Jan 30th 2012 9:16PM I wholehardedly agree with the spirit of this article, but I take issue with "We should not expect 100% of our materials to be sourced from non-botted sources, but we have a responsibility to avoid botted sources when they're readily identifiable." The problem here is that if you don't buy it, your competitors will. And since botters tend to sell their mats cheaper and in much MUCH larger quantities than legitimate farmers, you're allowing your competition to compete against you with a lower operating cost and possibly allowing them to run you out of your chosen market(s). When I buy 300 stacks of Elementium Ore off the AH, I'm not fooling myself that it was farmed legitimately. But any cheap ore that I leave on the AH is going to be bought by my competition who will then (rightfully) undercut the bejesus out of me.
I hate hackers and botters, I really do. I would never buy or advocate buying gold. But as long as the illicitly gained ore/herbs/whatever is out there on the AH, the only person you're hurting is yourself and your bottom line if you leave it be. I wish it wasn't the case, but it is what it is. Someone is going to buy it regardless, I can promise that much. It may as well be you rather than your competitors.
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