The more I think about it, the more I think I’m coming to the conclusion that the entire donations scheme is just plain bad and implemented in a manner that achieves the exact opposite of what I infer its intention was.
At first I just thought, “OK, I don’t need any commons or rares so, cool, I’ll just donate everything to all these needy folk and I’ll be doing a good thing.”
Umm… yeah… nah.
See, I also don’t need the gold or the XP. And the weird thing is, the people donating often don’t need the rares or commons either and are just doing it as a reciprocal, quid pro quo so that people who need XP/gold, can get quick bucks.
In other words, the incentive is perverse; instead of donating, I should be requesting so that people can get gold/XP, despite the fact that I have zero need or want for these items. I should therefore also entirely refrain from donating.
Unless, of course, someone genuinely needs the item, in which case… who knows? That then creates a situation where if someone actually needs the item they’re requesting, they have to add that it’s a genuine request and not just a prop so that others can get some cash. And I have to ask people who don’t need the cash to NOT donate so that those who do, can get it.
It’s so dumb.