I hate to bring up the "realism" argument, because the counterargument is always "You're arguing realism in a game with catgirls and goblins and magic" but I'm going to anyway:
I see no realistic reasoning behind the point of why I can put on a shirt, take off that shirt, and then some magical force prevents me from giving it to you to wear. Places like the Purple Heart and Salvation Army and Goodwill -depend- on other people to donate their used clothing.
In fact, there are developers who are pushing for game licensing that would require players who purchase pre-owned games from other people to purchase licenses for the game, basically making the games BoE.
You know what else is BoE/BoP? DRM.
If I buy something, it's mine. If I want to give/sell it to someone else, I should be able to do so. People sell used cars, used boats, etc... Tell me, did anyone ever live in the house/apartment you're sitting in before you? For those of you who are homeowners like myself, how would you feel if your home was BoE; if you ever decided to move, you must demolish it, no one else can ever live there and you will be paid whatever the raw materials are worth to a dump (vendor trash, in the literal sense).
I'd much rather see a house I moved out of, or some armor I don't need any more, go to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have; not tossed away to an NPC.
If I buy a new video card, I can sell or give away my old one; I don't have to throw it in the garbage and tell a friend to "go buy your own". When I upgraded my fish tank from a 30 gallon to a 55 gallon, I sold my 30 gallon to someone else. I didn't bust it into pieces.
There's no logic behind a durable item becoming useless for resale.
Edited, Jul 26th 2010 9:00pm by Mikhalia
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