Would you rather pay a few bucks to have access to a few songs from the new album of your favorite band or free tix to a Justin Bieber concert?
I'd feel pretty stupid paying a few dollars for songs that the band was cheerfully giving away. You're missing the point here: there is now an open free trial for SC2
I only used that example to show how something that has 0 dollar value would be more useful or entertaining to someone than something you could sell. Go back and place this quote in context of the silly argument Khornette was making and it makes sense. Some people will pay(or trade) for something that has less(or zero) market value because it has other value to them(entertainment, sentimental or other).
The OP isn't selling passes, he wants to trade. The OP sounds like he genuinely wants to play the game and not swap passes so he can net a 9 dollar profit on eBay. Khornette is obviously not bright enough to grasp this concept, but I have faith that you can.
Look at it objectively for what these passes are. The SC2 pass is intended for people to get enough access to the game that they can make a decision on whether or not to purchase the full version. In essence, the buddy pass is the same thing. Right now XIV is not in a state that people will pay for it. As SE has stated themselves, they don't think it is worth paying for which is why the retail version is in the bargain bin and there is no subscription fee.
I don't have a crystal ball to gaze into the future, but I would imagine the most likely possibility to be that when XIV is finally in a state fit to pay for, two things will happen:
1) Subscription fees will be reinstated. (This will cost you money)
2) The PS3 version will be released with an expansion. (This will cost you more money)
So the real tradeoff is that one is a short trial of a game that is polished and ready to play and the other is a long trial of a game that needs a massive overhaul, but has the potential of becoming a game you will want to play. Either way, you will have to pay for the fully upgraded version of both
Just to note: The 'open free trial' for SC2 isn't so open. You get a handful of campaign missions, challenge scenarios and iirc, zero multiplayer access. The 7 hour key is a timed key to a fully unlocked version of the game. Edited, Aug 19th 2011 2:14pm by FilthMcNasty