Why is it that they were introduced in WotLK, with the label "Bind on Account", received so many complaints about not being truly BOA and nothing was done? Blizz went and renamed them to "Binds on Battle.net Account", but many of the same issues still persist.
My wife and I recently started playing again, we've been in game less than a week. Upon our return, we decided that the server that we SoR'd to, wasn't one that we were interested in playing on any more. So, I immediately server xfered my shaman back to my original server with everything he could carry. When I finally logged into my original server, we found that it was dead. Only one of our old guilds even existed any more, and most of those players were re-rolling on a different server and the GM was considering moving the entire guild over.
So now we're in an empty Orgrimmar with none of our friends actively playing there. So, we decided to play on the server that my wife's guild was moving to, and sure enough it's a huge difference, and that's the good news. The bad news is that after two expansions, Blizz still hasn't figured out a way to transfer "Binds on Battle.net Account" gear properly. They say that it works because it can change servers with your character, but character xfers are too expensive for me to do again, let alone me and my wife. Round trip xfers would cost $50 if you just wanted to roll a character with a friend but didn't want to permanently move the character over. We've been told that the idea that this is a cash grab is false, that it's only a coincidence that the $25 fee for character xfer is the only way to move these items. They tell us that they ARE BOA because they move with your character.
Well, I understand that it may not be a cash grab, but I hope Blizz understands why players feel that way, and as for being BOA because they move with your character, so does all gear, and compared to the original launch of BOA gear, whites are just as transferable. I remember old systems that gave every character you rolled, regardless as to server or faction, that would get you your account wide pets. I've had a GM transfer a BOA item from my original server that I forgot to send over when using my friend's SoR (the enchantment was gone, but that was an acceptable loss) and I'm pretty sure that the Item Recovery process could be adapted to delete the item from a given character on a server and recreate it on a different character on a different server.
Any of these options would be acceptable. I know that the old system that mailed out pets was phased out, and that Blizz doesn't want to work on code for two things to get one thing to work. I know that it would probably be a lot of work to get the Item Recovery system adapted to move items over. But come on! Two expansions later, and proof that GM's can handle the moves in game tells me that this is just NOT a priority, and given the fact that character xfers are the only way to regularly xfer heirlooms after all this time, tells me that Blizz isn't motivated to make changes.
I hear what you've said Blizz, but actions speak much louder than words. If GM's can handle this in game (whether it was by creating and sending the item, then deleting it on the original server, or by some other means) then I know that you must have SOME way of getting it working sooner rather than later. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to run in a part full of people wearing BOA gear who are too low level to dual spec, but are needing on items for the same slots as their BOA's but aren't useful for their spec. Meanwhile, I'm losing these rolls left and right, still wearing whites in some slots because I just can't catch a break and knowing that if Blizz had really made this a top priority that BOA transfers would have been done by now. Hell, I'd even pay a $5 fee just to move all of my heirlooms from one character on one server to another character on different server.
So why hasn't this happened yet?