Really they have been putting people who want to be wizards IRL out of business since the 90's.
A friend of mine wanted to sell his level 36 mage character in Asheron's Call that I mentored him to roll back in December, 1999, shortly before Christmas. Level 36 in the first few weeks or month of retail was dreamy, and the template I'd created was pretty much the best template in the world. You can trust me on this because I did roll the best template that could possibly be made on the first day of retail, and I did rule my world with this avatar. You could ask any monarch from my world about it and they would agree, and if you don't believe me then just stalk Chris L'etoile on the internet, and find out what he says about Mythrandia, and find out what he said about other monarchs besides Mythrandia (Amid, for example), and find out what other those other monarchs who he approaches said about Mythrandia, and you will see from the paper trail that is leftover on the internet that I won that MMORPG.
But anyways, the level 36 character was named Woffy, and the auction was set for Christmas Eve, and the character's price literally jumped past fourty thousand dollars.
Of course something happened, I think Microsoft wrote a letter to Ebay which caused Ebay to take the auction down. I made plenty of dollars selling items and things on ebay, services, twinking, etc. Back in those days, you could make more as a wizard providing people with magical services like for example, you could enchant each item of clothing and armor that they were wearing to be impenetrable to acid and piercing, and you could increase their strength, coordination, HP, weapon skill, their natural armor, their natural protection against acid and piercing, and you could give them an enchanted shield and open a portal to a dungeon where there is things that use acid and piercing which do 0 damage to your twink, which are level 65, and you can debuff these creatures so that your twink can kill them in 1-3 hits, and you can enchant his weapon so that it will hit this level 65 creature, and you can help this person go from level 1 to level 20 in a matter of hours, at the rate of $x/hour, which is whatever you decide is a fair price.
It was easy to find employment as a wizard. You really only needed to make so many dollars. Wizards don't care about things like eye candy. A wizard probably wants to make a map of the whole world, Mythrandir, first of all, before anything else, is an explorer. And the map is all concepts, you could make a map of the Heart of Gold by playing the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and you could have an infinite improbability generator, and a space ship with a sauna in which plants grow that you use to power your infinite improbability generator, what you have is a metaphysical system for constructing knowledge that has some value to somebody.
And many many wizards study complexity theory, or complex systems, and nonlinearity, and the states of complex systems when they are far from equilibrium. Wizards do things like stalk through worlds looking for information about Facill's plane slant spells after hearing rumors that Rytheran cast a plane slant spell. A wizard will go looking for Rytheran after he finds out that Rytheran runs a mage academy, and will go looking for Aerfalle after he finds out that Rytheran is in love with Aerfalle, and so on. A wizard experiences a unique type of curiousity and in many countries the wizards are all enslaved and sequestered away in mental hospitals whether they are dangerous wizards or not, because wizards play with chaos, and touch chaos, and even chaotic behavior of ping pong balls is describable by wizards at every stage in the state of transitions between snapshots of the system and a wizard might be able to predict where the ball will be floating fourty two seconds into the future, by scribbling some equations on a napkin using bistromathics. Your favorite waiter at your favorite restaurant might be a wizard.
And anyways, there are ways taht wizardss will get along in any economy. I know a wizard that helps people to get children. And takes away children. I could say this wizard is a kidnapper, but this wizard is very ethical and never breaks the law. Or if this wizard does break the law, I think this wizard although he is accountable to the government, I don't think the government is equipped to deal with some wizards, I think a competent wizard is one of the scariest things in the world. Have you ever met somebody you know who definitely, definitely, definitely had magical properties? Some girl, perhaps, and I am not talking only about minor magical things like being able to telepath various signals back and forth with animals, with canines or one of one's familiars, for example. I mean something more on the order of channeling, functioning as an oracle, deriving information from an arcane source which produces a degree of accurracy high above chance, an example of a popular male person who exhibits what I would characterize as magical properties would be Joe Mcmoneagle.
It's hard for Joe these days in America. He's gone corporate. He's evidently a capitalist. And his fan base is a bunch of people that are trying to discuss subjective experiences using english and sell methods for how to cast magical spells to people for little green pieces of paper. There's a well established community of wizard wannabes, and alot of them engage in deceptive business practices, and so they have tarnished the reputation of wizards, and created the popular illusion that wizards do not provide legitimate services for people. In fact if I were, as a wizard, to have a psychiatric problem, I would probably not go to a practicioner of western psychiatry, and I would instead go to another wizard who could understand my culture-specific problem, and would abide by the code of ethos of wizards which involves secrecy.
You can see examples of people trying to keep secrets on the internet. Like the october man sequence. That's supposed to be a secret. You can make dollars by data mining the internet for interesting secrets and selling those secrets to people who want certain kinds of information. It's good to know how to keep secrets and know how to make friends with wizards. Some of you will remember Tai Lo Quan from Darktide. He had many names, but he met a wizard who knew an even more powerful wizard who knew a secret that forever revolutionized a world, and created within a virtual economy over $300,000/year worth of wares which could be acquired through passively running macros which levelled characters which were sworn in an allegiance chain on darktide which produced charcters that were worth about $5,000 a pop, I'd estimate. And you could make strings of them at once, a hundred at a time. Willy wonka style.
