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3-17-2010 @ 10:21PM
You are right that I cannot stop this behavior. Yet, basic economics, even the simple concepts taught on this site concerning the AH have a big impact. If Blizzard can tackle these basic concepts, the problem would disappear overnight. No business, legal or otherwise, can prosper if the income is less than the cost to do it.As long as hackers can hack enough accounts, take their gold, have the demand to sell it for enough real money to fund the cost of hosting these sites and profit, then they will continue to do so. Blizzard selling gold only affects one aspect of this: the exchange rate for the gold. While that alone may be enough to send some sellers under, the more desperate may simply undercut Blizzard, working at a loss if they have to until they can either find a new method to be profitable again or die.Hacking accounts is fairly easy as many people as there are that play WoW. Mandatory authenticators are not the answer, but I do encourage people to get them. Other security options include better user tracking. The transactions in WoW are completely in a closed system. Blizzard knows when I vendor stuff and what I vendor (if they chose to implement the ability to do so at least). If I report my account hacked, they should be able to see that at the time in question, I mailed some toon 3k gold. They then know I had 3k and can give that back. They can suspend the account pending an investigation and take the 3k gold from him. They could restore all my gear because they know. Banks do this in fraud cases, why can't Blizzard track it better. Heck, they could make transactions between players of over 2k require some kind of pin or authenticator code and hold the funds for a day or two. Real banks work like this. Try to withdraw more than a couple grand from a bank and see if they don't question you. See if the check you write doesn't get met with a phone call before the funds are actually transfered.I dare postulate that while the servers' economy is in turmoil over the inflation caused by the introduction of free money, the demand for gold sellers will actually increase. See gold sellers don't actually create gold, Blizzard does when they give the care package or restore your account without repercussions to the hacker, but that's it and small scale compared to what selling gold would do. We'll leave that alone beyond that statement as that's a whole article itself.My conclusion, therefore, is that if Blizzard doesn't improve player tracking or some other idea of better security, then gold sellers will still find the opportunity cost profitable to simply undercut Blizz and stay in business. The problems with gold selling are many more than the inconvenience and QQ of honest folks.
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