to view the listings.
Ebay is also great for finding “lots” where a person sells multiple expansion packs or stuff packs for a single price. This means you only have to pay shipping once for several different discs.
Unfortunately, Ebay does have some scammers trying to sell illegal digital copies of the game. If the listing says the game is a download, it’s not real or it’s illegal. There is no legal way to download The Sims 2. The only option is to buy an actual physical disc version.
WARNING: DO NOT BUY THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION ON EBAY!!!
There are numerous listings for The Ultimate Collection on Ebay and they are dirt cheap – usually just a few dollars. When you dig deeper, you find out these are actual Origin accounts being sold with the Ultimate Collection on them. After you pay, you’ll be given a username and password for an Origin account. Many of these are stolen accounts.
Origin WILL figure out this account was stolen and it will be revoked. You will lose your money and the access to the game. Even if the account wasn’t stolen, it’s still against the Terms of Service to sell an account, and will eventually be revoked.
And finally, you can also be scammed by the seller changing the password after selling you the account and re-selling it again. Or even claiming to Origin that YOU hacked the account and getting it back. This is NEVER legit. DO NOT BUY THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION ON EBAY. Only buy the physical disc from reputable sellers who include the CD key and have a picture of the product.
Tip: The Sims 2 is an old game. A CD Key can be used multiple times and doesn’t have to be registered online – unlike modern games. As long as you have a CD key and a disc, you’re good!
Tips for Buying The Sims 2 Online
In my opinion, there’s really no good reason to buy a brand new version unless you just want to and have the extra money to spend. Otherwise, a used copy will work fine. Here are some tips to help you find the best deal without getting ripped off:
- Make sure the disc you buy includes the CD key. If you aren’t sure, ask the seller before you buy. A disc alone without a CD key won’t do you any good. You have to enter the key to install the game on your computer.
- Buy Bundles to get more for your money. There were several Sims 2 bundles released that include expansions and/or stuff packs with the base game. Double Deluxe, University Life Collection and Best of Business Collection are some examples.
- Don’t buy “downloads” of The Sims 2. Digital versions do not exist. Look for good quality used discs.
And that’s all there is to it, folks. If you still want this game, it’s totally possible to get your hands on it. Just be safe, have some common sense, and don’t be afraid to compare prices. I have seen the base game for as little as $0.99 on Ebay before.