A little more than 2 months ago I opened the thread below, which was prematurely closed for no valid reason I can see. I was not given a decent reason and despite requesting it be reopened so that I could offer closure on some things in it, it never was. Incidently, I clearly promised there to report back on my findings. So here we are.
First thing, and the absolutely most important thing is this: YOU CANNOT USE STEAM WALLET FUNDS OR GIFT CARDS TO OMEGA AN ACCOUNT, NOR GET PLEX AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFERED TO ANY ACCOUNT, EXCEPT ONE THAT WAS GENERATED THROUGH STEAM. Keep this bolded part in mind as you read on.
Since I had so much trouble with getting my plex purchase even to my steam generated account I hunted for alternate methods. I thought I found it 2 months ago. Turns out I didn’t. I was given bad or misleading info from somebody. Not sure who right now.
So, naturally I want to omega my existing (main) account. I mean of course. I don’t want an all new, starting from scratch Steam acount so I can start over. Obviously. But then I heard the EVE store will let you use Steam funds to buy plex. That simply is not true. What happens is you get transfered to Steam to do pretty much exactly what I was doing before: A Steam account/ character gets the Plex delivered to them, then via in game methods you manually pass that plex to your existing non-Steam account/character.
This is like the crappiest most non-intuitive thing you can imagine. However, that said, it did seem to work better (for me anyway) by starting at the CCP web page and logging into Steam web pages from there (rather than logging into Steam directly with their client). The transfer of plex was instant whereas before it either lagged a bit or failed.
Mind you that I also logged in to my Steam generated EVE account from the EVE launcher and NOT the Steam client. I avoided the Steam client altogether and that might have made the difference.
So here is my advice for buying Plex from Steam step by step:
Make sure you have one Steam generated EVE account. Note that when you make this account it will be assigned a name consisting mostly of numbers.
Close everthing down, Steam and Eve clients and your browser. (For me I also delete all history and cookies but I have EVERYTHING written down in a notebook and if you don’t, then keep the cookies and history).
Go to https://www.eveonline.com/ and log in using the same email address you used to create the Steam generated Eve account. Minimize the browser so you can:
Start the Eve launcher. Then click the Steam icon. Log into your Steam generated Eve account (using the same email account from step 3). Log on with the character you want to receive the plex.
Go back to the browser and the CCP page. On the top left, click the store. Find the plex set you want to buy and click it. You will be taken to a payment page. There should be the option of using Steam. If you only see the two options of credit card and paypal something is wrong.
Click the Steam payment option and log onto the Steam page you are taken to (NOT THE CLIENT) and log in using the same email you have been so far, but of course, using the Steam password this time.
Authorize the purchase from the Steam page. As soon as I did this I could hear the plex being put into the plex vault of my character on the EVE client. The transfer was instant.
If the Plex is for a different account or character than the Steam generated account or character you need to find a way to transfer the plex manually using in game methods. One way is by using a separate computer for the two accounts, and two characters, and trading at a station. If you don’t have 2 computers, another way would be to anchor a secure container at a particular location, put the plex in there, then have the other character go pick it up. Not the safest method and I am sure there are many other ways.
Good luck and sorry if I got anything wrong. This is the first time for me to get plex this way. Providing this thread is not prematurely closed I will update it with more information when I do it again next month.