Path Of Exile: What’s The Boss/Challenge/Run Scam

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In Path of Exile, for new players, they may be easily scammed in transactions, therefore, knowing how to avoid being scammed is important for them. Today, I will tell you how to avoid boss/challenge/run scam.

This is a scam where the scammers claims to sell a boss run, a challenge or a run of a certain map or achievement for a price. After you pay them they leave or go afk. You never get what you paid for.

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This scam works both ways, there are people who do not pay when they are buying these things too.

To prevent this from happening when you are the buyer, we do the same thing as we did with the crafting scenario. We buy what we want from trusted people. You can find trusted sellers for this under the communities tab on the Path of Exile forums. A good advice is to add sellers you found trustworthy to your friends list. Because most of these people play and sell every single league, so you won’t have to find new people every time you want to buy.

If you’re the seller and want to avoid people not paying for your run, I suggest that you take payment before you start whatever run you are selling and have good portal placement for the buyers to avoid items getting snatched. But then comes the issue of if you’re not a known trustworthy seller then people might have a problem trusting you. You need to build a reputation of sorts before people will fully trust you.

There is no real solution to this trust scenario, other than trying to sell cheap runs at first and build a base of people who trust you to vouch for you. If someone doesn’t pay during your cheap runs then you only lose 2-5 chaos as opposed to if you did expensive runs.

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How Can You Prevent Price Fixing Scam In PoE

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In Path of Exile, price fixing scam is by now pretty well known, it works as following. The scammer will place a high value item up for a lower price than what it’s actually worth on PoE.trade, they then wait for people to post the same item for a lower price than theirs and buys it immidietly. The scammer never sell their price fixed poe items if you ask to buy it.

Now there are scenarios where some people think that price fixing is happening but is actually not. A scenario where this is common is when someone find a good rare item and post it as the cheapest one compared to similar items on PoE.trade.

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Cheap, good rare items are usually sold within 1-5 minutes especially at the start of a new league. So after the seller has sold his item he will continue to get mass amounts of whispers wanting to buy it, to all he never responds. Some of the people messaging this person who don’t get a response will think the item is price fixed.

Just remember that good, cheap items are sought after and most likely 10-100 people other than you will message the seller for it if it was posted recently. A simple way to confirm if it was price fixed or not is to check the item again in 15-30 minutes, if it’s gone then it’s confirmed that it was sold before you messaged and not price fixed. Where real price fixing often occurs is rare semi-expensive/expensive items.

The way to counter getting scammed by this price fixing method is to simply ask other people what your unique is worth before listing it. You can ask in global (as mentioned by u/Moldydwarf, please take this into consideration if asking in global or trade channels: Please don’t do this on global 820, or trade 820 for that matter. They are not a price check channels.

It’s also very important to always scroll down when checking prices of unique item, to the more expensive ones. Because then you might realize that the unique is price dependant on a single roll of one of its stats, or that the first few listings are very cheap compared to the 100 others. Which is a good indicator that the first few listings are price fixed.

So scroll down, research your item a bit, ask around and you should have a good better grasp of what it’s worth. In fact, buy poe currency on U4GM is always an excellent choice, because it is safe for you.

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