So… aheh… hehe. I just had a thought.
How about when someone buys gold, instead of giving them a temp ban, you take the gold away…
And then have an NPC in the banks of the major cities set up a literal “Trust” fund. The player has to give gold to that NPC until they’ve stored an amount equal to that which was taken away. After they’ve payed into it fully, they get all the gold from that fund.
But here’s the catch… hehehe…
…Until they do so, they are locked from the economy. Can’t use the AH, nothing through the mail unless it’s their own alts, no trades, nada. Just like a trial account. They can still get gear from dungeons/raids, but that’s it.
Want a great BoE? Gotta pay up your trust fund. Want to enchant your new gear from ToC? Gonna have to level enchanting on an alt or farm for that trust fund. Need more Potions of Speed for raid? Best go herb, pal.
Would force people to learn how to be self sufficient and farm on their own without swiping a credit card. In addition to being a monumental pain in neck if they’d got caught for significant amounts. And once they finally were back in the clear, they’d have all that money they’d originally bought to spend… after earning it themselves the hard way.
I dunno. Maybe I’m just a sadist.