Drop trading is the term given to the trading method by which one player drops an item to give to another player, and, after waiting for the item to become visible, the receiving player picks it up.
While the Trade limit is in place, only items of small value could be seen by other players.
Historical drop trading[edit | edit source]
Drop trading has been used historically as a way of breaking Rule 8, which prohibited multiple logging-in and transferring items between accounts of the same owner, usually a main account and a pure. This use of drop trading was used when having two clients opened at the same time was not possible. In the very early days, this rule was rarely enforced. Well known players often asked for "coal mules" in return for expensive items. It is reported that Jagex started deleting mule accounts some time in early 2001 but stopped due to the chance of an innocent player being deleted.
Drop trading was used even more before banks that could hold items were introduced to the game. Many players would have "mule" characters which would serve as an item bank, and transfers would be done through drop trading. This was against the rules and many players have been permanently banned for it, though hard to catch due to the player not saying anything during the drop trade transfer. However, drop trading is also risky because there is a chance that the items could be intercepted by another player.
Current status[edit | edit source]
The rules has since been relaxed, and the current rules on multiple logging-in stated that it is allowed to trade between accounts of the same owner. Players in Ironman Mode cannot trade with other players, nor pick up items dropped by other players. However, they can drop items that can be picked up by other players (subject to trade limit for accounts that never had membership, calculated according to Grand Exchange price).
Drop trading is not against the rules, but Jagex "strongly advise against" them due to its risky nature. Items worth over 1 billion coins (notably blood dye) cannot be dropped at all. Treasure chest (Carnillean Rising) may be used to transfer items, particular extremely valuable ones, in greater safety.