I had convinced myself that only rich alts were buying these gems, as the cata rare gems essentially require cata gear, in turn (mostly) requiring level 80.
I looked at beancounter to determine who was using my gems
- A level 70 toon that has my epic gems equipped. Fantastic choice.
- A level 85 toon that had cata rares equipped. Let's assume he sent the gems to an alt - fair enough.
- A level 84 toon with a mix of blue and green cata gear. Umm. Maybe a newbie. I may have to in-game mail this toon.
- A level 85, wearing 365 and even 384 gear; mostly PVP. Equipping Northrend Epic gems. Don't be this guy. Just don't.
- +40 for Cata rare gems
- +30 for Cata uncommon gems
- +20 for Northrend epic gems
- +16 for Northrend rare gems
However it looks like some players see purple and think it must be great. It is impolite to use the word for these players on a public blog.
Names have been withheld to protect the guilty