Problem is they go after the buyers because we are the ones giving the gold and I'm sure they care more about the gold exchanging than the item because they can just delete the item. The gold if he was a scammer, hacker, or a gold seller I'm sure changed hands twenty times within minutes of my giving it to them
The economy has scaled so horribly since vanilla where we have to pay hundreds of thousands of gold for epics, I just have to imagine there is no end to this plight and within 5 years I would no doubt have to pay millions of gold for epics, and blizzard will still hound the little guys over the few gold we have and how we use it :'(
I'll keep my hopes up that should it come to the point that a GM whispers me one day I pray I can convince them I had no idea about this stuff.
It did seem dodgy to me that such an expensive pet on ebay would be so relatively inexpensive (there's two on the AH today at 28k+ from different name sellers not that it means anything and could be the same account) and the price this guy was offering it at was inline with the other two people's auctions. I just took a risk negotiating with him and now that I know about what has happened in the past I'll be more cautious and use the AH but for all I know this could be a legit pet.
I'm just surprised there are any being sold in the AH. I guess either the cards have made their way to the people looking to make in game gold, or the duping problem has become more wide spread and the effects are going to last a while. time will tell.
I just feel bad that I'm in this situation because I'm usually super cautious from buying in trade and try to make sure I chat the people up before any trade purchases to get a sense of their English skills. This pet however blinded me and I was like OMG I MUST HAV ITZ!!!