So, are there objections to Blizzard selling level 85 characters?
Let's stipulate that the original limitation of the thread still applies -- the person buying the service must have one character at level cap already.
I'll continue to take the position that the actual harm of a player starting a character at some point above the normal starting level (phrased in that manner to account for DKs) is no greater than the harm caused by bored or lazy players trying to cruise to level cap. They bot and afk in BGs. They get run through content by friends. They pay -- in gold or in cash -- for being leveled through instances that they don't interact with. Even for the most 'legitimate' of players, RAF, SoR and heirlooms all boost XP, as do various in game buffs (2% in EPL, HFP, Wintersgrasp, Fire Festival) and the buffs will expand in MoP to include more heirlooms and possibly even a potion that buffs XP
The current system of grinding through years of older expansions is not working as its advocates would hope. If people were really learning their class as predicted, we'd all be complaining less about nubcakes. The game environment is steadily changing to reflect that. The game needs new players to survive and new players don't want a huge run up to current end game. Many of us have multiple characters at or near level cap. We have choices, but new players will also want to experiment. Older players may want to leave established characters with their current guild but might like to have the opportunity to dabble with playing on another server. Several situations come to mind such as where a player is on a low population or unbalanced server or wants to change between PVP and PVE environments. Perhaps having the choice to start over more easily could even address some of the population and balance problems that people complain about.
Allowing a player to pay to opt out of repeating older content, whether they buy in at 80 or 85, strikes a nerve. We've been conditioned to shun things like power leveling characters because up to this point the way to do that was usually through RMT. If Blizzard were to allow a legitimate way to reach a similar end, that's going to look like Blizzard is just giving in to RMT. I'm going to take the position that it is not the same. If anything, it takes away a source of income for the RMT crowd and that is a good thing. On a side note, I'm OK with MoP's Black Market Auction House for a similar reason -- it will remove large chunks of in game currency and I would guess that such transactions will give Blizzard a chance to whack people who through sudden miracle (i.e. botting and RMT) have wads of cash to blow.
It is true that WOW is an MMO, but that means it an evolving environment that needs to be able to adapt to the needs of multiple players and equally diverse play styles. I stated in my first post that I don't see myself using the option because I'm an altoholic (it is my nod to being an old PnP RPG player, I like to see a character develop). On the other hand, I don't see the existence of such an option as a danger to my enjoyment of the game. We've been complaining about PUGs for years ... um ... nubcakes will be nubcakes?