I bet when you play an MMO and take a look at the auction house to sell some of your materials, you may find yourself in awe, confused, and wondering if people who are selling goods below vendor price on the auction house should be added as the 8th wonder of the world. However some players lay the claim that this has something to do with a few players trying to corner the market and dictate prices.
If you ever played FFXIV or even FFXI or any MMO game that has Japanese or Asian servers (NA/EU servers included), you'll notice one thing. They don't have gold farmers. Unique, isn't it? Now many people, especially those on Reddit who believe that because FFXIV is a Japanese game, banning and stopping gold farmers are the developers primary concern. But this is false. Why?
If you have been paying attention to our country's economy, surely you realized that the price of everything is going up, literally. The rising prices are not a contribution of a strong growing economy but rather a rapid growth of inflation, yes real inflation and not the government CPLie. Earlier this year it was announced that food prices has risen 19% in the first quarter alone. The stock market has reached new highs despise constant bad economic news such as low GDP, low jobs numbers, and low wages. The stock market highs is a symptom of inflation, not economic growth. But what do these have to do with America becoming a nation of gold farmers? Simple, the tall-tale signs of a coming dollar collapse.
There's a lot of discussion out there about why Eve Online doesn't have gold farmers spamming players in-boxes or chat logs. Many players contribute this to the PLEX system. Why buy gold from gold farmers when you can simply buy PLEX from the developers at low risk? However, I on the other hand, have a different reason for why gold farmers are non-existent in the star cluster of New Eden.
If you were to play an AAA or mainstream MMORPG you will notice that they all have one thing in common, gold farmers. For many, gold farmers (aka gold sellers or bots) are a common plague to MMOs, they can ruin a game's economy, they spam players mail boxes and friends list, and finally they can deprive players from being able to farm their own resources.