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3-22-2011 @ 2:56PM
I always figured it was mostly to make it harder for gold farmers to move money around between servers. One of the tricky things for the farmers is if you've been farming gold on, say, Stormrage, then you can't sell that gold to a guy on Wyrmrest Accord. You either have to farm/hack on all possible servers, or you have to engage in black-market gold-swapping with other goldfarmers on other servers, or you have to limit yourself to a few servers as your "niche." If realm transfers were free, gold farmers would be able to move money around a lot easier. Blizzard doesn't want to make things easier for those guys.So, Blizzard imposes a real-world fee, and a limit on the amount of gold a character can take with them when they transfer. That way, it's much less likely for a gold-farmer "mule" to be able to smuggle enough gold between realms to make it worth the trouble.
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