In a gdkp pug discord, I heard an Indonesian guy with sort of a British accent talk about how he’s been selling gold since phase 1. He was convincing another pug that it’s perfectly acceptable to buy and sell gold since in retail blizzard sells gold directly, and that’s why it’s “unofficially legal” in classic.
He was also talking about how the prices are “fair market value.” If you have trouble affording items, the trick to getting away with botting is just start up right after they publish a ban wave, and become “most vigorous” for the months following because there is no chance of another ban wave. When I heard that I started considering finding another game even though I still have fun in this game. We’ll see.