Over the weekend, Microsoft had run a promotion "sign up for our newsletter, and get a free Xbox avatar prop."
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Microsoft wanted people to sign up for a Windows Phone email newsletter. To give people an extra push, the sign up offer came with the promise of a code they could use to get a free Windows Phone-themed Xbox Live avatar prop; a longboard, to be more specific.
Apparently, some people think that this free Xbox Live avatar prop is actually worth something. "We thought it was a cool little incentive. You guys did too, given the number of new signups we saw, and apparently others agreed - it showed up on a variety of sites," KC Lemson wrote.
"We are flattered that our avatar prop is so popular, but frustrated that someone abused the system to reserve a bunch of codes for themselves and shut out legitimate users in the process," she adds.
"Someone abused the system, and "ended up reserving all of the remaining codes for themselves so that actual users were left in the dust and when some people tried to get their avatar gear, it was already taken," wrote Lemson. "We even saw the codes show up on ebay."
She adds, "We've now ended the promotion for the skateboard."
Adding further, she writes, "for those of you signed up for the newsletter (thanks, BTW!), got the invite for the gear and weren't able to redeem your code, we will be making it right: we will send you a code in the next few days for a different prop (a Windows Phone foam finger)."