I take your point, yes it is hard to extract all those skills, but my point is directed towards the issue of "who are we actually dealing with in game"
Is it MA's responsibly to offer some form of protection for players, like a duty of care?
MA have turned a blind eye, we all know who the avatars are... but are they trustworthy, or just working off another persons reputation?
The blind eye thing is BS because MA won't let us change avatar names "to maintain ingame reputation" bla bla bla...
I'm in the same boat as Smilgs, I am original owner of this avatar, but I hire a grinder to hunt and I disclose that publicly.
You can tell when I have the grinder active because I'll be "Freelancer", I'm only in Dark Knights -Squires when my avatar is secured to my access only.
I am also still myself
There's been a lot of avatar deals through time. Selling just one big skill avatar would take months upon months to collect ESI at a somewhat fair MU. The amount of skills & money wasted through ESI is insane compared to just trading the avatar over fair and square. This doesent eliminate the fact that reputation is also traded, and maybe even abused
Still, i do not believe anyone would buy a avatar for thousands of $ simply to go out and ruin its reputation and with it its value if to ever sell again. I guess that alone is safety in itself. And while all trades are final, i dont doubt that multiple scams in a row would lead to a permanent ban anyway.
I am glad to see so many old names still being owned and played by their original owner, in other mmorpg's avatar selling is fairly common thing.
I'm still me, after 12 years.
While we often hear about these avatars sales happening, it would be easier than trying to sell out 250+ health avatars through the esi market. I'd be gone by now if that was the case.
Could they not just have a 10$ yearly fee that must be payed from a card in the of the orginal owner and if not payed the avatar is locked? The avatar could get the "fee" in peds so it would not be a real fee, just a control function.
And yes, still me playing my orginal avatar, even if I don't play much