GoldMaking Ethics – The Seller’s Mistake

The GoldMaking Ethics is a series of Warcraft Opinon Articles documenting responses to ethical questions posed on twitter on 8 May 2018.

Tweets are presented out of context, and you can click them to read the rest of the conversation.  You are always welcome to chat with me on twitter where my name is @thegoldqueen and you can find Gold Dragon here also @Dragonbearjoe


We have 9 articles for you to read, culminating in a TGQ Long Read with my own opinions., today we talk about the ethical questions that arise when a seller makes a mistake on the Auction House and then comes to you to set it right.

Either a seller lists an item for the wrong price, and you have to decide whether to alert him, give it back, keep it, or laugh at his misfortune.

Or you list something for an unexpectedly high price.  You profit, but at someone else’s expense.


I was interested in hearing about stories, experiences, and the reason why people choose to help and how they do it.

All stories were gathered in a judgement-free atmosphere. I understand if you disagree with other people or get upset by it, but during the Ethics Questions, we are examining responses in a detached scientific manner.


Big Mistake

Uschiaala would feel bad for someone who made a big AH mistake and try to resolve it, to make themselves feel better.

Or, is all fair on the Auction House?


RetPallyJill talks about how she saw a mistake and returned it.  I wonder how she feels about helping out this new Warcraft player.


Does it depends on the way the mistake-maker communicates?

Grimes thinks that threatening to report makes him feel hostile to the mistake-maker, and Runesael points out that not everyone can communicate well and that how you respond says more about the responder than the mistake-maker.


What if we split the difference?

Brunold tries to find a middle ground


We provide a service

Heather talks about how the Auction House sellers are providing a service to buyers.

Let’s Chat

Darkshore Capital wants to chat with the mistake-maker and thinks that teaching is helpful.

Remember, give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, he feeds himself forever.


We all make mistakes

Is it a learning opportunity?

Over to you

What’s your opinion on dealing with a regretful mistake-maker?



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