Originally Posted by adamkatt
8) Pointless as JSP will just be used again. No matter what people will always buy items with real money like they did in Diablo 2.
The problem with this, is that it isn't true.
While JSP would be used to some degree, there is still a huge stigma to it and many would stay away from it. Also, a lot of the content on many item sale houses in D2 were duplicated or stolen.
See, part of the discussion at Blizzard about the Auction House in D3 was "How many people would actually use it?". Blizzard felt, and this was said in an interview by Jay Wilson, that only a small portion of the playerbase would actually use it. Part of this data was from polling, part from the JSP activity, and a few other sources. What they didn't factor in was the stigma against 3rd party vendors, like JSP. So, with the idea that only a small portion of the community would use it, they launched it.
They were completely wrong. A massive number of people started using it, because it was provided by Blizzard.
The other thing about JSP, is we now have the technology, and the systems that can handle it, to track items. It wouldn't be difficult at all for an item to drop and it have a character/account ID attached to it the moment it is generated. Then have a system track those items; system sees one character or account moving HUNDREDS of items a week, it can flag Blizzard and they can investigate.
JSP characters and their behavior stand out in the game!