Returned to UO a few days ago and started reading the boards to catch up. Because I havent played in 3 years or so and no longer have a house, I have a bunch of stuff to buy for my new dwelling. After reading the dupe threads, I have to say Im not impressed. Sounds like I could get banned for buying the things I'll need to going again (dye tubs, soulstone token, hammers and runics, an ethereal pet or two). As someone just coming back to the game I have an observation and a question. In the threads Ive read, folks are posting that players ought to know not to buy items that are too good a deal, or to not shop at such and such a vendor house because its "duper friendly." That seems pretty effed up to me. Who in the world takes the time to shop around only to pay the most for something. As a returning player, how am I to know what a good deal is, much less who's vendor house is a no-no to buy from (my measly 6 mil doesnt buy what it used to, thats for sure). It seems pretty crazy to me that OSI would ban people for simply owning duped items (as opposed to banning those who are verified to have used the duping method). Huge turn off to a returning player. The last thing I want to do is put in a lot of work to build my characters/possessions back up only to have them taken away because I dont know enough about how people cheat. This is stuff I didnt worry about with the other MMOs ive played (ie, the competition). It would be nice to see a game rep clarify the policy on bans. As for the question... what IS actually safe to buy and what items should I stay away from?