A fan brought up the long term value of Real Money Auction House gift cards, in light of the impending closure of the AH and got a prompt but inconclusive reply.
Lylirra: That’s super thoughtful of you! 🙂 It’s also a very question good question.
I’m afraid I can’t give you an answer just yet, though. We’re still working out all the technical details for the shut down, so we don’t have all the answers right now. But we will, and we’ll be sharing them with all of you once they’re available — likely within the same FAQ thread we posted alongside the announcement (it’s a sticky at the top of this forum) as well as more front-page blog posts. We know these details are important, and our goal is to ensure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible. That requires keeping the community informed of what will happen to things like posted auctions, items or currency in the Completed Tab, Battle.net Balance, and ancillary things like auction house gift cards and cash out options. This is partly why we wanted to give players such advanced notice, as it’ll allow enough time for all the appropriate preparations to be made (both on your end and on ours).
TL;DR: We don’t know yet. But once we do, you’ll know too.
gameplay wise the loot system (aka better trading being not being forced to trade haha) is being held back by the AH and removing it has been thoroughly considered, the reimbursement is still under discussion.
Lylirra: This is pretty much spot on. The decision of whether or not to remove the auction houses was indeed heavily belabored. We notified the community as soon as we arrived at our decision, though, rather than keeping it under wraps, which means there are still some technical details (and a few gameplay ones, too) that need to be figured out. We’ll be making sure to keep players updated throughout this entire process, taking care to address questions like Zayta presented as soon as the information is available.
Those cards still exist on the Walmart website, but are unavailable for purchase. Presumably because Blizzard shut down sales of them once the AH announcement was made?
As Blizzard has said in other threads, final decisions have not yet been made on what to do with leftover money in RMAH accounts either. If anything proves that they came to their “shut it down… shut it all down!” decision quite recently, I think it’s their lack of answers on these related matters. So, you can complain that they didn’t give us the info quickly, or that they didn’t give it completely… but not both!
Inside reference here, but we’ve got all these categories for news posts, organized into hierarchical trees for ease of access and automated sorting. There’s a “Removed Features” category that’s a sub-cat in the “Controvery” tree. And as I put category tags on this post, it occurred to me that we’ll move the entire Auction House and Real Money Trading categories to sub-categories under Removed Features, in the not so distant future. Who would have guessed that even one month ago?