I didn't personally participate in the making of strings of macro'ed characters on darktide, because although I let people think that I was an evil wizard, I actually often chose not to do evil things on purpose, and I considered it to be evil to populate the PvP world with macro'ed characters. I thought that macro'ed characters were distasteful, because they helped people to attain status distinctions that should only be available to wizards, only a wizard should be able to walk around in the world with a particular skillset, you should not create a weapon and put it into the world in the hands of a toddler, because the toddler might fry the community, among other things.
But sometimes I did do evil things that fried the community. Like after I figured out how to do the Aerlinthe Quest and spawn a monster that I could solo once every 26 minutes or so. This monster dropped a black rock that was worth about $300 if you wanted to sell it immediately without having to argue about the price to an arbitrary person on the internet. Stuff has actual prices, you know. Most people think that prices are random. Prices are not random, thay are actually fixed, and one thing that wizards are conscientious about is commodification of certain categories of knowledge or access to information. You know how the moderators on certain message boards don't want you to discuss the october man pattern, or any of the forbidden NLP patterns, because they don't want people walking around experimenting with those patterns on people because they think it is disingenuous or some such thing? The same reason wizards aren't supposed to learn about Horcruxes in the Potter stories, yeah?
Well I will say that one weekend in Asheron's Call, before the developers took the servers down and changed the black rock so that it was non-transferrable, I made a few grand in a couple hours, just by ebaying a black rock and figuring out what the price was, then offering black rocks at the appropriate price to people. I didn't sell very many of them, because money was never very important to someone like me. I would only need money if I needed the money for a purpose, like video cards, I needed a better video card once, because people on the internet were making fun of my screenshots because my eye candy wasn't as cool as their eye candy. They were supposedly having a better gaming experience than I was because my video card sucked. So I bought a better video card. I made some dollars and bought a better video card. Didn't erally change anything for me. Those people don't know what's fun. If they think eye candy is important, in terms of game fun.
I'll tell you some things taht are important for fun. The way your avatar moves? Totally inmportant. Should approximate reality as much as possible, and get mirror neurosn firing in connection with the motions that the avatar is modelling. Self identification should be as close to reality as possible, and it should be weaved into the story line, a method for controlling your chacater's motor cortex. And you should internact with your character and the world the way that nevermind I'm not oging to tell you how to have fun, but I will say that if you link semantic tasks, like saying "Zojak Qualoi" to procedural tasks, like "making a series of gestures while combiniding some spell components together," and you do this long enough that it becomes a routine, you will actually dream about what you are doing, and you will improve upon it while you are dreaming, because your mind learns procedural tasks while you dream, everyone who plays a musical instrument knows this, whether they're ostensibly conscious of it or not.
What I'm saying is you can program people to be their characters.
And anyways so there are lots of wizards that exist and there are also people who have magical properties and sages have writtent hese things down and the fact that ebay is trying to curtail unfair business practices by banning wizardry is really a failure of community, that's what it is.
And oen of the reasons it's happening is because wizrds are not giving back enough. Like if you go back in time, you will find occasions where people had lots of fun because wizards were giving back, Chris L'etoile used to talk about moments when wizards would give back to the community.
But you are not a nice society, and you don't treat wizards kindly. There are way too many people with magical properties, people with access to the psychic continuum, or the dreamspace, or wherever people go when they astrally project themselves, and there are people whose minds get entangled with dangerous types of information or what hippies often call bad energy, for lack of a better term. Christians call these things demons, but what they are is a type of information or consciousness that circulates and moves around in the community, and you guys are harming the vulnerable, and locking people up. Lots of teh wizards who would have gone around planting golden eggs in your backyard are locked up, and the institutions where you're keeping them are not helping them because you guys don't study magic, there are no schools of magic, they are all secret, and if you had a wizard mentoring you and you are 99% of the population then you would not have any chance of pleasing your mentor any more than Uma Therman had the chance of pleasing her mentor who taught her how to punch people in the chest in special ways.
People do not submit to being treated the way wizards treat people, in the wizard community there are certain wizards who are charged with keeping certain secrets, and if they were to slip up for even a second and say one or two things that hinted that they even knew anything about a particular topic, they would be kicked out of the club like Robert Oppenheimer was, or maybe ostracized worse than Alan Turing was, and the world would lose a collaborator with a mind and an ethos, and this person would go off and become a hermit like Ben Kenobi, and many of these people would ignore Leia's cry for help simply because Leia's campaign is totally unimportant and Palpantine is a fine ruler of the universe, in fact if you think about the implications of Arrow's Impossibilitiy Theorem, there are lots of wizards who want there to be a dictator, so that there can be rules, so that the people have to follow rules and cannot arbitrarily discriminate against wizards by throwing people into hospitals whenever they start channeling demons, because some police officers and psychologists are members of clans of people that were played hoaxes on by mystery cults that have been around since before humans learned proto indo european.