The devs are very active in trying to get those third-party sellers, and their buyers, punished. The latest ban-wave happened on January 29th on Xbox and more players have reportedly been banned for allegedly buying AD since then. There is pretty much only one good way for sellers to transfer the Astral Diamonds to their buyers and that’s buying out auctions. Those auctions follow a certain pattern. The buyer posts an item for the amount of ADs purchased that’s widely available and cheap and the seller buys out the auction. The best known one is probably the Portable Altar. The buyout price can includes the AH fees depending on whether the seller covers them or not.
We have used our auction house data to compile a list of suspicious auctions. This can be players buying from third parties or, albeit less likely, transferring currency between multiple accounts. There are also very legit explanations of players posting unlikely high prices for items that normally go for pennies. As always treat the list as data, not accusations.
The final list from the last 30 days includes 306 handles and is available here.
The table below shows 31 handles that posted at least 10 auctions worth 10,000,000 AD or more for a grand total of 615,253,314 AD.