Handler, I'd agree except for the part that people are using deception to overvalue items, like the 10/10 Sword mod in question. Saying something will never appear in the game again is quite different than saying it comes from an obscure and relatively tedious quest.
That is pretty close to fraud.
Complaining about overpricing items that are able to drop but "rare" like Inscr BDS, Frogs, etc. is a very different story, as those are a factor of demand. With those the demand is very high and the supply is limited. The supply of 10/10 Sword Sunderings is potentially unlimited. I think most people have a problem with people willingly obfuscating the truth about an item that's relatively simple to obtain.
As far as overpricing things like Minis and what not, I think the market fixes those problems by itself. Eventually no one will buy it and the seller will reduce their price; or, in the alternative, the seller keeps it.
If that isn't the case, someone buys it, gets their mini and moves on. Perhaps they overpayed, but they still got what they wanted. I know as a collector I'm relatively uncompromising and impatient about what I want, and it has led me to pay a lot more than what an item is worth sometimes. Is this annoying? Sure, but I wouldn't go back and trade for that same amount of cash.
Fundamentally prices come down to what a seller in willing to sell for, and what a buyer is willing to buy for. There's not much else to it. But in a special instance like these sword mods, there is a factor of duplicity that isn't as obvious relevant as in the other examples. Because of this, there is a strong gut reaction against it, and, moreover, a legitimate ethical ethical responsibility as members of Guru to warn people, which we have probably covered by making this thread.
Anyway, people are getting mad over video games too much imo. I've been yelled at enough in the past week regarding items that it almost makes me want to go back into retirement. Why not just live and let live? At the end of the day a person's reputation is what matters, and if you don't like a trader you're under no obligation to trade with them anyway. At the end of the day the items are just pixels--the cool thing this game and guru offers is a community of interested folks with which to geek out over said cool pixels.