Had an interesting moment in Stormwind the other day. I was doing my usual Auction House activities with Elcombe when I saw this:
I don’t know about your economy, but in my world that’s about 14-15k too low. I’ll admit, it’s something I’d like to have. I was torn on whether I would keep it, or sell it for the just mentioned profit margin. However, that thought lasted mere seconds. I decided to look at the character more closely.
A level one Rogue.
Oh sure, countless people have level one bank alts. Those people would also have zero reason to almost give away Vial of the Sands. In fact, there is only one reason you would do that: cash grab. You’re selling it for low so that it goes fast and you still get a decent pocket of money out of it. Regardless of what you think in terms of coffers, 26k is 26k. If you can make that in a heartbeat, you will. So long as it’s honest.
I realized quickly the likely scenario here involved someone getting hacked and their Alchemist/Archaeologist transferred this Vial to a toon either in the same account or to a gold seller’s toon. Bottom line, someone got hacked. For that reason alone, I couldn’t buy it.
I had an incident in the past where someone was clearing out their bank for relatively cheap. It was during Wrath, and it was after the transaction was over and the character immediately vanished that I realized I bought goods from a hacked account and to be honest I felt like crap about it. Sure, the person will in all probability receive every one of them back. But that’s not the point.
The last thing I want to do is be a person who endorses this kind of activity. By purchasing said Vial of the Sands, I would have been exactly that. It doesn’t matter if I knew the account would get it back. The gold hacker/seller is going to continue this path because it works. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t. It would be a complete waste of time.
It was a pleasant surprise that I wasn’t the only one questioning this particular sale attempt, as well as the fact the individual had to repeatedly post the sale. That meant people weren’t biting. Trade might have some regular fools on it, but I was pretty proud of the server at that moment. That I wasn’t the only one thinking it, and not acting on it, was refreshing. That the individual refused to acknowledge any of the allegations did nothing to deter our collective opinion as well.
I took things one step further and opened a ticket to report said player. Yes, I know there’s a report feature, but I used the ticket because I wanted to make it clear to the GM that received it exactly why I was reporting the player. Perhaps I’m naive but in this scenario if someone gave me the character name, I’d go back and see what other toons they traded with or received mail from and go from there. The high level toon account could be temporarily closed as it’s compromised, while the account the toon belongs to could be outright banned. Considering I got a ban for doing pretty much nothing, it would seem to me this notion isn’t all that farfetched.
Whether anything came of it is hard to say. The GM’s aren’t about to tell us, nor can they. Whether the individual involved felt any reprimand is doubtful as they were probably long gone by then, and will continue to create ample accounts to do their “business.” But me, I don’t mind saying I can hold my head high for not encouraging it, or taking advantage of it. We’ve become so accustomed to a “want it now, get it now” mentality that sometimes we don’t consider all the factors in that process.