Well, the OP did post again (see post #4) admitting it was his fault and that he learned his lesson, so...
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i would choose my own religion and worship my own spirit, but if he ever preached to me i wouldn't want to hear it. i'd drop him, a forgotten god, languishing in shame; and then if i hit stormy seas, i'd have myself to blame.
I can't really decide what's worse in this thread.
If it's the people that see WTB's in the Trade channel, then run to the AH checking it they can make a quick buck;
If it's the people that think it's all the OP's fault, and that the 'scammer' is "just a smart dude";
of if it's the people that love this idea and will try this in the future.
I find it not only sad but very disturbing that people believe
a) Scammers are "smart" people to be emulated
b) Victims are "deserving" of their fate
In a game where virtual gold can be sold for real money, this kind of scam could actually by legally actionable (petty theft?) I'm not a lawyer, so can't say for sure, but at a minimum, a civil suit for the actual damages plus punitive damages should be easily winnable (though might not be collectable, since it isn't possible to determine a person's real identity just from a battle tag, and Blizzard doesn't reveal personal information about players, even if they are scammers.)
In the WOW forums, I remember seeing many different threads about this very scam, and have seen blue posts that said this type of scam was against the TOS (ruining another person's enjoyment of the game) and was a bannable offence. So if I was the OP, I would report the person.
This is a case of a scammer tricking another scammer. Both are equally guilty, one undoubtedly more clever but nevertheless; close thread.
How is one labeled a scammer for looking to flip an item for profit? Many of us buy low and re-list on the AH on an every day basis.
The OP fell for a scam that prey on our nature to make a quick buck. Made a mistake, paid the price for it. Should Blizzard refund the gold? Of course not. However, to label the scam victim a "scammer" is going too far.
*bring out his binoculars*
Nope, I can hardly make out the sign standing along the border of "too far", I'm not there...
Oh wait.. it says "leaving 'too far'".
In order to maintain a civilized tone on this forum, I take back the word scammer which seems to be filled with negativity.
However, I stand by my point (don't like it too civilized): he got tricked out of gold while trying to trick someone else out of gold. Well deserved!
imho, I don't think re-listing something is the same thing as what happened here. I bet ppl are re-listing my items since I always undercut by a lot to sell faster, don't care much for playing the ah =P
This is my last contribution to this thread (enjoy commenting that fact) ^^