There was a similar exploit in FFXI. I was told people did get banned for using it but I wasn't playing yet so I don't know for sure. I doubt anyone has been banned or will be otherwise they would have probably said something like they did with the conjurer exploit.
you mean the distilled water exploit? lol yeah that one was awesome! it was in the game forever before it got fixed.
Oh yeah, distilled water..
There was also the jellyfish one at bibiki bay, and the infamous and ulimate economy breaker- rusty buckets. Some third party program let u fish and choco dig stuff like gold beds up and they sold for lots too.
There was also a gil dupe exploit during the rusty bucket days, but that got squashed within a week.
All in all SE's apathy in the first few years really cost the economy an unrecoverable blow. The gil sellers alone flooded the economy to the point that you were getting charged 100k for a small stack of NQ food. Add in the damage from normal players exploiting, and it was almost incalcuable.
Many think it was the mass RMT bannings and the wiping of their gil holding accounts that brought the economy down to tolerable leves in the late years of the game. Surely it helped - but it was the heavy end-game population that caused most of the recovery. By that time the majority of players were equipped with rare/ex gear and flooded the market with the discarded crafted stuff, resulting in massive overstock which ulimately caused deflation. That however took years. Edited, Dec 3rd 2010 4:59pm by Restyoneck
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