08/16/2012 06:47 AMdue to a dupe bug t
Posted by Caspien
Blizzard seems to differ on this:http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6307501930?page=3
I don't know about "duping" but I do know from personal experience that mounts are used as coin for large x-realm transactions thanks to the 50k per-character gold cap.
The cap forces people to buy and transfer a level 2 guild for a couple thousand, then wait a week for the "new guildmaster" CD so they can transfer unlimited funds in the guild bank.
Or they can buy up a handful of BOE mounts, transfer those with any ole level 10 toon and complete their transaction with an item trade. Over time, a guild that does a lot of carry sales will accumulate a bunch of mounts unless they are diligent about reselling them as they arrive.
I do large transactions from time to time and have often traded in mounts/pets/gems. So far I've never had a problem with mounts/gems/pets. Surprised because you'd think gold would be safer?
On one occasion I had 200k gold removed from my account by a GM. This happened the morning after I received the gold from a guy who told me he transferred it with a small "courier" guild. I got a polite but firm note from a GM stating that the person who had payed me obtained the gold in an inappropriate way. Fortunately I'd collected the gold a day in advance of giving him anything (just as a bank holds a check before paying on it) so I wasn't out a copper.
What happened to the gentleman whose gold was removed by the GM? Well, I never heard from him again. Presumably he was also contacted by Blizzard and got worse news than I did. A while later his character was grayed out on Armory.... taking a long break from the game, I guess.
I certainly agree that it is odd at first glance to see so many Deathchargers, Vials and other stuff circulating these days on high-pop servers, and I do think its wise to be careful and know who you are buying from.
But remember, if mounts are being bought and sold as coinage (rarely actually equipped) that would help account for some guilds and players having a pile of them. They were all sourced from different players - but after a few generations of transactions, they (along with other commodities) start to accumulate with high-rollers - just like the Romneys of the world might have an unusually tall pile of gold sovereigns in their underwear drawer compared to the 99%.
And why do you see something that took an individual weeks of work to obtain selling for what you think is a pittance? Well, by the time these mounts trickle up the food chain, and a guild has, say, 15 or 50 of them to unload... AND you are close to an expac thats going to make them account-wide... AND they are just a ground and not a flying mount?
Well, you start to just dump them for what you can get and prepare to convert to the next big coin of the realms.
Hope this helps.