From Stratics - UOHall - Post by Rosaline
As some of you may know, there are certain means to avoid having to pay vendor fees.
This is seriously effecting those honest shopkeeps who do not engauge in such cheating actions, as the honest vendor continues to pay out large quantities of gold to support their vendors whilst the cheater gains pure profit.
Searching on the knowledge base about this issue, I found this knowledge base answer:
The correct action to take if you learn of a way to take advantage of any aspect of UO in an unintended manner is to report the issue to our QA team in a bug report. Specifically regarding abusing your vendors and what will occur as a result, this post made on Sept 9th, 2004 covers the Game Master policy. Based on a September 9th post made by GM Platinum, the following policy is in place:
Players who attempt to bypass the rental costs associated with vendors, or who are using vendors for extra storage in a way not originally intended by the designers, may be found in violation of the Terms of Service and Rules of Conduct.
In an effort to provide a fair and enjoyable gaming experience, any vendor confirmed by a Game Master to be in violation may be destroyed along with its contents. In addition, any accounts associated with these vendors may be actioned accordingly.
Looking at the UO RoC, it's quite clear that attempting to avoid paying the vendor fee should be an actionable offence:
19. You will not exploit any bug in the Ultima Online product or the Ultima Online Service. You will not intentionally use or share any bug found within Ultima Online, real or fictitious, regardless of whether or not it grants an unfair advantage. You will not directly or indirectly communicate the existence of any such bug to any other user of the Ultima Online Service. You will report any such exploit using the bug reporting methods as described by the Ultima Online Web Site at http://www.uo.com/mailBug.html.
24. You will not do anything else that interferes with the ability of other Ultima Online users to enjoy playing the game in accordance with its rules, or that increases the expense or difficulty of Electronic Arts in maintaining the Ultima Online Service for the enjoyment of all its users.
I know of one shopkeeper who is getting quite upset over the continuing cheating used by some less legitamate shopkeepers.
Can we please know for certain that such issues will be delt with?
Due to the less clear-cut nature of this problem, I am not confident that a simple in-game page will result in action being taken, as any GM would want to observe the item swap occuring.
Hopefully it is not just myself and my friends who are quite annoyed and upset over this.
Response by Jeremy_EAMythic
As I said here, if you have details, send everything you can to me in a PM, and I'll make sure it gets looked into.
E. Jeremy Dalberg
UO Community Coordinator
Now is our chance to hopefully see an end to this long time flaw in the merchant system!