While I realize the traditional definition of taking and item and not paying for it I have also always thought of the following as scamming as well.
I noticed a lot on the old server back when NG was still adding new stuff well known MMs/Townies would often try to lowball you for new items. For instance offer you 100k or something chant it up then turn around and sell it for 5m. Those same MMs/Townies would PC items at 5m but then try to pick it up from people new to the item for like 100k. I felt like that was the worst type of scamming they would attempt to take advantage of someone who was not aware of the PC and then sell something for 1000% profit. Of course as time went on this stopped because new items no longer dropped.
Two nights ago on the private server I saw someone who has made a good name for themselves selling something I needed. Not a BC or anything but something that was an upgrade for me. I asked the guy how much and was surprised by how high his answer was. I told him it was not in my budget right now but thanks for his time. He then /td me back and said he would trade said item for 3 of the currently most hard to get items on the server that everyone wants right now which are BoCs. I know BoCs right? However everyone who has a toon needs one and not a lot have been found.
The item I wanted he was asking 500k for, the BoCs he was asking for clean sell for 300k. I was polite in my answer and said I thought he seemed like an honest buy but did he actually think I would trade 3 of the most in demand items in the game currently for an item that is not really in demand. He said whatever dude BoCs only sell for 100k clean.
Later that night I guess he got some fool to trade him BoCs for something because he was selling 2 of them for 500k each.
I know some could say this is just good business buy low sell high. However he basically lied to my face saying they were only 100k when people were asking 300k each for them and later that night he was asking 500k each for them. To me this feels like it should be in the same realm as just straight up taking items or cash and then teleporting out.
I am not interested in a flame war over this just curios what you guys think about it.