Harpua wrote:We do know that accounts are hacked, looted and their contents are sold.
Do we? Bliz doesn't give us any statistics on how many accounts get hacked. So this is just another possibility that we can't properly evaluate. Ie we have to take it on faith that account hacking contributes to the pet supply.
The evidence doesn't support it. If compromised accounts are to blame, then why are some pets targeted and some left alone? Is it really possible that 100 new VHs showed up from hacked accounts, but none of those accounts had Tuskarr Kites? And if the VHs are from hacked accounts, why are they all level 1? Is it really possible that none of those accounts leveled their VH to 25 or somewhere in between?
Harpua wrote:Either way, buying these pets just sends the signal to the bad guys that they will be rewarded for their efforts.
True, but the issue I have with this is: are they really that bad? Who are they hurting? Well, they're hurting anyone who bought a VH at a pre-dupe price, because those 'legit' VHs are now worth far less. Otherwise, they are just producing cheap goods that we want to buy.
Obviously the current situation is bad overall. But who's to blame? Bliz made very rare pets that command high prices. We buy them for high prices, then dupers make more of those pets, and the price drops. Bliz does nothing to stop this: they won't even admit that it happens. If Bliz won't enforce the value of these high-end pets, then the sad fact is that they don't have value. In those circumstances, I have no incentive to pay a premium for a 'legit' pet.