I would never knowingly support dupers by buying anything I suspected was a dupe, nor have I ever or will ever dupe. These recent bannings have made me concerned however that my style of play, even though legal - might be "at risk". Let me explain: I am a periodical casual gamer/hard core gamer - depending on RL constraints. I can play for hours on end during weekends, but have periods where I only log in once a week to restock vendors, sometimes even less. I browse Stratics sporadically, and not at all when I have time restraints. Then I want to use my free time to just play. I enjoy earning gold through ways I find enjoyable, like merchanting, holiday x-shard trading, idoc`ing, fishing, crafting - to afford buying items I cannot get on my own. Although I have tried Doom gauntlet and Peerless, I do not enjoy the grind in these activities, nor do the RNG favour me much. So I buy these items from other players instead. When too many months go by without gaining me a Barbed kit lbod, I buy one as a consellation price. I love how you can do that in UO, with no bind on equip etc., I love the trading aspect of the game, as well as the freedom in game play and player choices. I play the cautious way - the same way I check for cars before crossing a road, or waiting for the traffic light to go green before I cross. I am aware of some of the highly duped items over the years and those I avoid, but I do not know them all. Since I have been playing quite some time I have also gathered quite a few items over the years. I have no way of telling if any of my items are duped or not, despite being cautious. I was not banned, so I guess it`s ok. Last night I went on a shopping spree burning my recent savings, equipping my second character with high end arties and armor. I really have no idea if any of those I bought were dupes, even though I shopped at vendors I deem trustworthy - because, they in turn have really no idea of knowing either. I understand the reasoning behind the recent bannings, and agree on the premise. But some of these I am questioning, especially if it is correct that the reason for those bans were duped gold on the accounts they had aqquired by selling items to other players. If I had not, for practical reasons, decided to store all gold on vendors at my shop, would I have been now banned as well? Despite playing the "cautious route" and playing legally but just because I had been selling off items to get whatever other item that was next on my list? If a set amount of those items I have aqquired over the years had been over what the dev team deemed "suspicious", would I also been banned? As I am aware of, there are still duped items floating around. I have to wonder... Is this the current state of UO, that one has to watch every step one takes in order to avoid duped items EA/Mythic has failed to delete from the game world all together? In order to play legally one has to read stratics and make sure one is up to date on the recent dupes that hits? Watch ones back in case the player you are dealing with has in the recent month been trading unknowingly with a duper? Make sure to "launder" your gold checks cause you have no idea where they have been? Only use items you have aqquired yourself? The latter means that UO moves to single player game, and I have no interest in that. The above seems to be the current message from the dev team, since there are so many ways to aqquire illegal items legally and unknowingly - and I don`t see that being addressed. My quesion is then this: As a legal, normal, casual player - Why is this MY problem? I don`t want my game play to be influnced by dupers any more than it already has through the economy. I don`t want my gametime in the world to be dictated by dupers and EA/Mythic`s unability to deal with the products they produce. I would like to see some Dev commenting on this, I would like to see some communication happening between those who were banned and those responsible for the bannings, and communication between the playerbase and the team. My mission statement is this: I will continue to play the cautios way as I have described, but I refuse to let this dictate how I go on my very honest day to day gaming. If that later on means I get over the item count of "suspect" items, then so be it. Then UO and EA/Mythic and I are better off parting ways anyway, as I would not enjoy playing in such an environment.