Personally I have never bought gil (my average gear is proof of that) and I never will buy it, but I see RMT as a bit like prostitution. It's not the actual act that upsets most people, it's all the crap that surrounds it - the streetwalkers, the pimps, the abandoned contraceptives, the violence, the crime. Open a legal brothel, clean up the streets, get rid of the nasty elements and no one really cares.
Legal RMT could mean getting rid of the illegal RMT in-game. It could free up NMs and camp spots, get rid of massively manipulated AH prices, make the game so much better for us.
Lesser of 2 evils?
Does it really matter to you if someone else takes the easy way to get gear? It could be marked in some way when bought so everyone knows they didn't earn it the hard way. If FFXIV is a team game like FFXI and not involving a lot of PvP like WoW, does it really matter if someone in your party has bought some gear? He's just helping you level faster.
I personally would not buy gear as I like to take the slow way to do everything plus if I don't work to achieve something it isn't worth anything to me.
But I understand some people are lazy or don't have the time necessary to get the big items and if they want to spend their real money on some pixels, doesn't bother me if it means my world is free of RMT.
Fact is, the RMT companies exist because they have so many customers. Maybe time for everyone's benefit to accept that legal RMT may be the only way to beat the likes of brogames and improve the game for everyone.
(If some Premium member wants to make it a poll, feel free. Thanks.)
Edited, Jun 8th 2009 1:05pm by jtftaru