Question for the hive mind: Isn't it the case in table top RPing that there are ways of inserting a new player into an ongoing campaign? Argo, Flim, and Buxley are all level 12 and find themselves deep in the Caverns of Crud, when Balabad somehow shows up, not as a level 1 newbie but as a level 12 character with appropriate gear. What are the stories used to avoid breaking the fiction?
See, one claim among MMORPG RP-ers is that you can't have eBaying because it breaks the immersion. I've said that myself, but I am having doubts. Are there stories that would support the appearance of new high-level characters in Camelot's RvR or EQ's dragon raiding? If so, then game companies can just internalize the eBaying in the game, by selling premium content immediately at premium prices.
[Disclaimer: I don't think MUD-Dev has dealt with this from the eBaying perspective. I may be wrong, though.]