Friday, March 14, 2014

A Stranger Trade

I like Jita a lot. It fascinates me. The hundreds of ships that pour out of the undock amaze me. The battles on the station used to frighten me. The entire organised that is Jita fascinates me enough that I write fiction stories that rotate around Jita. The amusing thing is that in real life, a place like Jita gives me the creeps. I love going to open markets when I explore new places but I loathe the barter that will come with those markets. In Eve, I don't have to deal with the barter aspect and I can enjoy the people watching.

But I am not the only one watching people. I am also being watched. Imagine my surprise when I received a conversation invite for my buy alt from someone who wanted to sell me booster gas. They wanted to sell me a lot of booster gas and hopefully regularly. I often feel a bit sad that I cannot oblige someone in that way. I still added their name as a contact and I will try to buy from them in the future.

A little bit later, I received another conversation request on another alt I had in Jita at the same time. I had put some researched blueprints up for sale. It has been a long term project that I am terrible at. I'm pretty sure if the numbers line up I'm not making anything off of my research. Still, it gives my POS something else to do. Every three to six months I make a few hundred million from it. It is slow to pay off but I find making myself a cog in the machine an interesting pastime.

This conversation request was interesting.

Basically, the person messaged me and offered to trade one of the blue prints I had just listed for a PLEX. The price of the PLEX was about five million less than I listed the blueprint for. Good deal right? I should leap on this screaming at my good fortune. Instead, I politely declined.  "Why not?" they asked, "Not enough?". "I don't do station trades with strangers in Jita," was my response. They closed the conversion.

I do not do trades in Jita from people I do not know. I do trades between my own alts and sometimes corpmates. I've had random trades opened with me. I always close them. I'm not fully sure how this one would have gone down. I don't know if they'd have pulled the PLEX from the window and hope that I did not see it or what? They never offered money. They did not offer to contract me the PLEX and use the normal plex scam of adding it as an item given during the contract. They did not buy my contract or attempt to get me to lower my prices. I know they where doing something but exactly what that was, I am unsure of.

I also saw real contracts offered in Jita local on patch day. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that one.

11 comments:

  1. It's a bit of a shame. I think it would be pretty cool if Jita local was full of people hawking their wares. Instead it is 90% scam. Twice now I have seen offers where I couldn't figure the scam at the time but turned down anyway because"it's Jita local, it has to be a scam" . In both cases, that was the right thing to do.

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  2. The scammer would have (probably) traded you a box renamed to be the same as the geniune PLEX. It happened to me during my second EVE week, ignored and moved on.

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    1. I had not thought of that. I know they used to do the renamed box PLEX in a wreck thing. I always show info on items in contracts and such. I'm pretty paranoid.

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  3. I'm with you on that: if I don't know what it is, but it's not clearly laid out in the market interface, then I assume it's a scam.

    It's a complete waste, and a reduction of the potential complexity of the game, but oh well.

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  4. I sold about 50 Police Pursuit Comet BPC's in Dodixie local over the last couple of days... It always makes me smile when the trade hub local chat is actually people selling stuff instead of just scams and smack talk. :-)

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  5. It's a scam, they will put in a plastic wrap renamed as PLEX hoping that you don't notice the item type due to the long name. Seems to be a new thing.

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    1. I was selling some of my PLEX from the writing competition at the time which made it a touch more amusing.

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  6. You did the smart thing. I wish I did the same: http://greedygoblin.blogspot.hu/2014/02/the-moron-of-day-me.html

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  7. Good job. There is no reason to ever use the trade window for actual commerce. It helps with fleet stuff (hey anyone got extra ammo?), personal character management (my pilot 1 trades with my pilot 2), and some corp managment stuff (hey fellow director let's move this corp stuff around).

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  8. I dont care much for Jita, but Dodixie is strangely welcoming to me. Its busy, but not as frantic.

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