BIG BOSS Wyrom reminds us all that there are scammers out there trying to get your cash. Don’t deal with people in silvers or in cash if you can’t see a clear history of who they were before the current month. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is neither good nor true before it’s done with you.
Category: Help for Players
Topic: Policy DiscussionsDate: 02/27/2017 01:22 PM CSTFrom: SIMU-WYROMSubj: Buyer BewareWe understand that buying and selling is an important aspect in GemStone IV, but Elanthia is a buyer beware world. What this means is, if someone sells you something that wasn’t theirs to sell or the item properties aren’t what they were advertised, this is on you, the buyer to do the research involved to do business with this person. Many of you do this with larger purchases already by establishing a middleman.
This isn’t to punish any of our players, but going forward, if you end up getting involved with someone selling stolen inventory, those items will get confiscated with no sort of reimbursement. Permanent lockouts may be placed on your account depending on your involvement. We understand there is no way to determine whether or not something is stolen ahead of time, but if it’s a character you’ve never seen before, use caution. If they deal with known thieves or practice shady behaviors, don’t do business with them. If someone is selling SimuCoin items at a virtual loss from the get go, consider it too good to be true and don’t bother dealing with that person.
I’ve been at the poor lil’ol sellers end before…back when anti-thief tools (poison tipped slivers) came out (I think on the Dhu Gillywack or sometime around then). I stock piled a bunch and set up some of my characters with them. They worked great – every now and then you’d see someone prick them self and run off looking for help to remove the high poison damage they were taking.
I had a good 4 or 5 dozen left in a locker or on a mule character and someone was asking on the amunet for folks selling them. I figured I had a few extra ones on my main character and I could just dump the remainder since I didn’t need that many. I made a sale with the buyer and went on my way….I don’t think it was too long afterwards (a few days maybe) that I got snatched up to a private room with a GM and asked a bunch of questions.
The GM told me that the buyer had found a way to duplicate silver and made a ton of it, then they went on a buying spree. I was out the silver and the items I had sold. At least I wasn’t in any other trouble. The GMs were following the silver trail and eventually caught up with the person in question, though I’m not sure what happened with the guy.
So yes, please have a bit of skepticism if a deal sounds too good to be true.
Specifically, to show it to another character?
So, “provenance vaalorn sword to krakii” shows me,
Ardwen, 2012-May-15 15:27:48
Madmountain, 2008-Aug-12 18:19:34
Celtar, 2000-Dec-25 12:34:56
(Big fan of time units all going the same direction, so year to month to day to hour to minute to second. None of this American crap, with month DOWN to day UP to year DOWN to hour…)
And I can in good faith decide to fork over my three hundred million silvers, or whatever the asking price is for Sorrow. (Hell, it’s probably money that Ardwen gave me, previously, so no harm/no foul.)
Anything where all (3-6) slots show comparatively close date/times is pretty clearly someone just trying to fill all the slots, which raises a red flag to the buyer.