For the past week, cheats have been offering Crimson Death Chargers in trade chat for 25-30k, roughly 1/2 the "market" prices for these mounts (yeah, I know it's ugly and it doesn't fly but it's still a !@#$% to acquire). On July 13th there were roughly 100 of these mounts offered for sale across all US realms. On August 2nd there were over 888. Really? And these numbers only reflect those actually listed on the AH, not the thousands that are sold over trade chat. Just sad.
Same thing happened with Queen's Garnets (and yes, I bought a ton of "suspicious" ones well before the news broke of them being duped. I justified my purchase by telling myself they had to have been brought from a high pop realm to our realm but something just didn't feel right about it). There were roughly 15,000 of them across all US realms on 6/26. There have been around 15,000 across all realms since early May. However, on July 9th, there were over 42,000 available for sale on the AH. Again, these numbers don't reflect those being sold in large quantities in trade chat. There were huge quantities available here about a month ago and as a result prices on cut/uncut garnets went from 1500 or so to 500-650.
These dupers/cheaters/hacks destroy the WOW economy. They infuse high value items into the market, lowering the value of those items obtained by legitimate means. Unfortunately, what their presence on our realm also tells me is that there are a significant number of gold purchasers among us....
I report all "too-good-to-be-true" trade chat barkers and I encourage others to do the same. Blizz made doing so easy - click on their name and click Report.