Drums of Caveat Emptor

In the wake of our report yesterday on the state of the 3.2.2 economy, we are receiving scattered reports from concerned readers about the charges on the Drums of Forgotten Kings and the Drums of the Wild. It would seem that some of the more nefarious sellers out there are using up 49 of the 50 charges on their drums and then reposting them with one charge left for the same price as fully charged drums.

UPDATE: We contacted our reader who alerted us to this issue and asked for more information about the scam and they clarified that they were scammed by drums offered in /trade chat. Apparently, the drums can be traded between players with less than full charges but NOT posted on the AH. Beware of deals that look too good to be true in the trade channel, they probably are.

This sort of scam is nothing new and we’ve seen it before with similar charged items. What is different is that the item is new and so some buyers are not quite used to the charge feature of the drums just yet. As with all items in the AH for sale or trade, the rule of thumb is Caveat Emptor. Watch what you’re doing and don’t make silly mistakes. And, no, a GM will not ‘fix’ this issue for you. Instead, may we suggest a few more appropriate ways for dealing with trading mistakes.

Just so we’re clear, both types of drums have fifty charges each when first crafted. Any less and you’re not buying a ‘new’ product. The Priest buff scroll, Runescroll of Fortitude, holds a single charge each but can stack in sizes of up to 20 per stack. There is still, as yet, no Mage scroll yet so the Vending Machines of WoW are safe for the time being.

On a side note, we love that the Blessing of Kings drums are called ‘…of Forgotten…’ since we’ve become so accustomed to grouping with pallis that forget to buff. Now if only they’d make a ‘Drums of Turn Off Crusader Aura Ya Nub’. Just a thought.

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3 responses to “Drums of Caveat Emptor

  1. elfennau

    I’m surprised at this, given that many items with charges can’t be posted on the AH anymore with less than full charges. This seems like a fail on Blizzard’s part as much as on the buyer’s part. 😦

    • Thanks Elfennau. Based on your reply we went back to our reader that alerted us and they clarified that the problem was with a /trade channel trade, not the AH. When they told us initially via e-mail of the issue they had with a trade on this item, we incorrectly assumed they meant the AH.

      We subsequently tested posting a few drums on the AH and found that usage of even one charge will prevent the user from posting for sale. We updated and clarified our post to be more clear about this issue. Thanks again 🙂

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