What wicked circles we weave.
I was contacted by Cyanide Jester a few weeks ago to make some synth drugs for him. I said sure, why not. Synth isn't hard to make and I was full up on Standards and they were not moving. So I ran the prices, figured out about how long it would take sent him some quotes, got the stuff and made the boosters.
They took a bit longer then expected. My delivery took a few days to get to me. I made them, had a very busy holiday, sent him an eve mail, he responded, and then I heard nothing. I didn't think much of it. I had told him that I am rather informal about things.
While surfing some links, I stumbled upon his Blog. Recognizing the name I read back a few posts and discovered that he had stolen from his corporation and biomassed the character. I guess I won't get paid. The easy part for me is that I was holding off on selling them because I was a nice person and have other places for it to go. However, the tangled web of action and interaction is fantastic. I am very amused to find myself as collateral damage in someone else's story.
It is a fun read. I'll be flipping through the rest of his posts and I hope he keeps writing. I've already shared it with my corp thieving friends and we giggled over it.
The lesson I have learned is that maybe I should do down payments or something? I don't actually know. I function on a 'don't buy what I can't afford' type of thing whenever I do a business deal. Buying the supplies and making the boosters was not a one path oh well ISK down the drain situation for me. There is still, maybe, a business lesson to be learned here.
People that know me happily forward me money when I build things for them. I don't ask for it because I always function within the realm of my own wallet. Also, my relationship with my corp members has a lot of trust. If they ask me to build them a run of boosters I know that they are going to pay me for that run of boosters once it is finished.
I don't expect the same thing from strangers as I expect from my corp mates. Making a specialized product for someone is different than having it on hand as part of my regular production line. While this situation is an amusing check mark in history it is a good forward warning to my future attempt at sales and focused production.