Item or pass trafficking. What's that?

This is a copy of the message that was previously sent by Ow to all players for future reference.

Hello Everyone,

Lately it has been brought to my attention that there have been some misunderstandings concerning what is or isn't allowed when buying or selling items on the game. I wish to clarify a few points to make sure we are all on the same page regarding item or pass trafficking.

What is pass or item trafficking?

It's simply performing a transaction outside of the available settings and systems offered directly by the game.

- For instance selling a regular horse in a direct sale over 1 000 000 equus and 20 passes isn't possible on Howrse. Some players will therefore sell a second low value horse for a high price to get around the fixed and allowed maximum price. This isn't allowed, if we set a limit there is a reason behind it and trying to get around it is in essence a way of cheating. Not to mention the number of scams this type of transaction generates.

- Black Market items can be exchanged against other Black Market items or equus or given thanks to a donation but only within certain limits. When you donate an item via the gift system, you do it freely and shouldn't ask for a fee for it. That's is going around the intended nature of this feature and therefore not allowed.

This includes listing black market items as being for sale on your presentations or saying that black market items will be accepted in lieu of passes for negotiable horse sales which is also pass/item trafficking.

- You cannot sell passes on the game, so using the horse sales or item exchanges as a payment for that type of transaction isn't allowed.

Here are a few of the points that can be found in our Terms of Sale and Terms of Use regarding un-allowed transactions.

In the Terms of Use:


3.1 Use of Services.

a) You must be authorised to use the Services for which you register in accordance with these Terms or any other terms applicable to such a Service.

b) The Services are intended for personal use only and you must in no event use them in any way for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us and/or our licensors.

c) You shall not, directly or indirectly:

(i) sell, rent out or market the Content;

In the terms of Sale:

Chapter 3. Grant of License.

3.3 Transfer of Credits, Subscription or Additional Content.Except where the Service allows a transfer and/or exchange by way of a specific feature within the Service, You shall not transfer or otherwise exchange the Credits, the Subscription or Additional Content within the Service to other users. OWLIENT prohibits and does not recognize any purported transfers of Credits, Subscription(s) or Additional Content effectuated outside the Services.  Accordingly, in no event shall You transfer, sell, or otherwise exchange in kind (nor attempt to do the same) Credits for « real » money, or outside of the Service.

Chapter 6.Credits and Subscription have no real value. 

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained in these Terms of Sale or the Terms of Use, Additional Content, Subscription and Credits, or any other terminology used to describe such, have no monetary or “real world” value and may in no event be exchanged or redeemed for “real” currency or in kind.

OWLIENT prohibits and does not recognize the purported sale, gift or trade in the « real world » of anything that appears or originates in the Services.  Accordingly, You may not sell or transfer Additional Content, Subscription or Credits by any means, nor buy such Additional Content, Subscription or Credits for any purposes other than for their use in the Service(s). Similarly, Subscription(s) or Credits cannot be used to gamble with other users, except if such a feature is expressly included and permitted by OWLIENT in the Service.

You can also find a line concerning this on the karma page:

Cheating: Asking other users their passwords, organizing scams, breaches of trust, stealing accounts, trafficking with accounts, passes or in-game items.

I hope this will clarify any remaining doubts concerning what you can or not do on Howrse and allow you to enjoy your game.

Best Regards
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