To me this confirms what a few of us have said.
The gear you sold was bought with gil bought by RMT. It sucks but i am personally not suprised. You can give all the long explanations of where the gil cold come from legitimately, but at the end of the day, on a non-legacy server, the amount of gil you were charging (and getting people to actually pay) is indicative that the gil had to come from ill gotten means.
Im glad you got your account back, but stop trying to deny that you have no idea that selling items for 1m+ on a new server within a month of lunch had to come from gil sellers.
Interesting. It really does sound like there was some kind of flat out glitch or exploit that put a ton of gil into the game that could not possibly be gathered from regular means.
As has been noted before, the total amount of gil available is based on rewards from quests and items sold to NPCs only. There is no other way to get gil out of the game itself. SE clearly saw far more gil than was possible, and traced it down to everyone who had it, even if those players themselves obtained it legitimately.
Seems like the fix will at least it will help the economy in the long run avoid ridiculous inflation, at the cost of being unfair to many players.
It's sad that at least some players basically lost the items they sold and now have nothing to show for it. The theory that SE was paying employees to go through transactions one-by-one never sounded likely to me. It was more like, account had illicit gil = divide by 100. It's absolutely not a fair way to fix it, but I'll bet somewhere there is a cost-benefit analysis of the all options for the fixes proposed, and this one ended up on top.
Most importantly, I'm glad you got your account back.
Just this once I'm glad to be continually broke. Edited, Oct 4th 2013 2:29pm by Gnu