I understand what you're saying... but I disagree.Gullibility is only 1/2 the problem with the concern of scamming (of any kind). The other 1/2 is outright deception. *People shouldn’t discuss the problem of scamming without acknowledging the existence of both types. Pertinent to TLOPO, the player-base of POTCO had it’s fair share of both gullible and deceptive players whom had made mistakes!
If you're referring partly to my post, I only addressed the concerns over gullibility because that's the only concern I share when it comes to trading (and why a degree of moderation in trading is needed to solve this issue).
By "outright deception," do you just mean lying about the value of weapons? Or, for example, promising that a low-value weapon is going to be buffed soon so another pirate might as well trade their high-value weapon for the low-value weapon now? Like I said, scammers will definitely try to scam. However, first of all, moderating trade would prevent 90% of this right off the bat because high-value weapons literally couldn't be traded for low-value weapons. Second, even if scams turn out to be worse than I think, that's not exactly a reason to be opposed to trading. If you don't want to be scammed in trades, then you'll naturally want to do your research before trading. If someone makes an offer like "10 Rusty Cutlass for 1 El Patron" and you find it fishy... THEN DON'T DO IT. No one will be forced to trade. Most pirates would probably trade between friends and within the guild anyway, so that increases the chances of trading with a trusted partner.
To argue that we shouldn't implement trading because of scamming is to essentially argue that if some people can't trade, no one can.